Waves of crashing emotions

If we get to sleep, I usually wake up positive. This has been a big shift for me over the past five years. I didn’t use to wake up positive. Honestly, I was living in a fog. The fog of grief. Now most days I wouldn’t say there is grief, just a wave of sadness,[…]

Diagnosis Day – Five years later

On December 17, 2013, Magnolia was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome. That was five years ago. So much has happened in the last five years – Rett has progressed, science has gotten closer to a cure and we have gotten stronger. The last five years have been the most difficult in my life. I’ve watched my[…]

My heart broke, but not for Magnolia

Last week I was speaking with a mom with an older daughter with Rett Syndrome. She was watching Magnolia, turned to me and said.”I hope they find a cure or treatment for her. I’d really hate to see that spark go away.” It wasn’t cruel, it was honest. She has been fundraising and hoping for[…]

Chaotic and fun travel Part 2 TEXAS

The stars at night are big and bright….(insert 3 claps) deep in the heart of Texas. Since Magnolia was 2 years old, we haven’t gone to Texas in the summer. First it was too hard to travel because of sensory overload, then her body couldn’t regulate heat, then we had Gray and then she started[…]

Chaotic and fun summer travel

A recipe for a crazy but fun summer vacation. Ingredients One crazy independent toddler One amazing and strong kid with Rett, One busy, multitasking and exhausted dad One overwhelmed but happy mom Directions Knead all ingredients together.  Add in a dollop of seizures, a dash of minor accidents to taste.  Layer in flights to two[…]

A seizure rollercoaster ride….

I’ve learned a lot of things the past few years dealing with Rett Syndrome. First, every time I write Rett, it gets auto corrected to Rest, which is hilarious. I wish she had Rest Syndrome  A syndrome where everyone is well rested, sounds amazing. Secondly, Magnolia’s perseverance is unwavering. Every once in a while, I’ll[…]