Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

March 28, 2007



My Mom emailed this photo of Simon last night – great light, great expression. Man, he is getting so big. He is hanging out with my parents this week on his Spring Break while I finish up the book.

I was watching the top badges last night, seeing the numbers really start to rise, and thinking about the power of connections. I love how that has been part of this whole Six Degrees idea from the beginning. One person to the next, to the next, and so on.

Over the next few days, as the contest draws to a close on Saturday night, I imagine that the numbers are really going to start to climb on all the badges. We need to keep moving forward at the same awesome pace we have been over the last week.

If you have been waiting to make your donation, now is the time. If you have been thinking about emailing your friends and family and co-workers, now is the time. Post it on your blogs and on message boards you frequent. Now is the time to connect with others out there to take this to the next level. One person to the next, to the next, to the next.

Go team, go.

I also wanted to take a minute and talk about a scrapbooking connection related to the contest. The other top badge right now is raising money for the Bubel Aiken Foundation which "serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with special needs and the world around them. We will support communities and programs in creating awareness and opportunities for full inclusion where barriers break and doors open." That is totally something I believe in and something that is beginning to impact our lives more and more as Simon develops.

One of the cool things about this organization is it has a scrapbooking connection. Scrapping 4 Inclusion is a fundraising arm for Bubel Aiken that organizes full day crops around the country that raise awareness and generate funds. Here is a link to their current events and more info on organizing an event in your area.

One of the biggest things I have learned, and one of the greatest gifts that
Simon has given to me, is an increased understanding that people are
people no matter any of the crazy differences that separate us. I think
I have always known this, but it has become much more a part of me over
the last few years. All people deserve respect, understanding, hugs,
smiles, excitement, fun, and a feeling that they belong.

This is a group that is doing good. WOO HOO for doing good. That is what this is all about. Taking some time out of our everyday to do something that will benefit someone else.

And remember, now is the time.

Go team, go.


  • 1.
    ~donna g. said…

    {All people deserve respect, understanding, hugs, smiles, excitement, fun, and a feeling that they belong.}
    Well said….peace :)

  • 2.
    Katie said…

    wow–you’re right–those numbers are really starting to climb! this is such a great way for all these causes to get recognition and support!! wonderful!

  • 3.
    Maria said…

    Ali – I am so grateful for your presence in this world. You make everything feel right. You make everyone feel included. Loved. Respected. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. You are amazing!

  • 4.
    Therese Bradley said…

    Connecting with people is wonderful. I’m relatively new to the blog world (since meeting you at CKU San Jose). Just one of the connections you provide us is right here on your blog. There are so many times when you post about an experience, and I read other people’s comments. Then I’ll experience something similar a few weeks later. I get to pause before reacting. I’ll remember what I’ve read and consciously realize I have a whole bunch of options available regarding how to respond. Often, I’ll have humor rather than irritation as my chosen response. Thank you to you and everyone who responds with comments. Therese

  • 5.
    Kelly said…

    Thanks for the reminder! I put a donation request on my blog;
    Now I can finally cross making a donation myself off my to-do list.
    You go girl!

  • 6.
    Kelly said…

    my blog link
    ok, it worked when I viewed it in the preview. what is up with that…

  • 7.
    Erin said…

    Beautiful picture of Simon…I think taking great pictures definately runs in your family! Thanks for the cool idea of CONNECTIONS….. :)

  • 8.
    suetreiber said…

    that is a truly stunning picture of Simon!
    Go team go!

  • 9.
    jennifer davis said…

    Awwwww, Ali! So proud of you! Simon looks so grown up in this picture!

  • 10.
    alex said…

    Hi, just wanted to mention Ali that I co run a scrapbooking session for adults with special needs at the local day centre where I work..and they LOVE it, did not know how it would go at first and of course you have to pitch it at different levels all the time, but it is so great, for some it is the first time in their lives they have ever owned any photos or been allowed to make them special, or think about what is good about themselves, four of the people in the group are guys too! It is such an honour to share their lives, and thanks for all the hard work you guys have done to raise awareness, love to the Edwards clan! :-)

  • 11.
    Michelle said…

    good works….how cool to see this happen
    and I love that you say woo hoo – we use it in my family all the time – no better way to express your joy :)

  • 12.
    Laura Reaux said…

    I totally love the expression on Simon’s face. Too cute. And I really hope we can keep that number rising until the end.

  • 13.
    shelley said…

    ok. i am so getting involved with the Bubel/Aiken group. my neice has MD, and events and resources here are slim. i have been looking for a way to give back… my time.. since money is not something that comes to me easily these days. this is SO right up my alley, Ali! thanks again. you ROCK!

  • 14.
    Faith said…

    Like God said, “When you have done it unto one of the least of these, you have done it unto Me”. God bless you and your familly for all they do for special needs individuals.

  • 15.
    Susi said…

    You are an amazing human being, woman, mother, life artist, humanitarian, role model and I feel so motivated and inspired to become more like you. You are a very busy woman touching so many lives and making a huge difference in the world. Thank you for showing people like me slices of your life which I have come to see as a blueprint for getting outside of myself and becoming the difference I want to see in the world. Your beautiful son, Simon, has such a beautiful smile that even one feeling sad cannot help but being cheered by seeing it.

  • 16.
    Tammy said…

    Watching the numbers from the beginning when you were trying to reach 100 to where the numbers and donations are now is absolutely amazing. What a blessing!
    The picture of Simon is beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • 17.
    Sherry Bickford said…

    I “Blogged” it!! Let’s goooo!

  • 18.
    Stephanie Homburg said…

    Hey Ali!
    I’ll be posting something on our photography blog tonight. Maybe it will help for one last push.
    Also, Karl and I have decided to do free family portrait sessions in the month of April in exchange for a donation to Autism Speaks in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Obviously that money won’t count towards your total since the contest is almost over, but it feels good to know that the giving will continue, at least in a small way.

  • 19.
    Redheadmomma said…

    Wow, Simon looks about 16 in that picture!
    Just blogged the shout-out for more donations for your badge and also emailed everyone I knew. Thanks so much for helming this!! This is huge for all of us wtih ASD kiddos!!! THANKS!

  • 20.
    tara w said…

    so if i was you, and i had your blog, i would put this on the side under “today”:
    One of the biggest things I have learned, and one of the greatest gifts that Simon has given to me, is an increased understanding that people are people no matter any of the crazy differences that separate us. I think I have always known this, but it has become much more a part of me over the last few years. All people deserve respect, understanding, hugs, smiles, excitement, fun, and a feeling that they belong.
    i am crying. so moving ali. and so damn true.

  • 21.
    photocat said…

    I find it very sorry (and can’t reach Kevin Bacon – maybe you will be able to) that I can not raise money for Goats & Hopes for Orissa (India). My friend A. Heslop, freelance photographer, has this project where they buy goats for a tribe of displaced people in Orissa. I wanted to include a badge on my website in the hopes of raising money after I saw what happened here for Simon…
    The goats give them milk, and they sell them, it has given them an income for the first time in years! Yet I can’t put the blue badge on and feel very very dissappointed… Any help in this would be appreciated! Especially from you Ali if you can. I believe in a small corner of my heart that if Kevin would hear about this project, he wuld make sure it can happen…

  • 22.
    Keri said…

    I thought I’d pass on that I emailed a one of the coordinators for ATRO (the therepudic riding facility in town) and gave out all the information so he could pass it on to everyone else. I don’t normally do things like that, but since I’ve followed you for years, met you in person, and know how important this is, I felt like it was the right thing to do. I hope it helps, and think it’s great that you also put in a plug for the other worthwhile charities.

  • 23.
    jessica said…

    totally cool.
    i was wondering WHO your competition was — now I can like them :)
    we’re rooting (and spending) for you and your cause.
    love you!

  • 24.
    Marty said…

    what a beautiful boy. Very exciting to watch your badge every day!
    God bless you and yours.

  • 25.
    Sally in Mass said…

    GO TEAM!

  • 26.
    Melissa said…

    Hey Ali, congratulations on such a successful fundraiser. I feel that there are much BIGGER things in store as a result of this. Good luck with it over the next couple of days. Top effort!

  • 27.
    Kimberly L.C. said…

    I love seeing new photos of Simon… he’s definitely growing up! I totally appreciate the things you share and watching how it inspires others, including me. Thanks for being you.

  • 28.

    i feel like in that picture, i can see shades of who he will be as a man.
    it is gorgeous.
    and this whole thing has gotten so big and so very exciting.
    you are an angel for starting this.

  • 29.
    Alisa Noble said…

    My husband called me today from the bookstore to tell me “Discover” magazine’s April issue has an article on Autism. Here’s a link.

  • 30.
    kathleen said…

    You are so right…I personally just never had a clue until I walked into my first Neonatal unit where my newborn son was being cared for. It’s that whole Trip to Holland thing….and what I believe is a special *gift* we as parents and loved ones receive, if we are open to receiving it…a major realignment of priorities and of what REALLY is important in life…and what is not. Treasure your gift…

  • 31.
    Sara said…

    Hi Ali, I have been telling everyone at the crop I was at last week go and donate for your badge….so every little amount will help! I was able to present to you the book in Savannah that is a gift from the Scrapping 4 Inclusion fundraising, I hope you have been able to read it with Simon. Keep up the great work on all fronts of your life! Take Care, Sara

  • 32.
    Joanna said…

    I love that book he’s reading, too! Chicka Chicka boom boom? And whoo hoo for you and those you help!
    : )

  • 33.
    Tamara McKlveen said…

    Wow, great stuff! Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is my son’s favorite – I think it’s the rhythm! I’m sending out this link to all my buds to see if our group can help bump up the numbers even more… and I am busy gearing up for my own Autism crop on April 14th – just around the corner! Donating all proceeds to Autism Speaks as well – can’t wait to see what we can raise! Thanks for all your inspiration and for the great how to instructions on the book you posted a few days ago – too cool!

  • 34.
    Jennifer said…

    I just checked the totals on what you’ve raised. That is awesome. It must give you such an amazing feeling.

  • 35.
    Ann(i)e said…

    I always find inspiration (both on an artistic and personal level) on your blog, but today’s post really hit me….nearly brought tears to my eyes, seeing how many people are ACTING, are doing something good and taking a step in the right direction. Ali, you imapct people on so many levels and it’s just awesome to be a witness to it!

  • 36.
    Kim said…

    Thanks for keeping up the great inspriation on all aspects of life. I love this blog and all you do for the scrapping world and the bigger world around you.

  • 37.
    Sandra said…

    The photo is so cute. I linked your badge to my blog so hopefully anyone reading my blog will donate too.

  • 38.
    Denise said…

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom — LOVE that book! So much fun to read aloud. Simon is a lucky little guy.

  • 39.
    andie said…

    he looks so grown up in that picture!!

  • 40.
    Debbie L. said…

    Simon is so adorable!

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