She’s a Stair Walking, Bird Wearing, Awe Inspiring Little Lady

Last week, Rob called me at work to share exciting news regarding Lola…she had walked down the stairs while holding the handrail in her preschool classroom. I could hardly believe what I was hearing. Not because I didn’t think Lola would eventually do it, but simply because Lola isn’t able to walk on her own yet. She needs full hand assistance when walking, so for her to master the stair walking alone was quite a remarkable accomplishment. In fact, many children that are able to walk unassisted continue to receive early intervention therapy simply to master this difficult task. I was elated with happiness, but I sort of wanted to see for myself because I couldn’t really picture in my head my tiny daughter walking down stairs. And...
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2013 VIPS Retreat – A Reunion

Last weekend Rob, Lola and I drove down to Louisville, Kentucky for the annual VIPS Retreat. Last year we were quite impressed with the overall logistics of the event which meant there was no hesitation in saying yes when asked if we’d be going back this year. We arrived early Saturday morning and first to do on our list was check Lola into the VIPS preschool. The VIPS Preschool is specifically designed for children who are blind or visually impaired. Not only is the infastructure designed for kids like Lola, but the toys serve specific vision loss components and most of the personnel are trained teachers of the visually impaired. There is a nurse on duty for those children who are medically fragile which helps ease the mind...
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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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“It’s A Circus Out There!”

Last weekend we put the dogs up at a Doggy Hotel, packed up the car with way too much stuff (I take full blame for this as I absolutely LOVE road trips) and we headed to Louisville for the 22nd Annual VIPS (Visually Impaired Preschool Services) Family Retreat – “It’s A Circus Out There!”. We knew it would be a fun filled weekend, but I have to say the entire experience blew my expectations away. While the actual Retreat was to begin on Saturday morning, there was an option for us out-of-towners to stay at the hotel for a discounted rate on Friday night as well as Saturday night. We arrived at the hotel around 4:00 pm and felt relief to, for once in our busy lives, have...
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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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