Changed for the better …

Last night was the 40th Year Celebration of our local Down Syndrome Association. It was wonderful! I have been blessed to serve as the facilitator for one of their support groups for almost 7 years now. The event could not have been more perfect. The venue was lovely, the entertainment was fantastic, the food was tasty and the guests were simply amazing. It was a great evening connecting with old friends (and making some new ones) and celebrating the organization that has so positively and profoundly impacted our lives. What an accomplishment it is to serve a community of people with such dedication and diligence for four decades. It literally brought me to tears last night. I am truly grateful to have shared in DSAOC’s incredible history both as a client and as a facilitator.

When I was pregnant with Reese and found out that she had Down Syndrome I never shed a tear. Reese was going to be who God created her to be and I was the woman He chose to make sure it happened. I promised Reese that I would always be the mommy that she needed me to be. And that I would make sure that she would become who God intended her to be. Even as a social worker, at the time, I wasn’t quite sure what that all would look like. But I knew that I loved my daughter fiercely and that I would somehow figure it all out. DSAOC helped me do exactly that and I simply couldn’t be more thankful. Without a doubt, I would not be the person, or mommy, I am today without their influence on my life.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are changed for the better!!!

Feel what you need to feel …

I am thankful for my early morning workouts. Some days I really need that alone time to reflect on my life and process my thoughts. This might sound strange, but if I need to cry things out I like that no one is there to comfort me. I find that sometimes it’s best for me to be alone with my emotions. And I find that it’s quite therapeutic for me to just BE in that moment and allow the rawness to wash over me. I’m not saying that I don’t need love, support and encouragement during tough times. Trust me, I DO. But I do like the freedom that comes with just letting it all out … alone.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel what you need to feel!!!

A life well lived …

Some people are so special that when they come into your life they not only make a profound impact on you, but also on many lives through you. Their influence ripples like a stone cast into a lake. It’s vast, beautiful and seemingly never ending. Their wisdom, guidance, compassion and devotion is weaved into the hearts and minds of everyone that they are directly or loosely associated with. And when they leave us, there is an acute understanding that the world has lost a hero.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you encounter a life well lived!!!

A weird mind …

Have you ever had a dream that stuck with you all day? I sure do! And I had one last night. It was a doozy! I have always taught my kids to never back down from a challenge and to always stick up for themselves, but perhaps my self-conscious believes that they might one day take it all too far.

Last night I had a dream that Reese made friends with and tamed a freaking grizzly bear cub! But that wasn’t all of it. My dream spun off into another saga that included George and Libs trying to bring to justice a man and woman who dented my car. As it turns out they didn’t just dent my car, they were part of a huge crime ring and Libs and George were determined on taking them down!

Deep down the therapist in me is screaming to do some research on these dreams. But I’m just going to do us all a favor and call it how I see it.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t have a WEIRD MIND!!!

Accept it or let it go …

This morning during yoga I heard a saying that I have heard before, but for some reason, it hit me like a ton of bricks. It was about the choice we have between OWNING what we ALLOW into our lives, our hearts, our minds and our souls … or giving ourself permission to RELEASE it. This has very much been a conscious practice in my life as of late. Not that I feel that I haven’t tried to live this way my whole life, I’ve just been hyper aware of the importance of it lately. I am VERY alert to how things are effecting me and discerning in how my decisions might. Hearing that I have this choice and being given permission to choose, was nothing short of empowering. I found myself overwhelmed with validation. It’s as if God and the Universe gave me a pat on the back and told me that I was headed in the right direction. Moments like these don’t come along often, so I am very much so appreciating it.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you accept it or let it go!!!

Itchy legs …

As a runner (and someone with allergies, HA!) I can tell you, without a doubt, when our California Summer has come to an end. It only happens once or twice on my early morning runs, but it’s a telltale sign that our weather is changing. And it happened to me this morning.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get itchy legs!!!

Rise to the occasion …

There is NOTHING like seeing my children overcome adversity and succeed despite the odds stacked against. To watch them persevere mentally and physically, amidst self doubt, just fills this mama’s heart with pride. And seeing them come to the realization that taking a chance on themselves is worth it, will ALWAYS fill my heart with joy. I can attest, when your child realizes that they ARE capable of reaching goals and living out their dreams, it is truly a beautiful moment.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you rose to the occasion!!!

A pinball machine …

Tennis. Home. Dance. Tennis. Dance. Food. Tennis. Home. Tennis. MORE food. And COFFEE. Good lord, MORE tennis. Food AGAIN. Home. BED.

Well, I hope you all had a day where you learned what it feels like to be a pinball machine!!!

Giggles …

During the day our home can get VERY quiet with everyone gone. It’s something I don’t think I’ll ever get used to especially after having had four children. Kids come with a TON of noises! But there is one noise that has to be one of the cutest and sweetest sounds I’ve ever heard. I look forward to hearing it after being in a silent home. It always puts a smile on my face and Reese is REALLY good at it!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you hear lots of giggles!!!