Sarah Kate’s Surgery Cocktail: One Year Later


One year ago today, we said goodbye to Sarah Kate as she was wheeled back for her multi-hour orthopedic procedure. It was the culmination of months of struggles, a trip to Minneapolis for a gait study, and a lot of prayers. The doctors considered two different options and ultimately recommended the more invasive of the two because they […]

Gone But Not Forgotten…Take Two, Times Two


A few weeks ago, we sold Sarah Kate’s softball gear. We kept her glove and her first bat as memorabilia, but the other bat, her helmet with the giant “Kat” sticker, and the gear bag went to a first-time player – the daughter of a friend of a friend of mine. I was sad to […]

The Kids Crash the Pirate Dash!


The first-ever Pirate Dash 5K and Fun Run were held this past Saturday in Mayberry. It was a fundraiser for the PTC for the two schools that cover grades kindergarten through sixth grade, so it was heavily promoted to the students. Sarah Kate’s school running club, in particular, had trained specifically for this event. Unfortunately, […]

Holy Cow! My Baby Girl is TWELVE!


I wish I could keep myself from saying it, but I can’t. Where has the time gone? From that tiny wisp of a thing roughly the size of a beanie baby… … to the big blue eyes and almost no baby fat… … to the preschooler who found a workaround for walking … … to […]

Sarah Kate’s New Wheels!


At long last, it has arrived! Two months and a hefty co-pay after we started this process, Sarah Kate is now the proud owner of her very own, not-a-hand-me-down, well-fitting custom wheelchair. You’ve seen the old (loaner) chair in photos when we were at Disney and at her band debut but I thought a closer look might […]

Saturday’s Race: In Sarah Kate’s Words


As I mused last week, Sarah Kate has reached the age now where I feel like, more and more, she needs to be the one telling her stories. It shouldn’t just be me, because I’m not living them the way she is (although one astute reader gave me a great reason to keep going). So […]

Finish Strong. Never Stop.


Seriously, folks. I don’t even know what to say anymore. Sarah Kate made a return to Walt Disney World this past weekend to attempt the Kids’ Mile for the second time (Spoiler: she finished it). If you need to get caught up, read my original blog post about the first attempt here or go watch the […]