Eight Years in the Making Along with Creating Mini Poems

February 22 2020

8 years in the making …. Team TLC – Thomas, Lillian, Camilla … 3 family members …. 4 published books …. There are more to come. However, I need to take this year to press the reset button, for my physical health and for the emotional health of Thomas and Lillian. We’ve drifted from the Team in our Team TLC; which I know will happen as they get older. Yet, I’ve let vital areas slip by the wayside over the past 4 or 5 years, especially this last year.

One major struggle is about to end for us. Once that gift is showered upon us, the rebuilding of Team TLC begins. Of course it will look and feel different than when Thomas and Lillian were younger, and that’s the beauty of it, tempered with the longing of the way it used to be.

I get the feeling the next book will be authored by all three of us. We shall see. I never really know until I become focused on the book’s creation. xoxo

There were days
She could see no reason to continue

There were days
Shrouded in darkness and despair

There were days
Bubbling with joy and love

There were days
She knew the reason to continue

These were the days
The 18,250 days of riding the wheels of her life.

April 10 2020:

Creating more mini poems and messages to hide in Words of Alchemy. Tedious Yet, there’s nothing like the feeling when phrases come together for a perfect fit. 🖤

Where Would You Fly – Coming Soon as an Ebook

April 4 2020

Exciting news!! Lillian Darnell’s book, Where Would You Fly, is being converted to an ebook. Finally!! We’ll let everyone know when it’s finished. We’ll have a special for free or low cost, and perhaps maybe a mini-launch. This opens it up to a much wider audience. YAY!!

Only One Item Left

April 3 2020:

Another one checked off the list! New bank account set up for Lillian’s SSI! Finished at 5:56 pm today. The entire process has taken about a month, to month and a half, due to needing paperwork from SS.

This last part has taken about a week and a half as we did it through email, text, phone, and DocuSign. Yet, it’s done!! Only one item left now for the Lillian-Turned-18-Paperwork-And-To-Do-List-Palooza … Creating an ABLE account.

Happy 18th Birthday to Macy Miller

March 27 2020

Today is your day, Macy Miller. It’s a milestone for you, the wonderful 18th birthday!!

We are incredibly blessed by you and your family. Deeply grateful for your friendship with Lillian.

May all that you dream for yourself take hold and blossom on this beautiful day of your birth.
May you enjoy crossing the bridge into adulthood.
May your heart be warm, sparkling of rainbows.

I’m so happy the Giggling Trio was able to have a three way chat to celebrate!!! We love you!!

Throwback Post: Everything Is Possible With Backyard and Indoor Camping

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May 31 2014:

“If everything is possible, isn’t it possible that some things are impossible?” -Thomas ….

This one made me stop … and ponder … Hmmmmmm …. Blessed, blessed, blessed by this young man! xoxo

April 9 2012:

Backyard camping at the Team TLC Casa …. YAY for warm days ….

Backyard Camping April 9 2012

Later on …. Moved the camping inside … too windy!!

Backyard Camping #2 April 9 2012

Book Readings – Words of Alchemy or Where Would You Fly or Biggest Little Photographer

March 15 2020

Book Lovers …. Anyone self isolating or in quarantine …. You can schedule a free reading from any of our books, with the latest being, Words of Alchemy. I get on the phone or other modality with you for 15 minutes or so, I read a few passages, and then we can chat about it if you like.

Sending much love out to all … xoxo … Follow this link to book your reading .. https://camilladowns.youcanbook.me/ …. And this link to see if any of the books interest you … https://camilladowns.com/books/ … Feel free to share this with all your connections …

Throwback Post – Sweet Dreams Spell and Can I Clean the Stove

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May 29 2013:

Sweet Dreams Spell from the book “A Little Fairy Princess Magic” … Read to Lillian just about every night for about the past 2 years …

“Faires, as I rest in bed, bring sweet dreams into my head, keep me safe and guard the door, bring tales of happiness forever more. As I close my eyes and fall asleep, bring magical memories for me to keep. Fairies, as I rest in bed bring sweet dreams into my head.”

Sweet dreams to all y’all tonight. Gonna review my talk for tomorrow to a group of UNR undergrad med students from a parent’s perspective (of being parent to a child with special needs) and then I’m off to dream land!

May 28 2013:

“Mom, can I clean the stove?” -Thomas …. Sure Thomas! I love it when he asks me this!!

Thomas Cleaning Stove May 28 2013

Throwback Post: Good to Hear from You and Dinner With The Romano Duo

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May 28 2015

I’ve mentioned in the past that Lillian likes to email the authors of books she reads to let them know she liked the book. She’s also writing book recommendation posts on her blog and listing every book she reads!

She almost always gets a response, and I was moved by this latest response .. “Hi, Lillian,
So good to hear from you! Your website and posts are amazing! Good for you to read and write and to share your messages with the world.

I have a new book that just came out. It’s called BAYOU MAGIC. Before SUGAR I wrote NINTH WARD.

I love fairies and I love Salt Lake, too. I’ve been to Salt Lake twice.

Happy reading and thank you for contacting me.

Sincerely,
Jewell

Dr. Jewell Parker Rhodes
Founding Artistic Director, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing
Piper Endowed Chair
Professor of Creative Writing & American Literature
Affiliate, Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture”

May 28 2012:

We eat sooooooooo GOOD when those Romano peeps are here!!!! Yuuuuuuummmmmmmyyyyyyy!!!

 Romano Dinner May 28 2012

The Soothing Medicine of Mother Nature With a Million Questions

February 16 2020:

Quick drive to Washoe Lake. Thank you Mother Nature for the soothing medicine. My entire body and soul relaxed deeply in your loving embrace.

It was a struggle to get Lillian to leave the house. It was a struggle to get her out of the car. I pray nature helped her, at least a little bit. Deeply grateful this beautiful lake is only about a 15 minute drive away. 🙏♥️♥️♥️🙏

February 20 2020:

Lillian left yesterday afternoon to spend a couple of days with The Romano Duo. A much needed break for both of us. Hope you’re having fun, Lillian!! 🎉🎉🎉

Thomas and I are just back from an hour long walk. Incredibly beautiful and peaceful …. Well, except for the million questions from Thomas.

From the moment he could talk he’s asked one question after another after another. He’s still at it. The questions have gotten harder to answer though!

When he was about 4 or 5 years old, my mom asked me how on Earth I answered all of his questions. I told her I just answered the most recent one. He literally used to ask a string of questions all at once! What a heart warming memory to have popped up! 💜💜💜