I’m not even sure where to begin with this post as my girl has been blessed by so many totally strangers this past month who have heard her story and wanted to help. On Mothers’s Day we learned Ashley won her very own iPad2 + Apps in a merit based giveaway from MarissasBunny.com Infantile Spasms Awareness blog. Mike Marissa’s Dad and his employer not only gifted my special girl with a iPad2 but another 40 families with iPads and they have set up a foundation to carry on doing the same thing for many other families to help make kids lives with disabilities better.
Good news keeps coming…
Late last week I found out I won a Facebook Contest I entered from FortZed Challenge for a $50 Otterbox gift certificate. Ashley is my lucky charm I think but I was shocked that I’d win her an iPad2 then 50 towards a fantastic cover!
Otterbox iPad2 Defender case
This story gets even better, Ariana from FortZed challenge loved Ashley’s story and shared it with Otterbox. Kristen from Otterbox PR contacted me and said she too was amazing by Ashley and wanted to send us their super tough iPad Defender Case free of charge and suggested we use the gift certificate to order the Otterbox Utility Latch. WOW! I’m totally blown away at all this kindness and generosity of so many others that are totally strangers and want to see my girl have a voice. This iPad will be be Ashley voice and travel everywhere with her she didn’t qualify for funding for dynamic speech equipment in Canada as she would first have to prove she could use it. Which she definitely can but needs lots of hands on practice to learn to move from screen to screen and locate her choices. She need to show them she can do that before the gov't would fund one. They were not going to give her a chance not yet anyways.
We did set aside some funds to purchase an ipad just a week before we found out we won one from Marissa bunny so Ashley been practicing and doing really well with choice making. However with 3 brothers there is a lot of demand for the iPad and it’s getting used by her two year old brother the most. When Marissa Bunny iPad arrives (there has been paperwork delays due to Apple concerns with giveaways but it’s on it’s way this week) It will be dedicated to Ashley and at her side at all times. Her brothers will have the other one to play with.
I just had to share all this as I feel totally thrilled that my girl is benefiting from all this generosity. Raising 4 kids and having therapy bills is not cheap so all this is greatly appreciated.
Don’t miss Ashley's graduation video I posted this week too. I’m so proud of this girl we purchased her walker for her just before she started JK and I remember standing outside with her at the walker on the first day of Junior Kindergarten we needed to assist her to balance and move the walker in the door that first day. Someone had to hang on to her and the walker. I’m sure a few would have thought she's not ready for that. However with daily practice she learned to use the walker totally independently last January and just the other day she led her class in to the gym for graduation. It was so incredible. I know with her new iPad she needs hand over hand direction right now to navigate the speech device but with time and daily practice I’m sure she will get it. She can independently make her own choices on pages but can’t quite navigate page to page due to the fast speed. I’m so confident in her and super excited and pleased so many strangers are so happy to help her gain her voice. My husband and I are so humbled by all this generosity.
Be sure to check out Otterbox's amazing cases, like and share FortZed Challenge facebook page and read all about Marissa at MarissasBunny.com . Just today Marissa's Bunny is launching there next iPad giveaway so if your child needs one be sure to jump over there and check it out. If your so lucky you will be blown away by this families kindness and eagerness to help others despite all they are going through with there sweet little girl.
What a special day this was. Our girl WALKED in and led her entire class up to the front to graduate from senior kindergarten. She just learned to walk with the walker this past January. Her teachers and peers always knew how to support, encourage and allow her to shine. This day was no exception.
I will be forever grateful to Mrs G. Ms F and Mrs L for how very far she has come over these past two years. She's grown in leaps and bounds and has made gains in all areas. I couldn't have pictured her walking up just this past december with out someone holding on to her. I'm truly sad to see kindergarten end but I know she has so much to look forward to in grade one. Inclusion at it's very best!
It was hot out today and James was on his game. I used to run track in school too so this brought back a lot of memories. James won his heat in the 100m dash. James is wearing black and is in lane 3.
it was a very hot day to be hanging around outside but Canadians are not suppose to complain about the heat so I'll stop there. Not to spoil the video but there was 8 heats and only the top 5 times went on to the final so James didn't get run the final but lots of fun was had and he was pretty pleased with his results.
Last week my oldest turned 11 I have a preteen. We had some very special visitors Grammy and Grampy to celebrate his birthday.
Pancake breakfast for my 11 year old. OMG almost a teenager.
Check out this cake my mom made this for him it has boiled icing, tons of candy decorations, best of all according to my boys it was a money cake with loads of toonies ($2 coins) hidden inside.
Yummy!!! Thanks Mom for making this it was a big hit!
Are you wondering what you get an 11 year old with loads of energy well?
A new POGO stick which he loves and gets a real work out on it too. He also received some money which he used to buy a spy gear watch and the new Alex Rider Novel. He was pretty happy with his presents.
Last week I also received these beautiful flowers for being a super mom from these ladies I adore.
I wish I had taken more pictures when Aunt Colleen and Aunt Betty dropped by for lunch which they even brought with them. I was totally spoiled for the day. Their visit was such a treat for me and the little ones look how happy Ashley was to see Auntie Betty and Taylor loved playing with Auntie Colleen.
Unfortunately my older two were at school and husband working but it was short oh so sweet.