Featuring Candice, from Lilly Through The Valley
Hi, I am Candice and my life is a crazy one, but I would not have it any other way. My husband’s life is just as crazy, but he always finds time to read my blog. One of our greatest passions, (besides God and each other) is our two and half year old daughter Lilly. When our whirlwind life slows down for a breather, we like to spend it watching the latest movie either in theater or from the comfort of our couch.
Lilly Through The Valley came about as an outlet for me to encourage other parents going through similar things. My Early Intervention Nurse would ask me, “When are you going to write that book?” I’d respond, “One day.” She would smile and say, “Then you should write a blog.” Well one day I took her advice and haven’t regretted it!
Tell us more about Lilly and her story:
Lilly is our little monkey girl. Her smile lights up the room. She loves watching Sesame Street, helping The Nana feed the horses, and dancing. Lilly is also a brain injury survivor. She suffered a lack of oxygen to her brain somewhere between 0 to 72 hours before birth. We were given the worst possible diagnosis, and she has proven the doctors wrong so many times. Now, Lilly’s diagnosis is reaching for the stars, because anything is possible!
What are some of the topics you like to blog about? Which of your posts are you most proud of and why?
I love blogging about new information I find for children with disabilities. I find out interesting things and I like to pass that information along. The post I am most proud of is Off to the barn we go! It was my first post that became a fan favorite and it’s on a topic I love, Horses! Off to the barn we go helped give me the confidence I now have as a blogger.
Do you have any blogs or websites you recommend for moms? Where else can we find you online?
My top favorite blogs are Creating Home Journal by Jamie Schultz, Bloom, and 5 Minutes for Special Needs. I gather my inspiration to be a blogger and Mommy from these blogs.
What are your top 10 tips for moms?
- Have a great pediatrician.
- Be on first name basis with a pharmacist. Any new medications for Lilly I have a discussion with her about.
- “There is no such thing as stupid questions when concerning your child’s health.”-Lilly’s Neurologist.
- Be on your favorite stores email list. The deals I can get are amazing; it’s the only way I shop now!
- Take time for yourself.
- Google…I “Google” every new diagnosis, new therapy, and medication that comes across our path. I gather the information and then have an educated discussion about it with all her professionals involved
- Date nights are a must! It can be something small like going for coffee.
- Laugh as much as you can!
- Try something new.
- Dream big, it can happen.