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    Happy Birthday

    Today was a very special day.  Little Bear turned TWO!!   What a great age, so full of exploration and learning…gaining independence and a personality starting to shine through…meeting milestone after milestone.  Two is Terrific!!  We celebrated in our hearts on her special day.    There were cupcakes and a balloon…necessary items at a birthday.  (Pictures to come…)   Presents to be purchased in her Birthday Auction.  And friends and family…also good to have on your birthday. The only thing missing? The. birthday. girl.  She spent the day alone, in an orphanage, on the other side of the world.  The last birthday spent alone though!  Next year, the celebration will be grand…

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    Birthday Party? Nope, try again…..Birthday AUCTION!!

         Okay, fundraiser number two…I’m having an online auction for L.  It will begin on October 21st, Little Bear’s second birthday, and run for 10 days, through the end of the month.        Normally, for a birthday, if you’re invited to a party you bring a birthday present.  This year, instead of giving presents to L for her birthday, we are selling presents for her birthday!  Really, the biggest present that could be asked for is for her to come HOME.  We know that will happen in God’s time…and this will be her last birthday in that stinky orphanage!       The auction will run on Facebook, but will also be linked…

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    Jewelry ROCKS!!!

    This post is not really related to Down Syndrome (or well, maybe it can be…) and is not one of the two originally planned fundraisers for a little girl turning two this month but…it is fun news.A friend of mine is co-partners in a jewelry business and also has a daughter with Down Syndrome (who I have determined is going to be L’s future BFF…) Her business is called ‘Jewelry Rocks’.  And for L…it did just that.  Rocked all through the month of September as part of their earnings were shared towards Little Bears ‘break out’ costs.  The jewelry is pretty awesome! You should check it out at….   It was very…

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    October…a month of awareness and celebrations

       This is going to be a month of many things…awareness, pumpkins, trunk-or-treat, fundraisers, celebration and BIRTHDAYS!!!       October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month  I will be posting interesting facts, new information and uplifting stories all month long.  You can read the first post in regards to DS Awareness, HERE.    Pumpkins!!!      October also means Pumpkins!  At our church we have a huge Pumpkin Patch that is run by our youth. (After being coordinated and then continually overseen by our Youth Director.  Could you just imagine what excitement could ensue when mixing teenagers and a field of pumpkins!?!)  Families from all over the Island come to our Patch to…

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    Loose Change for Lizzy

          For the month of October, we are holding…‘Loose Change for Lizzy’.  I will be passing out cups… placing them at local business, sharing them with friends and family, putting one on my own desk… to gather ‘loose change’. (you know, those extra coins from your pocket, the change from your drive through lunch at Chick-fil-a, the ‘found’ dollar at the bottom of the dryer).              I’m positive, if L could tell you herself, that the biggest birthday wish she’d have is to be busted out of that darn orphanage (and that is certainly MY biggest birthday wish for her!). Isn’t cool to think that YOUR loose change could help make that happen!!        …

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    Down Syndrome Awareness Month

       Okay, this will be the first of (hopefully) many posts this month to share uplifting stories and information to raise awareness for individuals with Down Syndrome.      I saw this on Facebook this morning-  “It’s October 1st–the first day of Down Syndrome Awareness Month 2012. Time to reflect on a little history…check out this photo from 1984: President Reagan signs a resolution declaring October as “National Down Syndrome Month”!” I think it’s pretty fitting for the first Down Syndrome Awareness post on the 1st of October!  If you click the picture, it links to the National Down Syndrome Congress website.  The National Down Syndrome Congress is the country’s oldest national organization…