Hit by a Bus

The title of this post is not a joke. Seriously.

Today is Parker’s last day of first grade. Look how much he has changed!

The day started out great. He followed directions and we left the house with plenty of time. I was blown away by how much he has grown physically, developmentally and emotionally.

When we got to school, I pulled in to the drop off line. When we got to the front, he gave me the usual hug and kiss and then hopped out. I closed his door, put the car in drive, checked the mirror and then…

I don’t think I had even hit the gas yet.

I was hit by a bus. Literally.

We were both in each other’s blind spots and the bus was too close to the drop off lane while pulling in to the bus park lane.

After the initial impact, the bus just. kept. going.

It was so loud and felt like it was ripping the front driver, side corner off of my van. The front of my van was completely banged up and the bus knocked the bumper off. In other words, my car is a mess. Amazingly the bus had maybe a three inch scratch and not a dent to be seen.

Parker saw it happen and was understandably upset so his teacher brought him out to see I was ok.

No one was hurt and I managed to hold it together while dealing with the police officer, school transportation authority, tow truck and our insurance.

Then I got home and proceeded to lose my marbles. I was shaking, crying and had trouble catching my breath.

Scott, knowing me as he does, asked me which essential oils I wanted and then kindly got my vetiver and grounding blend.

I know I write and post a lot about essential oils but it is not just to make money. These oils work and can impact your life in a positive, gentle, natural and healthy way.

Within minutes of layering vetiver and the grounding blend on my big toes and wrists, I felt my breath return to normal and my emotions leveled out.

I chose to use these two oils because they work well for me in stressful situations (some of this is trial and error – finding the right oils for your particular concern and body chemistry) and there is science supporting their calming effects.

And here is a link to a video that actually shows what happens to your red blood cells after using grounding blend. It is truly amazing to watch and no wonder I was feeling better after using my oils.

The good news is that no one was hurt today. I am so grateful to have my oils to help me cope in stressful and scary situations. Unfortunately, my van isn’t doing so great and we will know more about that tomorrow – that’s about the only thing I don’t have an oil for!


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The last couple of months have been a crazy, busy, wild roller-coaster ride. We sold our house with an extremely agressive closing period, bought a house, moved, got the boys settled in to a new school and home, and organized and hosted the annual Pittsburgh Walk for Williams Syndrome.


The boys have adjusted beautifully. I was worried that Parker would struggle with the mid-year transition – leaving his friends and making new ones – but that fear was unfounded. He did great with the (even more) aggressive curriculum and is smiling every day when he gets off of the bus. Reed quickly made friends with his peers and teachers – it is amazing how people are drawn to him.


I am relieved that I can refocus my energy now and get back to the basics.

On the home front, we are painting and doing some recarpeting – along with the general maintenance, yard work, etc.

We are working with Reed’s team to develop a really strong IEP  to set him up for success in Kindergarten. He will be in the regular ed class with his peers with some pull out for learning support and we will be working to further improve his focus – which his is greatest barrier to learning.

Speaking of focus, Parker struggles to attend at school too but is doing quite well academically. His teacher has mentioned “2e” (twice exceptional: gifted and ADD – no “h” for Parker) several times as a strong possibility so we are working on strategies to improve his focus while planning to test for gifted programming next winter. His focus will be critical to testing and accessing curriculum to keep him challenged and motivated. We are looking at many natural solutions (essential oils, diet, supplements, exercise – and yes, we are trying all of these with Reed, too) and will consider medication as a last resort.

As for me, I am keeping busy with house projects, the kids, gearing up for summer, my development consulting business, and building my essential oil business. So, long story short, my crazy life is settling down and ramping up at the same time!


*To read more about my essential oil obsession, click here. Or, to learn about the oils I use and how to get them, contact me using this form: