I can’t believe I didn’t show you this!

Emily is a senior, it’s prom season and although she doesn’t want to go to prom she wants a prom so….

Here we go again, party planning!

We are throwing Emily a prom.

We rented a banquet hall with staffed bar (she will be old enough), hired a dj / karaoke, got a decoration committee together, rented tablecloth and chair bows, decided on a theme, made a guest list, found an amazing cupcake lady, plan the finger food, got Emily a tiara and are now looking at hairstyles and planning the “Emily Hopes and Dreams” exclusive centre pieces. 

My girl is getting her prom. With friends and their families! 

It will be memorable!

Seriously, look at her! 😍


If you like to read about Emily and would like timely updates of little and big things happening in her life, you should follow Lessons from my Daughter‘s page on Facebook. This is where I post tidbits of information before I have time to write a proper blog post. Some stories might never make it to a full blog post. 

If you want to see what Emily is up to with her art, you can follow her up on Facebook at Emily’s Hopes and Dreams

You can also find me on Twitter at @plebrass


Wishing you the Best 2017 possible!

Emily had an amazing 2016

It wasn’t all easy and happy

She lost a friend, struggled during her school coop placement in the spring, had a biopsy done on one of her scar on her back, received a list of 35 items she should no longer eat and had her wisdom teeth removed… just to name a few things.

If you were to ask her about 2016, I’m sure she would tell you about Chelsea passing away because Chelsea is still in Emily’s thoughts regularly but she will also tell you about our trip out west, staying home alone, emptying the dishwasher, starting her own art gallery and selling her art.  She will tell you that she’s a cheerleader, a high school senior and that her school coop is at a art gallery which she really enjoys.  She might also mentioned how we raised all the money we needed to get our fully accessible baseball field build.

We had so many amazing things happened in 2016!

Emily will focus on all the awesome parts. 

So for 2017, I wish you to be more like Emily. 

I wish you to tackle the challenges with patience, positivity and determination to see the other side. 

I wish that once it is all said and done, you can see the lesssons learned and remember all the good things as opposed to focus on the bad. 

In 2017, we should all try to be a little bit more like Emily!