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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VIPS-Bloomington Play and Learn

We recently packed up the car and headed down to Bloomington, Indiana for another VIPS-Bloomington Play and Learn (PAL) get together. Originally, I was supposed to tap into my inner domestic goddess self and take a sewing class with a girlfriend, but I was feeling the need to be around my people. We hadn’t seen Ann Hughes in months as Lola’s vision continuously improves and what better way for Lola to spend an afternoon then listening to songs, seeing her little friends, enjoying the crisp outdoor air and of course…playing in the ball pit. The wonderful thing about these PAL events is that you walk into a room full of people that get it. This is our time to take down the protective barrier and simply be. We...
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A Very Merry Christmas

OK, OK…so Rob, Lola and I celebrated Christmas on Sunday, December 23rd due to my work schedule and our departure date. I felt guilty as we opened presents swearing to Rob that we mustn’t ever do this when Lola is of age to understand Christmas. I could picture her snarking at me “but you guys opened presents early the year of my second birthday” when I tell her we have to wait until Christmas Day to open our gifts. But for now, time restraints and busy schedules took precedence which meant my curious and giving soul was able to cheat modify the Christmas system a tad. I worked on Christmas Eve which used to not bother me, in fact, I would always be the first person to volunteer...
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Happy First Anniversary VIPS-Bloomington!

On Tuesday, Rob, Lola and I hopped in the car for a road trip to Bloomington, Indiana to celebrate VIPS-Bloomington’s First Anniversary. While VIPS (Vision Impaired Preschool Services) Louisville has been around for over 20 years, it wasn’t until mother and co-founder, Rebecca Davis partnered up with Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Ann Hughes to start VIPS-Bloomington as a way to offer services to the young visually impaired children of Indiana. We were honored to be asked to join the celebration with other VIPS families as it was a way for us to show our gratitude towards VIPS as well as connect with people that actually understand what it is like to have a visually impaired child. We got to the donated Unitarian Church around 9:30 am…a bit...
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Backspacing and Blank Screens

Tonight as I sit here at the computer, I’m telling Rob that I just can’t seem to get my thoughts down in a blog post. It’s as if I have much too share, but every time I begin typing I quickly hit backspace, backspace, backspace until there is nothing but a blank screen again. I suppose this so-called “writer’s block” is running parallel with Lola’s undetermined diagnosis. We had one before and although lissencephaly was a hard diagnosis to swallow…at least we had one. But now Lola’s medical life has taken another unexpected turn when the lissencephaly diagnosis was retracted by a MRI performed here in the U.S. It’s as if someone is hitting backspace and all we are left with is yet another blank screen. I guess...
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