Monthly Archives: December 2011

This is Beautiful You

Finally, my favorite post of the week! Every Sunday I take some of the photos that you have uploaded to the Facebook wall, and I post them here. I love This is Beautiful You because it gives me (and everybody else) an incredible glimpse of who we all are. It puts a face on the awesome people coming here. It gives us a beautiful idea of the uniqueness and diversity of the followers here at SDL. More than anything, it shows all of us just how beautiful we each can be. Anyway, thank you for sharing a small part of yourselves. It’s my honor to put the spotlight on you today. This is beautiful you. Which photos made you the happiest today? If you’d like to send in photos to be considered for Sunday’s “This is beautiful you” and other future blog posts, please post them on the Facebook wall (we need lots more!). Only upload photos that you don’t mind me using, and that you have...

How Do Kids Do It?

Yesterday I was lying on the sofa watching Noah play on the rug, building a glorious tower with his building blocks. I woke up no more than 20 minutes later to a very different scene.

Noah’s Gingerbread Victory

Last week I purchased a gingerbread house kit to assemble and decorate with Noah. To say he's been excited would be a serious understatement. Before the sun ever came up this morning I felt hot, quick breath on my face. I peeled my eyes open and met those of Noah, unblinking, huge, less than an inch away. "Dad, we've gotta do the gingerbread house!" he said. "You bet," I told him. "But first we gotta do all that stuff we talked about." Noah turned into a little white tornado. An hour later the house was clean.

The Scarf that Changed the World

I want you to take a good look at this man. And then I want you to take a good look at the scarf he is wearing. Before this post is done, I hope to show you how this scarf changed (or will change) the world.

You said WHAT to your kid?

Time for another HILARIOUS "You said WHAT to your kid?" Guaranteed you'll laugh your face off at the unexpected things some parents have said to their kids.

Noah’s Stepdad, a Dad Indeed.

When Noah was rushed to the emergency room a couple weeks ago, I was faced with an interesting dynamic. Do I actually look at Noah's stepdad as a dad to Noah?

The nine words that just might fix us all

There is a reason we all find fault in each other. There is a reason we hurt each other. But what if these nine words had the power to change it all? What if these nine words could fix us all? Would you use them?

This is Beautiful You

Finally, my favorite post of the week! Every Sunday I take some of the photos that you have uploaded to the Facebook wall, and I post them here. I love This is Beautiful You because it gives me (and everybody else) an incredible glimpse of who we all are. It puts a face on the awesome people coming here. It gives us a beautiful idea of the uniqueness and diversity of the followers here at SDL. More than anything, it shows all of us just how beautiful we each can be. Anyway, thank you for sharing a small part of yourselves. It’s my honor to put the spotlight on you today. This is beautiful you. Which photos made you the happiest today? If you’d like to send in photos to be considered for Sunday’s “This is beautiful you” and other future blog posts, please post them on the Facebook wall (we need lots more!). Only upload photos that you don’t mind me using, and that you have...

The Aftermath of Sadness

--sigh-- Depression swings aren't completely uncommon for me. Neither are elation swings. But sometimes, what comes in the aftermath of those swings are the most powerful moments of all.

When sadness sets in…

I sat down to write the third and final part of my 3-part love yourself series. What came out probably wasn't something I should share. Oh well.

Costco… everything is not as rosy as it appears.

Okay, I better say right now that I have no affiliation with Costco. Or Sam's Club. Or Super Nifty Difty Price Saver Club of America. Except that I do often shop at these places in order to save oodles and gobs of money. Or at least I think I save oodles and gobs of money. I mean... come on. I can get a bag of Cheetos at Costco and it costs me the same as a bag of Cheetos at the nearest grocery store. The difference? The Costco version comes in 40 gallon trash bags. Which makes me feel powerful. Especially when I'm sitting on a bus with my giant bag, purposefully flaunting it next to whatever joe blow is sitting next to me with his silly little lunch-pack size bag of inferior chips (though I'm guessing the chips in his bag are probably a bit crisper).

Ummm… You’re supposed to let brownies cool before you eat them?

>> I wrote this entry and published it on my Babble Voices blog, and I’m only permitted to post a snippet of it here. Read the snippet below or read the whole thing and comment on Danoah Unleashed >> You've peeked into empty cupboards with Noah and me. You've devoured whoopie pies with us. You chillaxed against the warm internet fire next to us and slowly picked apart some crazy cinnamon rolls. And, you've giggled along side me with Noah and his little frosting incident. And while we've all been hanging having fun, I've gained like five pounds. And I blame Pillsbury. I was doing so good on my diet until they came along and paid me to bake with my kid. Problem is, I didn't just bake what they paid me to bake. We've been having so much fun doing it, that Noah and I have been baking all sorts of other Pillsbury things. And due to "that time of the year," I haven't really got my exercise routine in...

Wait… am I famous?

What is fame? You'd be amazed how many people accuse me of being famous. I always just laugh because, believe me... I'm not. At all. At least not by popular definition. So what is fame, anyway? That's one question I've really had to ponder over the past 16 months. I go to a lot of public places and I can tell you this. A lot of people don't know who I am. In fact, almost nobody knows who I am. About once a week, sometimes twice, somebody recognizes me and comes to say hi. I've had only a handful of those people ask me for an autograph or a picture. And by a handful I mean four. One time I was at the supermarket with Noah and further down our aisle, a woman was standing with her camera phone secretly trying to snap a picture of us. I guess that means I've been Paparazzied. But... it was one time. With a cell phone. Yeah, I'm definitely not famous. At least not by...

Blind Faith or Stupid Faith?

Last week I wanted to pay it forward to some of you since you have all given so much to Noah and me recently. What I couldn’t believe was some of the responses to it. I still don’t fully understand.

Complications for Natalie and Alice

Last week, I told you about Natalie and Alice, two very special little girls who battle every day with Leaky SCID (the same thing Bubble Boy had), and will both be undergoing bone marrow transplants in the near future. There have been a few complications which have delayed their surgeries somewhat.

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