Ali Edwards Capture life. Create art.

April 1, 2007

Simon Says.



And I say WOO HOO for…
• people coming together from all over the world to do something good
• the power of the internet
• capturing life & creating art : telling stories with photos & words
• Simon coming home today from another awesome adventure with Grandpa and Grandma
doing what you love…and making choices to get yourself to that point
• a book that is coming together (got just a tad bit distracted yesterday…more work to do)
• a new month…can you believe it is April?
• hot coffee

You may have noticed that the numbers on the blue badge continue to rise (another woo hoo). The badge will continue to exist and continue to be available for donations which is a really cool thing. An evolution in and of itself.

Eventually there will be more to say about this whole experience. What have I learned? What have you learned? What have we leanred as a team? For now, it needs to simmer a bit. I need to sit with it, move on to the next immediate creative concentration, and then come back for reflection.

I hope you all have a great day. Feel awesome about working together, about being a part of something big, about putting yourself out there and inviting others to do a very cool thing.


  • 1.
    Cathy Walters said…

    How cute is that pic!…I feel like Simon just gave us all a high five! Thanks Simon! ;)
    Oh, and I am woo-hooing hot coffee right now!

  • 2.
    chrissy said…

    I had no idea. Autism is such a daily word now that it affects so so so many people, but I had no idea. WAtching clips about people’s daily lives on Larry King last night gave me an idea. I can not imagine the daily struggles that you have to deal with. Here, I get aggravated with my 4 yo b/c he never stops talking and there are parents out there begging for their kid to speak just one word.
    My eyes have been opened. WIDE. High five for all that you do. With dignity and grace to boot. You rock.

  • 3.
    fabulousJEN* said…

    I have so enjoyed reading your posts about the badge. Your excitement is tangible and catching! Thank you for being so authentic and for gathering people around a wonderful cause. I especially loved your WooHoo list today :: I love the gratitude you exhibit and I second your appreciation of hot coffee!

  • 4.

    totally and completely amazing.
    thanks for educating people…and continuing to educate after this is all over.

  • 5.
    Amy said…

    WOO HOO! is right! AWESOME job Ali and everyone! That piece on the news was great also! Congratulations!

  • 6.
    Kristine said…

    I think that this whole experience says so much about you and the inspiration that you bring to others. You are amazing, Simon is amazing, and the support that you both have brought to AUTISM SPEAKS is beyond any words that can be expressed. Feel proud!

  • 7.
    Marty said…

    beautiful boy, bright eyes, smile that encompasses his whole face! what an adventure it has been, can’t WAIT to meet you at Detroit CKU! not too long now! IT’S APRIL at last! :)

  • 8.
    kristin said…

    WOO HOO to you for being such a
    creative and motivating inspiration.
    congratulations on your success in raising
    both funds and awareness.
    happy april.
    *can’t wait* to see the new book!!!!

  • 9.
    jenhand said…

    Amen for Woo Hoo’s!! Enjoy your day!

  • 10.
    Beth Deckard said…

    Happy Sunday, Ali!

  • 11.
    Dawn M. said…

    This has been fun. Seeing everyone come together. Awesome. So worth it. Love seeing Simons smiling face.
    Have a great day Ali, Chris and Simon!

  • 12.
    Liz Ness said…

    Thanks for bringing us along on this awesome adventure, Ali! HUGS to you and your family and congratulations on doing something so big and so good!

  • 13.
    Julie said…

    I’ve learned that big things happen when there is enough love and passion for it.
    Awesome, Ali! ;o)

  • 14.
    Tina J. said…

    Oh!!! That boy is a cutie!!!
    I’m so glad I could be a part of this with you, Ali.
    Tina J.

  • 15.
    rani said…

    such a sweet pic that really says it all!!!!! I feel so good about being part of this!! the good feelings are very contagious…and righfully so!!!!!!!

  • 16.
    Judy in Carefree said…

    Again, congratulations for a job well done! The world shoud be about people helping people not war!

  • 17.
    Greer said…

    Simply amazing!

  • 18.
    sarah murphy said…

    Way to go Ali! congratulations!

  • 19.
    noelia said…

    Ali, this is so great and unbelievable! I thank you for allowing me, us to be a part of this extraordinary journey.
    Congratulations, I can’t wait to see what’s next.
    Noelia E.

  • 20.
    karen said…

    Great job!
    I noticed their was another mom on the homepage @ six degrees who was also trying to raise money for Autism Speaks…she’s only gotten about $300. Maybe you could email her and tell her the good news -because in the end- you both won (as did AS) :)

  • 21.
    Denise Kashyap said…

    Sitting with this, and reflecting….
    Thank you for helping us put ourselves out there for a great cause, to encourage others to do a good thing….
    Feeling so inspired by your leadership!

  • 22.
    noell said…

    Ali, once you are ready to come back to this, I cannot wait to see what kind of layout (mini-book?) you put together to celebrate and remember it.

  • 23.
    deann said…

    this was really something – to see this kind of come together – wonderful, simply wonderful!

  • 24.
    Mary said…

    woo hoo Simon!
    you have a fabulous Mommy!
    so glad I get to know her and love her.

  • 25.
    slowJudy said…

    apples in those 5-yo cheeks!

  • 26.
    Kelly Bryan said…

    If only he was old enough to really understand the power of what you’ve accomplished, Ali. It is just SO COOL. It’s amazing that so much money has been raised, but beyond that, the increased awareness for autism – what it is, how many people are impacted by it – how we can ALL help – there is no price you can place on that.
    All through college I was a very dedicated volunteer with a number of different causes. I spent about 20 hours per week volunteering. Since I got married, became a mama and a “grown up,” it’s become harder to get out into the world and offer hands on help. When things like this come up, and I can at least help spread the word – increase awareness for the cause – I feel like I’m making a difference again. Thank you for letting me and so many others be a part of this.
    I’ll leave you with my favorite quote from my college days…
    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
    -Margaret Mead

  • 27.
    Michele H. said…

    So happy for you and your family Ali!!!! Congrats!!!!

  • 28.
    sherry said…

    Ali – I always love the opportunity to help out a great cause and AUTISM SPEAKS fits right in. I know that most of us want to help each other out and the internet sure played an incredible role for this cause. Your excitement is fun to see and very, very contagious. It feels great to have accomplished something so important and meaningful for others. YOU DO ROCK!!!

  • 29.
    Queen Mary said…

    Congratulations Ali! Have you seen the awesome autism stamps by Gina K? I’ve ordered my set! I don’t know if anyone else mentioned them, but they’re very cool.
    Love hot coffee, great pic of Simon!
    Sorta wish I’d gotten you and Gina hooked up earlier, she probably would have donated a set. This is her blog:

  • 30.
    Jen V. said…

    All of us here in Vancouver BC who were a part of this with you, Ali – big cheers go out and we know this will be the beginning of a new adventure for you, for Simon, for Chris, for all of us. It is exciting to get this world of “scrapbooking” crafters together like this for something so meaningful. Life is Art – you just have expressed it that much more powerfully now.
    It was a great experience – so uplifting and can’t wait to see / hear what happens next for you in this journey.

  • 31.
    Pam said…

    I’m glad this is still going as I just found out they would take the international payments. I wanted to contribute to this great cause and just did, though too late for the contest. Congratulations on getting all those donors. It just goes to show how caring this community really is.

  • 32.
    katie said…

    I agree with what an earlier poster commented : so inspired by your leadership Ali! So so so inspiring! You are so amazing and I believe that you have just begun to make a difference in this world! So inspiring! a big woo hoo to you! :D

  • 33.
    maggie said…

    Such fantastic news Ali.

  • 34.
    Christine C said…


  • 35.
    Tanya Summers said…

    What a sweet picture of Simon! Congrats – so very cool! ~Tanya

  • 36.
    Beth said…

    People like you make the world go ’round!
    I’m blessed to have been touched by your generous heart and inspiration. Refreshing!

  • 37.
    Jenrigg said…

    I am so excited for you! It’s a wonderful thing that you’ve done – and that we’ve been able to participate in via the wonderful worldwide web :) Yay!!!!!

  • 38.
    Therese Bradley said…

    I was out of town Saturday and didn’t have internet access. I realized what a junkie I’ve become since this contest started. I was so pleased to log on today and see your numbers. What a thrilling ride. Therese

  • 39.
    Connie said…

    Congrats! Feeling blessed today. WOO HOO!

  • 40.
    stamperalex said…

    Hi Ali,
    I visit your blog everyday – thanks for sharing. Your stories really touch me because one of my best friends has a daughter with autism and I have watched their struggles and joys over the last several years. I have sent her the link to your blog as well as the link for the new stamp set so that she can pass it all on to her friends and family and share it with the autism solution center in Tennessee where she lives. People need to be aware of and understand that autism touches many peoples lives – I am in awe of everything you do! S/Alex

  • 41.
    Barb Stewart said…

    Your son is so precious…Simon should be the face that everyone gets to see when they’re down or not feeling good about themselves.
    How could you NOT get happy when you look at him?!!

  • 42.
    Erica Hettwer said…

    Hi Ali!
    I love what everyone accomplished here. And, on that note, here is a link to a stamp set that is donating $8.00 per set sold to Autism Speaks!! So cool. One of the gals on CKMB posted it. Just had to share.

  • 43.
    Sally in Mass said…

    WooHoo is right! Hurray for you for bringing people together and hurray for the people for making such generous donations.
    What a difference all this will make in many, many lives!

  • 44.
    Alisa Noble said…

    WOO HOO!!! is right!!!
    or YEE HAA!!! as we say here in the ‘Big D’
    I knew there was a reason I haven’t stopped believing in people!

  • 45.
    Stephanie Homburg said…

    • doing what you love…and making choices to get yourself to that point
    I SO needed to hear this today. I feel like I’m getting ready to make some choices soon.
    Thanks for being such a constant inspiration. And for making me think :)

  • 46.
    Sue Mannel said…

    I know exactly how you are feeling since I myself am doing a fundraiser right now. It’s a lot of hard work but worth it. Mine is for teens in crisis.
    Have a great day and just absorb and have your eyes wide open.
    Sue :)

  • 47.
    Laura Reaux said…

    Seeing this picture of Simon makes me even happier that I have been a part of this. WOO-HOO for Simon!

  • 48.
    Linda in KS said…

    Great job Ali – we’re proud of you!

  • 49.
    Lori S. said…

    I am sooooooo excited and proud of you! You have taken your talent and power in your industry and done something remarkable! You are to be commended!

  • 50.
    Tammy said…


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