Monday, October 31, 2011

The gift of Trisomy18 !

I have been so blessed to be able to be a part of my new niece's life.  5 weeks ago we were invited to witness the birth of this little miracle not knowing as we waited breathless if she was going to survive the birth.  As we waited to see if we were going to be saying hello or good-bye she made it out after a very long day of labor.  After a minute she finally started to cry.  It was a relief, but however it was still moment by moment.  Now 5 weeks in and she is still here and we are so grateful to be blessed with the gift she has given us.  Gifts we have received: Love, being able to physically show love, bonding, bringing together family and friends in a very magical way, unconditional acceptance ... I could go on and on !!

I have learned so much about this syndrome and the stories that have been shared through this website really sheds a light and a tear on this syndrome.  These babies are true angles and I feel so lucky to have met one !

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Wine Stomp 2011..

Figuring out how to drink it all !
Finally a weekend away to go to my Uncle's winery in Healdsburg California to help him with his fund raiser "Only Women Touch The Grapes" for breast cancer.  He raises money for a fund to help women without insurance get a mammogram and initial screening.  I was so blessed to have my mom, daughter, daughter's best friend and one of my best friends along for the trip.  
View from the winery

My uncle started this fund raiser from the inspiration of my 2 Aunt's that have passed from breast cancer.  The two oldest of nine. 
The inspiration for the fund raiser

Getting our feet wet !!
People filtering in to stomp
Tasting room

We had a wonderful dinner the night before at my uncles house and I can assure you I drank enough wine for ALL !!

Downtown Healdsburg, California

Our trip home in the rear view !!
CAN'T WAIT FOR 2012 !!