Through the Looking Glass Gala

Last weekend, two of my closest friends drove down from Michigan to help with the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundations Inaugural “Through the Looking Glass” Gala. I joined the auction committee a few months ago and have been working hard with a small group of talented young women to help raise funds for the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The event was nothing short of amazing and I’m proud to have been a part of it. I must say I’m even prouder that I had my girls, Alexis and Mindi right there by my side. They spent Saturday afternoon helping us set up the event, they took on any job that was designated to them that evening and they both held my hand and sobbed with...
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Walking For Dreams

On Sunday, we took part in a fundraiser called Walking For Dreams. The walk began in 2004 as a way to help raise funds for non-profit organizations that help children and families in the Indianapolis community. The funds raised this year will help over 35 different local organizations. We chose to walk for the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation in honor of Lola. All proceeds we raised on Lola’s behalf went directly to the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. I am very pleased and especially proud to report that Team Lola raised $1145!! We want to personally thank each and every one of you that donated to this great cause! My best friend, Alexis drove down from Michigan with her two kids so that she could...
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Knowledge is a Powerful Tool

My apologies for not writing about our VIPS experience sooner, but our week was busy with work and on Thursday, I had my non-functioning gall bladder removed. Each day I am feeling better, but the hardest part about the surgery is not being able to pick up my own child. As I was being prepped for surgery, the doctor told me I couldn’t lift anything over 10 lbs for four weeks. I giggled and replied that I had a 15 month old at home. His serious look did not change as he repeated his instructions. So I may get a hernia from the deal, but in all honesty, what mother could not pick up her own child? A week ago Thursday, Ann Hughes from VIPS-Bloomington (Visually Impaired Preschool...
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The Tour and the Neuro

Yesterday Lola and I went with a close friend to visit the Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ISBVI). I was warned up front that many times emotions can get the best of parents (mothers especially) as the school has children on all different levels of the visual spectrum. I hesitantly thought about it and decided that touring the school was indeed something I wanted to go through with. While I have my ups and downs regarding Lola’s disability, her well-being and future are always what weigh heavy on my mind. Driving up, I felt jitters of excitement. I didn’t expect to feel as drawn to the place as I did. It was established in 1847 although it moved from the original downtown location when the...
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Our Week

This past week has been a rough one for poor little Lola. I guess I should say it has been a rough week for both Lola and Rob. Lola’s first top tooth has finally made its appearance, but damn has it been painful for her. She has wanted nothing but to be near one of us and, surprisingly, another side effect of her teething has been an incredible increase in hunger. We recently began the transition from formula to whole milk, but it really hasn’t been a transition at all as she simply loves milk! She went from drinking three to four bottles of formula a day to now at least five to six bottles of milk along with at least two full solid meals and an ungodly...
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