Movie Night: Brave

January 27 2018:

Team TLC Movie Night: Lillian’s choices – “Brave”

Lillian says, “Good, liked the music, liked the main character, liked the scenery at the end, and my favorite part is the end.”

I say, “I had been putting this off due to the violence. I still didn’t like this aspect, yet love the theme of breaking tradition and living from ones heart. Quote from the movie, ‘Our fate lives within us.'”

Thomas says, “I guess it was good.”

Brave Movie 1.28.18

Journey of a Deepening Friendship


November 6 2012:

One last toast with my friend Kimberly Phipps-Nichol before she leaves for Houston in under a week …. I’m so beyond HAPPY for you, and yet, so sad that you are leaving and your light and energy will no longer be here … I have so much enjoyed the journey of our deepening friendship … Will miss you so much … Plus, who will I drink Guinness with now?? I LOVE YOU LADY!!!!

Camilla and Kimberly 11.6.12

Reaching the Goal – Where Would You Fly

December 9 2017:

After having one of her phantom-who-knows-why throwing up nights … It was great news for Lillian this morning to see we have 31 books pre-ordered so far!

Our goal is 50 – Look how close we are! Oceans of gratitude and love to everyone who has shared, commented, or purchased … xoxo

Lillian in Sun Fall Break 2015

Here’s the back of book blurb:

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

Where Would You Fly Updated Cover 9.2017

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

Where Would You Fly Updated Cover 9.2017 #2

**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 … … Oceans of gratitude!

We Cannot Control Others Responses to Our Acts Of Kindness


October 22 2013:

My words to Thomas as we had our nightly pre-bed time chat ..

“We cannot control what people do with kindness once we share it with them. If we use our time thinking and wondering why they responded in a certain way or why they weren’t honest with us, we have missed the opportunity to enjoy those moments and will never get them back. I told him I know this is a hard one as I still struggle with remembering this at times too. Told him how much I loved him and that I don’t want him to EVER forget how awesome he is” ….

Fairy Princess Lillian had a melt down tonight. After that, Thomas was trying to be helpful. He took Lillian’s pillows off her bed for her and stacked them so beautifully at the foot of her bed … just like she does. She has some kind of singing ritual she does when taking them off and he didn’t do that part. She was upset with him and he was sad that she didn’t appreciate his help.

I gave Lillian a suggestion for handling the situation differently next time. Suggested she thank Thomas for his help and after he had gone to bed she could re-do the pillow removing ritual. She understood. Poor sweet girl was just tired and those darn missing chromosomes have her lacking in the coping area of life some times …

I’m just so blessed and grateful I get to have these two in my life to learn from and teach and to be a mirror for one another when we need it! xoxo

Amazing and Inspiring and First Blurb and Editing is Finished

October 21 2017:

Do you know how amazing and inspiring it is to be reading imaginative, creative, fictional accounts of your young daughter’s life, written by her?

Lessons she’s learned and emotions she has experienced with the wisdom words you have shared woven throughout? WOW and just, WOW! xoxo

October 22 2017:

We received our first “Yes” for a blurb for the back cover! YAY!!

And ….. The editing is finished!!

Where Would You Fly Updated Cover 9.2017 #2


The Key of Alchemy by Camilla Downs

Sun Rays with Poem 2017

“The Key of Alchemy”

When ignored,
the darkness within
slowly erodes this physical body
When stuffed and buried deep within,
it silently grows stronger.

At some point along the path
and at many times,
the darkness surfaces.
Like a bullet train
or ever so slowly as a tortoise.
It will not be denied.

Keep turning our hearts away, we can.
Yet, the darkness will not depart
until it has space to be recognized.

The darkness, the shadows
only wish and pine for this space.
To be seen and accepted and felt
with compassion and deep love.

As the darkness is wrapped
in a loving embrace,
the transformation begins.

Acceptance, compassion and love,
serve to alchemize the darkness and shadows.
Transforming and melting the darkness
into the light.

The darkness may transform like a
freight train or may ever so slowly
transform as a tortoise.
Yet, it will transform when met
with love and compassion.

The irritation,
The anger,
The loneliness,
The despair,
The confusion.
Surface as they rub
the darkness within.
These feelings and emotions are the
key that allow an
opportunity to free oneself
from the suffering of denying
the darkness.

Freedom to live
consciously and authentically
is the gift this Key bears.

Oh, glory be,
the Key of Alchemy.
-2017, Camilla Downs, Lessons from Nature

Throwback – Lillian Darnell Turns Twelve


September 17 2013:

Lillian’s Birthday was this past Saturday, 9.14 …. Happy Happy Happy 12th Birthday to an incredibly amazing and awesome Fairy Princess by the name of Lillian Paige Darnell. I am blessed to eternity to get to be your Mama and to have your magical presence in my life. You are PERFECT just as you were created and were created that way on purpose and for a reason.

It is crystal clear why you and I were paired together as Mother and Daughter. We have much that we have taught one another and will continue to teach each other. We had and still have some wild and crazy shifting and awakening to guide each other through …

I overflow with gratitude and HappYness that I get to dance the dance of life with YOU!! Rock on with your twelfth year of life in this beautiful and amazing world we get to call HOME!! I LOVE YOU LILLIAN!!!

Happy 12th Birthday Lillian Photo

How to be a Peaceful Parent

January 7 2017:

Top 10 Countdown Continues! The Number FIVE 2016 blog post with the most views: “The Power and Magic of Connected Parenting” ……. xoxoxoxoxo ……

The Power and Magic of Connected Parenting

from the article … “Ever since Thomas was 1 year old we have been going to the library every 2 or 3 weeks. We live as a team rather than a dictatorship. Mostly, I am the team leader, yet I give them many opportunities to lead. We have letting go burning ceremonies every quarter.

We continually talk about why we are here, what are our goals, how are we doing personally and as a family, we make gratitude lists, create yearly vision boards for each of us and one as a family, write “compliment” notes for each other, and we openly discuss and practice mindfulness and emotional connection. We are not typical … and we like it ….. “

“Most people see what is, and never see what can be.” -Albert Einstein