Throwback Post: Blissful Day

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August 30 2014:

Some beauty from our sunset walk last night. All 3 of us walked with our eyes towards the sky and Lillian and I were taking pictures like crazy! xoxo

Last night’s sunset had more to share than just stunning sky colors! Looked down just in time to see this! xoxo

Love, Love, Love …. The most amazing blissful day. And we didn’t go anywhere. Stayed home, read, cleaned, played a homemade LEGO game, wrote, helped Lillian with dolphin facts research, and went for our walk.

Throwback Post: Walks While Having a Spa Day and Swimming

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September 8 2015:

Went for my first solo walk this morning at our new place. Now for some writing and more unpacking. It’s a great day!!

On Saturday we had the very first beanie baby birthday party in our new place …. For the one named September .. Isn’t she a beautiful blue?

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September 8 2014:

Came across this great quote in a book I’m reading right now … “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in a place no one has ever been.” -Albert Einstein … I would say woman or man … AWESOME book, by the way. It’s called “I Am That Girl” … xoxo

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Thomas has been wanting me to lay upside down with him on this grassy hill. It’s about a 90 degree angle. The first time I flipped backwards while trying to get up!

This caught my attention as I was leaving Perfect Balance Therapies, LLC this morning. Must be some great energy leaking out the doors and windows! Got set up on the calendar, got a key to the place, met some of the other practitioners and fitness ladies. My services will be formally announced to current PBT clients in the next few days. Who’s ready for some relaxing, healing, nourishing Reiki?

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September 8 2013:

Thomas and Lillian got treated to a morning movie with breakfast at The Romano Casa! They had one more sleep over and I got one more home made spa day before we say Bon Voyage to The Romano Duo as the leave on Tuesday for a month long adventure to Mississippi to visit family and an amazing Caribbean cruise packed in the middle of family visits! Good stuff all the way around!

This young man warms my heart and reminds me to stay focused on LOVE! Said he wanted to have a bath just to soak and read! xoxoxo

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September 8 2012:

How could sweeping and mopping the floors NOT be FUN when doing it to this and feeling grateful and blessed that I’ve got floors to sweep and mop and a roof over our heads??? WoooHoooooo!!! Bring it on baby … I’m sweeping and mopping them glorious floors!!

Family swim time adventures for Team TLC!!! Thanks Silver Bear Swim School & thanks Grandpa Frank … Just a few more weeks left of swim lessons … Then …. New adventures …

Team TLC Saturday Night Movie Adventures … We are a go for …. Buttered popcorn … (Space Buddies)

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September 8 2011:

Ice cream and French fries adventures for team TLC!!!!

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September 8 2010:

Lillian is havin her 1st lesson on the Ukelele. She just learned her C chord. YAY!!!!

Throwback Post: Sunset Walks While Reading and Cooking

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September 10 2015:

Just WOW! Beautiful walk tonight. Plus a moving quote from the bedtime book we read last night … “Do the little thing that comes from YOUR heart and everything might change, in ways no one could imagine.” – The Brave Little Parrot


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September 10 2014:

What a great morning presenting to Lillian’s classmates about chromosomes, genes, DNA, differences, acceptance, non-judgment, patience, loving and accepting our unique selves, supporting one another, and that Different iz Good! Even had a sweet young man buy one of my books for his aunt. He has a cousin with 22q-. He totally got my presentation. I could sense it in his energy and his eyes! YAY! These kids are awesome! Will post it all to my blog later today for any interested in sparking a conversation with your kids or perhaps you want to give a similar talk at your child’s school. xoxo

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September 10 2013:

Just back from a soul soothing walk. Overflowing with gratitude for the abundance of serenity and peace Mother Nature shares so freely and effortlessly. Full up of LOVE!! xoxoxo

“I feel, no, I KNOW we are at the beginning of something beautiful, magical and amazing coming into our lives! I choose to present this to myself and my kids as an opportunity for adventure. I shared the exciting news with Thomas and Lillian this past Sunday night … carefully worded and presented as a shiny new gift on a silver platter just waiting to be opened ……” Who’s ready to set sail with Team TLC? Thanks Luther for the play on words!

Allowing the Gift of a Situation

September 10 2013: Gonna enjoy as many of these sunset reading moments as we possibly can in the next month and a half …. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!


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September 10 2012:

I’m so excited!!! Prepping for my annual “Lillian Presentation”. Every year I present to Lillian’s classmates about her differences. This year I’ll have a larger audience as all of the 4-6 grade teachers want me to present to their students instead of just Lillian’s class! WOW!! I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to have these little minds to inspire and educate … My desire is that I say just the right thing, in just the right way to inspire at least one of them, hopefully more, to accept themselves just as they ARE and to carry that forward to acceptance and kindness towards those with differences … The magic happens this Friday, the 14th … not just any Friday and not just any 14th …. It’s a very special inspiring little ladies birthday that day too …. Rock on Ms. Lillian … Keep on shinin girl

Makin dinner adventures for Team Member T … Fillin my boy with confidence and kindness tonight … Spaghetti and Meatball Stoup … And I was Thomas’ helper all the way!

A little poem inspired by Team Member T & L this past July 2012 …


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September 10 2011:

About 10,000 feet up on Southwest Air on our way back to Reno from Vegas!!!


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September 10 2009:

Awoke with these thoughts this morning. 1st & foremost we must trust ourselves. We must trust & support decisions we make even if we don’t fully understand why we must make certain decisions! Liked it so much thought I’d share!

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Had a ball at Vino 100 Supporting Danell & Lisa with their wine tasting fundraiser for the 3 Day Walk next month! Man, those red wines were yummy!!

Throwback Post: Flowers With Sunset Walks and Reading

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September 11 2015:

Seven bags dropped off at Goodwill and a bouquet of sunshine delivered to the kind ladies in The Vintage office. Now I’ve got almost 4 hours of respite while Lillian spends some time with Ms. Kat.

As we were walking tonight Lillian pointed out that this would be her last Friday as a 13 year old. Indeed. She’s getting ready for her 14th trip around the sun. Good golly! xoxo


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September 11 2014:

A boy, a book, lovely green grass, and his guinea pig, Lovey! The perfect picture of LOVE!

I didn’t realize it was suicide prevention week. Last night I inadvertently landed on an old blog post of mine from 2012. Now, I know why. Sharing with you as it seems meant to be … And to quote my friend Jenny Payne Howe, “I share this, not because I want pity or empathy or any kind of crap like that. I’m sharing because it’s suicide prevention week.” ( https://camilladowns.com/2012/…/30/footsteps-out-of-darkness/ ) The climb out and the clearing and releasing of some deep “crap” from childhood through to 2006 has definitely been streaked with sadness and despair. Yet, it has been worth every tear, hurtful memory, and dark moment. I still take a step back here and there but that’s called being human. I love my self, I love this precious, beautiful life and I have an internal joy that remains no matter outside circumstances … Oceans of love to y’all! xoxo

Steps Out of Darkness

Just picked up a VERY happy young man! His first day of computer programming with NCLab! Thomas’ 3 words describing the class: epic, awesome, and love! Thank you to Stephanie for ordering one of Thomas’ LEGO prints and Scott for paying 5 times what we were asking for a print. One month paid for AND he paid for it himself … With your help! Next month is 3D printing!

Oops! Forgot to post the picture of Lillian and I before the Lillian presentation yesterday to her class! Both showing our chromosome 18 love with our shirts!


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September 11 2013:

So much looking forward to being on Wednesdays with Debbie Torres McCarthy in the second half of her show this afternoon (America Matters Media! We’re going to chat about the Reiki session she experienced with me this past Monday and some additional thought shifting goodness along with the other afternoon guests! Live on 101.3 from noon-3:00. I’ll be a part of the show from about 1:30-3:00 along with other fabulous people! I think this is the link to listen via live and streaming … https://krng.streamon.fm/

Thank you Natalie Gorden for your trust, love and kindness … ““This was my first time experiencing Reiki and it was wonderful. I was so deeply relaxed and comfortable I was in and out of sleep! During my session with Camilla I even got a …”

Deeply Relaxing: Reiki Testimonial

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September 11 2012:

As I was driving through my neighborhood on the way home from taking Thomas & Lillian to school this morning I saw one of my neighbors standing in the middle of the street with a bucket and shovel. I slowed down, put my window down and said, “What are you doing?” with a big ole smile. Apparently I missed our wild horse visitors earlier. She said, “I’ve got two more flowers to plant and I’m gonna use this.” I said “What a good idea and that’s so resourceful.” She said, “Well, that’s what we did during the War and after the War too.” (She’s an older gal from Germany.) We chatted for a minute. I smiled and told her to have a great day. As I drove home I was thinking …. “And you were letting the worry bug start invading your thoughts ….” Served as a good reminder to give worry the boot and know that we are creative and resourceful people and that anything is possible!!! Here’s to creativity and resourcefulness and to not letting worry block our creativity and resourcefulness y’all!! 

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Isn’t this woman gorgeous??? Love her to pieces … That is ALL! (Patty Romano, aka Momma, in Gulfport, Mississippi …. getting some sand to bring back to Team Member T & L)


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September 11 2011:

On this day I am grateful to have y’all on this journey with me . . . grateful, blessed, appreciative . . .

Purging, Weight Loss, and Writing a Book

Bounce house adventures for Team Member T!!!

Throwback Post: Gratitude Art and Sunset Walks

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September 12 2014:

Lillian often tells me I’m crazy. I say to her, “You’re right about that. Thank you for noticing!!”

I’m off to hang out with the cool kids in Candelaria this afternoon! Got a fun gratitude art project for them which kicks off with a little something to give those little imaginations a jolt! YAY!!

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September 12 2012:

Sunset walk adventures … So good for the Soul …

Throwback Post: Painting Rocks While Going for Walks

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September 16 2014:

Lillian’s 13th birthday party was a rock painting party! Thomas made this cool car for his friend Max who loves cars. We collected bunches of cool rocks at Boca Reservoir a few weeks ago. Can’t wait til I get to paint some! Fun stuff!

Damonte Ranch Spring 2014 .. wetland bird preserve … one of my favorite places to walk!


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September 16 2013:

Sunset walk with Thomas last night … He left a “Happy Fall” message for some lucky person to discover! xoxo

Facilitated deep calm and relaxation for 2 Reiki clients today … I so much enjoy doing this! I swear the one hour sessions only feel like 10 minutes! xoxo

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September 16 2010:

Just finished giving my presentation to Lillian’s 4th grade class about Lillian and her differences! They asked such good questions and even gave up a few minutes of their recess time to keep askin questions. One student thanked me after wards and told me how interesting it was to learn more about Lillian ~ MADE IT ALL WORTH IT ~ if I inspire at least one child!

 

Throwback Post: Blessed Beyond Words

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September 27 2015:

Morning walk with Thomas .. Awesome! Was not feeling good when I woke up this morning. Laid on the couch and went back to sleep. When Thomas woke up he put a blanket on me, got me a pillow, and set my books beside me. Then he took a picture of me sleeping .. Said I looked so cute. HA! Blessed beyond words that we chose one another as mom n son.