'Nuff Said

Anyone who has ever spent significant time with Callen has surely experienced one of his incredible monologues. Much to his delight, our amusement, and the frustration of anyone trying to get a word in edgewise (i.e. Olivia), he will deliver a running narrative on everything – and I do mean everything! – that is running through his head (and body). His is an express line from mouth to brain, sans filter, as only a 4 year-old can do… or at least do and get away with!

His intended audience is generally himself- a future politician, perhaps? - but anyone within earshot of his perpetual “outside voice” is treated to a soliloquy of the inner workings of a child’s mind. From the sweet (“I love you more than I love fresh underwear.”) to the savory (“My feet smell like pancake batter!”), if he is thinking it or doing it, he is talking about it!

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ASKed & Answered

Earlier this month I was nominated to speak at the ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation’s “Jangling on the James” fundraising event. The designated topic? A parent’s perspective of how ASK impacts families coping with their child’s cancer diagnosis. In under five minutes. To a target audience of potential supporters and donors. Without having an emotional breakdown in front of hundreds of people. (OK, so that last directive was self-imposed, but it certainly seemed appropriate and necessary to successfully carrying out the appointed mission.)

Could I effectively yet succinctly script -let alone deliver- a summation of their incalculable contributions to our family?

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Red Cross Blood Drive

There will be a blood drive on Friday November 7th, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Maybeury Elementary School Gym [directions].

You can schedule your appointment to come and help save lives by going online to the Red Cross website and entering the sponsor code: Maybeury in the upper right hand corner of the website.

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(S)milestones

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We’ve been talking a lot about Thanksgiving in our household recently. Maybe it’s the unseasonably crisp morning air. Perhaps it’s the sight of the nearby apple orchards and pumpkin patches laden with fruit, ready to burst forth with their fall harvests. It could be because this year it coincides with Callen’s birthday, and having just observed umpteen family birthdays in the months of August and September, Callen is eager for his day.

Or maybe it’s just because we’re so darn thankful.

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