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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Walking for Dreams – 2014

On Sunday, May 18th, Visually Impaired Preschool Services of Indiana will join 21 other Indiana non-profit organizations in the Walking for Dreams 5K Family & Pet Walk. Walking for Dreams started in 2004 to help local non-profit agencies that benefit children and families. The event is sponsored by the Sycamore Foundation whose mission is to help enhance area non-profits effectiveness throughout their communities. If you remember, we walked a couple of years ago for the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation. I was impressed with the event and I loved the concept which is why I thought VIPS would be a perfect fit. It would help raise awareness that VIPS is here in Indiana which could mean more blind and visually impaired children would get the early intervention services they...
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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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A Quick Catch-Up

I’m neglecting this blog I know…forgive me. I have much to say, but virtually no time to say it. So here is an update on life with the girl. Thanksgiving Thanksgiving was perfect because it was low-key. We ate mucho, we laughed with friends and we simply relaxed. It was the definition of what Thanksgiving should be. No pressure to do anything except for bake the perfect apple pie. VIPS-Bloomington Holiday Party I was ecstatic to receive the invitation to the VIPS-Bloomington Holiday Party as I knew my mom would be in town from Costa Rica. I tell her almost daily about how much VIPS has changed our lives so I was looking forward to the opportunity for her to meet our VIPS family. So she, Lola and...
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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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