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Giving Tuesday

27 Nov

Giving Tuesday is a movement that was created in 2012, and has become an international day of giving. It follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday – two very busy shopping days in North America.

I want to share with you a few of the organizations that are near and dear to our hearts.

During the summer of 2017, when Ladybug was in the hospital for back to back surgeries, and a lengthy stay, I had an aha moment. Sounds cliche I know.  I’ve written many times about the special needs community and how they are amazing for rallying around each other at times of need.  This was very evident that summer. Families that Ladybug took dance with a couple years prior, came to visit several times always bringing snacks, and a complete stranger drove from over an hour away to drop off a weighted blanket to help Ladybug sleep. I could go on and on with the amount of people, not just in the SN community, who were there for Ladybug and myself when we needed it the most.

I felt very fortunate to be a part of a group like this, and knew I wanted to pay it forward. During that summer I saw a Facebook post from a girl, Nikki, who I used to work with. She had moved to India several years prior to volunteer with Sarah’s Covenant Homes. SCH is a group of family like foster homes for children in India who have special needs. These children are in need of sponsors for things like food, clothing, schooling, medical equipment, surgeries etc. The things that many often take for granted.

I felt drawn to help out, even if it was only a little bit every month. That was still a little more that SCH didn’t have. It became a family event, as I would sit down with my own children and talk about SCH, India, and the first little girl we sponsored. My boys would often take the globe out, point to where India was, and were always excited when we’d get an update or photo of our new friend.


It was an incredible teaching/learning opportunity for myself and my children. It also inspired us to help children from another organization. We became Birthday Box sponsors for a little girl in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut.  The cost of typical birthday party supplies in the far north is insanely high, that is if they are available. This was our second year putting together a box filled with cake mix, icing, candles, party decorations, some treats, and a few gifts. The kids are a part of the entire process, from picking out the items all the way to going to the post office to ship them.

My children are learning what it means to be kind, generous, and give every day – not just one Tuesday a year. This is the best gift I could ever give them.

Here are a couple other organizations that are also very close to our hearts:

McMaster Children’s Hospital – Ladybugs home away from home.

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute – The incredible lab that offered to find out Ladybugs CDG subtype for us, when Health Canada refused. They continue to be an integral part of our journey, and I’m hopeful they will find a treatment and perhaps one day a cure for CDG.


On The Board

26 Feb

For a few months I’ve been debating on how to title this post.  I love the clever use of words, and my initial thought was “3+1=4”.  Then I realized that if I use this title my phone and Facebook account would be inundated with messages of congratulations/are you pregnant?  I’ll nip that theory in the bud right now to say that I am not with child.

Not exactly that is.

Before our little Ladybug was born we were in a very unsure place about fulfilling our dreams of becoming parents.  After back to back  miscarriages I questioned whether I’d be able to carry to term.  We began to explore adoption both within Canada and around the world.  Lo and behold, shortly after I became pregnant – and against all odds gave birth to a very special little Ladybug.

The thought of having multiple children never really left and as Ladybug gets older, I’ve begun to see how much she enjoys being around children.

While looking into adoption once again we dove into a world I never thought to explore – but one that would be the perfect fit for our family.


There are so many children who need temporary loving, stable homes – I knew it was the path for us. I will be honest it has been a long….very long path to bring us here.  Nearly a year of training courses, interviews, meetings, and diving into our pasts with a fine tooth comb. Yesterday, February 25, 2013 I received the call that we are officially “On The Board”.  I’ve been yearning to hear those words for months, and couldn’t help but blast some music and dance around the house with Ladybug in celebration.

On the board means exactly that. Our names have been placed on a big board stating that we are available to take a child immediately. I’ve been preparing/child proofing our home for several months now, guest rooms have been moved around and a room fit for a princess or prince was created. I’m incredibly excited to watch Ladybug interact with her new sibling(s), and think it will be a fantastic experience for her and the children to learn about tolerance, acceptance, and love.


I also want to send a huge thank you to our family and friends who took the time to write references, watch Ladybug, and share in our journey thus far.  We are who we are because of all of you.  I especially want to thank a dear friend Nicole. Nic, I’ve known you since we were “Rockin’ Robins” and am so grateful for the guidance you’ve given and the willingness to receive numerous text messages and emails before and during the process of becoming a foster parent.  Thank you.  xoxo