|Isn't he adorable!!|
|Logan and family.|
|Those smiles are priceless.|
Let me introduce you to "Rebekah"
|Sweet Bekah :)|
Words from Nicole, her mom:
When Giovana told us she was going to do the card drive again for Spina Bifida Awareness I was so excited. I wish you could have seen Bekah's face when I told her about it! We decided to get out all the cards she got from last year and take a picture. As you can tell, she loves them! :)
|Cards from last year's card drive :)|
Some info about Rebekah and her family: She is 8 years old and loves dolls, animals, pretend play, and school!! She has an 11-year-old brother who at one time was about the only person that could make her crack up laughing. Now the tide has turned and they have developed a love/hate relationship, as many siblings do. HA! She has a mother and father who have been married for almost 15 years and loving every minute of it. She has been a blessing from the moment she was conceived.
We found out about Rebekah's spina bifida at 16 weeks gestation. At 21 weeks gestation we underwent experimental in utero surgery at UCSF (University of California, San Francisco). We were #12 at that time. Rebekah was "supposed" to be born by 27 weeks gestation but nobody tells her what to do. She was finally ready to come out at 35 weeks gestation and blew the doctors away! At 2 months old Rebekah had placement of a shunt and immediately quit choking on her bottle and her breathing normalized. An added bonus was she started sleeping through the night! Yay! At 10 months old she began getting infections (doc kept saying URI). After 3-4 months of ER visits and clinic visits it was found out that she has a neurogenic bladder and she began catheterizations. Around 2 years of age Bekah was fitted with braces and got a walker. She began walking independing at 3 1/2 years of age. Since that time she has been a whirlwind of activity and a blast! Nothing keeps her down and there isn't a thing she can't do.
On a serious note, when people hear the diagnosis of spina bifida, the first thing that comes to their mind (in many cases) is that they should/could/want to have an abortion. If you or a loved one gets this news I urge you to look at these beautiful children. While many say that this is a devastating condition that means a horrible life, I say that they aren't looking close enough. Is life easy? Absolutely not. It is hard...but the hardest part is dealing with people who don't understand SB. Educate yourself and get to know somebody with SB. They are beautiful. They are stronger than you could ever imagine. They endure hardships with a smile on their face. They are simply amazing...and we would all miss out if they weren't given the chance to show us what they've got. I know my life will never be the same. Simply put, I'm blessed!
Aren't these kids amazing!! I am so blessed to know Bekah and her family, she is my daughter's BFF, they always have a lot of fun :)
I met Tiffany online, while I was googling about Spina Bifida. We e-mailed back and forth and I feel I have met her for long time.
Now, few details about this "Card Drive"
- This Card Drive will be up until November 5th, 2010
- You can send "encouragement, cheery, funny" cards.
- Your card can be for the child and/or their families. On your envelope write "Card Drive for Logan" or "Card Drivefor Bekah", so their families know your card is from this Card Drive :)
- Write something in your card and add your name in it.
- You will get 1 enter for every card you send :) After linking your card, please leave a comment .
- Because you will be sending the cards direct to their homes, I will encourage you to leave me a comment and your e-mail so I contact you in case you are a winner!!
- Everybody is welcome to participate, I will ship International too :)
If you send a card for Logan, send it to: (in this case, you will send them to me and I will send them to Logan :)
Yakima, WA 98901
I am so happy to have some great prizes for you. BIG THANKS to all these companies who have donated these wonderful prizes :)
You don't have 1 or 2 chances but 6 chances to win!!
Prize #2: Cardinal Pine Cone Border Pre-Cut Set by Heartfelt Creations.
Prize #3 and #4: Card Creations: Start to Finish and some Little Yellow Bicycle products from Girlfriend Collection, thanks to Paper Craft Magazine :
This prize Includes: Card Creations: Start to Finish, 1 Decorative Edges tablet with Die-cut Stickers, 1 Journal Tablet, 1 Chipboard Album and 1Clear Glittery Stickers :)
Prize #5: Two digital images ( of your choice) from Baby Bud Designs + a $15.00 Michael's Gift Card ( a gift from me)
Edited to add: Baby Bud Designs is also including 2 rubber stamps: Livvie & Owie
Prize # 6: My sweet friend Melanie has donated the wonderful "Wee Tees" set. Thanks so much Melanie!!
Now, it is your turn! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you have read everything here and be able to participate in this Card Drive :)
If you have any questions, please e-mail me at: giovanachavez AT msn DOT com, subject : Card Drive.
Thanks so much and God bless you all!!