The Lemonade For Livy 2012 fundraiser starts this Saturday, May 26th and runs through Sunday, August 26th. We had a lot of fun last year with great participation. We are hoping to make this year bigger and better. The kids who created stands did a wonderful job and really looked forward to selling their lemonade. They all learned a valuable lesson in helping others in addition to competing for the most creative stand. We had some adults participate as well so there are no age requirements to enter a stand. For more information about dates and supporting materials, please click here.
Hailey is really excited about setting up her first stand on Sunday, May 27th. To get the word out and to demonstrate some creative themes, she helped us make this entertaining video. She was such a great sport. She required little direction with the scenes and came up with almost everything on her own. The unconditional love she shares with her sister truly shines through. We are so proud of her for all of her selfless acts of kindness. Please take a moment to watch and share with as many others as possible. The direct link to the video on YouTube is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vS9FoqrmSc if you would prefer not to share the blog link.
Here is a little poem I wrote in honor of this year’s event. I hope it resonates in each of you. We all go through difficult times in our lives. The true test is not if we can make it through the experience, but what we do with what we have learned after it is over.
Twin girls in December born
Visions of the future dance in our heads
Running, dancing, playing, laughing
Vacations, board games, picnics, Disney
Something is wrong
Separation begins in mind and body
Dreams crashing, tears flowing
Our lives are over
What should we do?
One door closes others open
Learning, searching for answers
Never stop, never quit
Our baby girl deserves it
Hospitals, doctors, therapies, meds
IVs, EEGs, surgeries, recoveries
She fights on, never stops
Born of strength and will
What can we do?
Our existence, turbulent, changing
Up so high, down so low
The middle seems far away
Our new normal
Back to school
Life is our teacher
Opportunity, awareness, perspective, blessing
Little worries are just that, little
What must we do?
Witness to a miracle
A bond between sisters forged of steel
Living for each other
Sacrifices made without hesitation
Educate, advocate, inspire, hope
These are our lemons, ripe for the picking
Our lives are not over
They are just beginning
What will we do?
Thanks very much for reading and for all of your support! We look forward to seeing all the wonderful lemonade stand pictures.