With that said, if you are new to this blog you can click on the Down Syndrome label on the right side bar to learn more about our story and our journey to date. And as always send your questions. I will answer them when I can. Those of you who have written already know I read, pray over and reply to every question you send. It just might take me a little bit of time.
The big news I want to share with you today is this. In honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Day Kaitlin is offering an incredible deal over at her store, A Stitch In Lives. If you haven't been around long you may want to catch up on the story of the Henry Owl. You might be interested to know in the last quarter of 2013 A Stitch In Lives donated over $1000 from the proceeds of the Henry Owl to Down Syndrome Advocacy. This money goes to help fund research, education, community outreach, and medical care for those affected by Down Syndrome. Additionally, this money is used to give scholarships to people with down syndrome and those pursuing a career working with people who have down syndrome. Wow! That's an awful lot of work for one little owl.
If you have not already had the pleasure of falling in love with one of these guys or watching someone else's eyes light up when you give one to them, you should probably check them out. One lady said, "I just want to buy them all, because they make me so happy." They really are that adorable.
And for those of you who are already head over heels for Henry Owls let me tell you some of what has been happening at A Stitch In Lives the last few months.
1 A Stitch In Lives has moved to Etsy. There were a few problems at the checkout with the old hosting site so Kaitlin is just now wrapping up the move. What does that mean for you? Really, nothing. You will use the same web address you have always used. Hopefully, it will simply mean a smoother checkout process.
2(I really love this one) in the month of February Kaitlin designed a special line of Henry Owls for the Valentine's Day Collection. We believe all lives are worth living. We believe no one has the right to take the life of the unborn, even and especially those with down syndrome. Every owl sewn in February as part of the "Where there is Love there are Owls" collection features a special heart applique to set it apart. Every heart has the right to beat. There are a very few left in this collection so choose yours before they are gone.
3 A Stitch In Lives was featured on What's Your Mark. You can read about it over here. If you are not familiar with What's Your Mark spend a few minutes moving around the site. It features wonderful ways people are reaching the world to make their mark for the Lord.
4 for Valentine's Day Kaitlin graced each of her family members with special mini-owls. They were adorable. The boys walk around with theirs in their shirt pockets and the little girls carry theirs about where ever they go. We convinced Kaitlin to start carrying these in her store. The first one is up now. There will be more coming shortly. As always, custom orders are no extra charge.
5 3/21 is World Down Syndrome Day. Get it? 3 copies of the 21st chromosome. I am not making it up. Isn't that clever. On March 21st help us raise awareness of the wonderful world of Down Syndrome. Post on your blog about someone who has Down syndrome. Write about how they have touched your life. Share a news story highlighting the accomplishments of someone with down syndrome or someone who is working for the cause of those with Ds. Write anything positive or informative about T21. You can write it on your blog, your Facebook, your Twitter, or your Google+. It doesn't matter. Just write it. And then on March 21st send your link to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive a special one time only World Down Syndrome Day Mini Henry Owl. That's right! All you need to do to get this limited edition owl is to say something about Down Syndrome and send us the link on March 21st. Help us spread the word.
6 Last but not least, and this is my very favorite part, in honor of Down Syndrome Awareness Kaitlin is offering a BUY ONE, GIVE ONE special. We have been amazingly blessed by the doctors and care Addison has received at Children's National Medical Center. Most children with Down Syndrome will have long repeated hospital stays. One little friend we know is just 18 months old. She had surgery to repair her GI when she was just a few months old and is heading to Children's Hospital next week for her THIRD (and not final) open heart procedure. She will likely need a pacemaker following this surgery and will almost certainly require a heart transplant eventually. She is an amazing little girl and quite a fighter. She has spent 3 months of her 18 in the hospital. After her surgery next week she will be there for another month as she heals. That's a long and lonely time for a little one. One of the things Kaitlin has done is to send Henry Owls to little ones at Children's Hospital to help them through the long hospital stays. And for the month of March you can be a part of that. For every owl purchased A Stitch In Lives will give one in your name to a child diagnosed with Down Syndrome.
It's a win-win situation. So just click the little link and hop over to A Stitch in Lives. Well, come on. What are you waiting for?
Pssst.... Remember if you don't see what you like custom orders are always available at no extra cost.