Tomorrow is a big day. It is the first annual Buddy Walk for Santa Barbara County and our first time participating in a Buddy Walk. For family and friends not familiar with Buddy Walks, it is a walk to show support and spread awareness about Down syndrome (that is my short version).
I sent out an email to our (semi-local) family and friends and was overwhelmed when the replies starting flooding my in-box. They were so excited and wanted me to know they would be there! Those that couldn't make it, expressed their disappointment. Right now as I type, I feel warm and a bit teary. We have over 30 family and friends coming out to show love and support for Kamryn and others with Down syndrome. Diondray and I are still in the midst of making T-shirts for everyone, I think it is going to be a long night! :)
I am excited. I will being seeing friends I haven't seen in months! I will be meeting families that have children Kamryn's age! The weather should be beautiful! There will be games for the kids, music, and food booths. It is a Buddy Walk/Festival, it is a whole day of fun (not just a walk)! I am excited. BUT, I hate this part- I really do, I also have a very tiny bit of sadness in me. It is the reminder that things are a little "different" for us. 21 months ago I didn't know what a Buddy Walk was and tomorrow we are participating in one....because we have a daughter with Down syndrome, because we now find it important to advocate and spread awareness for people with Down syndrome, because we love our daughter. It still hurts a little. If it weren't for my girls, I may have skipped it this year, so I could have avoided the tiny ache I feel......but I will be alright.
Our shirts say Kamryn's Krew and have a picture of her and her beautiful smile on them. My camera is not working or I would post a picture of them......I just bought a new one, but haven't loaded the program onto my computer yet. Actually, my computer has a virus (it's been one of those weeks), so I can only access the pictures I have on my desk top. I will end with some of those. Because I love pictures. And this blog has become my photo album!