I am moving forward full force in planning for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation fundraising event! It is quite and undertaking since it will be at our home and could possibly be quite large! I hope alot of people feel moved to come. The fantastic band, Clear Blue Betty, have volunteered their time and talent to perform for us. This is huge! They are so wonderful to give of themselves and their music is fantastic! Check them out! Then I am gathering all sorts of items for the silent auction....Dad got K-Swiss to donate items and also outfit me for the AIDS Walk Africa. How amazing is that! Margo will be donating yoga items from Nike (she is a Nike sponsored athlete and is currently in Mallorca, Spain for 6 weeks!). Then I have many artists donating paintings. My mentor, Debbie Meyer, who is a light in my life for one. She is an amazing artist and teacher. My mother has even been working on pieces! Go Mom! I will also be submitting some of my own work. (This is photo above is one of my latest pieces that I painted from a scene in a Germany park that we ran across when we lived abroad). Anyway, there is so much to do and so many people to contact...rent the snowcone machine, moon walk etc... I will fit it all in because it is something I am really excited about!
It is peacefully quiet here at he moment. Juddy & Drew are at school and Jack is napping and I have time to myself. ahhhh. In these moments I am thinking about our daughter so often. I just ordered a wonderful pendant from http://www.etsy.com/ (fantastic artist's website!). The artist is listed under "Junkposse" and she creates jewerly from salvaged silver. I found the perfect pendant for my charm braclete! It is a heart with africa on it and then say "born in my" with another pendant on top. So, "Born in my heart" africa pendant....how perfect is that. I had it engraved on the back "My sweet girl", which of course is what my Mom called me, and I will of course call my sweet girl. She is never far from my thoughts...just as when you literally carry your child in your body. This is an amazing journey. Right now I am thinking so often of her birth mother and for her well-being. She and our daughter have quite a journey ahead of them and they are in my heart.
The boys are doing well. That photo above is of our freckle-faced boy, Drew. Juddy is going to be an acrobat in the Kindergarten Circus! This is a very big deal in the life of a kindergartener! Jack is into everything, crawling and climbing, but remains snuggly. He is saying words like Dada (his favorite person in the world!), ball, hi/bye. He is almost 17 months old and has the best curly "mullet" hair-do going. I love it! Drew had a big moment yesterday when he mastered using scissors! It was so exciting to see him be successful, as he struggles with his fine motor skills. He used a pair of surgical scissors and for some reason they really helped him get the hang of it. He didn't want to stop cutting things! It is in those moments you realize what an honor it is to watch a child grow. When you really see, right before your eyes, your baby growing and changing. That is what it is all about.