Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

March 30, 2007

And Friday’s winner is…


Winner #1 : Jenifer Cowles


Winner #2 of an awesome additional donation from Catslife Press : Monica Rysavy
The owner, Susan, emailed me toady and wanted to contribute a few other goodies. You will get to select 3 mounted or 6 unmounted stamps from her site. Email me and I will give you all the info.

Congrats and thanks to everyone for playing!

One more day tomorrow. A BIG DAY. I will have another big drawing for some very cool stuff so check back in the morning.

And just a note:
site will be down for about two hours at 11pm Eastern for scheduled
maintenance. You will get a message to check back soon to make your

Tonight, Chris, Simon and I want to share with you a little video from a few months back: Simon singing Mr. Golden Sun (age 42006). Singing is one of his favorite ways to communicate – he has an amazing ability to memorize songs. Simon’s teachers have embraced his love and have been completely encouraging him along his way. They are fantastic. He is fantastic. You guys are fantastic. This whole experience has been fantastic.



(I adjusted this from earlier this evening – rather than it playing each time you open my blog you will need to click to open and view the video.)

So many times today I looked on here and felt totally overwhelmed with the response – amazing is all I can say. One more day. Tell one more person.

Go team, go.


  • 1.
    Wilna said…

    AWWWWWW! Simon is so adorable!!
    I also am saying!! GO TEAM!!!

  • 2.
    Stephanie Homburg said…

    I’ll have to watch the video in the morning as Karl is already sleeping and I’d feel bad if I woke him— even if it was to Simon’s singing.
    And that picture up there, absolutely hysterical. The lengths you’ll go to to give stuff away! Who has to pick up all the paper???

  • 3.
    Heather S. said…

    Just awesome! Adorable! What a difference it makes to have a voice to all the wonderful pictures. Thanks so much for sharing it Ali!

  • 4.
    tanya said…

    ali- thanks for sharing…what an amzing little boy…..t

  • 5.
    Colby said…

    How cool. AN awesome video…
    you guys are blessed!

  • 6.
    Sarah said…

    Oh my goodness, that video clip is adorable!! My daughter has requested I replay it four times now.
    Do you always hang out of a Friday evening in pretty frocks like that or is today a special occasion?

  • 7.
    Lezlie said…

    He is soo cute! :)

  • 8.
    Beth D said…

    Thank you, Ali and Simon and Chris. Thank you so much for sharing your lives with us. You inspire me to live my life rather than worry about my life. Thank you.

  • 9.
    Lezlie said…

    He is soo cute! :)

  • 10.
    Michelle M said…

    That video is just so sweet! Song is a great way to learn lots of things. My girls now 17 & 26 still remember how I tought them spelling their names and their addresses by singing it with them. This really brought a smile to my face and memories of my girls younger days.

  • 11.
    Heather S. said…

    I can’t believe it! My name was just below No. 1. Woohoo! I was soo close. I feel like I won! By the way, congrats ladies!

  • 12.
    Kim Danielson said…

    Simon is so adorable, thanks for sharing your story with all of us. And I have to agree, putting a voice to all of the pictures sure is special.
    Congratulations to winner no. 2 – WOW!

  • 13.
    Wendy said…

    So awesome Ali! He is such a cutie! Congrats to the winners!

  • 14.
    Christine Villacarlos said…

    Thanks for sharing that video of Simon! He is soooo cute! :) I wish I could give him a big hug right now…. {{{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}}} to you, Simon!!!!

  • 15.
    Terri said…

    He is so cute. Thanks for sharing. I made my donation tonight. Finally. Had to make sure I got it done before tomorrow. So awesome that you have raised so much. Keep it going!!!!

  • 16.
    Jennifer said…

    Simon is so sweet. I can’t wait till my daughter gets up tomorrow morning so I can show her this video. She and I have been watching your donations go up day after day, and we are both amazed by what you have accomplished.

  • 17.
    rosieposie said…

    CONGRATS LADIES! What a fun few days this has been! GOOOOOOOO A-L-I! Simon is to DIE FOR!!! What a darn sweetiepie!!!!!!!!

  • 18.

    Such an inspiration you are! We’re all pulling for you and your badge! :) Also, I’m loving the dress that you have on! Hopefully you got a night out on the town tonight! LOL

  • 19.
    Nancy said…

    Thanks so much for sharing the video clip. He is just darling. It’s so nice to put a voice to all the pictures we see.

  • 20.
    mich said…

    love it!
    may have to share simon’s debut w/my 2nd graders

  • 21.
    Jennifer LoSchiavo said…

    Thank you so much for sharing – Simon made me cry with happiness….he is so darling!
    I have three-year-old twins, boy/girl, and a 13-year-old boy….enjoy those moments that make us cry!
    Jennifer LoSchiavo

  • 22.
    Crystal said…

    What a cutie!

  • 23.
    Tana Pape said…

    He is adorable. I have tears of joy and I don’t even know him. So wonderful.

  • 24.
    krisfred said…

    {WILD APPLAUSE} for Simon…U R 2 CUTE!!!

  • 25.
    dalne said…

    The tears that roll when you are touched are rolling freely at the moment but of course Its OKAY. What a ray of sunshine your son is. And his rays have reached right down under today. Thanks for allowing us to share in your journey. I am sure you are such a proud Mama today.

  • 26.
    Kris with a K said…

    What an adorable video! And, Ali, the look on Chris’ face, well, it just shows how much he loves Simon!

  • 27.
    Sheila Doherty said…

    :) Precious.

  • 28.
    Stacey said…

    Cute! I loved seeing and hearing Simon singing. He is amazing. I liked seeing Chris watch him too. What a great family y’all make.

  • 29.
    julie reid said…

    This touched my heart so much! I am a preschool teacher and the children in my class love this song too:) You are a very lucky mommy!

  • 30.
    julie reid said…

    This touched my heart so much! I am a preschool teacher and the children in my class love this song too:) You are a very lucky mommy!

  • 31.
    jes said…

    what an awesome video! i can’t smile any bigger :D

  • 32.
    Christine said…

    Awesome Simon. My son Liam loves that song too.

  • 33.
    Kelli Lee said…

    One truly remarkable family.

  • 34.
    Susan said…

    We’re visiting friends on the east coast and iIt looks like I just squeeked in under the wire, before the site closed for maintenance. I have made a donation in honour of my daughter’s 14th birthday today. Good luck, Ali. I truly hope all your hard work is recognized and the wonderful cause of Autism Speaks is rewarded. You are an inspiration to so many.

  • 35.
    Kelly said…

    Love it! :)

  • 36.
    Beth Eggemeier said…

    Adorable video!
    PLEASE tell me what software you used to post it on the web. I HAVE to do this for my blog….
    Thanks for inspiring nearly 1700 people to donate to Autism Speaks – so many children will benefit from your actions.

  • 37.
    Siobhan Jefferson said…

    Ali, All I can say is GO you!!!!!!

  • 38.
    Tina Aszmus said…

    Thank you for sharing your personal video of your son. It was so adorable. Although I do not comment on your blog very often, it’s one I check daily. I love to hear the progress Simon has made over the years. It’s funny how we, like many others here do not know you personally but somehow we seem close to each other through your intimate posts and stories. You are truly an amazing person and I hope that one day I will be blessed with child as cool as your little dude!
    Take care-
    Tina Aszmus

  • 39.
    Tara said…

    That was such a great video of Simon!!
    He is such an amazing child and you and Chris are amazing parents!
    Tell Simon that we LOVE his Mr. Golden Sun song!!!

  • 40.
    ~M~ said…

    soooo cute!
    and hey, did yoou dress up in that slinky thing just for lil ole US!?!?! why shucks!

  • 41.
    shirley said…

    OMG! The video is just awesome!! I teach sign language and his signs are beautiful!!

  • 42.
    tara w said…

    and he TALKS LIKE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 43.
    Laura Reaux said…

    Oh man, he is so precious! Camden is going to love watching that video tomorrow morning. Simon reminds me SO much of Camden. Thanks for sharing that with us, Ali. :)
    Yay! to Jenifer and Monica. I’m jealous. LOL

  • 44.
    KimP said…

    This is super cool!
    So impressed at the power of our community -
    Thanks! :)

  • 45.
    Dawn M. said…

    Awww…little cutie patooty! Simon is such a sweet boy. You both are so very lucky Ali.
    Congrats to the winners.

  • 46.
    Rose said…

    What a beautiful video!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing Ali.
    GREAT job Simon!!!!!!

  • 47.
    noelia said…

    Loved watching Simon singing that song.
    You are very blessed Ali.

  • 48.
    Doris said…

    Great job, Simon! Congratulations to the winners as well. Got my donation in!

  • 49.
    Juli said…

    **applause** from Florida! Go Simon!! :)

  • 50.
    Alicia said…

    Thanks so much for sharing that video! It made me cry…I totally know what that is like and that is how Blake communicates, through songs. A lot of time you can’t understand all the words, but he gets the actions down and it is the sweetest thing. I’m glad that you were able to get that on tape! We have such special little guys!

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