"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

The Burckhard Family

The Burckhard Family

Friday, September 24, 2010

Question for you.....Need Your Help!

As you may know, I am co-teaching a course at our local university called "Disability and Society."

This next class we will focus on how language impacts and reflects attitudes and actions. So, I thought I would ask you, blog readers, for your wisdom and input!

What would you tell a student about how language, such as "retard", "spaz", etc., affects you and your family or loved one?

I would love to share some actual quotes (w/o names) with the students. No right or wrong answers....just your opinions!

Thanks for your help!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My Hair is Finally Long Enough.....

For PIGTAILS....(thanks, Sissy!)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Bismarck Buddy Walk Rocks!

We had a fabulous day in Bismarck at the Designer Genes Annual Buddy Walk--all to raise awareness for Down syndrome!

Grandma & Grandpa with the Grand kids...

I 'Lub' You, Buddy!
Uncle Joe & Aunt Brenda are our Buddies too!
Walkin' for Team "Grace and Beauty"...
Thanks, Daddy, for being a Buddy Walk Sponsor!

Yay for "Team Becker Boys Battalion"....
Congrats to Steph Becker and family on the adoption of Isaiah from Ukraine! So fun to have another ND Reece's Rainbow Family!
Went to Papa's Pumpkin Patch after the Buddy Walk...Bella loves sliding!
Grace was a pro on the Zipline...
Our family together at last...
Driving back to Minot...a little Barney...a little Hershey....a little nappy!
Back home, bathed, and ready for beddy in our new matching jammies....

Thanks Designer Genes...you know how to host a rockin' Buddy Walk...can't wait till next year!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cute Story.....

Here's a cute story and photo the school shared in Grace's communication notebook today:

Today during OT, Connie asked Grace what her parents names are. She said, "Paula and Daddy."

When Connie said, "What does Paula call your Dad?", she said, "Honey!"

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Glimpse of Grace & Beauty Video.....

Sam created this video of our family for Kevin and me to show at the class I am teaching at Minot State University. We will share with the class how our lives have been touched and changed forever by "Grace & Beauty".....(you may notice that lots of these photos I have already shared on this blog)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Hats Off to Grandma 'Cille.....

Last night, I was searching through some memorabilia when, lo & behold, I found a hat.

Now this is not just any old hat....this hat was hand crocheted. Not just any ordinary crocheted hat, but a hat crocheted in VIKINGS purple & gold. Kevin's mother Lucille (aka Grandma 'Cille) made this hat over 40 YEARS ago for Kevin when he was a young boy.

So, wouldn't you know it, Grace LOVED it! She wore it around last night and then asked if she could wear it to school the next day. We told her "maybe" thinking she would forget about it.

Well, she didn't forget about it--in fact her first words out of her mouth as she literally popped up from bed was "Hat to school?!!!"

So.....you can see the rest of the story......

So hats off the Grandma 'Cille....but now, how can we get the "hat off" Grace?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010