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It’s Getting Close

3 Mar


I had this great New Year’s resolution that I was going to be better about blogging more in 2014 and now it is March, and I have only gotten one blog done. Ugg!  I am pretty sure I need 8 days in a week. 🙂

I am really excited to finally share some sketches from my new book coming out this summer (fingers crossed).  I already talked about it a bit in a blog I wrote several months ago. This is a brand new series about a little girl named Prinna Marie.  The first book is called Prinna Marie Goes Dancing.

This new series is definitely the byproduct of all things girly!  This is the only reason that I decided to collaborate with a new illustrator this time around.  (My husband was actually relieved.) Once you see Theresa Higby’s lovely work you will not be surprised why I couldn’t wait for her to start on this project with me.  I don’t want to share too many spoilers, but I want to share just enough for you to get a taste of how beautiful the artwork is going to be.

Prinna Marie is just like any other little girl that likes to make new friends and play pretend.  After she meets a new friend, Sophie Grace, at the park they are soon off to the Fairy’s Ball.  What little girl wouldn’t want to do that?

Like me, being in a wheelchair never stops Prinna Marie from any kind of adventure.  I guess you could say that this makes her different, but then again maybe not.  That is my goal in this series. I want to not only show disabled children that they aren’t as different from other children as they might sometimes think, but also to show able-bodied children that disabled children are just like them in all the things that really matter.  They like to make friends, play games, and go on adventures just like anyone else.

Hello, my name is Prinna Marie

won’t you come and dance with me?”

They both smiled, for they knew right away

that they would be great friends that day.

I can’t wait to share Prinna Marie Goes Dancing with you very soon!


25 Perks

30 Jan


I have a seat everywhere I go.

Many of you have been following my blog now for several months so you have noticed that some of posts have been serious in nature.  If you missed my blog on “Finding Humor in Everything” you must check it out because then you will be prepared for today’s blog.

There are only a few things in life that I take very seriously and the rest is completely up for grabs in my opinion.  Now let me just preface to you that there are many many things about being a paraplegic that are extremely difficult, painful and downright depressing at times, but those topics are no fun to talk about so I’m not going to.

What I am going to educate you about today are a few fun perks about living your life in a wheelchair.  Now, if you are already offended then just stop reading now because I
have no intention of making people mad at me.  But after 26 years I have definitely gained some insight on the matter, and if I can have fun with it you can too.

  1. My feet never get tired from waiting in line.
  2. When someone has to tell me bad news I am already sitting down.
  3. I didn’t need a stroller when my son was little…I was a stroller!
  4. I get on all the rides at Disney Land a lot faster.  Yeah!
  5. No one ever thinks I‘m lazy for always taking the elevator.
  6. I‘m always allowed on the airplane first.
  7. I can buy as many shoes as I want because they hardly every ware out.
  8. I never get blisters from my new shoes!
  9. I have the perfect lap for holding babies (big fan of this one).
  10. When in a group and told to find a seat…I’ve got one.
  11. I can always see over everyone’s heads at the movie theater.
  12. My friends find me handy at the mall because I can carry their bags.
  13. I always get a good parking spot.
  14. Signs that say, “No Shoes, NO Service.” Don’t apply to me.
  15. My hubby knows I’m exempt from washing windows and mowing the lawn.
  16. I’m the perfect hugging height for 5 year-olds and younger!
  17. Going downhill is super fun!
  18. If I get tired of walking my dog he can always pull me…literally.
  19. My air cushion can be used as a flotation device.
  20. It sounds totally impressive to say that my chair is made of titanium.
  21. When I was younger I could actually miss school for having a flat tire.
  22. I can easily impress any child (and some adults) by doing wheelies.
  23. I get two bounces in wheelchair tennis and you just get one!
  24. I am the envy of every person carrying a folding chair.
  25. I get to witness the shocked looks on people’s faces when I say silly things about my disablity!

Everyone has things in life that can be difficult, but it just might be up to you whether or not you make that difficulty a handicap or a perk!