A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Walk 4 Friendship 2012

This Sunday I'm going to do something incredible. But, I won't be alone. I'll be with about 4,999 other people. We'll be participating in Walk 4 Friendship, an annual 5k walk that raises crucial funds and community awareness for The Friendship Circle- a nonprofit group for individuals with special needs. The walk begins with an inspirational opening ceremony followed by a 5k walk (or the 1 mile option that I'll be walking!). As we reach the finish line, we'll all enjoy a huge celebration where the community comes together to show support for families of kids with special needs with entertainment, activities, food, and much more!!

The walk started in 2006 when the bird was 20 months old and still not walking, so she "strolled" in her stroller! I've participated each year since that very first year because Friendship Circle is so special to us. This is where Little Bird has been given the gift of true acceptance, and real friendship. FC provides programs and support to the families of individuals with special needs. In addition, they also enrich its vast network of volunteers by enabling them to reap the rewards of selfless giving.

Show your support by joining my team and walking with us, making a donation, or just keeping us in your thoughts!

Here are a couple posts on the walk from last year and the year before!

*This Moment*

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. -SouleMama

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sunscreen is Messy

You may have asked yourself, "how long do I need to have my back turned before my child wanders into the laundry room and covers herself in sunscreen?"  I'm happy to provide the answer for you. It's approximately 4 minutes. At least that's how long it took Little Bird...

kids, don't try this at home
"Look, mommy! I have lotion."

laundry room rug covered in spf 70
So, take it from me. If you find your child covered in sunscreen, do the responsible thing. Grab a camera and blog about it. Oh, and yes, it's in her hair.

EIGHT days till school starts.

1 in 40 people has the gene responsible

August is SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) awareness month and I couldn't let the month go by without mentioning it and posting some important facts that everyone should know. I've posted a few times before about SMA and the fact that a great girl I've known for 20+ years has done so so so much to raise awareness through her own organization, the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation. Gwendolyn is a very sweet, very pretty little girl who's just like any other girl her age (almost 5)- she loves horses, anything princessy, sparkly, and was totally into Abby Cadabby for a while! What's different about her is that she has SMA, the number one genetic killer of infants and children. The muscles in the body slowly stop working. All the muscles become affected. The mind, however, does not.

There is no cure. 1 in 40 adults unknowingly carry the gene responsible for SMA.

Researchers and scientists are really really really close to breaking through to some serious treatments that could wipe SMA off the map for good. SMA advocated need our help. Get informed. Spread the word. Participate in the campaigns to write letters to local representatives and government officials to designate funds toward more research. Seriously, you can make a difference.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Enriching Lives. Erasing Barriers.

One of my favorite organizations I support and sit on the board of directors of is JARC, which works to improve the lives of those with developmental disabilities and their families. They've got one of the best slogans ever: enriching lives and erasing barriers. Among the things JARC does is operate group homes. At the beginning of the summer, I had the honor of planting flowers at one of the homes with a couple of great girls, also volunteering their time. Bonus: we looked great doing it!

Rose, Rachel, and me with our green(ish) thumbs

Just last week, I got to see how nicely the flowers had grown in and spread!

The best part about this is knowing that the residents love to see the flowers brighten up their home and bring them a few extra smiles.

What mitzvot (good deeds) have you performed lately? 
Please share them in the comments.

Friday, August 17, 2012

*This Moment*

Here's what just happened....
I realized it's Friday morning and I didn't post a "This Moment" this week. So, I thought I'd look through the photos I'd added this week to my iPhoto. I opened up my computer and found a big pot of "this moment" gold. Apparently, when I walked away from the computer for a few minutes, someone opened up the photobooth app.

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. -SouleMama

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

*This Moment*

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. -SouleMama

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Politician calls Obama supporter "mentally retarded"

Jim Roddey, Allegheny County GOP Chairperson

Another example of a public figure standing in front of a crowd and making fun of the intellectually disabled. 

From Early Returns by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: At an election party last night, Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County GOP Chair, JIM RODDEY, brought the crowd to laughter and applause by calling an Obama supporter “mentally retarded.” Roddey, who is a long-time supporter of Mitt Romney, told the joke to a crowd of about 200: “I was in this parking lot and there was a man looking for a space to park, and I found a space for him. And I felt badly — he looked like he was sort of in distress. And I said, ‘Sir, here’s a place.’ And he said, ‘That’s a handicapped space.’ I said, ‘Oh I’m so sorry, I saw that Obama sticker and I thought you were mentally retarded.’”

"Brought the crowd to laughter"?? Nice. 

Aren't we done with this yet? Using mentally retarded as a joke? To make fun of someone? Being mentally retarded/intellectually disabled is something that people are often born with. That means it's not much different than being born a certain color, ethnicity, sexual orientation/identity, etc. That makes it a slur. It's not okay, people. Don't be a dick. 

If you want to let Allegheny County's Republican Party know how you feel about their chairperson: 412-458-0068

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Getting my craft on

Guest posting today! You can find me getting my craft on over on 
Baby Bear Hugs.



Friday, August 3, 2012

*This Moment*

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. -SouleMama

A very special moment this week. After cycling 300 miles in 3 days to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Ben was presented a medal by his wish hero, the stunning Sophie B. 
Read a bit about his adventure here on Ben's blog

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Warsaw, Poland stands still

Every August first, the city of Warsaw Poland stands still for one minute to honor the 200,000 who were killed (mostly mass murders) and commemorate the Warsaw Uprising. On August 1, 1944 the Polish Resistance Home Army began an uprising to liberate Warsaw from Nazi Germany. The plan coincided with the Soviet Army's approach of the area, assuming the German army would retreat. Not only did they not retreat, but instead, the Soviet Army stopped short of carrying out their initial support of the Polish Resistance Home Army.

Happy 70th Birthday

Happy 70th Birthday Jerry

Jerry Garcia 8/1/1942 - 8/9/1995

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