The truth is that none of us know how long we will be here. We aren't supposed to know. How could we grow and learn if we were constantly checking our watch for "our time"? This would sway our decisions, possibly put ourselves in reckless situations, or cause us not to live to our potential … Continue reading Make Memories for a Lifetime
There is nothing better than having friends who are also family. When you are differently-able, having what would be considered traditional friendships can be very difficult. Pheonix relied on his parents and care takers for all of his mobility and health needs. Other than walking in an adapted walker, he could not be somewhere without … Continue reading Cousins are Forever Friends
We learned early on that Pheonix was happiest when we allowed him to live like he didn't have physical limitations. He didn't want to be handled like he was medically fragile. His mind was sharp and his spirit was the same as any little boy. He craved excitement and thrived on chaos. If he could … Continue reading Fishing, Hiking, ADVENTURE!
It is not unusual for loved ones to honor those who have passed before us by building memorials or creating funds to help others in their name. We are no different, but our goal is not only to honor Pheonix for his extraordinary spirit, but to raise awareness for other children with limited physical abilities … Continue reading Take Me Out to The Ballgame!
Traditions are pretty common in families. You get together at the same place for holidays or you look to the same people for guidance and support. What happens when one of the members of the unit is no longer here in physical form? Do traditions stop? Do you stop looking to them for strength? Do … Continue reading Continue Traditions
I ventured into the basement on the evening we were having people over to play cards for my birthday to look for a table cover. Having an October birthday is just another great excuse to get out the Halloween decorations. I jumped up into the crawl space and dropped out onto the floor a box … Continue reading Always the Hero
By far the most unusual thing Pheonix ever did was get upset when school would be cancelled for snow or cold. Most kids are thrilled if they get the day off from school. Pheonix would just have this look of serious disappointment that he wasn't getting to go that day. Why did he have this … Continue reading NO Snow Days Please!
Have you ever thought to yourself "I want to be just like them"? I bet at some point in everyone's life they wished they were more like someone or something they admired. All my life I have been fascinated by four leaf clovers. Not because I am trying to claim my very distant, thinned out … Continue reading Unique is Beautiful
There were a great many things that we were told Pheonix would likely never be able to do. We felt like as long as we gave him the opportunity to try, he at least had a chance. He attended a daycare just like every other kid who had parents who had to work … Continue reading Learning From Others
"Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful." - Thich Nhat Hanh If you ask anyone who ever met Pheonix, the first thing they will talk about is his smile. His smile truly warmed hearts with its honesty and you could not help smiling back. Even on your toughest day, if he was smiling, … Continue reading Because of Your Smile