Giving and making an impact

by Jen Lee Reeves on November 24, 2014

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The holidays are such an awesome time of the year for us. It gives our family a chance to celebrate together, eat awesome food, travel and do good. The do good part is mainly because Jordan’s birthday is right after Christmas and each year, we’ve focused on giving and raising money for Camp No Limits. She’s hoping to send at least nine kids to camp in honor of turning nine.

But we aren’t blind to other needs and opportunities. That’s why I feel very lucky to have partnered with Macy’s Heart of Haiti program to let you know of a cool way to decorate your home and help Haitian artists. Every item purchased through the program provides sustainable income for a Haitian artisan and their extended family. The items are on sale at select Macy’s stores and on Macy’s website.

It doesn’t seem like it was ten years ago, but this upcoming January 12th is the fifth anniversary since the devastating earthquake in Haiti. We watched the recovery process very closely because so many of the quake survivors lost limbs and had to rebuild a new life with the help of prosthetics. Jordan and I collected prosthetics to donate and helped raise money. You can sometimes feel helpless. Programs like Heart of Haiti and Healing Hands for Haiti make an impact.

I was lucky to get the chance to experience one of the Heart of Haiti art pieces by decorating with a Tobacco Leaf Tray. I skipped the Thanksgiving decorations at my home since we aren’t hosting this year. I think the tray looks pretty awesome with extra sparkles and ribbon. The tray is made of  raw materials using a traditional papier mache technique by artists in Jacmel, Haiti. Here’s a little video about how the papier mache products are made.

I think it’s so empowering to see a way to help artists in Haiti have economically sustainable opportunities. Macy’s Heart of Haiti is just another way to give back during this season of giving. If you’re curious to learn more about the program, you can visit it on Twitter at @heartofHaiti or check out its Facebook page.

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Glow runs are better with glowy necklaces.

Jordan spent this fall practicing with our local youth cross country program. She only competed in one meet because we were so busy with fun stuff like football games and family travel. But during those practices, Jordan gained some serious stamina. Girlfriend can run.

Just last week, she rain a 5K with me with very little preparation. She walked very little of the race and ended up finishing the 3.1 mile run in 36 minutes. That’s a dramatic six minutes faster than any of the 5Ks we ran together in the last year. I am SO proud of her!

Since I love to encourage a healthy lifestyle with both kids, we’ve tried to find races that are fun and encourage both kids to run. Cameron hasn’t had a lot of interest in joining in on the races lately. (I guess that’s what happens when you’re getting closer to 13.) So these days, Jordan and I are picking the events. Our next race is on Thanksgiving. It’s a run that will help raise money for a local food bank. But why not also encourage you and your friends to donate to Camp No Limits at the same time?

Last year, each time Jordan or I signed up for a race, we encouraged the Born Just Right community to donate to camp. Each time, we raised enough money to send another child to camp. Right now, we’re at $3,195. That means, Jordan and I are hoping you can help us raise $305 by November 27th. Can we do it? I hope so.

To donate, just visit our Firstgiving website!

Thanks for your support!

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Friendship trumps logic

November 12, 2014

Third grade seems a little young… but friendships are a very important part of Jordan’s life and her self-confidence. I’ve tried to analyze her recent behavior challenges in school and I realize a lot of it leads to her hopes to be liked by everyone. It is fascinating to me because she’s spent more of […]

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A vision for a go-go-gadget hand

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Almost immediately after Jordan was born, Randy and I started talking about the ultimate prosthetic hand. Randy had a vision of a hand that included a phone, weapons and tools that would help her through any and every situation. If you’re my age, you probably remember the cartoon version of Inspector Gadget. I want my […]

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The magic of community

November 5, 2014

Community. We come together in so many ways. The first way I think about community is when I have a chance to meet in person with the wonderful people who are a part of the Born Just Right community. Our most recent meetings were in California. We meet up with families in San Jose, Santa […]

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That hard headed challenge

November 4, 2014

What to do. What to do. Miss Jordan has a hard head. She’s strong willed. She’s a beast in a good and bad way. But I’ll be honest. I’m a bit stumped with this young lady. In the last year, she’s lost the fear of the adults who are trying to help lead her and […]

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A little arm is perfect for a zombie

November 1, 2014

Jordan did it! She owned her zombie costume and had so much fun. Her only regret was we didn’t have enough time to put on MORE fake blood. It took me an hour to build Jordan’s face into a scary zombie. We used a combination of liquid latex and gory tattoos for her face and long […]

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Incredible support for Camp No Limits

October 31, 2014

Words can barely say how honored we are with the success of our raffle fundraiser for Camp No Limits. We usually hold many different fundraisers during the year and this was the first time we tried an online raffle. In the end, we wrapped up only 105 DOLLARS away from sending a sixth child to camp. […]

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Raising awareness about limb differences

October 30, 2014

Jordan’s brother, Cameron, is super involved in our work with Camp No Limits. This past year was the first time he didn’t get a chance to attend the summer camp in Missouri. It looks like he’s going to miss the 2015 camp for an amazing trip to Yellowstone National Park. But that hasn’t stopped his […]

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How scary is too scary?

October 29, 2014

I have to ask this because after spending most of this month encouraging other bloggers to share details about how Limb Differences Aren’t Scary… Jordan has decided to be really scary this year for Halloween. For years, she’s chosen to be butterflies, fairies and princesses for Halloween. But this year, she’s finally decided to have […]

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A quiet blog means a crazy, busy household

October 29, 2014

This month has taken me out of my standard blogging loop. I try to post two or three times a week at the LEAST. But this month has pushed me over the edge. Let me show you some of the cool things we’ve been up to lately! First, Jordan’s official third grade picture arrived. She […]

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Our “limb differences aren’t scary” campaign

October 7, 2014

A little later this month, I plan to work with a collection of bloggers who are helping spread the word that limb differences aren’t scary. Why not tie our positive focus on limb differences leading up to Halloween? I’m hoping this is a chance to raise more awareness about Camp No Limits by giving everyone […]

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Trying to separate bragging from pride

October 3, 2014
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“I’m famous,” Jordan bragged to a stranger earlier this week.

It’s the first time I’ve ever seen her brag about Born Just Right. I offered context to the stranger about how we have a website that helps tell stories about differences and how they can be awesome. But it all made me sad.

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I shared my heart and you are making a difference

September 26, 2014

It takes $500 to send one child to Camp No Limits. It’s one of the most supportive and special camps I know that supports the full family in the world of limb differences. It’s become the focus of our love and fundraising for many years. It’s a place where Jordan feels loved, trusted and she’s […]

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