Adventure, Exploration, and Every Frightening Thought In Between

You’re a fast one, Mr. Beckett. You’re silent, and stealthy, and adventurous. You love to explore, and feel, and see. And as much as your love for adventure adds to my love for you, it’s also downright terrifying. My brain swirls with these similar thoughts, from sun up to sun down: What if you get […]

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Birthday Magic And All The Feelings

My boy, my Beckett, my littlest love, Today you’re another year older. Another day wiser, cuter, faster, taller, and 6 full years of pure miracle. One day I will reminisce with you all about the challenges that you faced, from day one, coming into this world much too early. When I’m braver, and stronger, and […]

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Initiative, Progress, and Coloring Outside The Lines

This child of mine has never been a fan of coloring. You know when you (used to be able to) go to restaurants, and the host/hostess would hand you those tiny, little boxes of crayons with their children’s menu to pass time? Ya, we passed on those after awhile. They’d end up rolled under someone’s […]

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Erase The Word

Close your eyes. And just for a moment think back to the most important piece of advice you got when you were younger, on how to treat others. This is mine, and I know you’ll recognize it… We were all told that famous line as children, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t […]

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The Smile That Makes It All Worth While

Today marked a magical day for us in the Olson household. We didn’t win the lottery. We didn’t land some random month long vacation. But it feels just as big, in the world we’re all navigating right now. We put our Christmas tree up today, and it feels glorious. It’s been a rough go the […]

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The Conscious Shift of Thankfulness

It’s funny isn’t it, the things we grow thankful for as we grow older? The mindful morph we experience from child to adult. As a kid I was that shy, timid little redhead that just did her best to not “make waves”.I kept to myself, to keep the waters steady. Whether that have been within […]

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To Whom It May Concern

The weather outside is glorious. So you capitalize on it and pop out to get some fresh air with your child. Outdoors is their happy place. The place where they can be free to run, and play, and holler, and giggle. The place where volume isn’t a factor, and you’ve not a care in the […]

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Let Them Be

In preparation for “Halloween”, lots of feelings break to the surface. It’s emotional, because I don’t want to “force” my child to endure holidays if he truly doesn’t want to.But he doesn’t yet know what Halloween is about. It’s sad because a part of me still grieves the loss of the life that we thought […]

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Inclusion is Everything.

Inclusion.Quite possibly the most important piece. What does that word even mean?It means a variety of things to a variety of individuals of course, but in its entirety, it means to be included by a group of people. For Beckett, what does that look like?You may think:“He doesn’t want to be around us. He doesn’t […]

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Only One of Me

There’s only one of me.I need more hands. I need quicker reflexes for catching you when you climb, and spin, and jump. I need to be a faster runner, to stop you when your interests land somewhere in busy streets, or crowded places. I need life’s answers to anxiety when I take you into doctor’s […]

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