Day 1,329: Hello 2020!

Yesterday I told the kids that this New Years we are not just celebrating another year that has passed, but a decade of moments that made us a family. They didn’t know what I meant so we shared some important highlights with them.

10 Years that lead to our family of 4…

-James and I dating
-Starting my first teaching job
-Renting our first apartment
-My Mom’s liver transplant surgery
-Buying our house and moving to Pickering
-Becoming parents of 2 fur babies
-Getting married
-Becoming parents to Madison & Jack
– And a whole lot of other awesomeness scattered in between that is equally as important, I just couldn’t think of it on the spot

They had a million questions and it was fun to reflect with them.

Our New Years resolutions as a family are: we will continue to try new things together and go on fun adventures, be active, eat healthier, get outside more, be involved in our community and put family first.

Thank you to all our family and friends who continue to be by our side on this crazy journey and for all your support.

We hope everyone has a Happy New Year and all the best in 2020!


Day 1,328: New Tech.

The next step in Madison’s journey is starting to explore technology for school. Madison’s

printing/writing has hugely improved this school year, but we know a laptop and assistive tech is going to be an important tool for her learning as she gets older. Her school will be giving her a laptop next year for Grade 2 but we wanted her to get a head start on developing some skills. Thanks to some incredible Boxing Day deals, Madison now has her own Chromebook, mouse and headset to start getting familiar with Google Docs and a program to build keyboarding skills.

Day 1,226: Ottawa

This weekend we had the opportunity to travel as a family to Ottawa to support Starlight Canada. They had their first Tea and Tiaras event at the Shaw Centre, downtown Ottawa. Madison sold her bear and spoke to people about how Starlight helps to brighten lives of children like her.


Day 1,225: Hypervibe

A big thank you to The Mike Gregoire  Memorial Golf Tournament for their ongoing support of Madison. She is making huge progress and your support this year has given her the gift of a Hypervibe whole body vibration machine. This was prescribed by Dr Park to help her continue to progress with her independent walking and to improve her balance and strength. It arrived yesterday and Madison loves it! She will use it two times a day to compliment her other therapy programs. Here is some information from Dr Park explaining how this will help Madison. Thank you for your support!254F2A0B-9D77-4D5F-8A57-9EB4FC6A531F2DB0E467-1AF7-4662-AAF4-592C7B57E941F778BF34-EDD2-4681-9D80-697E723CC0613DDAA03E-537E-46E3-B5BC-D164790F889A

Day 1,223: Golf 2019!

Today was the 8th Annual Mike Gregoire Memorial Golf Tournament! This year Madison was able to introduce all our family and friends to her friend James who will be going to St Louis for the same surgery that Madison had in a few short weeks. The tournament helped him out with the costs involved in post op therapy. We are always amazed by all the sponsors and donors that step forward for this event and to all the volunteers and family members who spend so much time getting everything organized and running a fantastic tournament! Thank you to everyone who continues to support Madison on her incredible journey towards independence  and walking!