Throwback Post: Luggage With Bread and Candy Canes While at an African Beach

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December 29 2015:

The Romano Duo made it home about two hours ago. Minus a piece of luggage that wanted a beach vacation in Florida! Oh no! Hope it makes it’s way back to them. We sure enjoyed having them here!

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December 29 2014:

Another loaf of coconut bread made!! I think this is about the 4th loaf and I make it different every time. I know some of you wanted the recipe. I”ll get that put together as soon as I can. This time I added vanilla and cinnamon! So good!!! (Next time, I may get all crazy and try adding cocoa and make a chocolate loaf!) YUM!!!!

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December 29 2013:

Lillian helped take the candy canes off the tree …. Walked over to the counter a bit later and this is what I found! LOVE!


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December 29 2012:

Library adventures for Team TLC!!

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December 29 2011:

After almost a TWO hour meltdown for both Thomas and Lillian and then having to earn our adventure back … We are finally off for a picnic adventure!!

And we made it … Perfect place for a picnic. Drive up was so beautiful … Brought “wow this place is awe-some” tears to my eyes!!! Amazing!! Makes my heart skip a beat!! 
Grateful for a beautiful day with my kids . . . long picnic lunch at Sand Harbor beach, great ride up there and back, candle light dinner {Thomas’s idea) and now for some relaxing while Team Member T is in the bath. Think I’ll pull em both outside before bed and sit for a few minutes . . . the weather is so mild right now . . .

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December 29 2010:

My son Thomas has to have the most exciting life of any 5 year old I know. Told me that today at Ms. Kat’s they went to the airport and then flew to Africa and they also learned Spanish! Seriously now – I really don’t remember doing as many adventurous and exciting things in my childhood!

Throwback Post: Meltdowns All the Way Around

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December 11 2017:

After an extremely rough afternoon, what a blessing to receive a sweet, loving, kind, and generous message. Just the push I needed to bring on the sobbing so I could connect and release.

When you have one with difficulties in the executive functions area, it is nearly impossible to suggest spur of the moment activities. In Lillian’s case a meltdown is going to happen 95% of the time.

Yet, I continue to try. We have a blu-ray Christmas movie to watch from the library as they had no regular DVD of this movie.

I figured we could watch it at the lodge in the theater as their equipment will play blu-ray. (I use a really old portable DVD player plugged into a projector for our movie watching as we don’t have a TV.)

I looked on the library website and saw we would have to return the movie on Wednesday so I suggested we head on over and watch it. Well, at the same time, I must have given my patience a vacation. And, invited every worry and concern that has been bothering me over the past three months.

Two kids having meltdowns, one mom having an outburst, and two hours later. We are still out of sorts but this wonderful and generous message was exactly what my heart needed.

Sharing for anyone else who is having an off day, anyone who gave their patience the day off, or anyone who invited worry and concerns to cloud their day. From one human to another; I share a loving, warm, heart hug with you. And say, You are not alone. Be still. And know. xoxo

Follow up thoughts:

I find for myself when I am already in “Why me victim mode” and my thoughts are full of worries and concerns that having nothing to do with a current incident. That’s when I lose it. So when not in that meltdown moment I practice mindfulness and meditation and walks in nature so that I can have a balanced and peaceful perspective most times. Yet, we are human, so that’s not going to happen every time. And. That. Is. Okay. xoxo

I have felt incredibly out of sorts and in a huge fog lately. Along with some anxiety. I know when I feel anxiety it is usually due to something surfacing that it would be best for me to connect with so as to release. Sometimes I forget that, though, and resist.

Most times if I would quit trying to row the boat and just let that sweet little boat float through life, peace would be more consistent. For, I fully believe that life knows what its doing and has my back. xoxo

**November 2022 Update** I simply want to add that five years later we’ve come a long way. My perception of life has shifted a bit from where I was in 2017. That was the place I need to be in that moment. 

Throwback Post: Fundraising With Books While at the Park With Treats and Celebrating

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June 1 2015:

Lillian has raised $33 so far for Demi’s Difference!! She is selling prints of The Egyptian Eye to raise money for attending the Chromosome 18 Conference this July and also donating 15% of money raised to this beautiful non-profit. She’s also decided to include her bookmark design in the fundraiser. Would anyone be interested in the bookmark? I can check into how to go about getting those made. Here’s her blog post about the conference and The Egyptian Eye.

Egyptian Eye Painting For A Special Cause

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June 1 2013:

Got em all together and ready for our bi-weekly library visit … Team TLC loves to read!! Books are AWESOME!!!

Quick park stop after our library adventure and before dinner with The Romano Duo!!

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June 1 2012:

Special treat time … Plus we found wheat-free licorice!!!! Wooohoooo!!! Lillian is set for movie night!

Thomas’ turn!!! Yum!!!

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Just ordered 85 more books! 60 headed your way Darrell ‘n Lois Solet… Estimated delivery date of June 14th!!! 25 more headed to ME and should get the other 150 by this coming Tuesday!! Got my mailing supplies delivered yesterday … I’m ready to mail all y’alls books to YOU!! Who still needs one? Happy Weekend!!

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Sunset walk adventures …. What an AWEsome and beautiful night!!!

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June 1 2011:

Last day at South Reno United Methodist Church Preschool for Thomas! On to kindergarten adventures in August for this young man! Thomas and I have so much enjoyed being a part of the SRUMC Preschool family!! Thank you to everyone there for always being so welcoming, warm and kind!!

Last day for Thomas!!! Singin for us!!

He loved the “How” book. (Team Member C stocked up on books this passed Monday at Grassroots Books $5 bag sale!!)

Thomas with his graduation gifts from me! What a proud little dude!

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June 1 2010:

Momma and Frank just got back from Mississippi and guess what I’m eating right now? Boiled peanuts ~ yummilicious!!! Y’all know you’re jealous! Thanks Aunt Debbie Burton!

Throwback Post: One Loving or Liked Quality

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June 1 2015:

We did something new last night rather than our traditional compliment cards. First, we did a 5 or 10 minute mindfulness exercise. Then we each thought of and wrote down one loving and/or liked quality of each other. I read each one aloud and we discussed what that meant for each of us. That was so inspiring and amazing.

Thomas’ qualities: How flexible he is and how thoughtful he is. Lillian’s qualities: She can be fun and her love of reading. Camilla’s qualities: She makes me feel loved and she tells me stuff like this. This made for such heartfelt and fun conversation! Give it a try! xoxo

Throwback Post: Countdown to Moving With an Inspiring Sunset Bracelet and New Beginnings With Books

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June 22 2016:

The countdown is on! The Romano Duo left this morning on their way to Reno! Due to arrive on Saturday! Thomas and Lillian have been counting down since we last saw them at Christmas. YAY!

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June 22 2015:

Just made another trip to The Romano Casa. Getting excited for moving day this Friday.


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June 22 2013:

Two more cool pictures from last night’s sunset. Sooooooo beautiful. It’s clear why Thomas thought it would be awesome to have a roof that opens so we could see this inspiring sky from inside the house!


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Sandra wanted wild n crazy purple … so she got black lava and purple mother of pearl! Thank you tons and tons for your support! Sandra is a new FB friend and not a part of the “C18 family”. We are blessed by her kindness! It’s on the way to you Sandra!!


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June 22 2012:

Just got back from taking Thomas to the bus stop for the last time … Bye, Bye Kindergarten and Brown Elementary …. New school next year for first grade and I get to be the “bus driver” for Thomas and Lillian!

Thomas 6.22.12

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Mailing more books … Some amazing clouds out there today!!