How Writing Helps Me With Parenting by Camilla Downs

How Writing Helps Me With Parenting

Writing has been a sanity saving bridge which has led from processing parenting experiences to peace and solutions. Single parenting two children led me on a journey for which I have no map. Through writing, I create the map as I travel this wild and wonderful parenting safari.

My parenting journey has included many life lessons disguised as sinkholes, road blocks, and dead ends. My daughter, Lillian, was diagnosed at age 3 years old with a …

How Writing Helps Me With Parenting

 

Camilla on The Reno Tahoe Tonight Show

February 25 2019:

What a fun early birthday present yesterday. I got to play with a cool microphone and headphones, sitting in a swivel chair, laughing and being silly on air … and share a bit about our three books. Thanks Oliver X!!!

Radio time! I was on The Reno Tahoe Tonight Show this morning, 2.25, to talk about our three books.

The Reno Tahoe Tonight Show airs M-F on 1180AM KCKQ; streams on americamatters.us and can be heard live on the free TuneIn Radio app.

Thomas and Camilla February 2019 Date Day

February 20 2019:

Thomas and Camilla February 2019 Date Day

Car picnic at South Valleys Sports Complex Park. Club sandwich for Thomas and 1/2 Veghead for me. Next up was the library. The place that houses one of our most favorite things!

After that was shopping for a new pair of ear buds for Thomas along with window shopping of computer monitors and keyboards. Thomas has plans and knows what he wants now that he’s had his current laptop for over a year.

Dessert! A caramel gelato bar for Thomas and Mexican wedding cookie for me.

An incredibly cold and slippery walk to end our date.Thomas lectured the ducks on the excessive use of pronouns. Those sweet babies thought we had food and all we offered were words! Beautiful and meaningful conversation all throughout the date. Perfect. In every way.

Amazon Best Seller – D iz for Different

**THROWBACK POST**

April 29 2013:

My eyes are sweating!!! Do you know what all y’all have made happen?? I am now a Best-Seller!!! My book is now listed as #1 in Amazon Best Sellers!! Oh my Good Golly!! I cannot wait to give each one of y’all a big warm hug!

Amazon Best Seller 4.29.13

Oh my word y’all! It’s now reached #2 in Best Sellers Motivational Self Help! Team TLC had a celebratory dinner tonight. We toasted to all y’all! That’s right! I am grateful I listened to my inner voice and shared what I knew I was meant to share in this book and grateful to every one of YOU for helping me help others … This toast was, and is, with all my love y’all!http://www.amazon.com/…/1565…/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_kstore_2_5_last

Amazon Best Seller #2 4.29.13

Lillian and Camilla January 2019 Date Day

February 1 2019:

Lillian and Camilla January 2019 date day.

First stop: Fries for Lillian, bright red shortbread cookie for Lillian and vegan chocolate blackout cupcake for me. 😋😋😋

Next up, shopping for lip balm for Lillian. She chose Mongo Kiss Peppermint and she let me try it last night. Good choice!! 💙💙💙

Ended the date with a long walk where we used to walk in 2014 and 2015. I am deeply blessed and grateful that she still loves to go walking with me. 🙏💖💖💖🙏

Most of you know that Lillian has a deep, irrational fear of dogs (and all animals). You can see in this picture of her, that’s she’s not wearing her usual glowing smile. This was about 10 minutes after she was “attacked” by a dog. I say attack because that’s what it feels like for her.

It was an incredibly jolly and happy dog. I tried to hide Lillian behind me and tried to get the dogs attention; but that didn’t work. The happy dogs seem to be attracted to her!

It was very traumatic and took her hours to recover. When the dogs young girl human caught up to the dog and us, she was nearly in tears as she felt so bad this had happened.

Lillian has been reading about dogs to help with this fear. Yet, it is not getting her there. Hopefully soon she will be ready to visit with a friendly, very mellow dog. Perhaps that will help. We go for so many walks, and encounter so many unleashed dogs, she really wants to get past this. 💝💝💝

Merry Merry Joy Joy – Team TLC Christmas 2018

December 25 2018:

Merry, Merry!! Joy, Joy!!! Oceans of love!!! 💚🎄❤️🎄💚🎄❤️🎄

My non- traditional Christmas dinner!

Beyond Beef Burger topped with romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes, hot and sweet jalapeños, sautéed crimini mushrooms and sweet onions with a side of roasted delicata squash. Patty made me my own batch of potato salad! Yum!! Washed down with blood orange Italian soda.

And, another of Frank’s virgin Bloody Mary.

My homemade gift to Thomas. Favorite color is a shade of aqua and favorite color combination is yellow and white. xoxo

That is Thomas

A beaming smile
To light the way.

A mind that
Craves to know
The why, the how.

A heart that
Thumps, thumps, thumps
With the wonder
At every pondering.

A young person
Making way
Through this
Crazy thing
Called adolescence.

Conversations,
Never dull.
Conversations,
Always full of passion.

A beautiful
Shining human
That is this one
That is Thomas.

Love,
Camilla🚀💞
Mom
xoxo

My handmade gift to Lillian. Her favorite color is blue, favorite color combination is rainbow colors, and she loves glitter and sparkles.

Magical Fairy Drops

She is a fairy
A fairy whom
Likes a berry.

She is a fairy.
A fairy that’s
Definitely not hairy.

A lover of shadows
A lover of weather
She is a fairy.

Inspired by the sparkles,
Lifted by the rainbows,
Delighted by the
Pink and orange sunsets.

Eyes shining bright
To behold the
Beautiful sky.

All aglow with
The sighting of
The magical moon.

Icicles, dew drops,
Puff balls, fresh snow,
Spring flowers,
Summer showers,
Autumn leaves
These are a few of her
Favorite things.

She is a fairy.
She is Lillian.

Love,
Camilla💙🌈
Mom
xoxo
2018

Handmade gift for Frank. His favorite colors are blue and orange. xoxo

The Italian Named Frank

Always ready
To celebrate
And to do it
With flair!

Good food and drink
He’s always happy
To serve up.

Willing to help,
Ready to give hugs,
With much love.

One whom can
Be counted on
To bring along
The silly side
Of any holiday!

Fra-gee-lay … it must be Italian!
It’s a Major Award!
Merry Christmas, The shitter was full!

Love,
Camilla😜💖😂
xoxo
2018

Handmade gift for Robert. One of his favorite colors is green. 💚💚💚

Handmade gift for Mom … Patty. One of her favorite colors is merlot. This was as close as I could get. xoxo

Ode to Patty

Always there,
Always with
Love to share.

Always with a
Comfy and cozy
House to share.

She makes
Us giggle
She makes
Us wiggle …

She makes us wiggle?
Well, not really, yet
That’s the word
That shot forth!

Deeply for her
Family she
Does care.

Always there,
Always with
Love to share.

Love,
Camilla 💖
xoxo

Handmade gift for Carolyn. Her favorite color is purple. Love you dearly, SongBird …. 💜💜💜

Dearest Carolyn – SongBird,

To have someone
such as you
to hold a mirror
so that one may
fully see the path
she has travelled
and continues to travel.

To have someone
such as you
shower your kindness
and generosity upon she.

To have someone
such as you
to share what
she needs to share
knowing it only
deepens the relationship.

To have someone
such as you
is a blessing
of the highest
and brightest.

I am blessed
by our friendship
I love YOU

Yo Cosmic Sista!!
Camilla – LoveSeed 💖
xoxo