Sarah Kate

Is Sarah Kate’s Story Inspirational, or Inspiration Porn?

November 20, 2014

There’s no doubt that the two videos RunDisney produced about Sarah Kate were meant to inspire people. The marathon and half marathon are on many people’s bucket lists, and with good reason: they present a challenge, within reach of ordinary people, that require a lot of hard work and willpower to complete. The #WhyIRunDisney video series features many […]

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Finish Strong. Never Stop.

November 11, 2014

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 […]

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I Can See the Light at the End of the Tunnel, and This Time It’s Not a Train

November 6, 2014

Do you remember this photo? It was taken in January during Sarah Kate’s disastrous fun run attempt – the day we had to cut the course short and I still had to hold her upright to keep her moving forward. What about this one? Several weeks after that top photo, she tried again – and made it. […]

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The Obligatory Blog Post About Halloween

November 4, 2014

As is our Halloween tradition, the kids dressed in coordinating costumes again this year. The original plan was for them to be Violet and Dash from The Incredibles, which would have been especially appropriate for the younger one (ahem), but we couldn’t find a Violet in Sarah Kate’s size and I wasn’t up for a DIY so […]

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Sorta-Confessions of a CP Parent

October 2, 2014

A couple of years ago, Sarah wrote a post, Confessions From a CP Adult, that I saved to my “Post Ideas” notebook in Evernote. I have dozens of ideas, going back over three years, in that notebook, most of which I will never use. But I re-read Sarah’s post recently and in light of the fact […]

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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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