Why We Celebrate EVERYTHING

By Hilary Bilbrey “So, you should prepare yourself. You may not make it through delivery.” My middle child turns 14 in two days. This time of year, I always come back to this moment. The moment the doctor told me that I would likely not live to see my child. Now, in retrospect, we should have gotten a second opinion, but we didn’t know that at the time. I tend to be a big emotion person. My middle school choir teacher, Mr. Oman, once told … [Read more...]

Releasing the Trap: Empowered By Family

Trapped. Just saying the word makes my skin crawl, my breath quicken and my heart pound a little louder. Inspired By Family began years ago for this very reason. It is why we still plug away at it through moves, jobs, kids and chaos. The Why of It All When our son, Breck was severely burned on April 6, 2003, his accident and recovery were out of our hands.  I could not make any of it go away. There was no easy fix. There was no reset button to … [Read more...]

The Theory of Ignorance: This white girl’s introduction to racism

By: Hilary Bilbrey Disclaimer: This is purely my own experience with and around racism…which is kind of the point. No two people have the same experiences, which is why we often misread, misinterpret and plain miss each other. I’ve been writing this in my head for years, so I hope it comes out in the way I intend…to give perspective and implore all of us to ask questions with a sincere heart and really listen to the answers…and be willing to … [Read more...]

Just Saying It Doesn’t Make It So

    The morning did not start out well...at all.  To be fair, our coffee pot broke yesterday and the new one wasn't up and running yet. We are getting ready to leave for spring break, but clearly the kids do not understand the rules that every self-respecting person from the Midwest is taught before you leave on a trip: 1. Wear your best underwear. If you get in an accident, you don't want the paramedics to see your dirty, … [Read more...]

Craving Unity

Balance has illuded me lately. Peace and hope seem to be hanging outside the walls of my heart. I'm troubled. Dis-eased. Restless. But why? Glancing at my mantle, freshly undressed of its Christmas finest, I see it. What I have been missing. Two simple logs resting on one another for 19.5 years, not misplaced or thrown away despite eight moves, four countries and three states.  These twin logs are one (they are one entity in my mind) of my … [Read more...]

The Gift of Safety Education

Looking to give a unique gift this holiday season? A gift that will leave a lasting impression? We have just the thing! Give a box Brecker Bunny Safety Series Books to a classroom, local fire department or other service group. Our books hold important fire and water safety messages, are perfect for young children and make a difference!  Each Classroom box contains 25 books. Brecker Bunny Learns to be Careful Box* - Fire Safety = … [Read more...]

Baseball, Advertising and Fire Safety, Oh My?

Our next favorite and creative #firesafety idea...Several years back, Michelle and I had the privilege of attending an IAFC, International Association of Fire Chiefs, conference in Denver, Colorado.  While we were there, we were also invited to attend a Colorado Rockies game for a firefighters appreciation night.  Along with a wonderful firefighter, Tracy, an in-home fire sprinkler installer (there's a picture of one in the Brecker book) bought … [Read more...]

Child Passenger Safety Week Links

It's child passenger safety week and this year it has a whole new meaning for me. With an infant in our house again, we found ourselves back to looking at all the different car seats, various safety features, everything needed for a newborn. Which one is the most safe? Which one is appropriate for 8 pounds? 12 pounds?  Rear facing? Front facing? Booster? Wait, does my eight-year-old still need that? So many questions, then I second guess myself … [Read more...]

Pizza Delivery, Smoke Detectors and Brecker Bunny!

Who doesn't like delivery pizza?  When we first founded Inspired By Family years ago, we never thought that pizza would be such a valuable part of our safety message, but then we hadn't been exposed to the creativity of fire and life safety educators yet!  With October, and Fire Safety Week/Month fast approaching, we thought we'd highlight a few of our favorite ways Brecker Bunny books have been used by Bunny Buddies over the past ten years.  Our … [Read more...]

I’m Done Being a Hypocrite

By Hilary Bilbrey I’m a hypocrite.  I can’t tell you how much it pains me to say that.  Integrity is my core virtue.  I live every day working to try to get my beliefs to match my actions.  I am failing in my mission right now, and here’s why… Like many people, Robin Williams’ suicide hit me hard last week.  I believe in compassion and understanding for people with mental illnesses.  I don’t believe that having a mental illness makes you … [Read more...]