Making Lemonade

Making Lemonade

Hi everyone it’s Isabella! Today I want to talk about making the most of our lives. Lemonade is something you will constantly find in our refrigerator next to a pitcher of sweet tea. My momma taught me to make both when I was very young and she told me there was a lesson in it. The taste of a lemon is sour and the taste of a tea leaf is bitter. Lemons and tea leaves are like life. Some times bad things are going to happen. We are not always going to get the answer we want. That can make us sour and bitter in our hearts. Read more

I Don't Think I'm God, But I do Think You're a Jerk

I Don’t Think I’m God, But I Do Think You’re a Jerk

I know everybody is not going to agree with my personal opinions, but that’s why they are called opinions and not facts. I’m okay with this fact, and God knows that I welcome a good debate on any subject. I don’t even need to know what we’re talking about, but I bet I can make an argument for the other side. I love to play the “devil’s advocate” at times if only to make people think and ask questions to themselves. All change starts with an opinion and conversation. What could be so terrible about that? Read more

The Darkness

The Darkness

Can you hear me Daddy? Does anyone hear my voice, my pain, and my sadness? Is anybody out there willing to hold my hand through this darkness they call dementia? It is a blackness so dark there are no stars in shining in the heavens to help guide me. I do not know in which direction that I am headed because the darkness keeps out the light. Read more

How to Help Someone Through a Panic Attack

How to Help Someone Through a Panic Attack

Watching a person go through a vicious panic attack can be as scary for the observer as it is for the person experiencing it. There are ways to help a patient through a panic attack. While that is true you are not trained medical professionals and if you are unable to distinguish the differences between a panic attack and PTSD flashback you could be placing yourself into harms way. Read more

My Family of Bloggers

My Family of Bloggers

Jessie, Isabella, and I are not typical bloggers. We write a few times a year and will submit 40-75 blogs. I have blogs yet to be published from when we first began writing. If the timeline seems off or I mention only 1 or 2 daughters this is why. EasyStand chooses when to publish the content. We’ve been writing for over 3 years at this point. We do not write on a weekly basis because we do this for charity and our lives are crazy busy. Read more

You Can't Take Life for Granted

You Can’t Take Life for Granted

Life is a funny thing right? It is filled with twist and turns you never expected to face. I’m not supposed to be in this damn chair crying at a computer screen wondering what happens next. I know what comes next. I forget my life in bits and pieces. I forget every piece of happiness. I only wonder how long it will be until “I love you daddy” doesn’t bring up a hundred memories of smiles and children laughing. Read more

Love is Not an Ability

Love is Not an Ability

Hi everyone it’s Isabella! I have been struggling with a lot of really hard issues in my life recently with my dad having a new illness. I have cried and prayed a lot. It has been very hard since I learned that my dad has dementia. I wrote him a letter when I was angry and scared. I used a lot of curse words and I’m not proud of that. I wanted my dad to hear me and understand that he can’t give up on us. I do not want my parents to get a divorce. My mom does not want a divorce. My dad is giving up on us. It’s really hard and really scary. I’m not scared of my dad having dementia. I am sad for him that this is happening. I know he is scared too, but leaving us is not going to help protect us from it. Read more

My Self Esteem After My Injury

My Self Esteem After My Injury

We all remember those awkward teenager years where we all were freaks of nature. You had acne, the mom hair cut, braces, the high water jeans because your mom said no they still fit and you’re still growing. We all had something that we swore up and down it was the only thing people saw in the entire school. It didn’t matter that ever other kid had the same problems, because they could only see yours. Read more

When Good Marriages Have Bad Times

When Good Marriages Have Bad Times

Every marriage has it’s ups and downs. There is no such thing as the perfect person or the perfect relationship. Having a disability or illness in your marriage can be almost as bad as having an unwanted mistress if you allow it to be one. It can create resentment if you do not talk about problems. It can limit your options for outings and activities if you’re not willing to think outside of the box. We all know the financial stress that it adds to daily life. It can take a perfect day and ruin it if you’re in the mindset to allow it to do that. Read more

What I Want Parents to Understand

What I Want Parents to Understand

Hi everyone it’s Isabella! There has been so much drama and change in my life in the last 5 years. My parents for the most part have been the most amazing parents in the world. I love my dad even though he has made some really bad choices recently. There are some things I want to say to all parents whether you or your child has a disability or not because it’s not an excuse. Read more