July is a special month for us and for many other families out there. It’s Disability Pride Month!

A picture of Madilynn Underwood for Disability Pride Month 2022

Disabilities are a beautiful part of humanity

While I don’t necessarily consider myself the parent of a disabled child; I’m just Madilynn’s mom…I still think it’s important to recognize that raising a child (and later on, an adult) with a disability has made our family, and our story a bit different.​​​​​​​​

To me, Disability Pride Month is about promoting awareness and encouraging positive pride among disabled people. It’s about fully embracing who they are. It’s a time to celebrate and empower people who are disabled as well as those of us who love and support someone who is living with a disability.​​​​​​​​

The word disability isn’t a negative one, on the contrary, to us, it signifies someone with tremendous strength and a fighting spirit. ​​​​​We call her Mad.

Yeah, most things in daily life are more difficult for Mad, but you’ll never see her throw in the towel. The frustration can be real, but we push on. Always. She’s stronger than I am, even on my best day.​​​​​​​​

Be weird, be you!

This month, and every month, we believe in accepting and honoring everyone’s uniqueness and in fact, we are real proud to let our weirdness out. 🤪​​​​​​​​ #youshouldjoinus

Disabilities are a natural and beautiful part of human diversity, and I know I wouldn’t be the parent, or the person I am without our Mad. I’ve learned more about humility, perseverance, and resilience from her.​​​​​​​​

She has made me better, more true to myself, more real, and even though it has been a long and lonely road at times, I wouldn’t change a single thing. Not one.​​​​​​​​

xoxo Kristine


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  1. Christine Zeiler says:

    Kristine, I’ve missed receiving your updates and was so happy to see this in my email. Your stories about your Maddie bless me and tell me a lot about you too. Im going to try your recipes and look forward to the next ‘Inbetween.’ Thank you for including me.

    1. Oh my gosh, thank you Christine! This makes me SO HAPPY! I’ve really missed all this, the writing, the sharing, the connecting with people. I’m so glad to be back! I appreciate you taking the time to comment, I’ll be emailing once a week to keep you in the loop. Much love, Kristine