#Blogust – Firsts and Dandelions


Since I became a mother six years ago, the meaning of life’s “firsts” have become weightier and almost sacred.  The first baby giggle, first steps, first word, first food, first real hug – my children’s firsts have carved their own deep pockets in my memory.

Watching my kids experience their firsts – diving head first into some of them… well, it makes me want to take stock of my own firsts:  My first time performing on stage, my first kiss, the first time I saw snow. Seeing snow for the first time for me didn’t happen until I was in college.  I remember running up and down the hall of the dorm, knocking on everyone’s door, and telling them to come out because IT WAS SNOWING.  Turns out, I may have made a few people mad because what I thought was snow was really just a small amount of sleet.  I was an island girl, what did I know.  It was still pretty fantastic to me.

I think about all the firsts that I had, and I feel grateful and excited for my own kids to experience some of the same ones.  They are the bullet points of life… and everyone deserves a multitude of happy and healthy firsts.

It’s not only the  big milestone firsts with my kids that take my breath away or douse me in joy.  Often times it’s the little things…

Like blowing on their first dandelion to make a wish…



or not really blowing on their first not-really-a-dandelion to make a wish:


I’m so grateful for my boys and both their big and small firsts.  My kids are healthy…

My kids are happy…

and my kids are protected against most life threatening illnesses.

I’m happy to have the chance to write this post… and to tell you that for every comment you make on this post (until the end of August), or for every share on social media you give it by using my sharing icons below, ShotatLife.org and Walgreens will donate a vaccine to a child in need.

If you are on Instagram, please follow me there and like or comment on the above video.  That will also count for another vaccine.

It has always meant the world to me when you guys have commented here or shared my words…

now it can mean the world to someone else.

Share this post.  Comment.  Do the same on Instagram.

It’s the easiest life you’ll ever save.


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*During Shot@Life’s Blogust 2014—a month-long blog relay—some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions will come together and share stories about Happy and Healthy Firsts. Every time you comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or share them via social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, Walgreens will donate one vaccine (up to 60,000).  Blogust is one part an overall commitment of Walgreens donating up to $1 million through its “Get a Shot. Give a Shot” campaign. The campaign will help provide millions of vaccines for children in need around the world.

Sign up here for a daily email so you can quickly and easily comment and share every day during Blogust! For more information, visit shotatlife.org or join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.



16 responses to “#Blogust – Firsts and Dandelions”

  1. Alison says:

    Happy to leave a comment, and like the video on IG!
    Love this initiative.

  2. Marian says:

    Always glad to help. And thank you Walgreens for making the right decision to keep your corporate headquarters here in the US.

  3. Lucrecer says:

    This is a wonderful story!

  4. Heather says:

    Such a great campaign! I’m happy to help and share 🙂

  5. Done and done … love that we get to use our words like a Super Power!
    Now come to my hood and save some more lives 😉

  6. This is AMAZING! xoxoxo

  7. What a great campaign! And that video is just adorable 🙂

  8. Stacey says:

    I agree, it’s often the little things. Love that video

  9. Kristin Shaw says:

    Great initiative! Thank you for doing what you you can to help the world. I’ll check out your IG, too, Jenni.

  10. Roxanne says:

    What a great way to raise awareness and make a difference!

  11. Theresa says:

    Amazing post!

  12. Love this campaign and the fact that you’re part of it.

  13. Crystal says:

    Done! This is awesome!

  14. Jess says:

    The firsts are the bests and make you hope to never consider any of them the lasts. Thank you for being a part of this wonderful campaign with Shot at Life. Honored to know such a beautiful person those boys get to grow up with as their mom.

  15. Angela says:

    Love! (Giggling so much at the first snow. As a life-long Michigander, I just can’t relate to that one, unfortunately!)

  16. Amanda says:

    Amazing. Wishes!

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