Sunday, November 18, 2012


This week ended on quite an amazing note.

A couple of months ago I talked about the possibility of Makenzie getting her very own tricycle. Well it looks like that will be happening sooner then later!

We attended a fundraiser last night put on by my states chapter of the non profit company, Ambucks. It was at an amazing little Italian restaurant. We were treated to a wonderful dinner and got to watch as many people walked through the door to donate to Makenzie's tricycle.

They had all kind of games set up including jumbo Jynga, an orange toss, and plinko. The main part of the fundraiser was a mustache shaving auction. The men had grown bushy beards and the highest bidder got to choose whatever style mustache they wanted shaved on each man. It was a so much fun to watch!

Makenzie was the super star. There were so many kind people there who were so excited to see my special girl get a tricycle. When all of the men got together for a picture and Makenzie was squashed right in the middle my heart felt like it was going to explode with joy and pride. Yep..... that's my kid right there in the middle. The kid who brought all of these wonderful people together!

I am so honored and feel so blessed.

Makenzie is so stinking excited!

Thank you to everyone who came out to make this happen for Makenzie! It really does mean more to our family then words could ever express!

On another note.... I think I have officially turned into a big nerd. Last week one of my instructors told me  she was going to nominate me for the "student of the month award". Again..... I am so honored! I am going to school for my family, for me, and for a brighter future. I am loving it.... yes I already stated I am now a nerd. I look forward to going to class and am having a great time writing papers and doing algebra homework.

My instructor wanted to know how to describe Makenzie as she wanted to put in the nomination something about me being a a single mom to 3 teenagers and a child with disabilities. After she asked about Makenzie she noted that she was not doing this for pity but instead because she knows that I do not want pity and  even though I already have a lot going on I am thriving in school, do not make excuses, and advocate for for my children all at the same time.

I am cool with the nerd thing! I am really so proud of myself and yes I am tooting my own horn! There are 3 weeks left in this semester and as of right now I am on track to a perfect 4.0 GPA.

One last note, for those of you that asked about the piece of equipment Makenzie was using at the sink in my last post, sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you! That is the orthopedic piece to Makenzie's Taos walker. 

I couldn't find any resent pictures of her in it but here is one I took shortly after she got it.

We use just the body piece a lot to help keep Makenzie's body in correct alignment while we do sit to stand activities. It is a wonderful piece of equipment!

I hope you all had a great weekend! It is time to get ready for a short week of school and a holiday!!!

If I do not have a chance....

Happy Thanksgiving!

Believe.... Prayer Works!


Timothy Courtemanche said...

That is awesome about the trike and the awesome people who are making it happen. One of the biggest reasons I love doing the photography for Easter Seals is because of all the amazing supporters I meet.

The other biggest reason is the amazing families I meet. Families who lives were first shattered by a special needs child coming into their lives and then seeing them learn that it was actually one of the biggest blessings of their lives.

May the Lord continue to bless you and your family. May He continue to have amazing people enter your lives.

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