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 a chance to donate at least $5 to Camp No Limits to win one of more than 15 type of raffle items.

Camp No Limits is the limb difference family camp we’ve attended every year since Jordan was three. She loves it and we love it. The whole family gets support and knowledge about the limb difference world.

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Hands in for camp!

Check out this raffle awesomeness. There are many wonderful people and organizations donating cool stuff:

Before I share this with everyone else in the blogosphere, you get the first chance to donate to Camp No Limits and get your name into the raffle! All it takes is to donate at least $5. You get an additional raffle entry for every additional $5 you donate. If you donate more than $50, just add it up and enter the raffle again at another pay level. (For example, if you donate $100, put your name in under the $50 level along with the $25, $15, and $10)

How do you do it?
STEP 1: Go to Born Just Right’s Camp No Limits 2015 Fundraiser
STEP 2: Donate to camp
STEP 3: Return to this page and fill out your information this raffle box
STEP 4: Wait for Halloween and the big raffle drawing

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Thank you for joining in on this fundraiser. This is the first time I’ve taken a raffle experience online, I’m excited to see us spreading the word about camp and how limb differences aren’t scary. Differences help teach us all how our global view of “perfect” is wrong. Knowing we can all go about our lives in different ways and still succeed is a pretty awesome lesson to learn.

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Jordan has met famous people before. Like last year, when she had a chance to talk to double amputee model and athlete, Aimee Mullins.

“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. Am I doing this wrong? Should I shut this website down?

Born Just Right is a wonderful place for us, but I never wanted it to be the source of bragging for my children. I wanted it to be a place of support and pride. But bragging? No, I don’t want that.

So I’m stumped.

I love the opportunities we have with this website and hang in there… And yes, Jordan has met famous people. (Like that one time when she had a private moment with Aimee Mullins.) I have a big raffle I plan to launch right here on this website and possibly on other blogs to encourage our amazing Camp No Limits fundraiser.

I tried to prevent the bragging. Jordan helps us fundraise for camp, she speaks to college students with me, we talk a lot about the impact she can make with our positive outlook and effort she puts into her life. Maybe I’m overreacting. Maybe I’m not.

Things have been a little quiet here after a week of travel and a week to catch up. But don’t worry. I have things to share and stories to be told. But I’m also trying to see if we need to refocus so Jordan can focus on the important stuff. Not the glory.

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I shared my heart and you are making a difference

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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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The 3D printing revolution wants to meet you

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There’s a one-of-a-kind event happening later this month and it kind of kills me that I am going to miss it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t go! e-NABLE is holding a one-day conference bringing 3D printing experts together with prosthetic experts… and maybe even you! The volunteer-based organization is making waves all across the [...]

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Redefining staring and rude staring

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Last week we launched an awesome conversation about putting an end to staring. The one thing that came up many different time is the varying comfort people have to ask questions about a difference and the varying comfort people feel when they are asked questions. I think we might need to first redefine staring. There [...]

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Using a t-shirt to stop the staring

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Last week’s dance class was rough. There were two hip hop classmates who wouldn’t stop staring at Jordan and she didn’t feel up to confronting the kids. I got a bit saucy about staring on this blog… And it opened up some great conversations. But while us grown ups work on refining how we raise [...]

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From Jordan: A Kidz Bop Night

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Today I got to go to a Kidz Bop concert. We got to sing and dance and I even got to go up on stage beside Ashlynn. She was the one who invited me up on the stage. That was kind of her. She is my favorite Kidz Bop kid! On the stage, I danced [...]

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More support for families of limb different kids

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For the last almost nine years since Jordan was born, I’ve craved community. I founded Born Just Right to help connect with families and help share the lessons we’ve learned about growing up with limb differences with others. But I know I can only offer some perspective and support. That’s why I am thrilled to [...]

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Dolphin Tale 2 inspires us to help Camp No Limits

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Today is the day we have waited a long time to happen… The release of Dolphin Tale 2! Jordan and I were incredibly lucky to have a chance to attend an early screening of the movie. Jordan brought along her special Winter Dolphin stuffed animal and watched the whole movie intently. It was SO cool to [...]

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Let’s celebrate unicorns

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Yesterday’s post asking everyone to not stare, just ask spread far and wide. I’m honored so many people joined in on the conversation surrounding the topic. That post inspired an awesome discussion on Facebook based on a question a Born Just Right commenter had: If you’re encouraging someone to not stare and ask questions, how [...]

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Can we teach our kids to stop staring?

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Seriously. Can we raise children who choose to ask questions and speak directly to people who look or act differently? Can we have open conversations with our children to discuss why it can be so painful to whisper and point at people who are different or act differently? I’m so tired of it. Jordan’s tired [...]

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A cross country learning experience

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I try to be in town for the most important things in my kids’ lives. But since I took a new job almost two years ago, I have missed a couple band concerts and a few school events. But most of the time, Randy is in town to help capture the moments so I don’t [...]

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Why I don’t share many limb difference photos other than Jordan

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Photography is my one of my favorite past times. After years of working in the broadcast television industry, I picked up a solid eye for images. I love taking pictures of the family, nature, our dog, sports… You name it. But the one thing I’m trying to be more careful about is sharing photos of [...]

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The end of a season

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As school continues in full swing and many kids in other parts of the country kick off a new school year, we are saying goodbye to our awesome pool. It’s a community that is full of regular people who like to hang out by a pool. There are no airs. There’s just fun and conversation. [...]

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Why I hide my arm – An adult perspective

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I’d like to introduce you to Christine. I’m lucky to have met Christine during this summer’s Nubability Athletics camp. (I snagged her for a selfie – she’s notorious about avoiding photography.) She attended the summer camp as an adult mentor. Before meeting her in person, she has offered fantastic insight on the Born Just Right [...]

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