The Gift of Sight

“With this beautiful child, (and her amazing family), I have been allowed to witness a child’s visual system “turning on.” On a scale of 0-10 on the Cortical Visual Impairment scale with zero being no vision/light perception and 10 being normal or near normal functional vision, Lola was about a “2” this past March/April, a “4” in May, and a “6” in December. And she has improved since then! (We will reassess in a month or two, but her progress has been fast so far, and she just turned two.) AND, thanks to her advocating parents, her First Steps therapists, and Lola’s strong spirit, when her visual system turned on, of course it helped LOTS of other good things begin to happen! Watch out world!” –Ann Hughes VIPS-Bloomington...
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Birthday Wishes for Lola

Hard to believe we’ll have a two year old this week as Lola’s birthday is on Friday, January 4th. I’ve received a lot of questions about what to get her and to be honest, the girl really doesn’t need anything. I’ve been trying to come up with ideas, but only one keeps coming to mind. While just a good birthday thought would do yet if you wish to do something, please consider donating to VIPS-Bloomington on Lola’s behalf. This may not seem like it benefits Lola, but in truth, it definitely does. If VIPS doesn’t get funding then Lola as well as other blind and visually impaired kids don’t get the vision services they so badly need. Lola will most likely be in VIPS for another year (she’ll...
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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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My Heart Belongs Here

I have to admit…while I was thrilled I was asked to be a part of the auction committee for the iBCF, I must be honest and say my heart wasn’t in it as much as I hoped it would be. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to help and it wasn’t because I didn’t believe in the cause we were raising funds for (because the funds were to help kids just like Lola)…it is simply because Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS-Bloomington) is making a direct impact on my daughters life…an impact I couldn’t fathom possible. VIPS came into our lives when we felt no one could help us understand Lola’s vision impairment. You see, the ISBVI is great for blind and visually impaired kids that are three years...
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Catching Up

As life normally does, it seems to continue to fly right on by and next thing you know it’s the middle of October. Unfortunately, I’m finding the quiet moments where I am able to sit down and share our life with all of you have become harder to prioritize. Thankfully, I am off of work for the next two days and after spending some much needed mama and family time, the babe (who has been sick with a cold and some awful teething) is finally napping, my hubby is busy working and I am sitting here listening to the ultimate comfort music…classical. I have much to talk about, but I’ve decided to not make this a long drawn out post. Instead, I’ll start where I left off and...
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