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.

One thing I miss about doing a Project 365 or a Project 52 is the story I end up with for the year. At least with those projects, I’m shooting and blogging frequently, so I’m kind of keeping a virtual scrapbook of our lives. Instead of a Christmas letter (which last year was my very first one), I […]

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In honor of Halloween and the fact that it’s been over a month since I’ve posted anything, I thought I’d go back into my archives and post a couple of super creepy spider pictures. For those that are scared of spiders, I’m sorry! But I’m fascinated by their minute details. This image is from April. […]

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Today, Jenny drove down from Georgetown to see me before my next surgery scheduled on Wednesday, 9/30/15. I really wanted to be able to meet her partway for lunch, but I knew if I did, that I’d be in bed the rest of the day. I’m about 3.5 weeks post-op now from my thyroidectomy and […]

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I have a broken body. (By the way, this damn post has taken me four days to write.) I am a chronic pain patient. I see a pain management specialist, among many other specialists. There is a lot of stigma and shame associated with being in pain and I really don’t understand why. I didn’t […]

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  • Rebecca Spencer - Love you my dear friend, you are truly beautiful inside and outside. Rebecca xxxReplyCancel

    • Holly - My dear sweet Rebecca. I some stuff I want to talk to you about soon, about Theo and Dominic. Wish you weren’t so far away. Love you right back! xoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Kerry Lake - Holly, I didn’t know you were struggling with so many health challenges! And yet, you are always thinking of others and staying so positive! You have given so much to others, now it’s time to let them take care of you. Best wishes and HUGE HUGS to you and your family. 💓ReplyCancel

    • Holly - Kerry, what a kind and sweet thing to say. I will do my best to allow others to help. It’s so hard when you are used to being the caretaker! Thanks for your support. <3ReplyCancel

  • Anna - You are Beautiful! And your children couldn’t have a better mom than you. Life is love,and you show it. XReplyCancel

  • Tracy Bradbury - You are such a huge inspiration to me, you cope with life challenges with grace and dignity and I wish you all the best for your forthcoming surgery. You should be incredibly proud of not only being a wonderful Mother but also a beautiful friend and person, sending my love, Tracy xxxxReplyCancel

    • Holly - Tracy, you inspire me as well… you have been through your own share of Hell and back, and you handle life with a gentle graciousness and sweetness that permeates everything you do. Thank you for your support. <3ReplyCancel

  • Barb - Thank you for taking the time to “suck it up”, and tell us about all that’s going on.
    One thing you should be glad about, is that at least the Dr’s are helping you.
    Wait til you are 65, then you are just an excess human. Dr’s do not seem to be concerned about problems of “feeling like you are passing out’ when ever you are on your feet. They tell you things like”you should just learn to live with this”, even tho its getting worse, or that you are an enigma. Basically my life, as an artists, has ended.
    You are a great inspiration and your attitude is so inspiring.
    Good luck with upcoming surg. Barb Pryor – wife of magician.ReplyCancel

    • Holly - Barb, I am sickened by how as people age, they become invisible and overlooked. I’m going to write you privately but please know that I hear you and honor you and wish your circumstances were different. Thank you for reaching out to me. <3ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Cherry - Holly, you are strong. You are kind. You are brave. You are victorious. And God is right there with you every step of the way. You are in my prayers.ReplyCancel

    • Holly - Dawn, you give me strength with your wise and kind words. Thank you for being so supportive and understanding. xoxoxoReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Holly-
    I wish I could give you a great big hug. I’m so sorry for your pain and your worry and your frustration. I’m praying for peace and comfort for you. I’m praying for peace and calm for Anna. Big hugs and big prayers.


I haven’t been posting much and this might be the longest break I’ve taken from my blog in a long, long time. Ever since I found out about my thyroid nodules, I haven’t been wanting to pick up my camera or write or do anything but be with my family. I don’t think I even […]

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