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Christmas Gift Guide 2014

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Christmas, Featured, holidays, Lucky Mama, shopping, The Promenade at Chenal | 1 comment

Note: This is a compensated post; however, all opinions are mine. Heidi (Margarita Mama) and I picked out all of the items for this gift guide. — Yavonda, aka Lucky Mama

It is that most wonderful time of the year again — where we all rush to the stores and wonder what in the world to give our loved ones for Christmas. Well, the Little Rock Mamas and The Promenade at Chenal are here to help. Behold, our 2014 Christmas Gift Guide with items around $25, $50 and $100* from a few of the stores at The Promenade.

* All the prices listed are full price.

Crazy 8

I love shopping at Crazy 8 for my daughter. The less expensive cousin of Gymboree, the clothes at Crazy 8 are good quality (key when it comes to lasting more than 5 seconds on my 5 year old), really cute and affordable!! It is this mama’s trifecta for kids’ clothes!

Pink and gray sweater dress, $29.88 Pink boots, $29.88

Pink and gray sweater dress, $29.88
Pink boots, $29.88

What about these adorable party dresses?

Pink dress, $39.88 Gray sweater dress, $29.88 Silver polka dot dress, $44.88

Pink floral dress, $39.88
Gray sweater dress, $29.88
Silver polka dot dress, $44.88

And I’m not forgetting the boys here! Crazy 8 also has great clothes for the boys on your shopping list. I just love that little spiky hat!

Navy spiky hat, $12.88 Striped fleece pullover, $16.88 Jeans, $19.88

Navy spiky hat, $12.88
Striped fleece pullover, $16.88
Jeans, $19.88

Justice

Does the little girl/tween in your life love all things sparkly? If so, Justice is the shop for you. Get ready for some glitter, sequins and all around awesomeness!

This sequined, tulle dress ($69.90) is perfect for your little princess.

This sequined, tulle dress ($69.90) is perfect for your little princess. Sadly, they don’t sell this in adult sizes.

The aqua faux fur, sequined boots ($52.90) also light up.

The aqua faux fur, sequined boots ($52.90) also light up. Oh yeah, the little girl you’re shopping for is going to LOVE these!

Justice also has great small gift items — some of these would be great stocking stuffers!

Keepsake diary, $29.90 Pixel jewelry making kit, $29.90 Glitter gel scented pens, $12.50 Zebra-print scarf, $22.90

Keepsake diary, $29.90
Pixel jewelry making kit, $29.90
Glitter gel scented pens, $12.50
Zebra-print scarf, $22.90

Apple

Looking for something for the technology lover on your shopping list? Check out these goodies at the Apple store.

(Clockwise from bottom left) Michael Kors Essential Zip Wallet for iPhone, $89.95 Ultimate Ears Boom Box for iPhone and iPod, $99.95 Kate Spade polka dot iPhone 4 and 45 cover, $39.95 Tiggly Learning Toys for iPad, $29.95 (Center) Olloclip 4-in-1 photo lens and case for iPhone 5 and 5s, $99.95

(Clockwise from bottom left) Michael Kors Essential Zip Wallet for iPhone, $89.95
Ultimate Ears Boom Box for iPhone and iPod, $99.95
Kate Spade polka dot iPhone 4 and 4s cover, $39.95
Tiggly Learning Toys for iPad, $29.95
(Center) Olloclip 4-in-1 photo lens and case for iPhone 5 and 5s, $99.95

Gearhead Outfitters

Is there a outdoorsman (or woman!) on your Christmas list this year? If so, Gearhead Outfitters has got you covered, whether you’re looking to spend a little or a lot!

Men's Patagonia sweater, $99 Women's Patagonia sweater vest, $99 Arkansas Nativ Hoodie, $48 Pocket disc, $15 Hydro Flask, $27.99 Tek Towel, medium, $21.95

Men’s Patagonia sweater, $99
Women’s Patagonia sweater vest, $99
Arkansas Nativ Hoodie, $48
Pocket disc, $15
Hydro Flask, $27.99
Tek Towel, medium, $21.95

 Mrs. Polka Dot

Mrs. Polka Dot is the newest store on our list — it only opened last month. And it is a great place to pick up monogrammed items! Ladies, you might want to direct your spouses to Mrs. Polka Dot to find your Christmas gift. Or maybe you should just pick something up for yourself — after all shopping is hard work! :)

Throwback Razorback T-shirt, $32 (unisex) O key ring, $50 Clutch, $34 with monogram  Pink rain jacket, $68 with monogram

Throwback Razorback T-shirt, $32 (unisex)
O key ring, $50
Clutch, $34 with monogram
Pink rain jacket, $68 with monogram

If you’re wondering what makes the O key ring so great, check out what Oprah has to say about it — it is one of her favorite things!

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Kenneth Edwards

Finally, what is a gift guide without a little jewelry?

Akoya pearl studs, posts and backs 14 karat gold, $100 and $125

Akoya pearl studs, posts and backs 14 karat gold, $100 and $125

Gabriel & Co. sterling silver stackable bands, $105

Gabriel & Co. sterling silver stackable bands, $105 each

 

I hope this gift guide gave you some ideas for your loved ones! Happy shopping!

Cajun’s Wharf Christmas Camp 2014

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Arkansas Women Bloggers, eating/food, Featured, Lucky Mama | 7 comments

If you haven’t yet read the post by Heidi, aka Margarita Mama, on our recent Saturday afternoon at Cajun’s Wharf Christmas Camp 2014, please check it out here. As she said, we and about 2 dozen Arkansas Women Bloggers spent the afternoon with the Cajun’s Wharf crew, eating, drinking and having a grand ole’ time.

First up was a wine tasting with Dan, the manager at Cajun’s Wharf.

Matt drops some wine knowledge on us

Dan drops some wine knowledge on us. Did you know that Cajun’s Wharf has more than 200 bottles of wine on its wine list and more than 30 you can order by the glass? Bottoms up!

Dan let us sample  A to Z 2013 Oregon Riesling, Yali Sauvignon Blanc from Chile, Adelsheim Pinot Noir, also from Oregon, and St. Francis Merlot from California’s Sonoma Valley. My favorites were the Riesling, which was very refreshing and not nearly as sweet as many Rieslings are, and the Merlot, which was rich and lush — everything a Merlot ought to be.

Next up was lunch. Just in case you didn’t know it, Cajun’s Wharf is now open for lunch Monday through Friday. And their lunch menu is quite varied — think seafood, salads, soup, sandwiches and burgers, plus appetizers and desert.

First up were the appetizers. The table I was at couldn’t decide what appetizers to try, so our awesome server brought a little bit of everything. It was all so good, especially the Oysters Bienville, which Heidi had to convince me to try by promising it would be as good as the last oyster she talked me into eating in Gulf Shores! It was! I think I’ll definitely order the Oysters Bienville again.

As far as the other appetizers, the artichoke dip at Cajun’s Wharf has long been a favorite of mine. Oh, and I can’t leave out the shrimp and crawfish cakes with the slightly spicy cream sauce — I could have eaten the entire plate of those!

(Clockwise, starting from left) Oysters Bienville, a little bit of everything (Oysters Bienville, Crab Au Gratin, Artichoke dip, Blackened Chicken Eggrolls) and Shrimp and Crawfish Cakes

(Clockwise, starting from left) Oysters Bienville, a sampler with little bit of everything (Oysters Bienville, Crab Au Gratin, Artichoke dip, Blackened Chicken Eggrolls) and Shrimp and Crawfish Cakes

After the appetizers, it was a wonder I had room for lunch. Ha, who am I kidding — of course I had room for lunch! My pick was the Shrimp Enchiladas, a dish that combined shrimp, cheese and sour cream. It’s like they wrote that recipe just for me!

Creamy shrimp enchiladas

Creamy shrimp enchiladas

Somehow I failed to get any good pictures of desert (sorry!) but we sampled chocolate ganache Key lime pie, coconut cream pie, white chocolate bread pudding and chocolate creme brulee and a pumpkin pie. Everything was good, but my heart will always belong to chocolate creme brulee.

After all of this deliciousness, it was time to get cooking, err, cooking tips, that is!

Mary Beth Ringgold, the co-owner of Cajun’s Wharf, Capers and Copper Grill restaurants, was our teacher for the afternoon. I was thrilled to see that the recipe she was cooking for us was Mussels and Clams in Tomato Broth. Mussels are a dish that my husband makes for us occasionally, so I was excited to take him home a recipe that adds in clams!

Co-owner Mary Beth Ringgold teaches us the ins and outs of cooking clams and mussels

Co-owner Mary Beth Ringgold teaches us the ins and outs of cooking clams and mussels

Mussels and Claims in Tomato Broth

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. Mussels
  • 30 each Little Neck Clams
  • 2 TBS Olive Oil
  • 2 TBS Butter
  • 1  Shallot, minced
  • 1 each Red, yellow and green bell pepper
  • 1/2 Medium yellow onion — you can use leeks instead
  • 4 each Garlic cloves
  • 6 sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • 1 cup White Wine***
  • 1 each Lemon juiced
  • 2 cups Chicken broth
  • 2 TBS Clam juice
  • 1 can Rotel
  • Pinch of Red pepper flakes
  • 1 Fresh tomato
  • 1/2 cup Rough chopped parsley
  • 2 TBS  Butter for finishing
  • Salt and pepper to taste

*** Don’t cook with any wine you wouldn’t drink. — Mary Beth Ringgold 

 

1. Rinse and scrub the mussels and clams.

2. Discard any that have opened or have broken shells.

TIP: If a shell is just partially opened, gently tap it on the side of the stock pot or counter. If it closes back on its own, it is still alive and fine to cook. If it does not, it is dead and you need to toss it!

3. Heat oil and then butter in a stock pot.

4. Saute the onion, shallot, garlic and thyme — do them in this order, especially the onion first.

5. Add the wine, chicken stock, lemon juice and red pepper flakes.

6. Add the clam juice and the Rotel.

7. Bring to a light boil.

8. Add the Clams, bring back to a boil and cook for 3-4 minutes.

9. Add the mussels and cook until the shells start to open.

10. Add the reserved butter, parsley and fresh tomatoes.

TIP: Discard any mussels and clams if their shells do not open!

11. Serve with plenty of garlic bread or toasts.

clams and mussels in a tomato broth

Clams and mussels in a tomato broth — this tasted as good as it looks!

Next on the agenda was a whiskey tasting. Now I know what you’re thinking — You don’t like whiskey. I admit, I’ve often been sitting right there next to you on the “It tastes Yucky” bench. But apparently, we haven’t been drinking the right kind of whiskey!

What we tried were four types of sipping whiskey. All four were made in Nashville in small batch distilleries. And I liked three of the four, especially when I diluted them slightly.

The whiskeys (from left to right) Collier & McKeel Tennessee Whiskey, Belle Meade Bourbon Whiskey, Corsair Artisan Ryemageddon Rye Whiskey and Triple Smoke Single Malt

The whiskeys (from left to right) Collier & McKeel Tennessee Whiskey, Belle Meade Bourbon Whiskey, Corsair Artisan Ryemageddon Rye Whiskey and Triple Smoke Single Malt, with our musical entertainment in the back

Both the Collier & McKeel Tennessee Whiskey and the Belle Meade Bourbon Whiskey had a little bit of a sweetness to them, which really surprised me. I’ve NEVER thought that whiskey could have vanilla and maple syrup notes in it, but the Collier & McKeel did.

And being born in Kentucky, I’m glad to say I can now drink at least one type of bourbon, even if it is made in Tennessee. ;)

I can’t quite describe the Rye Whiskey, other than to say it was very smooth and I liked it. Did you know that Ryes are considered an Old World whiskey, while the Tennessee Whiskey and Bourbon are New World ones — largely because the latter two are made with corn, which was plentiful in the United States, but not Europe.

Sadly, the one I wasn’t a fan of is Corsair Artisan’s Triple Smoke Single Malt, which was named Whiskey Advocate‘s “Artisan Whiskey of the Year.” The grains in the Triple Smoke had been smoked over three kinds of wood or fuel, including peat, which is pretty cool. Unfortunately, all my novice palate tasted in the whiskey was smoke.

Our last whiskey treat was a Tennessee sipping cream by Whisper Creek. Oh my word, it was good! If you like Bailey’s, you would like this. I think this would make an excellent treat on a cold winter’s night!

Many thanks to Cajun’s Wharf for inviting us to spend the afternoon with you. I had a blast!

Heidi and me enjoying our afternoon at Cajun's Wharf!

Heidi and me enjoying our afternoon at Cajun’s Wharf!

“Mary, Did You Know?”

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in A Song for Saturday, Featured, Lucky Mama, Music/concerts | 0 comments

“Mary, Did You Know?” is one of my favorite “newish” Christmas songs. According to the always-reliable Wikipedia, ;) it was written in 1984 by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene and first recorded by Michael English in 1992.

I heard English’s version when I was in high school and have loved the song ever since. Since then, tons of people have covered the song, including my all-time favorite version from Acappella. But now you can add a second a capella rendition to the list — this time by Pentatonix. Their version of the song gave me goosebumps — really gorgeous!

While it is still too early for me to listen to Christmas carols, this is one song I can make an exception for. Enjoy.

Florida school bungles active shooter drill

Posted by on Nov 15, 2014 in Featured, In the news, Lucky Mama, musings | 0 comments

So apparently, police officers in Winter Haven, Fla., held an active shooter drill at a middle school on Thursday. Unfortunately, students (and their parents) were not notified in advance, so the terror that the children displayed during the drill was all too real.

You can read the full story from The Washington Post here.

I wanted to highlight one particular quote from the school district:

“Unfortunately, no one gets an advanced notice of real life emergencies,” Polk County Public Schools spokesman Jason Gearey said in an e-mailed statement to The Washington Post. “We don’t want students to be scared, but we need them to be safe.”

And have I mentioned that the officers were armed?

Stacy Ray told WTVT that she received a text from her seventh-grade daughter Lauren Marionneaux after two armed officers burst into her classroom. Winter Haven police told The Post that one of the officers had his duty firearm – a handgun – drawn. The gun was loaded, as required. The other officer was carrying an unloaded AR-15. According to Ray, one of her other children texted: “I thought he was going to shoot me.”

Now most of y’all know that I’m a journalist and I rarely comment publicly about news events because of that fact. But I’m pretty livid about what went down at this school.

When I was a kid, we didn’t need to simulate a tornado to do a tornado drill. We didn’t need to set a classroom on fire to participate in a fire drill. So I’d like the police and school officials in Winter Haven, Fla., to answer this — why do you need to scare children to death in order to conduct an active shooter drill? Why couldn’t there be a PA announcement before the drill started? Why couldn’t parents be told a day or two in advance so they could prepare their children for the drill?

I know that our children go to school in a different world from the one I grew up in. I recognize that schools can be the target of violence and evil. I am eternally grateful to the teachers and administrators who protect and educate my child on a daily basis. I am thankful for the police officers who would run into my daughter’s school to protect her should that ever be necessary.

But what happens when the school and the police are the one terrifying our children? When they are the boogeyman?

Is it really necessary to sacrifice their innocence and scare them to death in the interest of keeping them safe? I think the answer is no. What do you think?

 

 

Wordless Wednesday

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Alaina, Featured, Lucky Mama, Wordless Wednesday | 2 comments

Matt snapped this wonderful picture of Alaina last week. I love the joy on her face.

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A Haunted Blog Hop — Part 4

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Arkansas Women Bloggers, blog hop, Book Nook, Halloween, Lucky Mama, The Written Word | 4 comments

Welcome to Part 4 of the 2014 A Haunted Blog Hop! If you’ve hopped over here from Minivan Momma, Desperately Seeking Gina or Our Everyday Dinners, thanks so much for visiting me!

If you haven’t read the first three parts of the story, you’ll want to start here and work your way through the links to get back to me!

The Girls by JohnONolan, image found at IM Free

Ruby was awed by the dancing girls.    Photo by JohnONolan

 

The cookie was heavenly. She quickly finished it, licking the crumbs off of her lips. Eli handed her another one, which she devoured. Eli laughed and said, “Good, right?”

Then he grabbed her hand and pulled her into the crowd.

She followed, taking two steps for his one, as she was pulled along with Eli and the dancing girls toward the lights and the music. Suddenly, she stopped as she realized that she wasn’t limping. Her feet didn’t hurt. She wasn’t falling. Her body wasn’t betraying her. She felt whole.

She looked at Eli with questions in her eyes. He smiled and pulled her toward the carousel.

They climbed aboard and each mounted a pony. Ruby smiled because her pony had emerald eyes, just like papa. “Just like papa,” she thought and the smile vanished from her face.

Her sadness was quickly dispelled when the carousel started spinning, slowly at first, then faster, and faster and faster until the outside world was just a blur of lights and it seemed like they would be thrown off and dashed into a thousand bits. As Ruby opened her mouth to scream, Eli whispered in her ear, “Hold on. It will all be over soon.” Ruby couldn’t understand how he was whispering when he was on another carousel horse and they were spinning faster than a top.

But his words calmed her. And just like that, the spinning stopped.

As Eli helped her down from the carousel, she looked more closely at her surroundings. To her left was a Master of Ceremonies in a coat and tails with his top hat rakishly perched atop his head. In front of her were the dancing girls, laughing at something the Strong Man had just said. And to the right was Eli — handsome, perfect Eli.

“Eli, what is all of this? I don’t understand,” Ruby said.

Eli just smiled, “Just enjoy,” he said, as he pulled her further and further into the carnival.

And enjoy she did. Hand in hand, Eli and Ruby rode rides, played games and feasted on cotton candy and funnel cakes. Finally in the hallway of mirrors, Eli kissed her. Ruby thought she might die of happiness right then and there.

Hours later, Ruby hugged a teddy bear that Eli had won for her at one of the game booths. ‘This night is perfect,’ she thought to herself.

“It certainly is,” Eli said as he brushed his lips over her hair.

She jumped. “Wait, I didn’t say that out loud,” she protested.

“You didn’t have to,” Eli said. “Here, in this place, we are connected. I can hear your thoughts. I can feel what you feel. I live, I breathe because you live and you breathe.”

“This can’t be real,” Ruby said. “No wonder this seems perfect. It isn’t real,” she said, as she started to cry.

“But it can be,” Eli said. “If …” and his voice trailed off.

“If, what?” Ruby asked.

“If you’re willing to pay the price,” Eli said, as he grabbed her hand and pulled her toward another tent, one she hadn’t even noticed. As they neared the tent, she tried to read the sign by the door, but it wasn’t in English. Actually, it didn’t look like words at all — rather, it looked like some sort of runic inscription or hieroglyphics.

“Eli, what is this place? What price?,” Ruby said, her voice becoming more shrill with each word out of her mouth.

“Shh,” Eli said, as he held her tight. “All will be explained.”

 

What is the price? And will Ruby agree to pay it? Read the thrilling conclusion to our Haunted Blog Hop on Thursday at JunQue RethunQue.

 

2014 Haunted Blog Hop

 

A Haunted Blog Hop — A Shameless Plug

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Arkansas Women Bloggers, blog hop, Lucky Mama, The Written Word | Comments Off

As Halloween approaches and the witching hour is near, it is time for A Haunted Blog Hop. mwaahahhahaha

For the second year in a row, I’m joining forces with Gina of Desperately Seeking Gina and other Arkansas Women Bloggers to write a spooky tale just in time for Halloween. My piece of the story will go live tomorrow (Wednesday), but until then, please go check out the other talented ladies in the Haunted Blog Hop.

Heather, aka Minivan Momma, kicks off our story. Then visit Gina for more of our terrifying tale. Stop by to see Amy at Our Everyday Dinners for a little respite and then be back here on Wednesday to see what spookiness I’ve created. Then tune in to Laurie at JunQue RethunQue on Thursday to see how it all ends. mwhahhahhahha

2014 Haunted Blog Hop

Wordless Wednesday: Haircut

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Alaina, hair, Lucky Mama, Wordless Wednesday | Comments Off

Alaina got her first big-girl haircut last Saturday. WooHoo!

Until now, we had been taking her to a salon that caters to kids. It did the trick — especially in making her comfortable enough to allow someone to cut her hair. But they’re always packed AND loud, so I wasn’t looking forward to her next haircut.

But on Saturday, it dawned on me that my hair stylist said she cuts kids’ hair. Since I already had an appointment for myself, I called to see if Beth would have time to cut Alaina’s hair too. Luckily she did!

So Alaina and headed had a little mommy/daughter time as we both got haircuts Saturday. I was amazed at how grown up my little girl was in the big chair.

So many thanks to Beth at Payton Place Salon in North Little Rock for doing a great job on Alaina’s hair! Farewell to the children’s salon — this mama’s little girl is ready for the big chair now! :)

Little girl's first trip to a grown-up stylist

Alaina gets her first haircut at a grown-up salon

Alaina is all smiles after haircut!

Alaina is very happy with her haircut!

The Great Squirrel Caper

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in animals/pets, drama, home, home repair, Lucky Mama, matt | 7 comments

Well that was interesting.

For the past few days, we’ve heard squirrels scratching away in the attic. Matt and I would look at each other and say, “We’ve got to get those squirrels out of the attic.” But neither of us really had any idea how one would go about such a task. So it would be forgotten until those squirrels started scratching again.

Then yesterday we heard a squirrel in the bathroom wall. Uh oh, the little rodent had just upped the stakes. But how do you go about getting a squirrel out of a wall?

But then this afternoon happened. We heard the squirrel under the dishwasher. Now don’t ask me HOW the squirrel got from the bathroom wall to under the dishwasher, but the little guy did. So Matt tries to lure him out from under the dishwasher before the little rat with a fluffy tail eats the wiring or the insulation, fries himself and/or sets the house on fire.

Next thing we know, the squirrel is in the dryer. Once again, I’ve really no clue how he got from Point A to Point B, but he did. Then Matt is trying to get him to run out the patio door. But by this time, the squirrel has caught the attention of Ginger and Abby who have spent countless hours in the backyard trying to lessen the squirrel population one furry kill at at time. A squirrel is in their house — oh the indignity could not stand! So they run at the squirrel, trying to catch it and generally terrifying the creature more than it already was.

The next thing I know, the squirrel is running toward the back of the house to the bedrooms. Into Alaina’s room it goes. (Thankfully Alaina is sitting at the dining room table and not in her bed when this goes down.) Because Alaina’s bed is where the squirrel is headed. He runs up the side and to the headboard, where he balances precariously. BTW, squirrels have seriously awesome balance. Then he crosses her room in a flash and starts to climb up the bookcase. The books in the bookcase thwarted his attempt to hide in the shelving — another use for a children’s library! :)

At this point, I’ve handed Matt a small cardboard box with the idea that he should trap the squirrel in the box. I don’t know WHY I thought the squirrel could be caught in a box. He couldn’t. Instead, he dodges the box and heads back to the laundry room. By this point, we’ve opened the front door and are attempting to escort it from the premises. FINALLY, the squirrel runs to freedom and leaves the house.

So thus is my tale of The Great Squirrel Caper and how the Chase family spent their Sunday evening. :)

P.S. My Cat is a worthless specimen of catliness. As all of this was going down, my cat just looked at the squirrel, kind of like she was asking him, “Who are you? And why are you here?” But she made no effort to catch him. Obviously, Arkie Mama’s Mr. Kitty would not have allowed such an interloper into the house. Maybe I need to borrow him for a few days. :)

A squirrel on a tree

Not the actual squirrel. But a squirrel very much like this was part of The Great Squirrel Caper at the Chase household today.

When I Walk

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Lucky Mama, multiple sclerosis | Comments Off

Jason DaSilva is a documentary filmmaker who was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis when he was 25. Trust me when I say in the wide world of MS it really doesn’t get worse than primary progressive. It is fast, aggressive and debilitating.

To understand his disease (and help others understand too) he did what he knew to do. He made a film about it.

When I Walk was filmed over seven years and shows how a very active young man very quickly found himself in a wheelchair. He tried various treatments — nothing worked. There are drugs for those of us with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. The drugs don’t offer a cure — but they can buy time. There are no treatments for progressive MS. There is nothing to stop the effects of a terrible disease.

But the film isn’t all sadness. During the seven years DaSilva is shooting and editing When I Walk, he falls in love and gets married to a woman named Alice whose mother has MS. They struggle with his disease and the constant demands it makes on them. But they find happiness. They try to have a child and Alice suffers a miscarriage. But at the end of the movie, Alice is pregnant.

Yesterday (Oct. 9) on Meredith Vieira’s talk show, the world met Jason and Alice’s 18-month-old son, Jase. You can watch the interview here.

It was wonderful to see the newest member of the DaSilva family.

When I Walk is a difficult film to watch. It is raw, it is painful, it is real. There are highs and there are lows. But at the end of the day, Jase is a very real reminder that MS doesn’t win. Life goes on. :)