Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Are you an advocate?

Anybody can be an advocate.

You don't have to have a child with special needs.
Anytime you hear the "R" word, remind that person of how hurtful that word is.
If you do have a child with special needs, don't hold them back. Don't be afraid that they are different. I know it's a scary thought, and we want to protect our kids, but the only way we can teach, is by putting our kids out there for the world to see! Put them in schools, put them in sports, and take them to Disneyland!

We found Arina's boyfriend Jay at Disneyland the other day.
They were both very excited to see each other!

Pinky swear means best friends forever!

She is the only one allowed to touch Jay's drumsticks.

Jay gave Jax a pinky swear too, two best friends!

Jay is an advocate. He is teaching everyone at Disneyland about special needs. He spends three days a week there, and the staff knows him by name.
I had never yet seen a parade with Jay, but I soon learned why he always had the drumsticks with him.
Here they come, and Jay is ready!

Even all the characters know Jay

Arina took notice, and she was ready for the characters, screeching at the princess's. Of course they were on a float!

Then a quick kiss in between floats!

Everyone watching the parade was watching our kids. They are going to take that home with them. When they see a Down syndrome person, they are going to remember the cute kids at the Disneyland parade.

Please, please, please, spread the word to end the "R" word! For our children's sake!


Stephanie said...

I'm a bucket of tears right now!!!

Such a beautiful post!

Jen Paris said...

Love this post Lacey!!!!! :)

The VW's said...

I adore these pictures! They are such a breath of fresh air! That's what our kiddos are, when you think about it!

I read this post right before I went to bed lastnight, and I had a dream about meeting this young man and all of you! It was a great dream.....just wish it could come true! Hugs!

Amy said...

Lacey you have the best posts. The 3 of them are a riot. She always steals the show - but, Jaxs face - that smile and the pinky swear. ahhhhhh - melted my heart.

Kristin said...

Ok, so for all the crap that you post on fb about stuff going on with Jax, I just have to say, he looks sooo good in these pictures!

Heather said...

These pictures are amazing. the entire post, amazing. Our children, amazing. But you already now that my friend.

Erika Rose said...

Okay, so I don't even know how I found your blog but I did awhile ago and I love it. Hopefully you aren't creeped out that a random person has been following you but I love love love your blog. I have always had a place in my heart for special needs children and I have known since I was a wee little girl that I would one day have special little babies of my own. You are such an inspiration to me and I only hope that I can be half as great of a mother as you are to all of your children. You have a beautiful family and I just think you all are so amazing. Much love to you all!