What to do on those BAD days!

What to do on those BAD days!

Today was one of those days that felt crushing. The heaviness of financial burden and health concerns for family members consumed me. One of those days where any little thing, like someone saying hello to you in a comforting voice, would bring embarrassing tears. Today was that kind of day. The certainness of my future, [...]

How to Navigate Elementary School, But This Time As a MOM! 8 Things I wished I’d Known

How to Navigate Elementary School, But This Time As a MOM! 8 Things I wished I’d Known

My oldest daughter entered kindergarten, which meant for the first time I was a mom venturing into the new world of elementary school. I was excited and anxious for Thea, but what I didn’t realize was, how nervous I’d be for myself. All of a sudden I was a little girl again trying to fit [...]

Overwhelmed?

Overwhelmed?

My daughter has Mosaic Down Syndrome (Click here for more info)and struggles with her speech. She has a hard time finding the right words to say in order to express herself. We want the very best for her, so we put her in speech therapy. We hoped the extra support would help her develop quicker. [...]

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyways!

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyways!

Feel the fear and do it anyways.  This is what was racing through my mind as I walked out the door of First West for the very last time. I had worked for this organization for over seven years, built my career, gained invaluable experience and made some life-long friends. With no clear path ahead [...]