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...]

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...]

#MountainStrong and #CommunityLove

Colorado has always been a special place to us.  Both of us have been coming here since our teens, and for those who don't know, we met here in the late 90's.  The real Brecker Bunny was even born in Boulder.  We go to Estes Park often for the Fire and Life Safety Educators Conference of the Rockies, visiting with safety heroes and planning the next steps Inspired By Family will take in the coming year. While planning our trip to Colorado … [Read more...]

What’s Your Story Jill Castle? Chasing Authenticity

When Michelle shared Jill Castle’s incredibly moving story, I knew it was a story that I could learn from, as a mother and a woman. What I did not know is that the lesson she had to teach me, personally, was not about her son with Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy, but rather about the internal battle so many of us wage…what does happy look like and when will we get there. For Jill, she was sure that if she could “just” get her son involved in a … [Read more...]