Busy weekend

When Emily was little I worried about her future.


To put this in context, you need to remember that in October 1999…

Just days after the picture above was taken…  Genetic counselors a at the Montreal Children Hospital told us that due to Emily having Cri Du Chat syndrome, her future meant…

No walking!

No talking!

No understanding us!

No showing emotions!

No eating solid food!

At no point did they say this was a worst case scenario.

There was no doubt in their mind that this was going to be Emily’s life and we could see them feeling sorry for us.

We decided to give Emily the best life possible and that we would adjust to her needs and limitations.

This past weekend, was busy…

We had a roofing company over, putting a new roof on our house…

Meanwhile, Emily was starting her Cheer fall sessions.  It was time to talk goals and prepare a lesson plan She loved cheer this past summer so she’s ready for more.  Remember this picture?IMG_2820

An hour after cheer was done, Emily was at her baseball’s team end of summer game and party.  

  Emily and all her team mates got team jackets!  How cool is that?

  We had 39 players this year, divided into 2 groups.
We concluded Saturday with attending a hockey game.

Sunday morning, Emily was volunteering at her riding club. When coaches are tested to move up in their certifications, they need riders and Emily wants to help.


Emily helped coaches from other clubs on Sunday and they loved her 🙂

We had a busy weekend!

None of these would be possible if it wasn’t for amazing people getting together and wanting to provide opportunities for kids with special needs.

Thank you Cheer Olympia


Thank you Field of Dreams


And thank you Cavalier riding club


You are amazing and although I was grateful for this busy weekend to be over, I am even more grateful for the opportunities you are giving Emily and many others.

Thank you to your board of directors or owners and thank you to the volunteers who give their time, energy and positivity.

All of you, are part of our family now!

In the coming weeks, I will share more about Emily’s riding club as she starts her fall session this week and I will let you know more about Emily’s baseball team and our fully accessible baseball field project…

Silent auction and Emily


Emily: “Nutcracker tickets…. We should get that”
Me (going for mom/math teacher of the year…): “there’s a $10 bid, how much should you bid?”
Emily: “$20”
Me: “ok”

From that point on, Emily kept going back to the table to check on her bid.

Emily: “Mom, it say $25”
Me: “How much should you bid?”
Emily: “$35”
Me (ok, she can add 10, that’s good but let’s make her add 5): “How about $30?”
Emily: “ok”

Emily: “Mom, it says $32, let’s put $50!”

My kid is a serious silent auction bidder!!!

Me: “Let’s try $35”

Emily: “Mom it says $40, let’s put $100!!!”
Me : “Let’s try $45!”

We got it at $45!!!

And I will continue to pay for private math lesson. :). I’m glad she wasn’t trying to bid lower so we are making progress.