Pushing the Cart and Pulling Holds – Volunteering at the Library

November 16 2017:

There she is …. On our way to pull holds! She has taken over pushing the cart. Oh, and see the art gallery in the background? That’s where Team TLC will have our family art showing in spring 2018.

Thomas will have photos from Biggest Little Photographer, Lillian will have her artwork, and I’ll have perhaps my photos paired with poetry.

Lillian Pushing Cart at Library 11.16.17

Back of Book Blurb Finished and Sneak Peek – Where Would You Fly

December 3 2017:

Reviewing PDF Proof Now! Here’s a sneak peek!! xoxo

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Back of Book Blurb Finished! Reviewing PDF Proof Now! So Close! xoxo

Welcome to the radiant imagination of Lillian Darnell, a wonderful and unique human being, the kind who comes around only once in every 56,000 births, as she is missing the short arm of her 18th chromosome.

Leave this reality behind and enter enchanted lands awash in mysteries, happy endings, adventures, and inspiration. Come within and discover heartwarming and beautiful tales, woven with love and magic, brought forth from the imagination of a young woman with a different perspective. Lose yourself in wondrous adventures as you follow courageous, enchanting characters, kind animals and plant life, and graceful Mother Nature.

The delightful tales, legends, and poems within these pages were written by Lillian Darnell between the ages of four and fifteen. The stories and poems are mostly edited for spelling and grammar, yet the bulk of the stories remain as she originally wrote and published them to include a few grammatical errors and made up words.

Will a girls dream of becoming a princess come true?

What does love have to do with rainbows and why do we sometimes see double rainbows?

What do roses have to do with fairies and why don’t we see fairies during the day?

How can sad, mischievous, fearful animals help humans feel emotions?

How did the world come to have color?

What really happens in a day of the life of a young whale who lives in the Wooden Ocean?

Why should you never sleep with bears?

“You can’t help but feel happy and be inspired while reading this book. Lillian’s stories jump straight out of her heart and onto the pages in an authentic, innocent, and loving way. The world needs more positivity and happiness and her stories are bursting with both. Thank you Lillian!” -G. Brian Benson – Award-winning and best-selling author, actor and TEDx speaker.

“Let your imagination be taken away with Lillian Darnell’s writings and allow yourself to be transported to places where anything is possible with love, joy and a touch of inspiration. This collection is born from a young woman with a unique perspective on how our world could be – immerse yourself and come, see the world through Lillian’s eyes.” -Dr Veronica Wain – Award winning filmmaker, Academic, Author, Disability Advocate

**Our goal is to receive at least 50 pre-orders to help ease the final leg of bringing the book to life. We have received 21 orders so far. If you would like to help you can share this post, share the website page at http://www.LillianDarnell.com/author, or go here to pre-order … http://www.LillianDarnell.com/author … Oceans of gratitude!

Where Would You Fly Updated Cover 9.2017

Realize and Eventually


November 4 2013:

Last Friday morning Thomas told me that he feels guilty about all the stuff people give to him. I asked him what kinds of stuff he was talking about and as an example he said all the things he got at the chromosome 18 conference like the blow up guitar. He said that then there wasn’t enough for everyone else.

I explained to him that if people give him something it’s because they want to and we should let ourself feel happy about it. Also that this is a world of abundance and just because he is given something doesn’t mean that there’s not enough for others. He asked why there are people who have nothing if this is the case.

I told him they just haven’t realized this yet … some eventually figure it out …. and some never do … (Great reminder for this Mama too as I navigate the “realizing” and “eventually” part!!) Tons of hugs to all y’all! xoxo

Use the Good China

November 14 2017:

Incredibly satisfying this morning …. English Breakfast Tea with a side of gingerbread cookie sticks. The combination and amounts of ginger, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg are perfect!

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Note on the cute little plate: My grandmother bought a set of dishes for each of her granddaughters. She bought them when we were still really young, kept them in her hope chest, and gave them to us as we reached adulthood.

I used to keep them on the shelf or boxed and only use them occasionally. About three or four years ago, my whole way of thinking shifted and I quit using the regular dishes and switched to using these. We’ve lost a couple of pieces due to breakage and many have chips … Just the way I like it. Well used!

Seriously, those gingerbread cookie sticks tasted even better being displayed on such a cute little dish! xoxo

PDF Proof – Where Would You Fly

December 1 2017:

Guess what? We received the PDF Proof to review this afternoon! I know what I’ll be doing all weekend! And … I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else!

I am super excited for Lillian Darnell!! I AM So Excited and Overflowing with Gratitude ….. xoxo

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**Are you interested in helping us reach the goal of 50 pre-sold books? We have sold 15 so far! This will help pull us through the final stretch of bringing the book to life. Go here if interested … http://www.LillianDarnell.com/author … Oceans of gratitude!

The Unexpected Leads to Meltdown

November 10 2017:

The Unexpected: I had a service request for a slow draining tub with a note to call me first before entering. In the past they have always called first. This time. They didn’t.

I was out for walk and when I got back I ran into the maintenance guy headed away from our place. Lillian did not let him inside so I invited him to come inside with me.

After he left, a huge meltdown ensued that took Lillian two hours to recover from. She was not expecting this and it threw her schedule and morning out of whack.

I am so incredibly thankful for the path I have been led. The path of meditation, mindfulness, immersing in nature, emotional connection, Reiki, and now, EFT – tapping. Lillian will be one of my next tapping clients! HA!

It is imperative that I meet her volatile outburst with the opposite. I’m not able to do that every time, yet, most times I am able to hold a space of peace and calm. xoxo

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I think there are quite a few 18p- beauties that have difficulties with this. Yes, it takes so much practice and they are here to be a mirror for us when we aren’t walking our talk, for sure. I try to always let them know I am not handling a situation as I would like to handle it so they know that even I don’t agree with how I’m handling it, but my humanness has taken over! HA!


What is Your Job and Other Questions


October 31 2013:

I’m down to 743 unread messages in the great 2013 email purge y’all! Just found a fun email that Lillian sent to me in January 2013 and my response to her … It’s a keeper! That girl is on FIRE!! xoxo

From Lillian: Camilla’s questions

1. What is your job?
2. How did you become famous?
3. Did you have problems?
4. Would you get rich in your life-time?

My Responses: 1) First, I am a guide and mentor for Thomas and Lillian. My purpose is to spread love and kindness to all those I encounter, to write, and to guide special needs parents and anyone who needs my guidance.

2) By being ME!

3) Any problems I’ve ever had were opportunities for me to learn and grow.

4) I am already rich!!! And I do plan on being financially independent very soon!


**Update** November 20 2017 – What a GREAT reminder this served for me this morning! Love it!

Wee Respite and Independence for Lillian

November 8 2017:

For the past month or so Lillian has been going to the lodge once a week and spending solo time. I walk over with her, and she walks back alone. She stays anywhere from 1-3 hours.

I’m so grateful for this wee respite! And grateful she’s got somewhere close to go and practice being independent.

Text Messaging with Lillian 11.8.17

It’s semi-private … only people who live in the complex would be there. Has a coffee/hot chocolate/tea room, fireplace, pool table, big screen televisions, very small 12 person theater, and some comfy chairs and tables. The complex office is inside also.

Lillian stays in one spot and so far has just been using her electronics. It’s a start. Hopefully, she’ll get comfortable enough to take a book over or some artwork.

I think the next step would be dropping her off at the library for a bit. I want her to get used to communicating with people she does not know and who are going to have a difficult time understanding her spoken word. She has got to figure out how she wants to communicate with people when I’m not there (and not just be okay with them misunderstanding and her giving up.)