TEDx Talk: Living with Purpose

We all hit rock bottom. What do you do when you hit rock bottom? In March, I had the honor and privilege of being asked to give a TEDx Talk on Living with Purpose. I hope you enjoy watching my story. This was the toughest public speaking experience of my life, but one I am happy I said yes to. Thanks for watching and if you think my story can help one person, please feel free to share the video. I firmly believe our struggles shape us and can make us soar!

Coming Home with Grace, Inc.

Want to learn more about Coming Home with Grace, Inc.? Watch the video to hear our story. Please like the Coming Home with Grace, Inc. Facebook page, share this blog post and join our mission! For more information visit

Whatever Megan and Harry? Violet and Finnegan are Now Trending

Violet’s Bucket List We were devastated when Violet was diagnosed with end stage Hemangiosarcoma in February. The One Upper Everyone knows she is the nicest dog, but who knew she was such a scene stealer? I think my Dad was happy to kick Glioblastomata to the curb for a millisecond as everyone focused on Violet- Man’s Best Friend. Regrets Sometimes, there are THOSE people who have a dog and regret getting it, hate walking it, hate that it sheds and call it the wrong gender everytime. Unfortunately, I fall into the THOSE people category, but now I am Team Violet. The Royal Wedding This EPIC wedding event was a weekend that my kids will never forget. Life is all about creating lemonade moments. We have been crossing off Violet’s bucket list one by one. A couple of weekends ago we crossed off: Violet’s Royal Hotel Stay Violet’s Wedding to Finnegan (our cat) Who in their right mind would allow these two ridiculous things to even make it on a bucket list? Getting Through the Battle Over time, we have learned from experience that when you focus on bucket lists and search for lemonade moments even in the darkest daysyou can find joy. You just have to slow down and look for it. Life is all about finding happiness during the storm, making the best out of even the worst situations, and crossing things off your bucket list, or in this case your dog’s bucket list. Everyone deserves the royal treatment!! 💕 I hope you enjoy the royal wedding video above if you haven’t already. Do you have some items on your bucket list? Could you share them with me in the comments, email me or write to me on social media! If you like what you are reading, subscribe to Mom Battles so you can get the newsletter Battle Gear every week.

Happy 10th Birthday, Brynlee!

Our Brynlee is 10 years old today! She is fun, creative, thoughtful, caring, outgoing, forgiving, and patient. She loves people, she chooses joy, but most importantly she loves Jesus. Our only prayer for her this year and every year is that she continues to follow Him! 

Huddle Up With Eagles Autism Challenge

On April 7 we are participating in this great event in honor of Camryn. The best thing about the Huddle Up With Eagles Autism Challenge is that 100% of the monies raised goes directly towards autism research and/or programs at CHOP. To learn more about CHOP’s breakthroughs in autism, visit their website If you are interested in joining our fundraising efforts, click on the link below. Thank you from Camryn and all of us!!

Good Morning America: Attention Michael Strahan

Camryn, our 14 year old amazing daughter with Autism, an Intellectual Disability, Motor Delays, and ADHD is the hardest working teenager I know. Everything is a challenge for her, but she gets through the tasks presented to her. I often think that we all need to channel our inner Camryn! She does everything without arguing and her complaints end up making everyone laugh, including Camryn!! Last year Camryn and her beloved therapist Hannah created a post about Camryn’s therapy schedule and the techniques incorporated to work on life skills after a demanding day at school. I attached the original blog post at the bottom of this post. PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK IT OUT! Camryn loves Duff, Adam Joseph, Rick Williams, and of course, Michael Strahan. We hear about them All OF THE TIME and see their pictures throughout our house! We are so thankful that this inspirational group of people are her chosen celebrity idols. She definitely is a great judge of character! When you have a child with a disability you are always looking for the next toy, book, gadget, or app that will motivate them to tackle the goals in their 60 (or more) page IEP. We are so grateful that pictures of her favorite celebrities and talking about her celebrity “entourage” continues to motivate her and bring her joy. BUT…We have an “issue” that Camryn’s sisters couldn’t help but notice and they felt compelled to get this message to Michael. Where is Michael Strahan? He is the only person who hasn’t responded to Camryn. Adam Joseph wrote to Camryn on Facebook, and Tweeted Michael and Rick to share Camryn’s story. Rick Tweeted back. Also, we had two dates scheduled to meet Duff in LA, but unfortunately Duff’s schedule was too crazy. Camryn was very understanding. He did Snapchat her and Charm City Cakes sent awesome swag! Her sisters have now upped their game AND CAMRYN HAS NO IDEA. Check out THEIR idea that they executed with the help of my friend Cheldin. The girls think (and I couldn’t help but support their dream) that Michael Strahan must have SOME connections with the Mouse himself. April is Autism Awareness Month and the girls think it would be a great time for ABC, Good Morning America, Disney, and Michael Strahan to Light It Up #BLUETIFUL with a magical visit to Walt Disney World for Camryn and her entire family. THE SKY IS THE LIMIT WITH MY THREE FUTURE LEADERS WHO WILL DO ANYTHING FOR THIER SISTER. THEY ARE ALREADY PROVING THAT WOMEN ARE LEADERS, RISKS ARE WORTH IT, AND ADVOCATING FOR OTHERS IS SHOWING THAT JESUS IS WORKING IN THEIR LIVES. Since July, Camryn has been quietly suffering with worry due to her beloved Granddad’s diagnosis of Stage IV Glioblastoma. Since he turns 80 on March 29th it would be the best place to celebrate life with Granddad too!! Recently, her Home Companion Dog from Canine Partners for Life , Violet was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma that quickly metastasized to her lungs. The cancer is unfortunately inoperable. We have SO MUCH to be thankful for, but this could help to bring some joy where it is needed most. She brings SO MUCH JOY TO EVERYONE WHO MEETS HER and things have been a little heavy around here. We live a blessed life, but the girls think Disney, ABC, GMA, and Michael Strahan can make Camryn’s dream come true. Camryn and her entire family will spread Autism Awareness throughout Disney. This trip can’t take any of her daily struggles away, but it would be the ultimate reward for an amazing teenager who deserves this and so much more. Michael, we will even come meet you and all of your friends on Good Morning America! WE CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!! HOW CAN ANYONE SAY NO TO THESE FACES? Check out the posts below for how this all started.


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