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Marvelous Monday

Dave does so much for us, and watching him grow into his comfort zone as Dad has proven to be one of the most amazing things I’ve ever experienced in my life- it’s like he was meant to have kids… who would have thought? With that, when I heard him say, “Hold on, I’ll tie it,” and then a lot of bustling in another part of the house, I was curious, but I figured Dave was on a mission. With a simple recipe and some instruction, he has started Addie on her way to learning many life lessons that are best done in the kitchen.#aisforadelaide #recipe Cream Cheese Brownies

Walking into our little cooking-zone, I caught Addie and Daddy standing at the counter, mixing away- Addie’s new favorite thing to make in her own kitchen is brownies- no matter what else she makes me with me in the real kitchen, making brownies with Daddy has stuck with her. It was a fabulous weekend, and while I love spending time with my sweet lady, it’s nice to reap the benefits of Daddy-time.

Mmmmmm… brownies!

 

Marble Cream Cheese Brownies
Serves 32
Delicious moist brownies that are as good to eat as they are to look at!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg brownie mix (family size)
  2. 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1/3 c sugar
  5. 1/2 t. vanilla
Instructions
  1. Heat your oven to 350ºF.
  2. Grease a 13x9 inch pan and set aside.
  3. Prepare your brownie mix as directed on the package (we used pre-packaged for a lesson in READING and FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS).
  4. In mixer, beat cream cheese until it's creamy, then add sugar, egg and vanilla. Mix for about 60 seconds on medium (until well blended).
  5. Drop tablespoons of mixture over brownie batter and use a knife to create swirl patterns.
  6. Bake 40 minutes (or as directed by your package), making sure the middle is full cooked- until the cream cheese portion is lightly browned.
  7. Let cool, and serve! Refrigerate leftovers!
Notes
  1. Substitute for cream cheese: Neufchatel Cheese.
  2. Avoid using brownie mixes with syrup pouches- for an extra chocolate boost, add 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips over batter before baking.
Adapted from Kraft
Adapted from Kraft
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#aisforadelaide Brownies #recipe #MarvelousMonday

With one simple recipe you can teach so much! Addie learned a lot about following both what was written and what Dave was telling her. Do you use your kitchen for life lessons?

 

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Where were you on 9/11?

I have always felt so moved by my mother’s moments she remembers. It’s the part of me that is sentimental, and another part history buff. I love knowing: Where she was when…

Many times this is not a bad thing. She remembers where she was when her water broke with my sister (in church, where she left, but her car was parked in, so she waited until the end of a really long service), and the time she got the call about her wallet being found (untouched) after she left it in a grocery cart. She also remembers a defining moment in America’s life.

When Kennedy was shot, she was in math class at Abington High School with Mr. Swedberg.

We had changed the order of classes because we were about to have a football rally in the gym because we were going to play Cheltenham High School in out annual game. So I wasn’t in the regular class I would have been in- but they flipped the schedule. Dr. Stull came over the loud speaker and announced that President Kennedy had been shot in the street in Dallas. I didn’t understand. All I could see was some western-like shootout. We all went to the auditorium, filing in- huge classes back then, like 63.

I can’t remember who said it, but I heard President Kennedy had died. And the band was already there to play for the rally and they started playing the National Anthem. The flag was being lowered and everyone was crying. Kids. Teachers. We all just couldn’t believe it.

Hearing her recount this, my heart beats harder and faster in my chest. The Shot Heard Around the World.

So… where was I on 9/11? My God, I swear I can feel it in my bones. I still feel the fear of the unknown.

I was in Mrs. Hamilton’s psych class. I was in 11th grade. “Roll the TV in!” someone shouted. Kids piled in our class and doors closed. We’re 25 miles outside of Philadelphia. Were we next? We watched a replay, at the same time another plane struck. I started to cry. Almost everyone did.

I picked up my phone and slammed my finger into the first key, pressing hard. I felt hot and sick. He finally answered, and I screamed “GET HOME!” Pat was already planning on coming home for the weekend, but in the wake of what was playing through the TVs on his college campus at Del Val, he got into his black Pontiac with a Misfits rear-windshield full sticker and started to drive.

My Mom was miles away at a volunteer job she takes on (still) and was unable to leave- closer to Philadelphia than I was, and was trying to figure out what was really happening when I got a hold of her. “Celeste is coming to get me,” I remember telling her. We were all crammed into the cafeteria. Huddled together, slowly we all lost service on our cell phones. Everyone was trying to call out at the same time.

My boyfriend’s mom was parked out by the flag. I got into her car and she lit a cigarette for both of us. We just wanted Pat (my significant other) to get home. To do so, he needed to pass the airbase, which was on serious lock down. His usual 45 minute drive was replaced with hours. We waited. Watching coverage of what was sure to change the country forever.

I know that this event means my kids won’t understand what it’s like to never see a security camera. They will need clear backpacks in high school. Generations coming up won’t understand airport romance scenes where they run towards each other… because now everyone needs a ticket, and there’s no running, and nothing is carefree.

Nothing.

Everything we do is calculated and measured. 9/11 made sure of that. What we say and do and think… that can all be monitored in some way.

I miss the innocence that was. I guess I always will.

Where were you when 9/11 happened?

 

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Marvelous Monday

It’s going to be a good week… every week starts that way, until you realize you totally failed to show off your firstborn’s second birthday party! While I know it’s not really a big deal, Miss A adores Elmo and we loved giving her a little celebration to show that! So… here’s a little recap of Addie’s second birthday… which was in April. #bloggermomfail

For her Rhode Island party, we went to Gymboree in Cranston. They did a wonderful job- and the kids loved it so much I actually wish we’d paid for the extra time… but as it goes, sometimes letting good things end on a good note before everyone wants to leave is the best policy. I guess in the end I’m glad it went as it did. Lots of smiles are way better than a few tears!

#aisforadelaide Elmo Birthday Gymboree #secondbirthday

 

#aisforadelaide #elmo #secondbirthday #generations

All the dads watching over the birthday girl!

#aisforadelaide #gymboree #elmo #dots

#aisforadelaide #elmo #cupcakes

#aisforadelaide Elmo #secondbirthday #celebrate #gymboree

Our gift to her was seeing Sesame Street Live at the Providence Performing Arts Center in downcity Providence. It was a beautiful day- so we parked a bit away and walked to the theater. Our seats were amazing- thanks to the friend we bought the tickets from (she and her hubby purchased them to get the best seats without the other knowing!) and right on the end! …and Addie didn’t ask for anything at the souvenir stand, but we bought her a huge Elmo and Cookie Monster mylar balloon anyway- which is deflated and tucked away in her memory box!

#aisforadelaide #elmo #sesamestreetlive #PPAC

#aisforadelaide #elmo #sesamestreetlive #stage #PPAC

Then… as all children get, we had a second party. (Just kidding… Addie is spoiled by having family in more than one state!) We head down to Delaware to Addie’s geneticist around her birthday each year, so my parents always have a little something for her at that time, as they live just 80 miles north. This year, I was blessed to have a friend who had a ton of Elmo decoration on hand that she wasn’t using! I was thrilled, and as soon as we got to my parents’ house I began pulling things out and hanging them all over the “great room”.

#aisforadelaide #elmo #decor #birthdayparty #secondbirthday #details

#aisforadelaide #elmo #cake #sesamestreet

A beautiful cake made by my friend’s high school culinary students!

I love that we have simple, but fun parties for our girl, and that she got to celebrate with Elmo! When I asked if that’s what she wanted, she was so excited I thought she would melt! Of all the good things we get in life, experiences are the ones we remember. I know she won’t remember it all, but as her parents, we remember most- and I will always cherish seeing her face light up- even if it’s because of a dehydrated person dressed in an Elmo suit and not her doting mother.

#aisforadelaide Elmo #party #friends #family #celebrate

 

Addie’s first birthday was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! What are your birthday party themes? For three, I’m thinking tea party! …we shall see what Adelaide thinks of my idea.

 

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Flying Around #travel

We loved going to San Diego, and thankfully, had not just a wonderful time there, but a great time getting there and back! Flying the friendly skies truly was a great experience for us!

When we arrived at Logan Airport in Boston, we got unloaded and went in. Without much of an issue, we went through security and wound up at this awesome play space for kids!

#aisforadelaide #lpaSD2014 #loganairport #travel #SanDiego #flying

It was a little disappointing because some friends were over the height limit and suggested activity level for the space, but as a whole, it was a great space! Dave and Addie ran around a lot and got her energy out, which was perfect for the upcoming flight! We headed across the walk and into the family room where Addie got into her PJs and posed in front of the mirror for a bit.

#aisforadelaide #flying #boston #airport #travel #SanDiego

Then we got on the plane! We took Alaska Airlines to San Diego and it was a fabulous experience! We were able to board before everyone else so we could get Addie’s seat settled, and they had some awesome headrests that you could curve to adjust for the sides of your head. These were awesome because then I didn’t have to worry about my head falling down when I slept and hurting my neck!

#aisforadelaide #flying #alaskaairlines #boston #travel #SanDiego

Alaska Airlines also has outlets for each seat, which makes charging devices easy! …and included a decent amount of space for our limbs and bags!

#aisforadelaide #flying #alaskaairlines #travel #funnyfaces

When we landed, it was LATE for us (about 3am), and about midnight on the West Coast. Thankfully, we’d all gotten a bit of a nap on the plane AND I’d booked Super Shuttle weeks before. While we only had a short wait for the shuttle, it was overbooked, meaning there was a person without a seatbelt, and our driver was… exuberant. Being that it was midnight on July 4th there was a lot of traffic- but our driver was keen to stay out of it… which meant weaving, speeding up and braking fast and lots of cutting through neighborhoods. In the end… we got to our hotel in one piece, and the price for the ride was unbeatable. I have no doubt that we were safe… just wish it hadn’t been such an exciting ride!

We’d taken the train up to Anaheim, so we flew out of Los Angles International Airport! As expected, the lines at LAX were a bit longer to get through to security. Thankfully we had preferred passes, and were able to head over to a shorter line. Of course, with a car seat and carry-on luggage and the like, we needed some extra moments to get shoes on and off and laptops out, but there was no rushing us and a lot of assistance from the staff. I was glad that no one was upset with us!

#aisforadelaide #americanairlines #flying #travel #LAX

While we flew Alaska there, on the way back, we flew American Airlines. Their flight was super booked, so they asked anyone who could to check their carry-on. I was nervous, but offered up Addie’s bag and our rolling bag as well. They tagged our items and thanked us for helping, as well as helping us onto the plane early so we could get Addie settled in and what we had left with us stowed away.

#aisforadelaide #flying #Samsung #americanairlines #travel

After boarding, Addie fell asleep followed by myself, but when I woke up, about a catnap later, I was starving! Ooops. We’d had a mishap with some trail mix and all I really wanted was the salad I’d seen on the in-flight menu. Wanting me to be happy, Dave popped up and walked to the back of the plane. After he’d asked for the salad, he went to pull out his wallet, but the attendant held up his hand, “your wife is the woman who is pregnant and was sleeping?” “Yes,” he replied. The salad was all mine, and thanks to the wonderful customer service, it was also $10 saved (much needed!).

#aisforadelaide #flying #salad #americanairlines #travel

All-in-all, I loved both airlines and was really pleased with the ease of travel though Boston’s Logan, San Diego’s International (and their amazing outside bridge), as well as LAX airports!

#aisforadelaide #travel #view #landscape #flying #americanairlines

What are your best memories about airports? Any nightmares?

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5 Things I Want to Clear Up About (my) Pregnancy…

Pregnancy is hard on the body- even the “easy” pregnancies have their days, but it seems like so many things in life, when a woman is pregnant people want to ask questions. Lots of questions… and some of them are rather presumptuous. While I laugh at some inquires, cringe at the few unwanted belly touches, and bite my tongue at the unasked for advice, I figured there were a few things I could just clarify for everyone!

#aisforadelaide #pregnancy #5thingsyoushouldknow

1. No, I’m not done.
Pregnancy is hard, and at some point many women feel that they are done. I get that. When the third trimester strikes, it’s tiring. But not tiring like the first… I don’t want to sleep. I want to do, only I’m bigger (and chasing a toddler) and it’s harder to do… anything. But, I am not done. I love being pregnant. I love knowing that I am protecting that life with all of mine. I love knowing that with each day we are together my babe is getting stronger, healthier, and more prepared for the world!

2. Aren’t you scared for two kids/labor?!
…I’m apprehensive. Having two is certainly not going to be like one, but it was a decision to get pregnant (just as Addie was planned, Millie is too!), and I think with our motto of #MartinkaStrong, we will be just fine! As for labor… I want to bring Camille into the world without medication, the same way I tried with Addie (read her BIRTH STORY). Pregnancy is beautiful, birth is what you make it. I truly believe that. When a nurse overwhelms me, I will stop listening. I will turn my attention to my doulas, inward to my body, to my loving husband and my mother. If a doctor wants to check me and I am sure there is no reason, I’ll ask for time. I have been to this rodeo before. I am ready to make choices, even if they are not the ones I want. I am ready to advocate for the care and birth I want. I am also ready to surrender. To my body. To the moment. To whatever comes in the next few weeks. I do not fear birth.

3. Yep, I can still do that.
Whatever that is, if I am doing it, it means I can. No, I shouldn’t be carrying in a huge box of groceries from BJ’s Wholesale… but I can mow a lawn, I can chase a toddler, I can walk a mile to and from the grocery store. I can, and I will, practice yoga during nap time. I can eat whatever is in my hand and I can drink whatever is in my glass. I can. I really, really can!

4. Are you going to induce?
I don’t know why so many people ask this, or if they know much about the birth process, but no. I will not induce. In my (NOT a doctor NOT a nurse) opinion, medically necessary induction is rare. Age, size of mother or child, or reaching your due date are not medical reasons to induce. Women have been getting pregnant and birthing for a long time. The medical community has learned a lot… the United States, however, does not (NOPE!) have the best mortality rate for mothers. I hope that birth moves more towards being totally patient centered and giving the care to the mother, as well as more choice, but for myself and my research, I choose to let my baby come when she will.

5. Did you want [another] girl? (Followed by: “What does your husband think?”)
Oh my. This one is serious business to me. I always, always smirk. Did we want another girl? No. We wanted another child. Just any child. I don’t even say “healthy” anymore because people consider Addie unhealthy (which isn’t true) and really, a sick child would fit in just fine here, too. We were simply hoping to make another baby (and have some fun doing so). I truly wondered if Dave wanted a boy because I grew up with hearing that- knowing I was, in others’ words, lucky my Dad finally got his boys… I thought maybe we were not quite complete without my brothers, not because of them, but because of gender. Happily, this is not true. Dave heard girl from the tech and I thought he’d left the building for Cloud 9. As he looked at the screen and back down at Addie, I saw him say “Camille.” I myself could barely think. Poor Dave. I thought. And yet here he was, already talking about his girls, and protecting all of his Martinka women.

So… there are some answers! I won’t touch on the inappropriate questions, or the people who want to know more about my pregnancy than my doctor does, but I will tell you there are no current signs of achondroplasia (this does not rule it out). We did deny additional testing beyond a level 2 ultrasound because Millie is doing great in there, and achondroplasia alone is not a reason for a c-section. We will know way more… after she’s born!

What are some questions you wish people would just stop asking during your pregnancy? What’s a question you have about pregnancy? Or my pregnancy? …I promise I won’t bite (and maybe I’ll answer!).

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What is work?

I get asked… what is work for you?

Work for me is finding, sharing, linking, SEO, pushing, asking (begging), repeated emails, on-call 24-hours, it’s coding and embedding and no-following, SEO, it’s commenting and hashtagging, it’s researching material, taking pictures, editing everything under the sun, being up-to-date, SEO (did I mention that, yet?), it’s hoping that you’ll like what I write/make/design enough to share it or see more about it for yourself, holidays spent at a computer and late nights drowned into early mornings. It’s Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook Fan Page, Klout, analytics, LinkedIn, groups, memberships, clubs…

More than anything, work for me is rewarding. Not in the classical, monetary way (for me), but in a way that lets me bring you, Dear Reader, things I want to share with you. Reviews and recipes I really love. Stories and snapshots of life that I hope inspire. And the truth about being your average family, even in a special needs world.

That’s work to me.

As I embrace this holiday weekend, thankful that Dave is home with us, I also take into account the blessings that include the opportunity to cultivate my mind, spirit and writing into something that I hope brings joy, knowledge and a respite to the day to all of the people who stop by! Thanks for being one of those friends.

 

… sometimes when I work, I play! Getting the chance to prepare to show off Camille’s soon-to-be arrival!

   

 

 

 

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A Birth Blessing

A friend once gave me a beautiful blessing before my first birth, and I recently found it tucked away in a pile of papers from 2012. I wanted to share it with you, along with some gorgeous photos that were taken by artist Lisa Gendron of Agroterra Birth. You can read more about Lisa next week (her doula piece is coming out!!!!), but before that, take a look at some of these moments caught during my maternity photo session:

#aisforadelaide #maternity #Agroterra #photography #motherandchild Baby kisses

Maternity Photoshoot by Agroterra Photography #aisforadelaide

#aisforadelaide #motherhood #blackandwhitephotography Marternity Photos

Looking at what she was able to get on film, she truly captured how I feel pregnant and how I feel with Addie. There is just connection. Love. Deeply rooted in me, who I was meant to be: Mom.

#aisforadelaide #maternity #Agroterra #photography #motherandchild

These moments speak more than what I could write about- they’re more than an embrace in a picture, they’re my vulnerabilities about myself and motherhood and being a woman unfolding and melting away. They’re they inspiration on harder days. They’re the sunshine in the rain.

Thank you, Lisa, for your love, compassion and for sharing your incredible talents as a photographer and friend.

A Birth Blessing,
by Shiloh Sophia McCloud

 

Maternity #blackandwhitephotography Agroterra Photography #aisforadelaide

May your body Be STRONG.
Your womb Be OPEN.
Your mind Be PEACE.
Your support Be WISE.
Your birth Be WELL.
Your baby Be BORN in HEALTH, HAPPINESS and HARMONY.

…and if you can’t get enough of Lisa’s amazing work, check out her Birth and Photography sites!

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Marvelous Monday

This week is post-op follow up! I am excited for a marvelous Monday… and Tuesday (where we will be back in dance) and Wednesday (where we’ll be back in Rock-a-Baby), and Thursday (which is our appointment) and Friday (when we’ll get a chance to sit and relax and go to a big family event!). It’s been a roller coaster of a summer and now that we’re on the mend, I wanted to celebrate a little bit! We’re so thankful to have some celebration, after all!

#aisforadelaide Marvelous Monday #farmersmarket #weekend #endofsummer

BIG strides happened last week! and I wanted to recap it all as we embark upon another week, sure to show more improvement!
ONE: Addie was off ALL pain medications starting mid-week, and aside from some of the expected soreness and some itchiness, she is doing great!
TWO: We also got pushed out of speech therapy! Addie has been in it because of her ear tubes (we only had sessions once every 6-8 weeks), and we finally had our follow up to tube surgery with our therapist and she and I both agreed that we were done. Addie has wonderful speech, is using inclusive words (“Come with me, mommy. Daddy you come, too.”), is understanding the difference between different but similar emotions, and all-around just doesn’t need speech anymore. We discussed how when Addie’s tubes fall out she may have periods where she will stop doing things (she stopped singing when her ears filled with fluid these past few months), but that it will come back and the sooner we take care of it, the better.
THREE: We also talked about how we would transition her out of Early Intervention. A LOT to think about, but it gave us a great end to the last week- and a wonderful start to our marvelous Monday!!!

I am excited that we’ve come such a long way from where we were 2 weeks ago… and that we were able to enjoy our weekend together- with matching nails, almost finishing Millie’s room, sibling class and going to the farmers market. It was a full weekend, but certainly a wonderful way to start the close out of our summer.

#aisforadelaide #jamberry #julep #nailart Marvelous Monday

Addie went to her sibling class on Saturday, and while it was more for fun, I loved watching her carry around a giant, heavy baby doll, learn to change a diaper and read a book with Dave about becoming a big sister (one she’d read before from the library!). It was a lot of fun.

#aisforadelaide Marvelous Monday #siblingclass

With Addie enjoying a gumbo full of okra on Saturday night, we’re onto cooking leeks and purple potatoes this week… we will surely miss the market when it closes, but will take every advantage of trying all the local fresh fruits and veggies until then!

#aisforadelaide #famersmarket Marvelous Monday #veggies

With an amazing week ahead of us, we’re wishing you a Marvelous Monday and week, Reader!

lots of love,

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Listen to Your Mother… that’s me!

I am still full of awe and honor to have been a part of the 2014 Providence Cast of Listen to Your Mother….

Listen to Your Mother Providence Cast 2014 #aisforadelaide

(My intro written by the talented Carla Molina at All of Me Now):
Chelley Martinka is a Philly native with a little thing for Game of Thrones. A closet drummer, she’s a mom to one awesome kid living with dwarfism and is expecting her second daughter this fall. Chelley is up next with “Do It Ugly.”

Do it Ugly

Everyday, when I look at my planner, I see this quote, Dream so big you’ll look like an idiot if God doesn’t step in!

It’s a reminder to do it ugly. To get in in past my ankles, waist deep. To get dirty, cut- go full throttle.

Growing up, I was loud. I would sneak out. I smoked cigarettes and overly enjoyed cheap beer. I played a lot of sports and I was rough when I did it. I got injured. I suffered from depression. I liked a good party. I liked to study so much I graduated college with a 3.5 in 3 years with almost no friends. I got tattooed. And then got some more. I got dermal anchors before they were a trend. I dated. I over committed to people that needed “saving” and after they were saved, I moved on. I broke hearts. I uprooted myself a lot, took on a lot of jobs, was reckless with my emotions and other people’s hearts.

Doing it ugly was more about how low I could go. How many problems I could fix of someone else’s while ignoring my own needs- uselessly helping others chase their desires. I knew I’d never stick around long enough to see the ending. Like the friend who needed money for car payments… a loan I would never see the repayment of- I worked weeks of overtime. I’m not quite sure why, except it seemed like the right thing to do. I was a wild one with a sucker-streak- looking to take care of all the people surrounding me, and sleeping as little as possible while doing so.

But then it happened. I was approached by a lion tamer with the patience of a kindergarten teacher and heart of a saint. Some have come to call him Dave. So here I was married. A wife. Together we ripped apart the money pit and created a home. We both worked long ours and enjoyed uneventful hikes with our dog and nights by the firepit with friends.

Gone was the Chelley of the past, replaced with this woman who quit smoking, ran half marathons, was letting someone else take care of her once in a while, learned to enjoy wine over whiskey and, for whom staying up late lost its once alluring appeal. Who the hell was I, now?

Not looking for redefinition, she came- The reason I had to get all riled up again. My reason for getting my hands dirty- I was ready for parenting. Here I was, rolling up my sleeves and spending late hours burning the midnight oil- literally- we have oil heat. But I was more than prepared, I’d been practicing to parent this special lady since my days as a rebellious teen.

I knew everything I did from the moment I heard her cry would be things she would be proud of. My perseverance would be her life lesson. I would work hard, and when she was diagnosed with a high-functioning disability, I knew I would dig harder than I’d ever imagined. With letters, videos and a blog, I would educate about our life as a family. I’d take attacks and hard words and fight to change the stigma. I’d create a team consisting of specialists in Massachusetts, Delaware and Rhode Island. I don’t know the answer to that, would be an answer I’d never settle with.

I would allow no one thing would define my sweet girl, a lesson I’d learned from my own mother. Dwarfism, gender, religion or a favorite band would simply be aspects.

I would raise her to be generous, dignified and tough. A woman who could do whatever she pleased, in jeans or a skirt, at a bar watching the game or in the courtroom arguing her case. With my biggest dream being a world that truly sees no difference between my Adelaide and any other human. Recognizing her disability as something about her, not something that defines her.

I spent two days bringing her into the world… and I will give my life to give her dreams so big that she never knows what the ground looks like with her eyes closed.

And while most of my days are beautiful- I work hard to make sure they are. Everything in life that feels like it’s too much is all the more reason to get in there. To do it ugly. Everyday isn’t a fight, but when it is, I make sure it’s worth it, to go hard.

This life is my one shot to make it what I want and give that power to my future warrior woman- and no one will lessen my gusto or dampen my dreams- not even God, herself.

Listen to the cast:

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LPA Fashion Show #lpaSD2014

While we enjoyed all the workshops that the LPA National Conference had for us, we also loved participating in other events- like the Fashion Show! Check out Addie in her first appearance in the LPA Fashion show at #lpaSD2014!

LPA Fashion Show #lpaSD2014 #aisforadelaide

#aisforadelaide LPA Fashion Show #lpaSD2014 #rehearsal

#aisforadelaide #lpaSD2014 #firsttime LPA Fashion Show

#aisforadelaide #lpaSD2014 LPA Fashion Show #cuteasabutton

#aisforadelaide LPA Fashion Show #runway First try!

#aisforadelaide #lpaSD2014 #finalrunwaywalk LPA Fashion Show

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#aisforadelaide LPA Fashion Show #addieANDPayton #lpaSD2014

#aisforadelaide #LPASD2014 #life LPA Fashion Show


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