Step Eleventy Billion Towards Independence

August 2 2023

Step eleventy billion on helping Lillian be more independent.

A fancy toaster with no knobs as Lillian’s poor motor skills prevent her from effectively using the toaster oven we have.

And most importantly does not make a loud noise, popping the toast up when done. It slowly rises, also having a button for checking the toast. My toast making duties are officially over!!

This is working towards our goal of me getting a vacation, with Lillian staying home alone, with helpers checking in on her. I haven’t had a vacation since about 2008.

Thanks to The Millers for sharing how they went through this process with Macy.

Throwback Post: Movie Night: It’s A Wonderful Life


November 26 2015:

Team TLC movie night … “It’s a Wonderful Life” …

My favorite Frank Capra movie. Life is indeed a precious gift. And richness is indeed within.

Thomas says, “Suspenceful, fast-paced, good-feeling, funny, spiritual, Christmasy.”

Lillian says, “Good, Christmasy, good spirited, good energy, good movie title, nice effects, funny, romantic, musical, amazing, and Christmas tradition.”

Throwback Post: Respite with New Friends While Digging in the Dirt With Comfort Food and Tea


December 5 2015:

Took Lillian to Ms. Kat’s place about an hour ago and now experiencing 3 uninterrupted hours of pure bliss and quiet respite. Now I shall write or read or take a nap or just sit. There’s so much I want to do … I’ll breath into the moment and listen with my heart ….. (Picture at little Washoe lake in October 2015).


December 4 2014:

Here’s to new friendships! Had such a great time chatting with you Michaela Koenig! YAY!


December 4 2013:

The other night I asked Thomas what the absolute, most spectacular and favorite thing that he got do at school that day was. His answer was that he got to dig in the dirt today and it was so much fun. They are making a garden area in front of the school and he got to be a part of the students cleaning it up and getting it ready for when planting time rolls around. Love this school!


Dinner was enjoyed by all tonight! All 3 Team Members could taste the love! T & C loved the mashed potatoes made with sweet potato and russet potato… all smooshed up with 3 kinds of cheese and a little bit of butter. T & L loved the different colored carrots … red, yellow and orange. They still aren’t going for the brussel sprouts, but I keep trying! Meatloaf made with grass fed beef and some other goodies. Soooo yummy!


December 4 2011:

Chromosome 18 friends … Vanilla Caramel Truffle … Celebrating Phantom Tea in spirit … Sending a donation in honor of Lillian later this week. Any of FB friends want to join? Research performed benefits all with genetic differences.


December 4 2008:

taking Thomas on a date today – probably to the airport and then the toy store!

Perfect With Peace and Beauty

August 4 2023

A hike around Spooner Lake Loop this morning. Perfect weather, peaceful, and beautiful.

I ate breakfast at the bench and the video is of the wind blowing the Aspen leaves. Love that sound.

Lots of selfies, too!! Had to capture myself in this gorgeous place!

Throwback Post: I Love this Life and Thank You


December 3 2015:

A full day of subbing in Stillwater, then home and cooking dinner while these two made homemade gifts. My heart overflows with joy at their excitement of making homemade gifts. I cannot wait to share with y’all what Thomas made Lillian!!

Wild n crazy dinner of a gigantic pancake turned more into a pancake crumble with apple smoked bacon. Oh well! They loved it, so what the heck!! And now they are playing with Thomas’ cars …. And I was standing right there washing dishes.

Here we are in this tiny 800 sq ft and they are right there under my feet! I looked down at them and thought, “I love this life. Thank you, thank you.” Sending that love out to you! Love, sweet love.

Throwback Post: Book Musings: Tibetan Tales for Little Buddhas


December 3 2015:

Another book that Team TLC really enjoyed … “Tibetan Tales for Little Buddhas”!

Simple, enchanting tales that give a glimpse into Tibetan culture, sharing inspiring wisdom relating to peace, gratitude and seeing with the heart. I was only going to read one per night. Thomas and Lilian loved it so much they did not want me to stop! We read all three in one night!