Throwback Post: Best Sauce Ever and Great Teacher


September 30 2013:

I made the spaghettI sauce with Kymberlee’s awesome maters last night for dinner. Thomas and I loved it! We ate every last piece of spaghetti noodles. Still have sauce so we get to have more later this week! YUM!

Thomas says “You may not be the greatest cook but you make the best sauce ever!” Lillian adds,”You may not be the best bed maker, but you are a great teacher!” I’ll take that! Love those two up!

Throwback Post: Gratitude With Dinner and a Detective


October 12 2012:

Suddenly I see … Suddenly I see why the heck it’s so important to me … Suddenly I see … And I’m so darn blessed and grateful for my friends, family, supporters and encouragers for your LOVE!! Happy Darn Friday Y’all!


Inaugural dinner for Team TLC and the Romano Duo at their new place!!! YUM!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


October 12 2011:

Just found this in Lillian’s folder on Evernote – She’s hilarious y’all!

“Family” by Lillian –

Camilla is my mom and she has a blog and website and is 41:

Lillian is a daughter and a child and has a blog and is 10:

Thomas is a son and has a website he would like to show and is 5:

What do you notice about each age?

Camilla’s age is a big two digit
Lillian’s age is a small two digit
Thomas’s age is a small one digit. He wishes to be 6:)


Tonight I am in awe, speechless and overflowing with gratitude for 12 very special women in my life {and the unbelievably awesome view I got to experience tonight}. That is all!


October 12 2010:

Get to do a speech today at Toastmasters (Reno Downtowners Rock Y’all)! Titled: “A Different Place” ~ I know some of you can guess by the title what the speech will be about!! Gonna take my fellow Toastmasters on a 5-7 minute journey to a different place!


Thomas, “Mom, did you know girls could marry boys? I’m going to marry a girl named Vanilla.” This as he was eating some vanilla ice cream!! Just adore the things this little man says!


October 12 2009:

Sporting her new hat & bag (for her iPhone). She says she looks like a detective!!!

Throwback Post: I Am Glad We Did That


October 14 2015:

As we left the pool yesterday afternoon Lillian said, “I’m so glad we did that. It was so refreshing.”

Thomas had gone ahead of us by a few minutes. When I walked in the door, he exclaimed, “Whew! I’m so glad we did that. It was so refreshing!” …

I felt the same exact way! It was completely quiet and still when we got to the pool. We swam and just enjoyed the quiet and the feel of the water on our bodies. I can think of no words right now to describe the blissful feeling of being in the water.

So extremely blessed with and grateful for this Team TLC.

Throwback Post: Homemade Poem and LEGO Creation


November 6 2013:

Lillian asked Thomas what he wants for his birthday. He told her he wants a nice homemade poem and a lego creation … and on that note, he took a picture of one of her lego creations and uploaded it to some lego app where everyone can look at it and rate it. He called it Statue of Liberty … Going to bed tonight blessed and grateful that I get to have these two in my life …


Throwback Post: Vaulting with Gratitude While Voting and Losing a Tooth


November 6 2014:

Audrey Harris Park Spring 2014 …. After Thomas participated in the horse show with Center for Adaptive Riding. He demonstrated vaulting for the audience and had so much fun!


November 6 2012:

Lillian’s gratitude shout out from yesterday and today …

November 5th: I am grateful for our car.

November 6th: I’m thankful to have a house.


The freedom to vote, make our own choices and the ability to learn from those choices … grateful for this today … Smiles and hugs to y’all today!

Hope to see my local friends at this fun event this Saturday! I’ll be there with “D iz for Different” … passing out hugs and smiles ….

Book Blast! A Something For Everyone Event

The Book Hound, airing weekly on Sundays at 8 p.m. on 99.1 FM Talk Radio and live streaming will be interviewing select authors at LeRue’s 3rd Annual Book Blast. Are you an author? Will you be one of them? Contact LeRue to arrange to be on the air with host Janice Hermsen and co-hosts, Jennifer Brewster and Dennis Duperault.

Do you love to read? Join the authors and publisher at The Reno Town Mall.
• Meet the publishers at LeRue Press
• Meet The Book Hound
• Book signings: 11-4
• How to Write and Market a Book
• Writer’s Info
• Get a free book when you complete survey
• Books galore!
• Art/Photography display
• Coloring for the kids
• Other display booths
• Fun, fun, fun

Tables available-ask for Registration Form

Join us on November 10th! It’s a blast.

A portion of the proceeds from book sales benefits the Washoe County Library System.


Here’s to life …. It’s a GREAT day to be alive … Treatin Mr. T to an ice cream before we pick up Team Member L from therapies … Cheers Y’all!!

Thomas’ gratitude shout out for yesterday and today:

November 5th: I’m thankful for Lillian.

November 6th: I’m thankful for mommy.

November 6 2011:

Today I am thankful for Jannine DeMars Cody and the organization she founded over 20 years ago . . . The Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society. There are no words to adequately describe the awesome support that we C18 Families receive from one another. The research performed by The Registry benefits all with genetic abnormalities. Thankful is too weak a word . . .

November 6 2010:

Thomas lost his 1st tooth! Got one kid where everything happens later than typical & one that’s gonna do it all early!

Throwback Post: Reiki with Gratitude and Pizza


November 5 2014:

This is where I spent my morning! Ahhhh!! Smells good, looks good, and feels good! If interested, I’ve got one Reiki appointment left available for this Friday. So peaceful!


November 5 2012:

The ability to learn is what I am full of gratitude for today … and all that goes with it. The ability to read and write, the ability to change habits and change my thoughts, to create new thought patterns that serve me, my family and society better … And because it can be difficult at times to change habits and thought patterns, I’m grateful for the tenacity and faith to keep at it, to keep learning and working at it …. no matter WHAT! Big ole smiles and hugs y’all!


November 5 2011:

Today I am thankful for time spent with my Momma, Patty Romano, and my step father, Frank C. Romano Jr . . . thankful to have them in my life . . .

Candy day adventures ….. Just got a little more interesting and exciting!!

Off on an adventure to find some big letters …. TLC and birthday goodies for Thomas’s party next weekend!!

Pizza and red wine with my kids . . . wine just for Mama . . . now to get ready for movie night! Ahhhhhhh . . . I love my life!

Throwback Post: Gratitude While Discovering Wild Horses


November 4 2015:

Subbing tomorrow, Friday, and Monday in Sierra and I get to help the students create vision boards. It was such a hit last year, I get to do it again! I am so grateful to receive emails like this one from the teacher in Sierra letting me know what must get done and then asking … “do you have some things you would like to do with the students?” She had requested I do the vision board lesson with them already. I suggested that November is a GREAT month to focus on gratitude. So, we will be creating a Gratitude Wall in the classroom. Should be fun!


November 4 2012:

A vehicle and gas in it’s tank … So very grateful that Team TLC has a car to get us places we need and want to go and that we have gas in the tank to make that car GO!! Big ole smiles and hugs y’all!!


Time to get Mr. Thomas caught up:

November 1st: I’m very grateful for friends.

November 2nd: I’m grateful for food.

November 3rd: I’m super grateful for my Mom and Sister.

November 4th: I’m grateful my friend Lance coming over and having fun with us. – Thomas Darnell


I am thankful for my tricks. – Lillian Darnell


Team TLC Discovery Adventures …. GREAT Fun!!!


November 4 2011:

Today I am thankful for quiet alone time . . .


Our beautiful visitors this afternoon!


November 4 2010:

Puttin final touches on ANN Roundtable presentation for tomorrow morning! “3 Keys to Social Media Marketing Success in 2011” – Who’s gonna be there? I’m so excited! Can’t wait to be in a room full of so many people doing so many good things!!


Throwback Post: Trees While Creating Vision Boards With Respite and a Movie


January 2 2016:

Summer 2015 – Beautiful Tree at Virginia Foothills Park … Next time you’re near a tree, walk up to it as close as you can get …….. and. look. UP. WOW!! Breathtaking. Then, if it moves you, give that beautiful tree a hug! xoxo

Done! 2016 theme words are Love and Mindfulness. The main focus is to write.


“You’re intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.” -Ray Bradbury

“You are in concert with the universe.” -A Course in Love

“Looking at herself or another, she sees the same thing.” -Hua Hu Ching

There’s more and I’ll be writing a blog post to share with mention of last year’s also. Two theme words for 2015 were Love and Meditate. I meditated an hour, 6 days a week, for the entire year! I plan to continue this practice. It has been miraculous.

Team TLC movie night … Gandhi …. “The way of truth and love has always won.”

Thomas says, “a Really good, spiritual, inspiring, good feeling, amazing.”

Lillian says, “Good, amazing, emotional, cool, and shocking.” “Wonderful,” I say.


January 2 2015:

The two loves of my life just drove off with The Romano Duo for a sleep over. I get to have a date night with myself and a breakfast and lunch date with myself tomorrow! Even though I look forward to the time alone, it feels like a piece of my heart left with them. It’s good stuff for all of us, cause they have a ball hanging out with The Duo. Plus, Thomas gets “new” ears and minds to ask his many questions of … Here’s a fun picture of The Romano Duo and Team TLC taken December 24 2014.

The Romano Duo brought one more gift when they came to pick up Thomas and Lillian. The toaster oven toasted for its last time around Christmas eve. I use it every single day. I not only make cheese toast and cinnamon toast and plain toast for almond butter; I use it to heat left overs. I haven’t used a microwave in about 2 years! I reheat food in the oven, toaster oven, or on the stove. What I learned this time around is that the oven toasts pretty good. Bake for a bit and then broil for a bit! Works great! Thank you Mom n Frank!

Another finished and hung on the wall! “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” -James Barrie … One of the quotes on Lillian’s board. Her 3 words for 2015 are adventure, happy, and fun. She wants to learn to crochet, write in cursive, and ride the train to the Chromosome 18 conference this July in Salt Lake City. I love her!! xoxo


January 2 2013:

It’s a beautiful day y’all!! I’m embracing this day and am gonna enjoy the heck out of whatever I’m doing!! Hope y’all do the same!!

Thank you Bonnie for such beautiful conversation. So much enjoyed learning about you and signing your copy of ‘D iz for Different’. Let the “Meeting People” Adventures continue!!!! Wooooohooooo!!

I kinda like this “To Do List” Y’all!

Day #2 of no furnace .. Anyone with furnace knowledge …. Before it shut down yesterday morning, it sounded like there was a dirt bike in our attic! HA!! A dirt bike with it’s engine being revved up over and over. Anyone handy with furnaces have an indication if this sounds like a possible “easy” fix or a “time to make the oil heaters a permanent fixture” kinda fix? I haven’t climbed into the attic to look at it yet. Ya have to get on the top step of the ladder and that darn furnace is way on the other side from the entrance to the attic!! I’ll get up there if I have to if someone knows what the heck I should be looking at!! Hahaha! WoooHoooooo!! Let the furnace adventure continue!

Just came across this on my blog and was moved to share it! Right on Mr. Thoreau, Right on! “I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” -Henry David Thoreau


January 2 2012:

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” -Aesop

Started my day with thoughts of kindness and gratitude. Was welcomed with an unexpected day all to myself and I’ve been spreading smiles and happiness everywhere I go! Think I’ll do this again tomorrow . . . . (Thank you Kat for having both T & L over for the day!!)


January 2 2009:

Lillian’s latest NewsFlash!

Latest post on Pink Elephant Books Blog!

Throwback Post: Beautiful Tree With Gratitude


November 1 2014:

Audrey Harris Park Spring 2014 …. Gorgeous view and beautiful tree!


November 1 2012:

Food …. that’s it … I am grateful to have food in our fridge and pantry … FOOD!!! Hugs and Smiles Y’all!!


November 1 2011:

Today I am thankful for the happy moments spent snuggling and reading with Thomas.

Throwback Post: Gratitude With a Beautiful Sky and Respite


November 7 2015:

Second flower planted in the Gratitude Garden. Thomas: food, our home, and pretzels. Lillian: relaxing, music, and home. Me: mom n frank, food and water, and our home. We’re really enjoying watching the flowers come together.

That Thomas is listening to the Thanksgiving Day Radio on Pandora with songs by Etta James, Louis Armstrong, and similar …. And he keeps jumping up to give a”thumbs up” to these songs. That just warms my heart and adds happiness and joy. Love, Love, Love!!! xoxoxo


November 7 2014:

Another peaceful yummy morning of sharing Reiki at Perfect Balance Therapies, LLC! Ahhhhh!!! Such a blessing to receive messages from my two Wednesday clients thanking me …. “significant change, feel better than a million bucks, magical” … Makes my eyes pool with sweat … xoxo


Let the Mama’s night off begin!! Thomas and Lillian just left with the Romano Duo for a sleep over. Every time they leave it sure feels like a piece of my heart is driving away … However, time for some uninterrupted ME time! YAY!!!!


November 7 2013:

Our beautiful sky this morning and tonight’s sunset …. I am compelled to step outside and capture the stunning beauty of nature and breathe in the love she so freely shares! xoxo


November 7 2012:

Lillian’s gratitude for today:

I’m thankful for my dress, my skirt and my long hair.

Thomas’ gratitude for today:

I’m grateful that we have food and love!


I’ll be at this event to benefit the Nevada Diabetes Association y’all! Hope to see some of my Reno friends there … Me and “D iz for Different” will be there with a smile and a hug!!

Fabulous Fashions Shop for Great Gifts and help a great cause.
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November 7 2011:

Today I am thankful for Thomas hugs . . .