When Life Doesn’t Turn Out the Way You Planned

When Life Doesn’t Turn Out the Way You Planned

When Life Doesn’t Turn Out the Way You Planned

  In the movie While You Were Sleeping, Lucy reminisces about her father as she narrates, “He would get these far-off looks in his eyes and he would say ‘Life doesn’t always turn out the way you plan’. I just wish I’d realized at the time, he was talking about MY life.” Mother’s Day was just an ordinary day for us this year. Okay, not that ordinary since our life seems to be filled with constant twists, turns and surprises. Why should this day be any different? My husband Russ and I traveled north on the I-5, just north of

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Crossfit at 50

Crossfit at 50

If you haven’t noticed, I’m the senior mama in this sweet group of writers you know as the Douglas County Moms. This doesn’t mean anything more than I have lived longer. It’s given me a chance to fail a bit more. One thing I know is that I have so much to learn and still have time to change my mind about things I’ve said I’d never do. Working out is my latest change of heart and mind. I finally drank the Kool-Aid. I’ve written before about how my diet needed to change over the past couple of years. There

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Mother’s Day Post from The News Review

Mother’s Day Post from The News Review

Motherhood in and of itself is inspiring. The sheer act of bringing life into this broken world is a gift like no other. Regardless of the circumstances, precious life has found its way here through the miracle of birth. The act of childbirth isn’t the only path to parenthood, and becoming a mother doesn’t guarantee a life surrounded by love. On the second Sunday in May every year, we stop to honor mothers. Some of us wait in breathless anticipation to unwrap a handmade treasure. Others hold their breaths, waiting for the day to pass. For those whose Mother’s Day

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How to Do Disney with the New Disabilities System

How to Do Disney with the New Disabilities System

Almost sixty years ago, Walt Disney stood at a podium at the entrance to Main Street and declared: “To all who come to this happy place, Welcome.” Ask my family, every time I hear a recording of that speech, I turn to mush. Why? Because “all” means all. Young, old, middle aged, those with physical limitations and everyone in between. Ten years of experience taking my child to Disneyland (once to Walt Disney World) has given me a perspective I can’t wait to share. In fact, I love it when I find out that others are able to take advantage of my

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Traveling to Disney Parks with special needs children

Traveling to Disney Parks with special needs children

Spend 10 minutes with me and you’ll most likely find out, I’m one of those people. The kind that spends quite a bit of time dreaming and planning for their family vacation. Not just any vacation. No, this woman loves a Disney vacation. It hasn’t always been on the top of the list, but for the past 10 years our family has found rest and has become energized by our time spent at “The Happiest Place on Earth.” In 2004, we were granted a trip for our youngest daughter to visit Disneyland as part of a family reunion in Southern California. After

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