Category Archives: Elusive Tranquility

Elusive Tranquility is my personal blog about parenting a special needs child and her siblings. I started this blog many years ago as a way to share my parenting stories and to connect with other parents of special needs children. I have three children, Jenny who is in college, and Anna and Dominic, both in elementary school. After having Anna, the way I view the world shifted. Anna has PDD-NOS (a form of autism), intellectual disability, epilepsy, microcephaly, hypotonia, hypothyroidism, kyphoscoliosis, sensory integration dysfunction, hearing loss, high myopia, mood disorder, and was failure to thrive from 6 months to 3 years. Bless her heart, her life is hard but she never complains. My son, Dominic, also has ADHD and is intellectually gifted. Anna experiences life at a different pace and with a different viewpoint, and has challenged everything I know about motherhood. Having always been very empathic myself, I feel what she feels and see what she sees… and this gives me a unique vision when exploring my artistic side. I have connected with many other special needs parents through this blog and love hearing from you.

Today marks one year since we moved from Austin to New Braunfels. I’ve been meaning to share a few photos of our new house for some time, but life kept getting in the way. It’s been a very busy year! Our new home in the River Chase subdivision is located deep in the neighborhood on […]

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This is a late Mother’s Day post… because on Mother’s Day, I could not figure out what to say. Last year, I did an in-depth post that I felt couldn’t be topped in terms of sentiment (Happy Mother’s Day 2014)… plus this year, I was feeling a bit angsty. Let me explain. In the last […]

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Reaching… for answers, for an explanation, for a reason. Dreading another phone call from the school, another email from the teacher, another medication to try, another lecture to give, another apology to other parents, another drive to Austin to see the specialists, another bad report, another meeting, another hard day. It is unending. It is exhausting. […]

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Anna turned 14 last Monday… gulp. 14. FOURTEEN. Suddenly, adulthood is looming. I think back to when I was 14 and Jenny too… and it seems like it’s a completely different reality than what my daughter is living. I was told last month that we need to start the process of setting up her guardianship […]

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  • Stacey - Happy birthday to your sweet girl, Holly! Her haircut is so pretty and suits her beautiful face. Loved your touching and honest post.ReplyCancel

    • Holly - Thank you, Stacey! I am so touched you took time out of your busy day to read about Anna’s birthday and leave me such a nice comment. Smooches!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - Thank you Holly for sharing Anna’s birthday with us, it sounds like she had the perfect day! It has been a wonderful privilege to watch Anna grow into a young lady from your posts. Happy birthday Booski!ReplyCancel

    • Holly - Thank you, Jenny! It was a beautiful day. I so appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. You are so special!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Hatcher - Oh how I loved reading this! I cannot believe she is 14 – where does the time go?! Thank you for sharing about Anna’s special day – she is such a beautiful girl inside and out!

    Also, I totally get the birthday present predicament. Hud is the exact same way. Usually obsesses over one gift for weeks and that’s all he wants . . . then once he gets it, the thrill is gone – and usually the next obsession begins.

    Anyway, thanks again for sharing about your girl. She’s a treasure!!ReplyCancel

    • Holly - Thanks, Sarah! It’s so nice to hear from you. I often think about you and your beautiful kiddos… how is everyone doing? I’m sorry you have a similar predicament with Hud, it makes giving gifts difficult.ReplyCancel

Anna went to her very first middle school dance a couple of weeks ago. The dance was sponsored and thrown by the high school and was for the STAR (Specialized Training in Athletics and Recreation… similar to the Special Olympics) middle school students. Anna participated in the STAR bowling program this past fall and won […]

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  • Lynn - so wonderful– what a great night– way to go Anna!!ReplyCancel

  • Celeste Meader - This was heartwarming! Anna looked great in her beautiful new dress. I loved how the high school girls were observant and sensitive enough to realize Anna was having a moment of feeling left out, and that they took the time to rectify that. It’s one thing being there as a volunteer to assist, but to go that extra step to notice someone was standing on the sidelines not having such a great time at that moment and step in to do something about it was fantastic and took a little more effort and understanding. Kudos to those girls for helping make a special event, but kudos even more to Anna for stepping outside her comfort zone and having a great time dancing with the boys!!! Thank you so much for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Holly - Thank you, Celeste! I was very impressed with the high school girls and chaperones. It was a wonderful experience!ReplyCancel

  • Heather C - I loooooove this. Anna looks beautiful and I love that she got to get dressed up and dance with some sweet boys. What a fun night for her and for you.ReplyCancel

    • Holly - Thank you so much, Heather! It’s hard to believe how far our kids have come. I’m so glad you are on this journey with me, as my sister-mom.ReplyCancel