Thursday, March 6, 2014

{Giveaway} Ellie and Claire.

As many of you know, I've been involved in various aspects of supporting pregnant moms with a new Down syndrome diagnosis.

When I read a post from a mom who was expecting a daughter with Down syndrome named "Ellie Claire," I decided that she had to be a good person, simply based on her baby naming skills.  (I was right, not that I recommend that method of picking friends in general.  I'm just saying it worked.  And that Lauren has good taste.)
The other Ellie Claire and her daddy.

Lauren and her husband Aaron are hoping to adopt their second child as soon as a child is available to them.  Their daughter Ellie is a total doll, and I am certain they'll make great parents to #2, just as soon as they meet him or her!  They had recently been matched with a child who they took home, but the birth mother ultimately decided to parent the baby. You can read more about their adoption dreams here.  And here.  And help fund them here.

Lauren has started a little Etsy shop to help finance the adoption.  And she is oh-so-kindly giving away one of her cute "bow tie" style hair clips to one reader!

To enter, all you have to do is comment on this post with one thing making you smile today.
Comment on the blog post, not on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram.

Entries will remain open until March 11 at 11:59 pm Eastern.  Shipping to the U.S. only, my mom, my dad, my brother, Matt, and Ellie can't win.  (Sorry, no immediate family.)

Want an extra entry?  Share this post on Facebook or Twitter or some other social media I'm not cool enough for, and let me know you did in a SECOND comment.

Why should you spread the word?  Because Lauren, Aaron, and Ellie are open to adding to their family, including babies or toddlers with special needs and of any race.  Because they have a whole lot of love to give.  Because they are so ready that they recently took a baby into their home, and after that baby returned to the birth mother, they are still ready to adopt.  And because you never know who knows someone who knows someone who heard that there's this baby…. So share away!

Good luck!  And looking forward to Miss Ellie Claire (the other one) rockin' a cute "I'm a big sister!" shirt soon!

P.S. Check out my latest project with DonorsChoose!
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  1. My two and a half month old Tessa also has Ds (and also has a big sister named Ellie!). She made me smile today because she gave me her FIRST big social smile!! I am SO excited!!

  2. My Everly, who has DS, woke up to nurse in the middle of the night giggling and smiling SO BIG, I just couldn't help but smile. She fills my heart with joy. :)

  3. Ellie Claire is adorable and so are her bows. My smile of the day was my Teagan with her teacher. She always works so hard with all of her teachers, but today Ms. Barb brought adaptive steps. With a RAILING! That Teagan could walk up three steps and down three steps, almost by herself. I can not tell you how proud of herself she was, walking just like her sisters. I think she did it for 45 minutes. And she didn't want to play with any of the other toys even when it was obvious she was tired. Huge smile on mommy's face.

  4. Love seeing people who are willing to open their hearts and homes to children who need to be loved! My smile of the day is from my Avery who turned six months old this week and the little "conversations" we have. Her speach therapist was so impressed and excited to hear her jabbering up a storm and saying la la la la over and over!

  5. What a good cause, Best of luck to Ellie Claire's family. Today's biggest smile comes from catching up on your blog and seeing all the pics of your Ellie, reminding me of the creative ways Ellie would try to get out of doing PT :)


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