"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

Sunday, October 30, 2011

B. E. L. L. A.

While sitting at supper, munching away on her Sissy's homemade waffle, Bella looked up at Sissy and signed "B e l l a".

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She is one amazing little girl--especially considering she came home to us after living 4 1/2 years in an orphanage.

We are so thankful for everyone who has helped Bella develop her emerging skills: teachers, therapists, grad students, respite care workers--not to mention friends and family. Bella is proof that a little love and instruction go a long way. We are so proud of you, B.E.L.L.A!

Friday, October 28, 2011

A Witch, A Princess, and A Sock Monkey.....


After a long blogging break, it's great to be back to share some Halloween party fun! Our high school, Magic City Campus, Character Counts Club hosted a Halloween party for the DreamCatchers baseball team (for kids with disabilities) last night.

They had a blast......

Carving pumpkins.....


Eating pizza.....
Strutting their stuff in a costume fashion show:

But, the little sock monkey didn't like the applause so much....

Grace and Chelsea are sooooo scary.....

Thanks to Character Counts Club from the DreamCatchers!

It was a fun night for all!