Monday, June 14, 2010

Jacey's Third Birthday!

I'm still not quite sure how my little Jacey can possibly be turning three.  Time has flown by.  She has grown up so much - she is definitely a little girl now!  I thought you might all appreciate a peak at her birthday party.  Enjoy! We did....

 A monkey cake for our monkey!

What's all the fuss for?!

Is that my cake?

Don't worry Mom, just scoot it a little closer and I'll take care of it!

What fun looking blocks...

And the favorite - a flashlight!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

We have Officially Made It!!!

(Memorial Day Madness for Jacey!)

I talked with Karen today at 4 Paws for Ability and it's OFFICIAL!!!  We have exceeded our fundraising goal of $13,000.  We are now on the class list for November 30th!!! 

Thank you so much to everyone who helped us achieve our goal.  Your prayers, thoughts, donations, and emails are greatly appreciated!  I still can't believe that we have achieved our goal, officially, in such a short time.  I thought for sure it would take us at least nine months to maybe a year to raise $13,000 for 4 Paws for Ability
I definitely know that this was something meant to be for Jacey.  Have you ever experienced something in your life where when you first learn about it, hear about it, see it, or whatever be the case, you know it is the right thing for you, your family, or someone close to you.  That is what I felt when learning about Autism Service Dogs.  I knew that this was something Jacey would thrive in life with.  I knew that this was one of the best things we could do for Jacey.  So, I researched, came across 4 Paws, did some more research...and applied for an Autism Service Dog for Jacey.  Waiting to hear back as to whether or not we were accepted was a killer, even though most everyone is accepted!  I was extremely giddy at the thought of having this amazing tool in our home.  It would allow us to do so much more, and give Jacey the freedoms that I long for her to have.

And then, when you know and feel something is soooo right and you feel like nothing can stop you, reality sets in, or someone tells you that you won't be able to do it, or they tell you that maybe it isn't right for you.  Whatever these doubts are, they take hold and you fear that your beautiful dream is just that - a dream.  You begin to doubt your ability to achieve your dream, you doubt whether or not you should have turned onto this road, and the light at the end of the tunnel seems to get dimmer and further away. 

Looking back at this dark time for me, shows me that I was definitely doing something that was right, something that would help Jacey succeed in life.  The people that came forward to help us in our fundraising efforts, those who did so much more than just donate money, the prayers that were offered for Jacey and our family, how quickly we finished fundraising.  All these things tell me that what I was doing for Jacey was right, but that someone did not want me to succeed.  I am grateful to have the knowledge that we have a loving Heavenly Father who watches over us and that I was strong enough not to let the darkness take over my determination for what was best for Jacey.

This journey that I have been on has been amazing.  I wouldn't trade that dark cloud that had been over me for anything.  I have learned to know the bitter from the sweet because of it.  I have become a better person.  I have been blessed to learn of what a wonderful world we live in and the great people that surround me.  Thank you for being a part of this journey with me.  Thank you for being such a huge force in making this dream come true for Jacey.  What you have done for Jacey and my family is remembered every day.  Thank you....

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A Gift in the Mail

Along this road we've been on in getting Jacey a service dog, we have "met" many wonderful people.  It continues to amaze me with the things people want to do for a little girl with special needs!  We have been blessed by people who have given so much, when they themselves are having difficult times.  Whether the difficult times be financially, medically, or any other number of things, these people still want to give for Jacey. 

Among these people is a man by the name of Kirk.  He is one of those amazing people we met through  Kirk bid things up on the auctions and reminded people that the auctions were for Jacey.  He was the winner of at least one of these auctions.  Instead of having one of these items mailed to himself, he chose to have it sent to Jacey.

It gets better - Tinemaster, who had donated the items for the auction, sent a little extra something from his daughters, Ashlee and Katie, for Jacey.  Here are the pictures of the gifts Jacey received in the mail.  Thank you Kirk and Tinemaster.  We thank Heaven everyday for what you've done for us.  May God bless you for where your hearts are!

Judd helps Jacey open the package

Jacey sees something she might like!

All Jacey can say is "Doggy, Doggy, Doggy!"  And giggles...
(It is a fox)

Jacey actually looking at the camera!

Judd shows Jacey the heart shaped necklace that Tinemaster's daughters, Ashlee and Katie, added to the package!

Of course, Jacey has to taste test it like everything else.

Judd shows Jacey the beaver tooth necklace...

And of course, Jacey has to try it. 
(Thank you for having it preserved with something Tinemaster!!!)

Jacey enjoying all of her new things!  She loved the "doggy" (aka fox)!!!

Thanks again Kirk and Tinemaster!!!  Jacey will have something to hold as we tell her about the wonderful people who helped us get her four-legged friend.  Jacey has a lot of angels looking over her - thank you!