Secret Santa Team

Okay, now that Halloween has come and gone, we are in the season of gratitude! I am extremely grateful I met an adorable gal named Courtney Petruzzelli. I was doing her hair for a photoshoot and she was telling me that the pictures were to be on inside of her book sleeve. She told me all about her new Christmas Tradition Concept and how her family loved and cherished 12 days of giving growing up. She shared that 'Barnes and Noble' wanted to pick it up before she was even completely published! I sobbed.  I couldn't help it, it touched me that a corporation like that can see the beauty and need for a book like this! πŸ™ŒπŸ» 

My family was never big on traditions and I want to do more than just that darn Elf for Finley. lol. To me "the Elf" is all about being on the good list so you get presents, but Secret Santa Team is about the real spirit of GIVING. Which is what the holiday is all about - even if you don't celebrate "Christmas". I just ordered a few copies to pass out to my friends! This book is so amazing! It is online only this year, but next year will be EVERYWHERE! πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸͺ

It's Finley's SDR Anniversary!

what. a. year.

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I really wanted to do something special to celebrate this day. So I put together a little video that is a quick little glimpse into what the past year has looked like for us. 

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Finley is one tough little cookie. She has taught me so much.  I'll never forget the excitement that accompanied the phone call we received by Dr. Park's office letting us know that she was a candidate for the surgery.  It was surreal.  Its an interesting balance between "being positive" and "wanting to throw up because you are so anxious that something may not work, but you want it to sooooo badly." I tried to be as realistically positive as I could.  I always believed that Finley would walk independently.  Right before I submitted her application, I prayed with my Biblestudy.  We were discussing the "power of prayer" (something I didn't truly believe in - even after everything we had been through with my dad and our adoption). I threw out a request for the week, "I don't know, I guess I want to pray for a MIRACLE for Finley."  My girlfriends logged that into their journals.  

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A few weeks later the miracle began.  She was accepted as a candidate.  The online campaign, "The Dare to Dance Challenge" began- and we fundraised $40,000.00 in two weeks.  TALK ABOUT A MIRACLE.  Our campaign lasted long enough to raise the EXACT amount we needed to not completely max out our bank accounts for this SDR endeavor and all of the post-op expenses. So many people reach out to us for fundraising advice, and I truly feel I am unable to provide it. Honestly. It was nothing we did, it was God at work - He tugged at peoples heart strings as they encountered our Youcaring fundraiser.  I still have no idea why us. We are forever grateful. I DO 100% believe it is our mission to continue to raise awareness and advocate for Cerebral Palsy and the SDR by Dr. Park. We were told by several of our "trusted" Doctor's NOT to do the SDR because it was a "thing of the past"- but let me assure you, its very much a thing for the future.  

Good Housekeeping

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When Jon Small reached out to us saying he was interested in composing a piece about Fin for GH, we were elated!  How exciting to be able to reach a whole new audience + be on PRINT in their home.  

He has done his own blogging of how this story came to be from his POV 

We are blown away by how many people have reached out and now are looking into the 

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It was such a pleasure spending the afternoon with Jon, we love this article! 

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Help Finley's Fundraiser- Carousel of Possible Dreams

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We are partnering with Changing the Face of Beauty for a SPECIAL EVENT!

We are SO SO excited to be Riders for the Carousel of Possible Dreams Charity event and support our team Changing the Face of Beauty!! Woohoo!!

The Carousel of Possible Dreams is a unique opportunity that gives Festival of Children Foundation member charities across the country an exciting and innovative way to fundraise for their Possible Dreams. 

Armed with nothing more than our cell phones and contact lists, we will climb aboard a carousel and go round and round and up and down - we'll call everyone we know and will are not able to step off until our goal is reached! Holy moly!