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During our trip to Ireland last fall Nick had a seizure while Arden was bringing him down the stairs.  Because someone was with him as always, he wasn’t injured, but we felt that it was a warning.  We determined that we needed to make some changes to our home here.  We needed to think outside the box.

We counseled with my cousin George, who had originally built the house and Ciaran at Boyce’s, the local plumbing supply firm.  He is a cousin of my cousin, of course.  They both had great ideas and in the picture with this blog, you see the final finished room.  We tiled the area, added a deep tub, toilet and small sink in the ground floor bedroom with a purple vinyl floor and purple paint on the walls.

When we arrived here weeks ago, Nicks first reaction was, “It is beautiful.  I love it.”  We didn’t have to take him upstairs to clean him up anymore.  It has been so much easier and less stressful for Nick and us.  It has turned out to be an incredible blessing.

When we were talking about doing this, we could tell that some of our friends here really didn’t understand.  They questioned its necessity.  Some even expressed concern about the future resale value of the home.

We could have been dissuaded from this project because of  other people’s opinions, including the cost, inconvenience and future resale issue.  However Arden, Nick and I all had the terrifying experience of Nick’s seizure on the stairs.  Not only that, it had been very difficult to get him up the stairs that trip to where the only bathtub in the house had been.

Until we had this idea as a solution, we were even thinking that Nick wouldn’t be able to travel over to Ireland again.  That really concerned him.  He kept repeating over and over, “I travel again, I come here again.”

We have learned that sometimes you have to make accommodations that are out of the ordinary, in order to experience the extraordinary life you can live.  What accommodations can you create in your own life that will expand your experiences and make your life even more incredible?  It is possible.

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Announcing that I have finished a book with the working title of “The Fairy Fort.” I am currently pitching it to publishers. Keep checking back to watch the progress of my newest novel.

Here is a quick glimpse of the story.

Sarah Doherty is an 18-year-old living in rural Ireland at the tail end of the Great War. Plagued by severe epilepsy, she is protected by her parents and lives a sheltered, secluded, lonely life. The Fae, local Irish fairies, interfere with her life. She falls forward a century in time through the local fairy fort of standing stones. She had a seizure in 1918 and woke up in 2020. The 21st century world includes life-saving prescriptions, physical comforts and the independence and freedom she seeks. The locals are welcoming and Andy Mclaughlin, a handsome young historian, is intriguing. She doesn’t want to return home.

Then a letter arrives from Boston divulging the story of Sarah and Andy’s lives that are deeply entwined in the previous century. They are not yet in love but as they seek to verify the letter through online resources, they feel a growing obligation to their unborn family and to each other. What would happen to their posterity living in Boston if they don’t return to 1918? Even if they do make it back, her parents can never know what happened to her or that would change everything.

This Young Adult time-travel romance explores the question: Do we have the freedom to make choices or is free will an elaborate illusion?

This is my third book. I love reading time travel romances. I am an advocate for epilepsy awareness because my 43-year-old son has intractable epilepsy. As a genealogist specializing in Irish research, I live part of the year in the village where the story is based. I wrote the book to help young adults understand that difficult situations can change your life. Sometimes miraculously.

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