The Power of Pause

My first yoga teacher training was 12 years ago, during a time when my life was filled with ease in nearly all ways.  I lived in an off-grid jungle cabin.  I slept well, ate well, had an abundance of time all to myself and few responsibilities to bear.  Teacher training filled my days, and I quickly became immersed... Continue Reading →

Surrender

A while back, during the time just after Nicco’s birth, when my husband was working all day and starting a business all night, when sick family members were living with us and I was struggling to set reasonable boundaries for what I was able to take on, I began to notice a change in my... Continue Reading →

Energy Drinks and Anger

Sometimes in life, you encounter mud. Icky, sticky Mud. To borrow a few lines from one of Oliver’s favorite books, “Can’t go over it. Can’t go under it. Can’t go around it. Got to go through it!” And indeed, we have been going through it. In late May, Oliver caught his first virus since the... Continue Reading →

Growth Attenuation

For families like ours, being judged, shamed and criticized about the decisions we make for our children is an unfortunate part of our daily life.  And you know what?  I can’t say I blame people for that, because most people dwell comfortably in a world of absolutes. This is right and that is wrong.  This is natural and... Continue Reading →

Don’t Forget to Play

Last night we decided to set the evening routine aside and drive up the mountain for a sunset picnic and an opportunity to just breathe. We have been absolutely entrenched in the hussle lately.  Finishing our yurt and moving out of our house has proven to be quite an epic feat.  But we’ve been unbelievably fortunate to... Continue Reading →

Oliver’s Birth Story

******Trigger Warning: Traumatic Birth******* As she pulled my son from my body, the sound of silence was deafening.  That iconic wail of a baby’s first cry was absent from our birth story.  Instead, she laid a beautiful, blue-tinged little babe upon my chest and began to rub his limp body vigorously.  It was in this moment that our... Continue Reading →

And Just Like That… Life Begins Again.

I am not a person who holds center well.  I experience this life with an, honestly, exhausting level of intensity.   At this point, for me, dispassion is an unattainable philosophical concept, far outside my reach.  And although I’ve developed the ability to see the highs and lows coming, when I am in the midst of them, they are... Continue Reading →

What Has your Child Taught You?

It would probably be much easier to write about the few things that Oliver has not taught me in our time together because the list of his lessons shared, could go on forever.  Without speaking a word, Oliver has imparted more wisdom to me than any other person on earth.  I consider him to be my greatest teacher.  But... Continue Reading →

Inchstones

A while back, I wrote an Instagram post about how a child’s diagnosis can totally waylay a family’s hopes and dreams. It’s easy to lose faith that you’ll ever get back to any version of the life plan you had envisioned. I’ve pondered this very subject for 5 years now. Will my life ever again be filled with things that were once pillars of my dreams? Or is it only insurance battles and disposable diapers for me from here on out?

Advocacy in Action

Today we have, what I hope will be, our final court hearing to overturn the insurance company’s denial of Oliver’s g-tube supplies.  I’ve been embroiled in this battle for months and I am very much hoping that the judge can see what an unnecessary waste of time this entire thing has been for all parties involved.  ... Continue Reading →

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