The Countdown to the big One-Oh

December 23, 2015

Every year since we started raising money for Camp No Limits, Jordan won’t tell us what she wants for Christmas or her birthday. There are four days between the two big days… So it is a challenge to make both days a big deal when Jordan won’t even tell us what she wants. As in […]

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Winter Break and a Chance to Review

December 18, 2015

I just got back from Jordan’s holiday party at her new school and I am so amazed by how she has transitioned into a new school with so much ease. I’m so impressed with her classmates, the teachers and with Jordan. Everyone has made a situation that could have been really hard into something to […]

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Using Playgrounds to Change a Kid’s View

December 4, 2015

Every once and a while, Jordan meets a little girl or boy who is frightened of her arm. They have never seen any person with a physical difference and it frightens them. When Jordan was little, these kids would make her really upset. Watching someone cry over your physical appearance is really hard. Now that […]

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Why I made Disney a big part of 2015

December 2, 2015

Year after year, I’ve had opportunities to visit Walt Disney World Resort and recently some at Disneyland. There were some times when I got to go with the family, other times were¬†on my own or with Randy. In the last year, all of those experiences happened within a 12 month period. Our family¬†ended 2014 and […]

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Top 5 reasons why Camp No Limits changed Jordan’s life

December 1, 2015

I’m not exaggerating when I say Camp No Limits changed Jordan’s life. She was only three and a half when we attended camp for the first time. Cameron and I came along and almost instantly, my hard-headed girl was learning how to put her hard-headedness into good use. She learned the importance of being strong […]

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A month to help Camp No Limits

November 30, 2015

It’s officially a month until Jordan’s birthday… Well, actually it was officially yesterday. But that’s when Jordan and I sat down to talk about Camp No Limits and how we’re hoping to raise as much money as she did last year for her birthday: $5,000. That’s enough to send TEN kids to camp! Jordan’s birthday […]

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Fall flavor and confidence

October 30, 2015

I have two kids in two very different life stages. Both are growing up with different experiences and with different motivations. You can be the most consistent parent and yet your kids will turn out so incredibly different. The one very big difference in how I’ve raised my kids is I assumed Cameron had the […]

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Those Darn Monkey Bars

October 29, 2015

Monkey bars are the enemy for a child with one hand and a short arm. It’s always been something Jordan and I mention in a joke when she introduces herself. I say, “Jordan can do everything… but sometimes she does it different.” Then she says, “Except monkey bars. I just can’t do monkey bars.” It […]

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The overwhelming feeling of traditions

October 27, 2015

Every week, I’m juggling regular life. It’s a combination of child management, a very cool job and travel that happens pretty regularly. I try to make sure I’m getting exercise and when I’m in town, I’m very conscious about making sure our pup gets his exercise. Add in the kids’ activities, sometimes having a chance […]

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Short arms can sometimes be too long

October 9, 2015

I don’t want to come off as whiny. I really don’t. But I’ve had these thoughts hanging over me for a while… When my mom met Jordan for the first time, just hours after she was born, my mom said the most optimistic thing. She commented on how Jordan’s lack of elbow will be even […]

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The joy of Camp No Limits everywhere

October 6, 2015

Last month, Jordan and I had a chance to do something very special. We attended Camp No Limits Maryland. It isn’t our traditional camp location – but since Jordan had the amazing chance to attend the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Kids Camp, she missed our regular CNL experience in Missouri. Thanks to Boone County […]

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MagZip zippers for everyone!

October 5, 2015

You may remember a little more than a year ago when Jordan tried on her very first MagZip jacket from Under Armour. She’s a massive fan. We a few coats and jackets from the company since that first post. We are honored Under Armour noticed our YouTube video and sent additional samples for Jordan to […]

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A new Camp No Limits adventure

September 3, 2015

Jordan has attended Camp No Limits Missouri every year since she was three… But this year, she missed out because of her amazing opportunity to attend the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Kids Camp. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I’m so glad she attended the camp. But we were so sad to miss our […]

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A focus on sports and fitness

August 31, 2015

Fitness is something we think about a lot in Jordan’s world. We learned a long time ago that with a limb difference, it’s super important to keep her core strong. If your core is strong, your body will not have as many long term issues due to a limb difference. So sports and fitness is […]

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Books about differences for our new school

August 27, 2015

Every since Jordan was a baby, we’ve used books as a way to help kids better understand how we can all have differences and they aren’t scary. From Harry and Willy and Carrothead to Oliver’s High Five, we’ve loved how books open up conversations for us. This school year was different for us. Since we […]

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