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A difficult, near-deadly birth opened the door to the fragility of life. As fragile as the birth was, the months following my son’s entrance into the world were shaken by an earthquake, unsettled by a surgery, and rocked by a diagnosis. It seemed that at one fell swoop, the vision I held for the future collapsed. The road I thought we were on as a family took a sharp and unexpected turn. The journey ahead required great patience, maximum resolve, and guts.

Finding myself in dark times when everything should have been happy and light with a brand new baby in the house was more than difficult. I was weighed down by worry and fear. Could I carry the pain, the responsibility? Could I still create the family and the home I wanted?

KeriMeHome is a blog about how life can be a mucked-up mess and a pain in the ass sometimes. It’s also a blog to remember that life can be an exhilarating escapade, an enthralling adventure, and a most jubilant journey.

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 Reflections

Stories unfold in our everyday lives. Stories bring significance to our lives and meaning arises when we reflect upon little bits of magic found in the moments.

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 Road Trips

It is said that home is where the heart is. Sometimes our hearts carry us away from the physical dwelling in which we live and take us to places that open our eyes to new possibilities.

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Open the door to poetry, photography, inspirational quotes, drawings, and all “the rest.”

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2907, 2021

Rooting for Zach

July 29th, 2021|Categories: Reflections|Tags: , , , |7 Comments

“Look at that,” she said. “It’s bad. It probably needs to come out.”   My stomach lurched. Out? Needing to remain calm for him, I anchored my feet and took a deep breath. Zach was reclined on the chair, still holding his mouth wide open.   “Yes. Or, maybe we try a root canal first.” Her eyes looked serious but sad. She knew how hard this news was hitting me, and what it meant for Zach.   […]

1504, 2021

Elsa

April 15th, 2021|Categories: Reflections|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

When Walt Disney Pictures released their 53rd animated feature film, Frozen, in 2013, we pretty much ignored it. I was intrigued by the connection to Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Snow Queen," but not enough to pay for movie tickets. Years later, a weekend stay at the Hilton Orange County brought Frozen to the forefront of my family's life. You have no idea the impact it has had since then. Getting ready one morning in the hotel room, we [...]

903, 2021

Don’t Give Me the Finger!

March 9th, 2021|Categories: Reflections|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

As I raised the blinds in my son’s bedroom the other morning, I noticed his arm stretch out from beneath the blanket. His sleepy eyes looked at me – rather, at my clothes – and one periscope-like finger pointed in my direction. I would have thought the finger-pointing meant close the blinds, Mom, I’m still asleep, except I knew exactly what the index finger indicated. […]

803, 2021

Zipping Through Milestones

March 8th, 2021|Categories: Reflections|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment

Milestones. One might say these are roadside markers measuring distance. Another might think of significant events in life: a graduation, the start of a new job. And still others may define milestones in the context of a baby's developmental steps. In fact, monitoring milestones is one way to consider the possibility of an underlying developmental issue.  Parents of special needs individuals become used to ignoring typical (developmental) milestones and appreciating their child's unique and glorious timetable. The CDC's list of [...]

2002, 2021

No More Taters, Tot!

February 20th, 2021|Categories: Reflections|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Going to the grocery store became a highly preferred activity for my son when he was younger. It was surprising, because he experienced difficulties in places that were too bright, too loud, too chaotic. We realized he was a foodie, and then it made perfect sense why he adored the market. […]

2002, 2021

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

February 20th, 2021|Categories: Reflections|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

(First appeared on VestLife blog) The other day, my son and I were in a store, and he was helping the cashier by putting  our items in a bag. One slipped. The clerk said, “Ooops! Try again!” And I cringed. I glanced over at Zach, fearing some kind of reaction. I readied myself to calm him. Fortunately for all, he seemed alright and let the phrase roll off his back. No gnashing of teeth, no screaming, no smacking himself on [...]

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