What I learned when I took my kids to BlogHer

July 31, 2014

I did something a little crazy. I took both of my kids to the BlogHer conference in San Jose. I attended the conference to reach out to bloggers as a part of my job at AARP and I attended as a leader of the Special Needs Birds of a Feather Mini-Conference. Both of those reasons [...]

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Getting to Know You

July 25, 2014

Nine years. This blog has lived and grown for nine years. It’s given me a chance to talk to many of you… But I haven’t had the chance to meet everyone in person. But the in-person part is super special. The last two weeks have given me a chance to meet even more Born Just [...]

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The dog ate my fingers

July 21, 2014

It’s true. Our seven-month-old puppy, Bailey, ate Jordan’s “bouncy hand.” It was best used for some tumbling, volleyball and playing with some of the games on the Xbox Kinect. But now the rubbery hand is missing fingers. Ugh. So now Jordan can tell people the dog ate her fingers. And he really did. Now we [...]

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Learning about the new Derek arm

June 25, 2014

As I’ve written many times before, the 3D printing movement is amazing. The community of engineers, volunteers and visionaries are making really amazing things happen. I’ve watched the evolution of the e-NABLE group as it has raised awareness for open source prosthetic hand designs that anyone can build with specs and a 3D printer. So [...]

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VIDEO: Using a kayak hand

June 21, 2014

Last summer, our family bought our very first kayak. It’s a used ocean kayak that we knew we’d love but waited many years until we finally purchased one. We bought some kayak paddles and Jordan got a canoe paddle. She was great at it. But she wanted to do more. She wanted to be able [...]

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VIDEO: Camp No Limits Missouri 2014

June 16, 2014

After a year of building up to a very special long weekend, Camp No Limits Missouri has wrapped up. Jordan and I left early because I have more travel today, but we didn’t leave before the talent show and dance party. Either way, it was an emotional departure for Miss Jordan. Camp was HUGE this [...]

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Camp No Limits has its special moments

June 15, 2014

There are so many special moments at Camp No Limits… Like when a child learns to tie her shoes for the first time or two kids shake hands while wearing prosthetics. And then there is a random moment when you look up and your daughter is wearing an E-nable hand on her little arm. Um. That [...]

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Camp No Limits Season Kicks Off

June 13, 2014

We just wrapped up the softball season and now it’s time for another summer of Camp No Limits! We’re lucky to help kick off the string of summer camps here in Missouri. I can’t believe it starts today! Thanks to your donations, you’ve  helped make this year the LARGEST group every for Camp No Limits [...]

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Pool time without questions

June 2, 2014

We are in our second year attending a pool near our neighborhood. We joined as members and are pretty excited about the year-round access to the tennis courts. But it’s officially summer (even though school doesn’t end until Thursday) and that means we’re swimming A LOT. Our new pool is a super social space for [...]

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The day a photo post overwhelmed me with support

May 29, 2014
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Last night I took Jordan for a walk with the dog. I told her it was because the dog needed a walk, but really, she needed one. Jordan is hard-headed. If you’ve followed her growth from a baby, you’ll know she’s been determined and hard-headed from the very start. Ask her old occupational and physical [...]

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The dance recital is back with a different challenge

May 23, 2014

“You know people pay more attention to dancers on stage who have differences,” Jordan said to me last night with a lot of certainty. “Especially ones like my little arm.” We had just wrapped up five hours of a dance recital dress rehearsal. Jordan told me she knows more people look at her on stage [...]

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On The Road with Peace of Mind

May 7, 2014

I’m in Boston this week. It’s so beautiful here and I can say I went to my first game at Fenway Park last night. I am so lucky to have a job that allows me to work at home when I’m not traveling. But when I’m on the road, I try as hard as I [...]

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Softball Season Returns with Speed

May 5, 2014

After a few weeks of practice and a rain delay, Jordan finally had a chance to play her first softball game of the season. She’s playing for the coach pitch Dragonflies team. If she sticks with this, next year is the start of kid pitch. (That’s when things get serious.) Jordan loves this sport. She [...]

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Supporting a Friend Because Different is Awesome!

May 1, 2014

I spend time each year encouraging you and pretty much any person I know to donate money to Camp No Limits because the organization is incredibly important to us. The entire special needs community is important to us. And when I know there’s an opportunity to help tell the story of how we can celebrate [...]

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VIDEO: Her Favorite Place in the Whole World

April 29, 2014

Last night, Jordan asked me to share the place I consider my favorite location in the whole world. I immediately told her my favorite is our vacation spot in Maine. She was quick to respond with her answer: Camp No Limits. I asked why and she said it’s because that’s the place where she feels [...]

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