Goodbye — For Now

My very first Say Hola Lola post (actually it was called Live Love Travel Souls back then) was over six years ago. Never did I imagine this little ole’ blog would mean so much to me. It became a place to inspire, divulge, vent, relive, accept and document what has been the most rewarding yet one of the most challenging times in my life. I shared pieces of my life that probably belonged in a diary — not out in public, but I wanted to be real. I wanted parents of children with special needs to know they were not alone. But more importantly, I wanted to show that life does go on. And that life, while different than what you had expected, is full of love, happiness,...
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School’s Out for Summer!

Another school year has come and gone. It feels like just yesterday we were getting Lola ready for her first day back to school and now here she is ready to move on to a pre-k/kindergarten class. That thought in itself is enough to send me into a blubbering pool of tears, but I’m so very proud of how far she’s come this year. She continues to make such progress each and every day and I can’t thank her support system at the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ISBVI) enough for all they’ve done to foster her development. She had Mrs. Tubbs again this year and now that’s all we hear at night, “Tubbs! Tubbs!” It’s really sweet because clearly Mrs. Tubbs has had an...
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Come Stroll Down Memory Lane – A Birthday Post

Warning! Plethora of pictures! I’m almost a month late with the Lola birthday post, but that seems to be the story of my life lately. Lola turned five-years-old on January 4th and I’m still pinching myself with disbelief! I’ve had so many emotions with this birthday and I can’t seem to figure out why. There’s something about five that says she’s well on her way to school dances, shaving her legs, screaming “I hate you” and everything else teenage-related. All right so I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, but she’s getting bigger which scares the hell out of me yet makes me look forward to all of the good stuff that’s just right around the corner. Five years ago, I was afraid for her future. I didn’t...
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Holiday Happiness

Creating a memorable Christmas takes a lot of work. With each Christmas that comes and goes, it seems even more work goes into making the holiday magical, but in all honesty, I love each and every minute of it. With each passing Christmas comes new memories created with traditions that Rob and I are putting into place. As I sit here looking through pictures from the last month, I’m reminded just how special we try to make it for our children. And part of me can’t help but wonder if we aren’t making it special for ourselves as well. Perhaps we are trying to re-create a feeling we miss from our own childhoods. I’ll probably say it year after year, but this Christmas was my favorite thus far...
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Thanksgiving Perspective

I think being a mom of a child with exceptional needs has given me a unique perspective on being thankful. While I’m thankful for all of my blessings on this Thanksgiving, I find that I’m equally as thankful each and every day of the year. It’s nice to have an entire day to ponder the meaning behind gratitude and how it weaves itself into my daily existence because I am indeed very grateful. But as a mother, a wife and, more importantly, a woman, I try to honor the things I’m thankful for all year round…and these two are at the top of that list. Lola has taught me to appreciate in a different way and embrace all that life has to offer. Because I surround myself with...
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