I’m the Queen of the Mountain


February 22 2014:

“I’m the queen of the mountain!” – Lillian Darnell

Celebration time! This young lady remembered all on her own today that she needed to get a book for school from the library. I did not remind her at. All! We did not even discuss it today or yesterday.

Also in the past week, she has been doing basic addition and subtraction in her mind!! This girl! This girl who stood on this little hill today and without any prompting from me said, “I’m the queen of the mountain!”

Celebrate those milestones whenever they come …. however long it takes! ♡

Lillian on Hill 2.22.14

Lillian Interview – February 2013



February 11 2013:

Little Washoe Lake 6.14.13 #2

One of our sweet Chromosome 18 friends is doing a research project on Chromosome 18 affected individuals and their family for school and asked us to participate.

Here’s Lillian’s contribution!

Go Courtney MacMasters Go! Courtney is sibling to one of our C18 affected friends!

(We did this without using her iPhone and Proloquo2Go so it could be seen how 18p- affects Lillian.)


Glitter and Stars


January 29 2014:

“What did the glitter star say to the star? ……. Are you a starry night like I am?” – Lillian

Message she wrote on my “comment” card Monday night. She’s home sick today and insisted I peel myself from the computer to experience the big winds the wind fairy is stirring up! Thanks Lillian …. You are amazing!!

Lillian in Wind Fire Poppy House 1.29.14

Can You Get Your Bathwater Ready

January 19 2017:

It’s one of those “Lillian miracle” posts again ….

Lillian and Camilla October 2016 Date Day 10.18.16 #8

Last night Lillian ran her own bathwater, turning the faucet on and off by herself (BIG deal!), readied the bathroom, pulling the heater out and plugging it in, and had a bath without calling me in to help with anything (BIG deal!!).

She did send a text in the beginning saying she couldn’t get the water to turn on …. yet, she figured it out before I even responded! At FIFTEEN years old! Hallelujah!! I was only needed for ONE task … getting her hair up. One day I will post that she is able to take care of that hair of hers!

When you take your shower or bath today, perhaps you may want to release all other thoughts and focus on the miracle happening in that moment. xoxo

I Need to Take It Easy


January 11 2012:

“Listen, I need to take it easy this week.” -Lillian

{Discussing that she and I need to get to working on her math!} So hard not to crack up! I’m trying to have a serious conversation here girl!

Camilla & Lillian Rancho July Date Day 2015

(Picture from a July 2015 Lillian and Camilla Date Day)

Stranded on a Deserted Island


June 23 2013:


Lillian’s Imagination Question tonight …

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you like to have with you? She says she would like to have food, her phone and a place to live …. and she had to add a fourth one … A name for the island. Asked her what she would name the island. Her answer … Lillian’s Fairy Land Secret Island …. Sounds like a wonderful, blissful place to me!