Monday, April 27, 2015

It was such an honor to be recognized by the Council For Exceptional Children as an Outstanding Special Education Teacher. 

I could have never been the teacher or person I am today if it was not for David who truly has been the wind beneath my wings!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

My tribute is a little unique in the sense that instead of honoring just one special woman in my life I have chosen to pay tribute to all the inspiring and incredible mothers who parent special needs children. 

Parenting a special needs child requires countless sacrifices, creativity, resilience, and strength beyond measure. 

As hard as it can be it is also one of the most important and rewarding role that one can have the opportunity to experience.

So for all the Mommas holding your head high while you courageously except the challenges of raising a special-needs child here's to you!!!

Thank you for graciously embarking on a journey you never intended to travel. Thank you for all the sacrifices you make day in and day out. For all the times you go misunderstood because most of the world can’t understand me. 

Thank you for your dreams, for dreaming for me, dreaming that I could walk, talk, read, or have an extraordinary life just as I am.

Thank you for all the tears you shed on my behalf.

Thank you for celebrating what seems to the rest of the world as small accomplishments.

Thank you for all the battles you fight just so I can have the same opportunities as everyone else. 

Thank you for believing in me and understanding my value. 

Thank you for being the super you that makes me able to be a super me.

Instead of purchasing a card this year I donated $5 to helping hands for single moms. This organization has supported David and I through my educational journey. I encourage you to create a MOMMApplause video and do the same at

Please share and honor all of the special needs momma’s and/or caretakers you know by tagging them.

#MOMMApplaus #Helpinghandsforsinglemoms #Hissmilekeepsmegoing

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Another spectacular memory in the making as David takes on his 3rd run, thanks to Best Buddies Arizona!  A precious reminder of how beautiful life is!  Pat Tillman Run 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The biggest success stories aren't measured by test scores! 

Those moments when it feels like all your hard work and dedication pay off. Thank you for everyone who made this happen. This moment will go down in Conchos history books and is most definitely one of the many highlights in my teaching career! I love to love what I do!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Today's HopeMinute- 1Mission

Exactly one week ago, we took a team of HopeKids families down to Mexico to build a home for a family through an organization called 1Mission. The weekend was a tremendous blessing not only for the family who benefited from the new home, but also for our HopeKids families who served. Today’s HopeMinute is written by Michelle Campuzano who is one of our HopeKids moms that attended the mission trip with us. We pray you will be blessed by her encouraging words today! 

I am still soaking in this weekend's once-in-a-lifetime experience. Only those who were there can truly understand how life changing a three-day construction project could be. It was as if God hand selected those to serve on this trip and the family he wanted to be blessed by our service.

Every single person played a vital role in God’s plan, from the little ones who have overcome cancer, the people who laid the foundation of the home we built, to the team members who walked the local children through the sinner’s prayer. God was absolutely there with us. He was building in the midst of us, he spoke to children's hearts through us, and he answered a family's prayers with us. 

If just one person had rejected God's call to participate in this mission’s trip, the dynamics of the team and the outcome would have not been the same. God calls us to be his hands and feet, to be one body of Christ. This calling requires us to listen and act even when it is not convenient. Sometimes he calls us to serve others in the midst of our own personal crisis. It’s easy to get wrapped up in our own circumstances but sometimes the best remedy to our own crisis is to focus on serving others. I have found that in my own walk, when I choose to be obedient and focus on God instead of the sorrow in my life, God meets me there and comforts my soul.

Maybe your calling does not require you to cross a border. Your calling might be to serve in your own community. Each and every one of our HopeKids families is called. You are valuable to the Kingdom of God and have an inspiring story that deserves to be shared. Don't let your busy life, your brokenness, cancer or any other obstacles stand in the way of you fulfilling God’s calling on your life. 

Our purpose is so much bigger than the here and now, bigger than the temporary obstacles placed in our way here on this earth. Our purpose is about the kingdom. One day we will reunite with our Lord and Savior in a pain-free place with no suffering. When my day comes and I have the opportunity to stand before God I long to hear those words "well done my good and faithful servant”.

The HopeKids family volunteers entered this project as strangers, but we left the project as life long friends. Who would have thought that a 3-day service project would turn into a life changing adventure? I encourage you all to step outside of yourself and take the time to serve others. You never know, God just might meet you there. 

"For I know the plans I have for you, declared the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Monday, April 13, 2015

1Mission + Hopekids = A much needed new home for the Jimenez Family

I am still in aww of all of the incredible opportunities God has provided me with. The home build required A LOT of sweat and hard work, but handing over the keys to the Jiminez family made it worth every ounce of effort. What made the experience even greater was sharing it with other Hope families. Jason the founder of 1Mission said it so perfectly. Giving when you bucket is full is great, but watching families facing their own obstacles put there worries aside to meet the needs of a family they don't even know, that it an example of true sacrificial giving. It shows what kind of people Hopekids is made up of. Some of the most courageous and kind people I have ever met. It was such an honor to serve with you all!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Almost three years ago David and I were blessed with a home makeover.  We were basically given a new home. All the burdens of our homes current condition, that weighed so heavy on my shoulders were lifted.  I could never repay all of our friends, strangers, and the companies that came together to make an accessible burden free home happen for us, but I did promise myself that I would one day find a way to pay those kind deeds forward.

In two days I will have the opportunity to be part of a team who is building a home for a family in Mexico.    The opportunity to make a difference in any life is special, but for me this Mission will be extremely meaningful!  I know and understand what it is like to struggle and I also know how exceptional it is to have a community of people support you and help make the dreams that seam out of your reach a reality.   Being part of this mission is an honor.  Thank you Bridget for your precious soul, kind heart, and your willingness to share this opportunity with myself and the other families.  I know that the end result will be life changing, not just for the family receiving the home but, also for the participants who are building it.