Category Archives: 31 for 21

TBT–Kaylee is determined to Pay It Forward

Today’s Throw Back Post is about my friend Kaylee. A girl who is an incredible hero. Once again she is participating in the Polar Plunge to support Comfort Zone. The camp that allowed her a safe place to grieve and to grow. Please consider to once again donating to her cause. No child should lose a parent, but if they do then they need places like Comfort Camps. Her plunge is coming soon, Feb 28, 2015. Given the current arctic winter we are having, I am hoping she doesn’t have blizzard conditions!

I am in awe of children. Children who want to make a difference in other’s lives. Whether it is a huge movement like Malala or providing comfort for another child. I would like to introduce you to a beautiful seventh-grader named Kaylee.

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Throw-back Thursday, today to not quite end Down Syndrome Awareness Month I am reposting a blog from October 31, 2013. It is beyond important to raise awareness for what Down Syndrome is and what it is not. This post explains why it is so important to any parent whose child has a special need.

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My first give away!

October is a pretty busy Awareness month. There is the Down Syndrome 31 for 21 that I participate in every year. Cerebral Palsy Awareness falls within October. Food Allergy Awareness comes into play with Halloween. Breast Cancer Awareness month, Domestic Abuse Awareness, Child Health Day and the list goes on and on.

It is also Sensory Awareness Month. While I am more than aware that Bridget has sensory processing disorder, I was unaware there was a month long awareness campaign. Until I was approached and asked to share Jennifer Shaw’s story.
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Dear Candidates

It is the month of the robo-call and campaign commericals. The calls that come right when we are eating dinner, bath time and bedtime. Let’s not forget the calls that come right after the girls have gone to bed and it is now time for me to relax (or do laundry). I’m a voter. I get the importance of using your vote in an attempt to change the world.

I do not need a zillion phone calls that are prerecorded to tell me why their opponent is not as wonderful as they are. I do not need to see endless commercials smearing the opponents reputation, family and values. Unless they are a serial killer, than yes call me and tell me how horrible they are. Continue reading

My Challenge: Robin

Today is pretty cool day for a Challenge. I have never met Robin, she isn’t a blogger and I wouldn’t know her if she hadn’t taken the time one day to reach out via e-mail and offer an avenue for me to explore with Boo. Beyond cool for me. When I asked her to write a Challenge for this series I had no idea what she would submit. Those of you with young children hold onto your Cheerios as Robin explains life after the kids grow up.

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Good things come in Three or thanks to Coach Eli

Thanks to Coach Eli for helping me with today’s post. I normally don’t worry about writing every day but I am committed to the 31 for 21 challenge. Or should be committed, but let’s just say I love a challenge. But needed a prompt.
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My Challenge: Chris

Today’s challenge is from Christine Carter. Chris is the mom of two who began blogging not only to record her children’s lives but also to bring hope and encouragement to others. She writes on all topics but her foundation is in her faith. She makes you feel not alone in your whatever your challenge might be but gives you encouragement to handle it.

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I’m happy when I can do a 5k

I do not consider myself a runner. I like to run. It helps my mental state and the state of my legs. But I am in awe of those who can run and not look like they need medical attention. When I race I look to these people to keep going, to know I can finish I just might not look pretty when I do. I hope one day to become a runner. One who runs and whose husband doesn’t offer to call the rescue for oxygen (true story). 
The video below is a new inspiration to me. The first person with Down Syndrome to complete the New York City Marathon. 


To learn more about Down Syndrome, please visit the National Down Syndrome Society.