Some people cannot learn. Others are ready.

July 11, 2016

After this past week, I feel the need to write from my heart. I moved a lot as a kid and lived in many similar communities in the Midwest and East Coast. Each time I moved, I would review the life lessons I learned. Was I kind? Did I do anything wrong that I can […]

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Tiny Design Issues Matter – Jordan’s iPhone Challenge

June 30, 2016

Last year, Jordan was lucky enough to get a family hand-me-down iPhone 5 to use with wifi. It gave her a chance to take pictures, FaceTime and text me while I was out fo town for work travel. If you’ve followed us this year, Jordan’s grown up a lot this year. She’s communicating design ideas, meeting […]

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Let’s #InventHealth – Born Just Right on Display in DC

June 23, 2016

Today is a big day for Born Just Right! We are in Washington, DC this week. Thanks to the combination of my travel for work and the fact that it is summer break, Jordan and I fell into a really cool opportunity. We were invited to share Born Just Right’s mission and Jordan’s Project Unicorn […]

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Celebrating Differences in Finding Dory

June 20, 2016

Leading up to the release of Finding Dory, I heard so many tales about how special needs played a big role in this movie. But I wanted to see it to believe it. This Pixar movie series has been an important part of our special needs parenting lives ever since Jordan was born. Nemo and […]

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Speaking and Sharing Camp No Limits

June 9, 2016

Months ago, we were invited to a local Kiwanis Club meeting to share the story of Born Just Right and all the cool things we do in the limb difference community and beyond. I didn’t realize how crazy our life would be, but it is so fabulous to have a chance to see Jordan develop […]

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American Girl: Limb Different Dolls Are More Important Than You Think

June 3, 2016

I hope you’ve seen the video… Emma opens an American Girl doll box and discovers the doll of her dreams: A doll with a helper leg just like her. A Step Ahead Prosthetics started making alterations on American Girl dolls earlier this year. It’s remarkable how special this can be for kids. My heart is […]

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Project Unicorn on display at Maker Faire

May 25, 2016

Jordan had the fastest, most intense weekend in the San Francisco area. But it ended with all kinds of memories and a successful new prototype for Project Unicorn. We were in the state for a full 44 hours and I’m pretty sure we made the best out of every minute. After arriving at midnight and getting […]

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Get Ready, Maker Faire – Glitter is Coming

May 13, 2016

After getting back in town from Walt Disney World Resort, there was no time to waste! Jordan met up with her design partner, Sam Hobish, to talk about how their project is going. Where is it going? Well… It’s going back to San Francisco where this project started in the first place! Jordan and I […]

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Dream Big, Princess Innovator

May 12, 2016

My head is still spinning a little after this past long weekend. Jordan was given a one-of-a-kind invitation by Disney Parks: To receive a special award for her innovative work in the limb difference community. It’s a part of a campaign called Dream Big, Princess. I’ve written time and time again how I consider Jordan […]

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A Special Visit to Orlando

May 5, 2016

Jordan and I are on our way to one of my favorite places in the world: Walt Disney World! We’re taking part in some very special things this weekend and I can’t wait to share all of the details. One detail I can share right now is our chance to attend the Invictus Games Opening […]

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An Upworthy Moment to Share

May 4, 2016

Yesterday, Jordan and I had a chance to do an interview with a local magazine. During the conversation, I was asked how I feel about Jordan’s recent success in sharing her efforts to raise awareness about physical differences. It’s a question no one has asked before. All of this very kind attention is based on ten years […]

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The Joy of Running

May 3, 2016

I picked up running a number of years ago as something that helps calm my very busy brain. In the last few years, Jordan has taken a liking to it and I’ve discovered it’s something I really love to do with her. Blame school schedules and travel, but we don’t get to run together often… […]

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Growing Up Right in Front of Me

April 25, 2016

This year seems like a big turning point for Jordan… and maybe for me as well. When we kicked the year off together asking American Girl to consider limb difference options with its dolls, I watched Jordan come into her own. She has a voice that is full of hope and understanding in a world […]

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What if… Project Unicorn Creation Excitement

April 15, 2016

Jordan and her design partner, Sam Hobish, met twice this week to keep plugging away at Project Unicorn. Last weekend, Jordan realized the most recent design plan wasn’t going to work out. I was worried it would leave Jordan down on this project. Luckily, the disappointment didn’t last long. Sam’s great attitude helped Jordan pivot […]

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Jordan Shares Her Project Unicorn Thoughts

April 12, 2016

Yesterday, I shared an update about how Jordan hit some snags in the building process for her latest 3D printed arm design. I know she was disappointed when she couldn’t find a way to bend the elbow based on the newest arm we have right now. After I posted the video we shot during the […]

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