Sarah Kate

Seven Snippets: Zoom Ball, Waiting Room Therapy Sessions, and Pick a Sister: Elsa or Anna

September 19, 2014

— 1 — If your child goes to physical therapy, are you familiar with Zoom Ball? Because we most certainly are. In 2006, I have a photo of Sarah Kate playing Zoom Ball with her therapist, Carrie, in Birmingham following her rhizotomy. In 2014, I have an almost-identical photo of Sarah Kate playing Zoom Ball […]

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Special Needs Land Mine: The Fast Food Play Area

September 18, 2014

I can remember it like it was yesterday. Some of the moms of kids in Sarah Kate’s preschool in Decatur, Alabama decided to get together for coffee at the McDonald’s near I-65. We were all navigating the chaos of having preschoolers at home – those years when you do your best to talk to your […]

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A Magic Moment for Sarah Kate

September 2, 2014

It’s no secret that it’s been a rough summer. Sarah Kate has handled everything like a trooper, but there’s only some sunshine you can muster when you’re an eleven year old girl cooped up at home being nagged by your mom into doing 45 minutes of exercises three times a day for weeks on end. […]

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A Taste of Freedom Once Again

August 26, 2014

Remember when Sarah Kate first experienced freedom? That three-wheeled bike allowed her to ride around the neighborhood, check in with her friends down the street, and just generally be part of regular kid life in a middle-class subdivision. It was a dream realized not just for her, but for me, as well – not an […]

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Insta #MayberryRoadTrip

August 14, 2014

We headed out last Thursday morning with an extensive itinerary. My stretch goal was to be on the road by 7:00 am, putting us in Auburn around 11:00 for lunch with my friend AnnMarie and her daughter Hannah, though my drop-dead pull out time was 8:00 am. We pulled out of the driveway at 7:08, […]

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Inner Beauty Beach: The Return

July 29, 2014

A month ago, I stated that we wouldn’t go to the beach this summer. I was sure the only time my toes would sink in the white-sand beaches and my clothes would smell like the salt air would be the day that my friend Leigh Ann eloped on our favorite beach. Mr. Andi was only slightly more […]

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Seven Years Ago: Sarah Kate Gets a Throwback Thursday

July 24, 2014

Several weeks ago, I mentioned the idea of adding a “Throwback Thursday”-type post as a regular feature on the blog, since Nathan’s entire preschool-hood is documented here in photos but Sarah Kate got the shaft for the first seven years. crickets chirping I scrapped that idea but I’ve been doing some more organizing of my photos […]

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Freedom Is Still a Little Ways Off

July 22, 2014

On Sunday morning, we resolved to put Sarah Kate on her bike. Her therapists have been advocating it for a little while, but the last time we tried ended in frustration – mine and hers. I hoped things would go better this go ’round. They did. Sort of. It started with me taking her out, […]

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A Challenge For You, From Sarah Kate

July 17, 2014

We learned about the Miracle Marathon this week, and I have to tell you: we’re pumped. When I was first contacted by Children’s of Alabama about the event, I thought, “Hey, why not? I like to run, some of my readers are runners, and both of the kids have been treated at Children’s of Alabama. […]

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Let’s Talk About Therapy. And Spiders. And Russian Astronauts.

July 8, 2014

Spider cage. Thera-Suit. Adeli Suit. UEU. Familiar terms to us, but probably not so much to most people, so how about a quick primer today? Sarah Kate began an “intensive burst” of therapy on Monday – four hours per day for five days. In the past, she’s done several full courses of intensive therapy: four […]

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