Monday, October 24, 2011

A Voice (plus the Giveaway Winners)

Much of my time lately has been consumed with thoughts of Eslea and the kind of future she is facing.

This week I have been reminded that I must not read comments on certain articles that relate to Down syndrome. I have to remind myself that people are fueled by things such as hate and ignorance.

It seems that the need to ensure our community of designer gene HUMAN BEINGS have a voice is becoming greater. Thanks to technology, we have a way to share that voice world wide. I am so thankful to those that choose to do so through outlets such as blogging, tweeting, and utilizing facebook.

That's the number of bloggers we had link up to participate in Hoppin' for 21 blog hop.
We had over 7000 views between all the different sites in just one day. The blog with the most views from the hop was Our Cora Bean with 88 hits in one day. The smallest number of views for any one blog was twenty. Twenty! That is still a wonderfully high number. So people, I do not know how many visitors left comments on your site but I do know they were visiting.

That is amazing to me considering the short amount of time we had to get the hop information out to everyone. Some of those bloggers were not from special needs blogs. How wonderful is that?
Because as much as I love to read and met other members of our very special club, we can not possibly change the world unless those outside of our community take an interest also.

We need to grow. We need to spread as far as we can and to whomever we can reach.

March 21, 2012 is World Down Syndrome Day. I hope you will all join us on that day for another awareness hop.
That is, of course, unless....
anyone would be interested in a monthly hop?
What if we have a Hoppin' for 21 blog hop on the 21st of every month?
That's twelve chances a year for us meet more members of our club.
Twelve chances a year to reach outside our community and share with others.
We will also have a hop on World Down Syndrome Day in addition to our monthly hops, but I will do something extra special for that hop. A hop extravaganza if you will.
So, who's up for a monthly hop?

Now onto the Giveaway winners!
Thank you to the Down Syndrome Association of South Georgia for donating the $10 Target giftcard for the Hoppin' for 21 Facebook Event. The randomly chosen winner of that gift card is Penny Putman.

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Hoppin' for 21 blog hop! I think it was a great success and I hope you do too. I could not get to everyone in two days so I am still visiting. I hope you are too. You can scroll down to view the list of blogs again.

A special thanks to the DSA of South Georgia, again, for donating a $10 Walmart giftgard for the blog hop giveaway.
The randomly selected winner of that card goes to linked blogger #66: Ramblings and Reflections.

The final giveaway is the super cute Lily Bloom bag donated by Ross Department Store. It  goes to linked blogger #9: My Stubborn Little Miss.

Congratulations to both bloggers. Please email me your details to and those will be in the mail heading your way soon.

Here are the blog links again for those who are still hoppin' around....I know I am.


  1. Thanks for hosting the hop! I think we all have the most adorable children! I can do either hop every 21st of the month of on March 21. Just let me know!

  2. Awareness is a great thing...this month it seems people in my community have been asking more questions about Maddie and our family....I think in part it is I am putting us out there...the other I am more approachable now...I think awareness in our community is huge because the ignorance is so overt and rocked the hop! Look what one Proud Mama can do! Smiles

  3. Cute and adorable baby... very sweet!!!
    Hotel Key Card
    Plastic gift card

  4. I joined the hop towards the end, but has fun & I think it is a great idea. I'm in whether it is monthly or less often.


  5. I am up for a hop on the 21st of each month. :)

  6. Hi, I'd like to invite you to post your giveaways on our giveaway directory: Giveaway Scout ( Please submit your blog here:  Once you receive our confirmation email you can post your giveaways on our site. Thanks.

  7. I am loving this post! We can all work together and raise awareness. : )