D iz for Different Pre-Sold Over 100 Books

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May 15 2012:

THANK YOU everyone for helping meet the “100 Books Sold” Goal!! We are at 110!!! Free shipping has ended; but you can still get a 20% discount for 3 or more books purchased!! Just waiting on the printer to fix a few errors and then I can place that FIRST order!!! GRATEFUL for all y’alls support!!!

In her early thirties Camilla Downs landed in a different place than she had planned; a place more different than she could ever have imagined. Five years into her marriage with a happy three-year-old daughter, a phone call with a diagnosis from the pediatrician changed everything.

This A to Z inspiring memoir recounts Downs’ journey to acceptance of herself, her daughter’s genetic abnormality of 18p- and becoming a single mom. Through Downs’ realization’s we learn that accepting ourselves and our situations is the key to being able to accept others, tap into our vein of courage and live in the present moment. Downs details her journey with the methods and thought process that led her to achieve true acceptance and genuine happiness. You’ll learn ways to redefine your thought processes and belief system by applying the practical, insightful “Tips for the Journey” at the end of each chapter.

Whether you need to decrease stress and worries, or increase self-confidence, this powerful book will help you make changes for the better and realize you are not alone. Begin your new journey today!

“As a blind person myself, I understand the challenge and blessing of doing things differently. In this book, Camilla shares her journey with Lillian which will help us all do more, give more, and be more.” -Jim Stovall, Emmy-award Winner, Best-selling author, The Ultimate Gift

“My granddaughter Mable and my niece Elizabeth are both different enough to have special needs so I speak from personal experience about Camilla Downs enlightening book D iz for Different: One Woman’s Journey to Acceptance. I believe this book will help those who find themselves asking how and why questions about their “differently-abled” loved one. This quick and thoughtful read gives answers to hard questions and provides some easily used tools to help people move more quickly to a place of peace and acceptance.” -Julie Ziglar Norman, Proud Grandmother and Aunt, Founder of Ziglar Women, Inspirational Speaker, Author of Growing Up Ziglar: A Daughter’s Broken Journey from Heartache to Hope

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Sharing My Journey with Reno Sunrise Kiwanis

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December 28 2012:

WOW!!! What an amazing group of people!! Just got the privilege of sharing my journey and path to happYness with the Reno Sunrise Kiwanis. GOOD stuff y’all!

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Thank you Skip Benton for your kind words … I just saw this! Had a GREAT time meeting all y’all!

“One of the interesting things about Facebook is I ended up “meeting” people I would have never met in any other medium. I have been reading about Camilla Downs for a long time. I’m thrilled I finally get a chance to meet and hear her speak. I’m so impressed with people – especially woman – who end up coping with a really bad situation and then turn it into a positive ….” -Skip Benton

Adventures of Being a Family of Published Authors

March 12 2018:

Team TLC had a little adventure this afternoon. Got to be filmed for a wee segment about being a family of published authors. Will share details of the name of the show, airing date and time, and hopefully a link for viewing once we get it. xoxo

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Where Would You Fly by Lillian Darnell

Biggest Little Photographer by Thomas Darnell

D iz for Different by Camilla Downs

What Does Hurricane Harvey Have to Do With D iz for Different

January 11 2018:

Just received five of these! Two are spoken for, so that means only three left with this awesome cover. The wheels are about to start turning for an updated cover. xoxo

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What does Hurricane Harvey have to do with acceptance?
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Well. Hurricane Harvey must have needed a dose of acceptance as he borrowed my friend Monica’s copy of “D iz for Different”. By the time he was done with it, the book was destroyed.

So. Yesterday was a good day to mail Monica a replacement book. Courtesy of another friend who found out about it. Love, sweet love. xoxoxo

D iz for Different to Monica 1.12.18

Movie Night: Phoebe in Wonderland

January 6 2018:

Team TLC movie night – Lillian’s choice: “Phoebe in Wonderland”

Lillian says, “Good, my favorite character was Phoebe, and awesome.”

I say, “I really enjoyed this movie. I resonated with the mom character to points of sobbing. I resonated with the dynamic of having a younger sibling who assumes the role of an older sibling …. and harboring anger and sadness about having to assume that role. I highly recommend this for fellow special needs parents.”

Thomas says, “It was good. I identified with all of the characters.”

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Will You Please Help Lillian Get Back to Herself

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November 6 2013:

Lillian had a melt down a few mornings ago complete with she’s moving out, she hates it here and calling Thomas and I idiots. Once she calmed down, she asked in a different, quiet, deep and more mellow voice, “Camilla, will you please help Lillian get back to herself”.

I said, “Absolutely!”, and asked how I could help? Then I helped her get dressed. Later I asked who it was that asked me to help get her back to herself. She told me her name, which I forgot, and said that she was a professional ballet dancer. I said that it was very kind of her friend to come along and help her get through that rough moment …

Lillian has these melt downs about 1 to 4 times per week. Usually it’s when we are getting ready to leave for school or anywhere else. She does not like to be rushed and reminded to complete the next step of getting ready. I choose to mostly ignore her unkind comments as I know that’s not the true Lillian.

The more I do not acknowledge the melt down and the more I remain calm the sooner she is able to bring herself back to the true Lillian. I am so truly grateful for all that this beautiful little soul has taught me about myself and life! xoxo

Loads Lightened and Encouragement – D iz for Different Review

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November 6 2012:

“Finally read your book – you are such an inspiration. It is my prayer lives will be touched, people will be changed, hearts will be softened, kids will be raised to their full potential, parents will be encouraged, loads lightened, and joy embraced through your inspiring story and advice and direction. You truly are making a difference. You share so freely, may blessings come back many fold!” – Terry Vasenden, Reno, Nevada

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D iz for Different on Special Needs Book Review

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February 24 2013:

Hope and Guidance to Parents of Children with Special Needs: Interview with Camilla Downs Thank you so much for introducing your book, D iz for Different: One Woman’s Journey to Acceptance in a guest post for our Special Needs Book Review site! Friends read about this mom-author and about her book >>

http://www.specialneedsbookreview.com/2013/02/01/hope-and-guidance-to-parents-of-children-with-special-needs-interview-with-camilla-downs/

 

 

Almond Flour Cookies and Trusting Yourself and Washoe Lake

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June 14 2013:

I finally put the almond flour cookie recipe on my website y’all! Gluten free, dairy free and vegan and YUMMY!! Here ya go … Also, if you wanna make sure to not miss any of my blog posts you can sign up to get them as I post. I write about once or twice a week on living a natural, simple and inspired life (with a smattering of special needs parenting issues).

Recipe: Almond Flour Cookies

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When we are urged by our inner voice to share, do or say something, sometimes we don’t know the reason. Simply trusting that the reason will become clear once we let go and embrace it is all that’s needed to understand the reason. I received this comment on my website last night. I share it with y’all for anyone who questions their inner voice and chooses to ignore it.

“Dear Camilla

I have only by accident come across your book and upon reading the first few pages was surprisingly ( even to myself) reduced to tears. Someone else has a daughter with 18p- … Someone else knows what that means… And the rarity involved. Someone else knows the endless parade of doctors and decisions and someone else does it as a single parent. I did not know I felt so alone in this until reading u describe my own child, Emalee, (13yrs) in your words about Lillian. I have lost a daughter to trisomy 18 and a husband to divorce. I look forward to reading your book knowing I am not navigating this alone.”

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Headed to turn in Thomas‘ summer horse riding paperwork … Making a fun little stop to get inspired and refreshed!!

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A few more pictures from our quickie stop at WashoeLake‬ today. So beautiful and inspiring‬!

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