Thursday, June 26, 2014

June 24 - A Day To Remember

June 24, 2014
Today is a day to remember in the Callan household. This morning we found out that the results from a Phase 3 Study for Cystic Fibrosis came back with excellent results for those individuals with the F508del gene. Ellis is in her own clinical study of Vertex Pharmaceuticals for children ages 2-6 with the G551D mutation. So far, she has been gaining weight, taking a lower dosage of enzymes, and not having as much blocked mucus as she might have without the drug.
This new drug will hopefully be approved by the FDA before the end of the year! This is life-changing news for about fifty percent of the CF population! A true miracle and reason to celebrate! Needless to say, we are very blessed and grateful for all of those who have worked so diligently towards a cure.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Karen and Kelly

Ellis just performed in her very first dance recital. She remembered a lot of the moves, even though she was the youngest in her class. I, of course, had to be there. :) Such a sweetheart!
Watch her dance recital performance here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Hosts, posts and more!

Blogs, hosts, posts, landing pages, links, rss feeders...argh!

Are you overwhelmed with technology as much as I am? It is such a time consumer these days to stay up with the trends of marketing, publishing, and promoting on the web. I am more tech savvy than most, and I do love to learn a "new trick." Yet so much time is spent sitting in front of a screen.

I am truly looking forward to simplifying my computer time with a few good apps and writing techniques. But then the big question arises. WHY? Why do any of this? For me the answer is simple. To stay spiritually connected to people. It may not seem "spiritual" to update you with this blog, for example. Yet anytime we can connect either by sharing insights, passions, hobbies, or pains is a spiritually guided connection.

I am surely grateful for sites like Facebook. I can always count on seeing something worthwhile and helpful (since I follow only positive and inspirational people.) Seeing photos of smiling families, videos of animals helping one another, or quotes from wise human beings boost my spiritual energy. I cry almost every day at the kindness and awe I see on screen. If you want to see my latest and greatest, here is the link to my facebook page.

I am always happy to share uplifting messages that make a day a little brighter.

Now back to my task at hand. Hyperlinks here I come!

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Sign Worth Sharing

While I was wakeful dreaming, Chloe, our havanese poodle mix, jumped off of the bed and went outside. I can't remember the last time she got up in the middle of the night, but I figured since she did, so would I . Still dark out, I walked to the bathroom where the only clock is, by the way, and saw the time...4:44 Apr 4

It took me a few moments to register. 4:44 4 4

444 - the angels are all around us!

I believe that the weeks before Easter are a very spiritual time when the angels expose themselves in big ways. I love being aware of their energy and participation in my life and experiencing all of the goodness they share.

My sister, Jo, has 3 owls in her trees right now. Kristina and Levi announced that they are in the process of adoption. Tonight i get to be with 3 of my kids and their families before a family wedding this weekend. Not to mention the amazing dream I was living just before i got up. (More on that later.)

It's a "what's next" day and it is only 9:00 in the morning! :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Time for Everything

I am very busy these days as is most everyone around me. Keeping up with classes, birthdays, volunteering, friendships, social media, marketing, organizing and my health has proven to be a lot. Pacing myself and remembering WHY I do what I do is my continued area of focus. A conversation with a new student is measured against five minutes spent on facebook. Both are rewarding to me. Inspirational messages and videos which my "friends" share always make my day. I do, though, love creating my own heartfelt memories.

Every day I wake up with a ready spirit and open mind, excited about the possibilities of the new day.

It is in this very paused moment that I realize "writing" isn't listed above yet yearns to be in my daily routine. And although I type and write messages all day long, "writing for me" is bubbling up to the surface once again.

Looks like my time is in need of rebalancing. There are those extremely important activities which always make the top of the list. Family get-togethers, grandmothering opportunities, and canasta. A girl's got to get her cards in. :)

What can I let go of time wise? I stopped playing candy crush months ago. The pictures in my head interrupted my sleep too often. Not to mention the desire to place a person's nose in between their eyes just so I could get three across. Ugh!

I stopped cooking for the most part. I can put together a healthy meal but the days of roasting tomatoes and making my own sauces are a thing of the past.

Our garden is growing last year's seeds. I let that go as well.

Balance is key. I just need to see which key I need to use next.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Beauty of Life

Today is Tuesday. After saying "Yes" to every experience offered these past few weeks, my body is saying "Oh!" Each morning I am blessed with wildlife outside the window, dogs who love to be fed, and rooms filled with projects yet to be completed. I am not lacking for 'things to do.' I love life this way. Experience after experience, I am challenged and offered opportunities to practice being ME.

This morning I opened my tea bag.

"The beauty of life is to experience yourself."

And that is just what I will continue to do!