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.