The Race Conversation with Kids

On Wednesday while at the Oregon Zoo with my kids, a little boy saw my son, Finley, in his wheelchair and said loudly—as kids do—“Mom, look at that kid in the wheelchair. I feel so bad for him.”

I have to be honest, these moments are exhausting and frustrating. Educating people around me about …Continue Reading

My kid, not my inspiration. Lessons in disability parenting.

Fin Learns W/C Tennis

Today we head off to wheelchair tennis camp in Portland. Finley played for the first time at this camp last year and it was one of those breath-of-fresh-air moments for me as his mama. I met other …Continue Reading

What I Love About Wheelchairs

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{Finley at Wheelchair Tennis clinic in Portland, Oregon. The chair allows him to play a sport! HOLLA!}

I will never forget the first time I pondered the idea of my …Continue Reading

Surgery & The Dam

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{Finley after his most recent surgery in December 2014}

“Your child needs to have surgery.”

Say those words to yourself and get a feel for how heavy they are. If you have kids, you have no doubt …Continue Reading

Responsibility & Disability

“I want to live in a world where we don’t have such low expectations of disabled people that we are congratulated for getting out of bed and remembering our own names in the morning. I want to live in a world where we value genuine achievement for disabled people.” – Stella Young, Disability Advocate

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Dear Parents of Disabled Kids – Let’s Start Forgiving More

Last year my son Finley and I had a frustrating interaction with a woman at our local pool. He was in his wheelchair and her daughter was pointing and kid-whispering (you know – talking freaking …Continue Reading

Celebrating OI! A Year of Reflection

Celebrating OI! A Year of Reflection

At the end of each year we mark the highs, the accomplishments, and the good times in a number of ways. From Facebook “top 10” lists to jars filled with memories of the year. Reflecting is a way to pack up these four seasons and move on. For families with disabilities, this is not …Continue Reading