Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The 2nd Annual Stroll N' Roll

Calling Gabe’s GEMs!  

It’s that time of year again - the 2nd Annual Stroll N’Roll.  This year’s stroll will be held at Millenium Park in Grand Rapids on September 22nd.  A perfect way for us to celebrate Gabe’s 2nd birthday with our friends and family - that means YOU are invited!  

The Stroll N Roll benefit raises funds for The West Michigan Spina Bifida Organization. Our participation, and contributions, will enable the WMSBO to continue the important work of supporting children and families affected by Spina Bifida.

Spina Bifida is the most commonly occurring permanently disabling defect. The diagnosis itself is emotionally challenging, as is the resulting financial strain placed on the families who are affected. 

The WMSBO exists to alleviate emotional and financial burdens for the families it serves. The organization provides assistance for adaptive sports, special camps, and educational conferences. In addition, the WMSBO provides programs and events where the local Spina Bifida community connects with those who share and understand the unique challenges associated with this complex birth defect. The need for support in West Michigan is greater than ever!  

If you would like details about joining the GEMs to stroll, roll, or scoot send us an email (listladykatie{at}gmail{dot}com) and we will let you know how you can participate. 

If you would like to donate to the WMSBO Stroll N Roll in Gabe’s honor we have set up a donation page for our team, or you may donate by cash or check (payable to WMSBO).  Online donations must be submitted by September 14, 2012.

Thank you for your consideration!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Gabe’s favorite word is “mimicle.”  He’s always looking for them, always pointing them out, finding them in the most unusual places, making people smile as he identifies them, and encouraging conversations about how a 1 year old knows what a “mimicle” is.  We love it! Driving M22 during our recent family vacation, Gabe was so excited to announce, “Look, a mimicle!” as we passed the most amazing scenic turnout featuring nothing but Lake Michigan shoreline and water as far as you can see (and many tourists who also stopped to appreciate it). The natural beauty is a “miracle” for sure, but now we know for certain he is actually saying “motorcycle.”