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7.25.01 ~ Grinning ear to ear because I just sent my yearly ass-whooping, I mean, EMAIL (!) to the mean doctor who discounted my Claire when she was 3 months old. 😏 Feels so fucking good!!! I never get a response, but I am hoping & praying he reads it and gains a little compassion & understanding about how his words impact us so deeply and can color our whole journey ('til our little ones help us figure this shit out!!!!). 🀞🏼 We can only hope! (Swipe for page 2 of my yearly manifesto. πŸ˜†)

7.25.17 ~ Happy Sweet 16th Birthday, Claire! You are sooooo loved by so many!!!!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽˆπŸŽπŸŽ‚πŸ‘‘ NEW BIRTHDAY BLOG POST UP!!! (Link in profile!) ❀️ #Better

7.22.17 ~ Happy Birthday to the love of my life. I love you so very much, babe! ❀️∞

7.19.17 ~ Faithful companion 🐢 #CashandLola ❀️ Lola continues to heal from this horrible rash. We are still trying to figure out exactly what it is, plan to consult with a dermatologist, and try to keep everyone's spirits up amidst feeling like we are failing her. Surely she knows how very loved she is... definitely trying times for our family, but we are resilient and we love hard and love heals all ills. We have so got this. πŸ‘ŠπŸΌβ€οΈ

7.13.17 🐢 Happy 5th Birthday to our amazing whippet, Cash! No other dog in existence could have come into our lives at a more perfect time 5 years ago, when Lola was recovering from chicken pox and needed more love, cuddling and companionship. He is everything we ever hoped & dreamed for in a dog... and more. Thank you for loving our girl, for making us laugh with your straight-legged roach sleeping positions and many antics, and for always knowing when we are upset and licking our tears away. Oh, how we love you, sweet boy... #CashandLola forever❣️🐾❀️

7.6.17 ~ Lola's rash is STILL THERE. It's been at least a month. It had spread. Hence, no pics of the diva. We have had 4 MD's and a DC look at it, we did a skin scraping, we treated it as if it was eczema, an allergic reaction & more. We have tried so many balms and salves and oils and lotions. We have kept burp rags washed in our detergent between our clothes and her skin in case it was a contact dermatitis. It is mostly on uncovered areas of skin -- arms, legs, face -- nothing on her torso. The skin scraping showed nothing. My father-in-law (a doctor) suggested it might be fungal, so knowing she cannot tolerate Rx meds, I researched all natural, organic antifungals & I also heard from a friend who specializes in herbals that Calendula is awesome for rashes. So I bought a 55 gallon drum of Calendula salve off Amazon & dunked her in it. Ok, maybe not quite, but close. Been slathering her with it for maybe 7-10 days now, and FINALLY the rash is budging. But ONLY the salve helped -- the Calendula oil made her skin redder. I am so confused by this -- unsure of what caused it so I can never EVER let this happen to her again. Frustrated that she has had probably an itchy AF rash which annoys her and interferes with her already horrific sleep patterns & seizures. Devastated that I can't seem to fix her QUICKLY. I didn't post pics of her face for a reason -- it is where the rash is the worst, and out of respect for her, I don't want to share her pain in this way. Just as I never showed the worst of her chicken pox scabs either, it just isn't respectful and fuck, it's been so hard seeing both that and this sooooooo scabby and raised and red with yellowy crusts -- my poor, poor girl. She should never have to go through something like this again. πŸ˜­πŸ’” I think we are moving in the right direction, but please pray that her healing is swift and complete with no scarring. I just want this gone for her (and selfishly for all the rest of us who love her & hate seeing her struggle & feel sooooo powerless we can't make her better like yesterday). Until then, Dr. Cash is helping share duties. He brings her such comfort. Their bond slays me. πŸ’ž #CashandLola

7.5.17 ~ "I didn't know how else to say it, so I said she made me More. More alive, more aware, passionate, and calm. Perhaps the best we can do for those we love is to make them More, always so much more than they ever thought possible." ~Tyler Knott Gregson πŸ’—#ClaireElise

#throwback πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ July 4, 2003 ~ Cal (4.5 years) & Claire (23 months) ~ OMG. This seems like 5-6 years ago, not 14!!!!! They are so teeny! 😍😍

Baby Lola!!! July 4, 2008 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ (Age 26 months!) #throwback 😍

"I swear I couldn't love you more than I do right now, and yet I know I will tomorrow." ~Leo Christopher πŸ’ž

6.30.17 "Truly it may be said that the outside of a mountain is good for the inside of a man." ~George Wherry πŸ”β€οΈ

6.22.17 ~ Claire was straight up KILLING IT today working on kneeling with Kirsten during PT! She kneeled for a good 10 minutes and was so proud of herself! And I'm not gonna lie, we totally caught her at the end legit IG posing like other almost-16 year olds... she was arching backwards, looking over her shoulder till she found the camera/me/the light/her best side, grinning shyly. πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ΈπŸΌ I can't with these diva girls. They slay me every damn day!!!! πŸ‘―πŸ’–

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