Friday, May 1, 2015

Dear Mom-to-be

Dear Mom-to-be, I know you might be scared. You might worry what others might think. What might this mean for your Child's future?
Honestly I can't say it won't come with it's challenges. But who says life does not come with challenges?

Do we quit just because Life is hard? No, I know I'm no parent but I know that I don't give up so easily even though their are times I feel like giving up.
I want you to know your in my prayers. I have never felt the time more to say this. Down Syndrome is not the end, tis only the Beginning of a beautiful story God is starting to write. 
You might have other children thinking life will be unfair to them by having a sibling with that extra chromosome. I on the other hand beg to differ. 
You might think they can't...
Ride Horses
Be in a Play
Dance in front of everyone
Love going to Disneyland
But I tell you the life that beautiful baby inside of you will bring far outweighs what they may or may not be able to do. So I pray this post might find you before you face that decision & that it will give you hope. 
Because being a sibling to someone with Down syndrome has been one of the greatest blessings in my life.
I hope you choose to travel this challenging yet beautiful road with me because to me Down syndrome is not what makes my sister who she is or even your child who they are, it's what on the inside that counts.
If you wish to chat or have questions about what it means in my life having a sibling who just so happens to have Down syndrome please feel free to leave a comment with your email address for me to contact you. I moderate my comments & will not publish any private information. 
Lastly I leave you with this video taken several years ago of my siblings & I talking about being a sibling to someone who happens to have Down syndrome.
Have hope that your child will do great things!

Friday, April 24, 2015

A dream is a wish your Heart makes Giveaway winners announced!

Well sorry I have not gotten around to officially announcing the winners but I have already notified all of them. I'm gonna first of all say thank you to everyone that donated, shared, or prayed for this Giveaway. During the Giveaway $125 was raised hooray!
I'm sure Emma Grace & her family appreciates it!
All winners were drawn via random number generator. I'm gonna keep this post short & sweet but want to take a special moment to thank my friends that donated prizes to this Giveaway. It might not have been a huge deal, but know my idea I had would not have been as successful had it not been for your help! 
Without further ado,
Winner of Merida doll-Terri C.
Free Willy Movie-April S.
Cinderella Shoes-Beth B.
Purple Tutu-April S.
Washer Necklace-Heather K.
Both Bracelet sets-Beth B. 
Infant Headbands set #2-Carol M.
Infant Headbands set #3-Stephanie K.
Woody Doll-Carol M.
Picnic set-Heather K. 
I do want to say 2 items were donated back to another adoptive family so that's why I did not include them. 
THANK YOU ALL AGAIN!!!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Final Days of Giveaway with MORE ENTRIES!

A Dream is a Wish your Heart makes Giveaway http://lifesbeautifulbutterflies.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-dream-is-wish-your-heart-makes.html ends in 3 days! 
New Entry amounts per donation!
$5-1 entry
$10-4 entries
$15-6 entries
$20-8 entries
You can make a donation to the Donation box on the right or go to here http://reecesrainbow.org/84608/sponsorbrook-3 & Forward your donation receipt to me at singergirl15@yahoo.com
Just remember ends April 15th! 
Cute Picnic Basket! 
Baby girls need to be princesses too!
And what's a little girl without a tutu to twirl around in?
Please help Ms Emma Grace come home to her family! 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Greatest Potential

Emma like my sister could have the greatest Potential. Here's what I shared when I posted this video on youtube 3 weeks ago: My sister, Sarah, dancing to Animals as performed by Jeremy Gaynor & Rob Taylor on The Voice on NBC #teamchristina
Original credit of this song goes to Maroon 5
We were watching The Voice on NBC which she is a huge fan of, watching it every week, never missing it. Since last week when seeing the preview for the 3/18 show of Team Christina's Rob Taylor & Jeremy Gaynor performance she has brought down her mask each time hoping it will come on & when it came on yesterday she asked if we could video her dancing to it. I want to share this, We all tend to judge on the outward appearance by putting our own "mask" on seeing them whether by their look or by their disability but don't see them for the person they are. They on the other hand wish others could treat them the same as everyone else not judging them by their "mask" of what this world sees Different. Sarah is more than just her Down Syndrome or her Selective Mutism, she is a Normal girl who loves to dance, watch TV shows like The Voice on NBC, loves Disney, Singing, & so much more. I'm her sister & I want the world to see her despite any "mask" she might have.
Emma Grace just needs some help to come home to her family so she can shine like the beautiful girl she is & have that potential! WE HAVE JUST 4 DAYS LEFT TIL THE DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES GIVEAWAY http://lifesbeautifulbutterflies.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-dream-is-wish-your-heart-makes.html ENDS & STILL GREAT CHANCES AT WINNING A PRIZE!! Don't you love the sweetness in my sisters smile helping me pick out these items for the Giveaway?
And who here loves Toy Story? I sure do!
Few weeks ago when I posted that video to the Voice contestant twitter pages they both commented on it so you see you never know what a tweet, share, or prayer can do! You gain 1 FREE ENTRY JUST BY SHARING ON EACH SOCIAL MEDIA SITE! So 1 for twitter, 1 for fb, 1 for Instagram, 1 for Blogging, etc. SO SHARE, TWEET CELEBRITIES, & SHARE SOME MORE! This girl needs to come home!http://lifesbeautifulbutterflies.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-dream-is-wish-your-heart-makes.html & you can donate here http://reecesrainbow.org/84608/sponsorbrook-3
And if you happen to be on Facebook check out the auction the Brook family has going https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.956981787675347.1073741830.864551266918400&type=1

Friday, April 3, 2015

A beautiful soul

A Beautiful soul, lost her battle to Cancer on Thursday morning. I have known many people who have lost their battle to the dreadful C word, & I know others who have beaten that word. But never did I have the honor of knowing such a kindred spirit such as Elizabeth.

Though I never had the pleasure of knowing her in person, I was blessed to know her in this wonderful adoption advocate community. Like my friends who lost their battle to Cancer, Elizabeth never stopped fighting. On days when she did not feel well she was wanting to distract herself so thus the "DeHority Distraction" was born donating her beautiful socks knit with love to help orphans with special needs come home to their forever families. Many have come home because of her Distractions & she wasn't just an advocate. 
She was a Mom to her children, & a wife to her Husband but yet she went beyond & became a friend to soo many people. 

Her legacy will live on & continue to inspire others just like she has for me. Elizabeth, I know I never really chatted with you much online but know you are another of the ones who have encouraged me on days when I have wanted to Give up whether it was a personal struggle or advocating for orphans. Your determination to keep going no matter the pain you were in is inspiring. I will keep fighting for orphans just like you & help to continue your legacy.
So what best way to honor such a beautiful soul than a Distraction? 
You may know about our Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes Giveaway to help bring Emma Grace home to her forever family. I have a new prize to add, what's a princess to do on a beautiful day outside? Why have a Picnic of course!
Can I get some distractions today to help Emma Grace come home? http://reecesrainbow.org/84608/sponsorbrook-3
Lastly a beautiful new girl was listed on an advocating site in Elizabeth's honor would you mind dropping even just $5 into her grant?
http://reecesrainbow.org/90159/elizabeth


Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Prize added to Giveaway!

Who here loves Toy Story? I know I do!
We have this awesome woody doll donated which retails for $45 BRAND NEW!
Want to win this? Check out the ways you can enter here http://lifesbeautifulbutterflies.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-dream-is-wish-your-heart-makes.html

Help Bring Emma Grace home!

Monday, March 23, 2015

A Dream is a Wish your Heart makes Giveaway & WDSD 2015

Yesterday, was World Down Syndrome Day. Down Syndrome or Trisomy 21 occurs when an individual has a extra copy of the 21st chromosome. March 21st (21st chromosome) is designated World Down Syndrome Day to honor, celebrate, & bring awareness of those in our lives that just so happen to have that extra chromosome. I just so happen to adore an extraordinary girl who I Love, my sister. 
 My sister, never has wanted to be known by having Down Syndrome & I'm right there with her when I say she is just like you & me. She is a girl that loves horses,Disney,singing,acting,babies & so much more.
She has friends both with that extra Chromosome & those without but no matter what she sees them for the person they are on the inside & out no matter their age, race, gender or disability. 
My sister truly has a heart of Gold, she is always so kind when selecting the Birthday gift or Christmas gift & we all know how much love & thought went into picking out that gift. Last year for my Birthday she got me the doll above cause she knows that I love Disney Princesses just like her & picked the same style doll as hers but yet different princess. This years gift was an adorable purple bear that has a heart written with I love you on it cause she knows Purple is my favorite color. 

I love my sister & her sweet heart. So yesterday while trying to decide what should do as a Random Act of Kindness that could involve her as part of the initiative that was going around as part of World Down Syndrome Day to do an act of kindness. I was unsure if I was going to just randomly give it to some little girl or leave it somewhere for someone to find but then my mind started forming an idea to help a family adopting a child with Down Syndrome that was still short on funding. So I used the Gift card my family & friends helped me save coke points for & used an opportunity to help a family bring home their little girl. My sister, whose nickname in our family is Pink Princess went down the aisles with me & I did not tell her what we were doing, just that we were giving these items to someone else. I asked her what her favorite Disney Princess was & she said Merrida, from the movie Brave because she is a tough girl like me.
This is what my younger sister shared on her fb page that Pink Princess shared with her:
"I don't want to be known for my Down Syndrome. I want to be known because I'm tough. And I can sing."

Me-Girl, you are tough & at times even tougher than me.

As we were selecting things, things that she loves I was thinking of kiddos who might not have toys or even be allowed to play with them. Specifically since she loves Disney Princesses & we call her Pink Princess I asked her about those things but I wanted to grab one more item but not sure what to get I went over to a movie section cause I know how much she loves movies & she selected a certain favorite of hers.

So we checked out & because I wanted to post how much she helped me out with this act I pleaded with her for a photo with the selection of items. (Photos always prove a challenge for her) But out of kindness of her heart she responded to my request without too much convincing.

"Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling thru
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
The dream that you wish will come true"


Meet the adorable Emma Grace, like my sister she has that extra chromosome. She is waiting for her family to make her wish come true. Her mama has been working hard & they have faced some challenges & are still short on funding for this sweet girls adoption. The Devil wants nothing more than for her to not come home. Well I'm here to tell you our God is stronger & can do the Impossible! Originally I had this planned for another family but praise God they got funded yesterday!

In honor of World Down Syndrome Day, my sister, & Emma Grace we Launch 
"A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes Giveaway".
Here's the prizes:
My sisters favorites is the "Grand Prize" & 3 winners will each get to select which prize they get. All other prizes will each draw a winner but no selecting.
Merrida doll
Cinderella shoes
Free Willy Movie
Cause every little girl needs a tutu to be a Princess!
Yes even teens & Mommies deserve to dress up like a pretty Princess!
Bracelets will come together as a set






And this is another set


Lastly some adorable infant headbands, one winner per headband will be chosen.
NEWLY ADDED, SOMETHING FOR TOY STORY FANS OR SOMEONE WITH A BOY. Brand New Woody doll retails originally $45
A Princess can't go without a picnic right?

Now for the details, we want to help Princess Emma Grace come home to her loving family, the Brooks http://reecesrainbow.org/84608/sponsorbrook-3
To enter our giveaway here's how it works:
Donate to their grant link listed above
$5-1 entry
$10-4 entries
$15-6 entries
$20-8 entries
,
1 free entry per Social Media share on FB, Twitter, & Instagram. Once you donate please forward your original donation receipt to me at singergirl15@yahoo.com
Anyone that shares please leave a comment saying you have done so. I will try to keep track via fb but it will help if you let me know you shared.
Thanks for helping now let's help Princess Emma Grace wish come true!
Giveaway will end April 15th!