I Run 4 Lola

“I run because I can. When I get tired, I remember those who can’t run, what they would give to have this simple gift I take for granted, and I run harder for them.” This quote was on a meme that runner, Tim Boyles, shared online. A man named, Michael, who has Down Syndrome, saw the meme and replied, “You can run for me anytime!” And from that exchange, the idea for I Run 4 Michael came to fruition. I Run 4 Michael is a non-profit organization that matches athletes of all levels with individuals who have special needs. The athlete dedicates their workout (whether it be a jog, a marathon, a swim, a bike ride or whatever) to their buddy. Many times the athletes find great inspiration...
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Epilepsy Awareness #purpleforlola

On March 26th, we participated in an epilepsy awareness effort called Purple Day. Purple Day began in 2008 when a girl named Cassidy Megan had an idea to wear purple in an effort to raise awareness about epilepsy. Megan had struggled with epilepsy herself which is why she wanted to educate people about epilepsy, she hoped to debunk epilepsy myths and she simply wanted to start a conversation about epilepsy. It started out as a grassroots movement, but quickly turned into an international day of epilepsy recognition. Since epilepsy affects Lola’s life, we wanted to participate and we were blown away by the overwhelming amount of support we received! Friends, family and strangers from all over the country (and in Costa Rica!) wore their purple to help spread...
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A Smashing Success!

On Sunday, May 18th, Visually Impaired Preschool Services of Indiana (VIPS) joined 20 other area nonprofits at the Walking for Dreams 5K in downtown Indianapolis. The underlying theme of the event is “to help others help themselves” and that’s exactly what VIPS did on Sunday. With 98 walkers from Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan, VIPS raised over $8800! These are staggering numbers given it was VIPS’ first year at the event. I am pleased to share that Team Lola raised over $2000 for VIPS on Sunday! We received countless donations from family members, friends and people who heard about Lola’s story and wanted to help. I probably annoyed most everyone on Facebook as social media is the easiest way to get the message out, but I kept reiterating how...
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Sweet Baby Howell

This follow-up post was supposed to be just that – an immediate follow-up to my last post. But hey…I’m pregnant (29 weeks now) and I’m already a mama to a child who now treats our living room furniture like a darn jungle gym (even gets up on the coffee table with this crazy look of pride) which means no eyes can be taken off of her. Ever. Well I had discussed before about why our family and friends were in Indianapolis to visit…and while the immediate reason was obviously to hang out with the coolest child on the planet, they were also here to help celebrate the soon arrival of Baby Howell. Sweet Baby Howell. The restaurant where I work was graciously donated to us to celebrate my...
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A Quick Catch-Up Through Pictures

I warned you. I had a hunch this pregnancy would keep me away from my beloved blog. I can’t blame it on morning sickness anymore because finally at 14 weeks, I’m starting to be amongst the living once again. I guess you could say I’m just one tuckered out mama. Between working extensive hours, keeping up with my crazy 2 1/2 year old, trying to at least put my laundry away and staying present in my marriage…well, I guess I’m just stretched a little thin right now (although my belly is stretching WAY out). When I plop my tush down at the end of the day, I just want to sit still, not move and not think. I just want to be. Actually, I just want to be...
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