Friday, January 14, 2011

It Begins with Awareness.

Today's post is short but meaningful to me and thousands of others of families. Please watch.



Thank you to everyone who sent in videos and thank you for joining with us to share the important message of acceptance and celebration. And thank you to my dear friend who helped me put this together.

If you can't view the video, please click HERE.

Donate HERE.

386 comments:

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Kelly said...

Hey. :)

The video is telling me that it is private and that I need to accept a "friend request" before viewing.

Thought you should know!

Rhonda said...

:( the video is not working, says I have to accept a friend request!!!

Maybe you are are working on it!!
Can you believe little darling Nella is a year in a few days!!

You have changed the way the world thinks Kelle!!

Enjoy this time!!

mary said...

Wish I could watch the video, but it won't let me :( However, I did donate a few days ago, and have been spreading the word! Thank you for your always wonderful words.

Hot Hot JJ said...

Kelle, in YouTube you need to set this as a public video! Can't wait to watch!

Kelle said...

Fixing it now!

Jess said...

I love that there are other people sitting here "with" me waiting for this video.

Another reason why your blog is a beautiful thing.

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

Crying in my left-overs.

And you look beautiful. And so does Nella. And so do all of the rest of those little peeps.

Betsy Jo said...

I love words, the ability to string them together to form a coherent message to convey emotion. And yet the words I love are failing me now- except these: I don't know you, but I'm so proud of you.

{andthisiswhatshesaid} said...

So special. I love this.

Rhonda said...

Fabulous Job Kelle!!!

You once again deliver!!!

Jen Gordon said...

Beautiful!

Laura said...

Tears are flowing! It's amazing! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
Thank you for spreading the word to the world and speaking out for all of our amazing kids! This was truly beautiful Kelle!
Happy Birthday indeed! :)

Laura & Ryan

dig this chick said...

Beautiful, friend. Powerful, inspiring, motivating. Love you.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.
- Helen Keller

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
- Harriet Tubman

tablerbunch said...

Beautifully said...

Elissa said...

LOVE....LOVE.....LOVE!!!

TammyW said...

You did a wonderful job. Thank you for including my son. I can't wait to continue spreading the word.

Tahnie said...

Hi!

I emailed you about supporting Nella's ONEder Fund. I will be donating 40% of my profits to it.

To help me keep track of orders, this is what people can do:

Go to my Stella & Dot website here, http://stelladot.com/tahnie Next, in the upper right hand corner, underneath StyleWatch, there is a link that says 'Can't make it to the trunk show? Find your hostess' click on that.You will then put in Nella's ONEder Fund for the hostess information. Nella's for the first name and ONEder Fund for the last, click search. It will say the party starts on January 13th. Go ahead and click on Nella's ONEder Fund, click continue and shop!


Thanks so much!

andrea said...

BEAUTIFUL...JUST BEAUTIFUL!

Jessica said...

I LOVE this! I'm totally crying right now. Thank you so much for your voice & your open vulnerability. You inspire me so much, and I am so glad that I found your blog and have been able to follow along on your journey! You make such a difference for your Nella, my girl, and countless other individuals with DS. ((hug))

Tina said...

Kelle that was beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us so we can pass it along too.

Ever since I learned the story of your family, I've totally changed the way I view "special needs" as a whole and have felt ashamed of myself for not realizing how much we are all the same; instead I was focused on how different we are. But really we are much more alike than we are different. So I thank you, just as so many other do, for opening my eyes to that. I am so much more accepting and understanding because of you.

Keep up the great work Kelle. You've made tens of thousands of us more aware and understanding and I just know you'll continue to reach more and more people.

melissa said...

Kelle, I've been reading your blog almost a year and it has really changed the way I see people, especially children, with disabilities. I now want to scoop them all up and give 'em a huge hug. I fully accept your Nella & all children with Downs and other challenges and I will raise my girls to do so as well.

Tonya said...

This was beautiful, I loved seeing all of the other beautiful children and of course, I loved seeing Nella. She is such a darling little girl, you are so lucky to have her : D

You are such an inspiration in so many ways!

Sherri said...

Kelle, I'm crying, I'm laughing,I'm an emotional mess! I have never met u, but am so proud of u!! U are beautiful, Nella, is beautiful, Lainey & her love is just pure beautifulness!! Ever single one of the children feature touched me. Yay!! I feel so excited for Nella & the whole DS community!!! A.MAZ.ING
hugs

grandma said...

I'm speechless. Beautiful tribute, Kelle. Simply beautiful. Thanks for being such a force for these extra special children! I'm one proud grandma of our little guy, Quinn!

LeeAnn said...

It's a New Year's Revolution!!! LOVE IT!!!xo

Dawn @ Musings from the Pigg Pen said...

Wow...let me say that again...Wow. that was beautiful. Thank you for sharing such personal videos with the world. This is going to raise an amazing amount of money for those beauties. It's gorgeous.

BTW - I find the picture of you with everyone toasting to be so profound. It's one of my favorite you have ever posted on here.

Thank you for sharing your personal videos and all the other adorable videos today.

Young and Fabulous said...

love this video. you are an amazing person/mother/inspiration/blogger and Nella is so lucky to have so many people who love her!

You're gonna raise so much money through this, but also so much love..as people see your story and hear more about nella..LOVE YOUR BLOG.

xoxoxox Happy almost birthday to Nella :)

Diana Doyle said...

Kelle,

Your video is beautiful and powerful.

In giving for all of these special children we are also receiving a gift....

Children that are 'different' are treated differently which is sad.

Savannah went from a normal little girl into one that was disabled, within 12 months she looked 'different.'

I still remember shopping in Walmart with her propped up in her big red toy wagon...with my other healthy daughter in a stroller.

A lady came up to me and asked if her son could say hello to my daughter....thinking it was our healthy daughter Dempsey I pulled the stroller over...."No, she said, he wants to say hello to your older daughter."

I blinked back tears as the little boy reached over and spoke to Savannah..who most people were scared of, because she looked 'different'. I still remember that mom and her little boy and the smile he gave to my Savannah..... I will never forget it!

Through your wonderful blog and Nella...you are raising awareness and giving everyone an opportunity to touch another!

You should be so proud!
with love
Diana x
ps; sorry this is so long x

Viridiana said...

ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!!!

abigail said...

So beautiful Kelle. I nannied for a family who had a baby with Down Syndrome this summer, and I cherished every moment. I was blessed enough to have the opportunity to go to his play group, where the moms and kids with DS and their siblings all got to spend time together. It was so special. This video inspired me to donate. Thank you for sharing your voice!

Rik said...

I am hiding in my office now...to gain some composure. But also thinking, what is awakened in my heart as I viewed this video translates into an even broader, wider embrace, acceptance and celebration of all the differences around us. I hope it speaks in my encounters with the forgotten elderly today, and those from distant lands who call my country home, and those whose lifestyles may be foreign to my own, and those who are broken and bruised by a world that seems to tell them they "can't join in their reindeer games." Beautifully done...and I would happily hold every one of these children and call them mine...because I do. Rock on!

steph. said...

This, this is amazing. Purely amazing.

Lucy said...

Such a powerful post!

cjs said...

Those smiles! LOVE! Go Nells! Go Avery! Go Emery, Ian, and all the others!

filipinasunshine said...

No matter how many times I come in here to check up and see how your girls are doing, I find myself grabbing a tissue! :) It has been a pleasure growing with you this year. I still have no idea how I found you, but I'm glad I did.

Happy birthday, Nella!!
Happy birthing day, Kelle!!

Megs said...

Fabulous. Gorgeously done Kelle.

Erin said...

This brought tears to my eyes. Well done!

B. McKenzie said...

I wish i had known to send you a pic of my Jack. The video is lovely and I'll share it with all i know.

XOXO
Brandi McKenzie

Kathlyn said...

You have, once again, moved me to tears. Thank you for being such a strong advocate for your daughter and all those beautiful children. Thank you for sharing your amazing story with all of us. I wish you and your family a fabulous year ahead.

Stacy said...

WOW - its really all I can say...I cried listening to your story as I have cried reading your story. Great video. I am blogging about your blog and this video next week...hope you pop by to see!
http://stacys101list.blogspot.com/

Kristen's mom said...

Beautiful

A Cappelli said...

What can I say that has not already been said here- this is beautiful! My son, Henry (11) has been enthusiastically watching with me as the donations keep climbing in Nella's fund. It is amazing- exciting! You have made so many people more aware- you have certainly caught the attention of my children who peer over my shoulder as I read your blog. Thank you, again, for opening your home, your heart, your life to us.

It's A Love Story said...

The video was beautiful, Its amazing to see how pretty these babies really hard. And, its crazy that other people cant see the beautiful in any child.

The Moser Fam... said...

Beautiful video...you are blessed and you are blessing others. Nella is precious.

Betsi* said...

Well, I had my good soul lifting cry for the day! Thank you for sharing your beautiful Nella with us. I'm going to share this video with others now!
-Betsi*

Rik said...

Diana...
no apologies about the length of that rich story...beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I hope as much for my Nella.

Poppa

Mrs. McCracken said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I, like many others, come here and too often find that I am in need of a tissue. And like everyone else I can say that they are tears of JOY!
Nella is so perfect, as are all of the other children, teens, and adults that you are helping with Nella's ONEder Fung!

Of course I am donating! I am so glad that you have touched so many lives through your blog. You are a true inspiration.
One day... I hope to be a great mom- just like you.

Thank you.
Katie

www.thecrackinthegrigsbylife.blogspot.com

Katy said...

I'm crying. Beautiful.

ayshamartin said...

Such a beautiful, powerful video and message. I've said this before and I'll say it again, you are amazing!

Jorie said...

So wonderful! I sitting here watching these amazing children with tears in my eyes and my best friends little one comes on playing the piano and I lost it! It is one of the most moving 7 minutes! Kelle, thank you for making so many aware of these beautiful amazing children!

Beka said...

BEAUTIFUL! I love the video! Thanks for sharing her story with us!!! AND YOURS!

Nella is beautiful!!! She is thee most glammed out 1 year old I've ever seen! :) I can't wait to hold my baby girl in May & GLAM her out like you do your girls!!!


CELEBRATING Nella's LIFE!!!!!!!! :) She is changing so many peoples lives & she is JUST 1!!!! :)

M said...

Kelle, you should have posted a disclaimer -Do not watch at work, because you will bawl your eyes out!

Thank you for sharing video of Nella's first moments. Your photos are amazing, but watching her is even better.

Love from Colorado!

semanticon said...

Kelle,

I have no idea how you got through saying all the loving things you said in this beautiful message without bawling!! I cried through the whole thing!

I have been reading your blog for a year now and you have absoluetly changed the way I feel about people with disabilities. Thank you. Because not only have you changed the way I think about these special individuals but that means you are changing the way my children recieve and accept them and the way their children will too. And in this way I can already see the creation of your wish for a world where Nella and all children and people with down syndrome have the life that they want and deserve and it's happening right now!

Thank you!

Kristina said...

Simply beautiful, what a great message and what a great thing you are doing.

Anna. said...

Absolutely beautiful! You are SUCH an inspiration Kelle Hampton! :)

Jenny V said...

Lovely, amazing, perfect.

sistersusannah said...

ooofffff, mama, you slay me! Kelle, that is so powerful, this whole thing is so powerful.....you are a hero and I thank you for being you. We made a donation earlier in the week, I might have to make another one. Have a wonderful weekend..... :)

Aleksandra said...

You are amazing woman!!!!! Not mention how wonderfull you are as a mother!!!
Im reading third day your blog and Im not going stop. I just dont wanna stop.
Big greetings from Polish in UK.

Molly said...

Thank you. My "special" little doesn't have Down's, but the feelings - and the desire to support you - are just the same.

Thank you for giving me a place to look for an example, even though our journeys seem to have taken place almost simultaneously. Always somewhere to laugh, to relate, to cry, and to understand and *feel* understood, even if we've never spoken.

I thank God that you, Nella, Lainey, and the rest of your family "came into my life," even via the internet.

Molly

Teresa said...

Oh Kelle... that was BEAUTIFUL!! However, you need to warn a sista to have a tissue handy!

Anna Theurer said...

Kelle,

As usual, your post/video left me with tears streaming down my face. Thank you so much for sharing your feelings, thoughts, and passion with us. Thank you for spreading awareness about Nella and other children like her and my daughter Ellie.

Myrtle's Mayhem said...

I know you have heard it a million times...but you are amazing!

merlin said...

Who was it that said "Be the change you want to see in the world" ? You are living that out, and it is incredible to witness and have the chance to be part of the change that I want to see in the world as well.
Many blessings to you.

Dre said...

Beautiful and I was happy to make a donation! You are truly making a difference every day.

Emily said...

Okay... I am a sobbing mess. I absolutely LOVE this. Kelle... you were meant to do this. You are simply amazing. Thank you, so very much, for all you do for our sweet angels.

IRWSMom said...

Beautiful...simply beautiful...

Brianne said...

Wow Kelle! You have done it yet again! This video is an amazing tribute and inspiration to all of us!

Thank you for sharing with us the personal moments in the delivery room after sweet Nella's birth. It was another amazing view into your incredible family after seeing your journey in pictures over the last year. I sit here with tears in my eyes and hope for the future!

Much love!

Angie said...

You did it. You told her beautiful story. Great job :) Love it!

XOXO,
Angie from Ohio

jamie said...

Kelle,

I am pretty involved with children and adults with several kinds of disability, DS included. My organization has partnered with L'Arche, an organization that helps those with disabilities live as normal lives as possible in family settings. I have worked on site with them and I can tell you that there are many beautiful and fulfilling years to look forward to with Nella!

Both of your girls are beautiful and you capture that beauty so well through the lens.

Happy Birthday Nella!

heather said...

Man did that have me crying within minutes, not sad tears but happy tears. We had someone similar in our family. He did not have ds but was born with many many things wrong. He was and is so special to me. He showed me what living life to the fullest and how to enjoy it is like. He was taken away to heaven 6 year ago and he inspired me to help children like him. I started helping/teaching special needs children during after school hours. I know you and some many more people know the feeling of joy you get when you see them complete something new and how that sweet smile will light up a room..

Thank you for sharing some much of nella and your feelings with the world. It shows us that it is ok and expected. Thank you so much. Nella is truly a special girl.

Michelle said...

You never cease to amaze me. I am crying at my desk at work. You Rock! There is simply no other way to say it.

StephaniePeyton said...

Thank you for starting my day with such an amazing video and message. My 2 ½ year old daughter loved it too, especially seeing all of the ''beeuuuuuufull babies'

Kathryn said...

I have tears rolling down my cheeks, such a beautiful, soul hugging video!

By the way, my second son's name is Jonah. We rarely hear anyone else with his name (he is 16 going on 25 *he thinks*). I saw that your therapist has that awesome name too, loved it!

Michelle said...

Kelle - wow, just when I thought I couldn't be any more amazed....you rocked it!! Beautiful words, beautiful faces and a beautiful message.

Thank you for including our Matty and all of our children that share the common bond of an extra chromosome.

You are amazing and a gift to this wonderful community.

Happy Birthday, Nella!

Headed now to spread the word...

Michelle

Melany said...

I got chills. Such incredibly sweet sweet faces.

Meghann Rollinger said...

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Babygirl said...

Ahh, another day, another inspiring message! I posted a blog about the ONEder fund the other day, and I'll have to do another with a link to the video! Hopefully people will find it, cause I don't have a lot of followers yet, but even if just one person visits, learns, and donates, then I know I helped make a difference. Thank you for all you do, without even realizing your doing it! I hope that I get a chance one day to be such an amazing role model and mom as you...

Heidi said...

i knew to sit down and grab the kleenex! oh, kell, this is beautiful and lovely, powerful, and inspiring!

beckham keeps saying, "NELLA BEAN!!!" each time we start it over. those faces are love and so are the parents that sent them to you.

xoxoxoxo

Abby said...

Yet again, Fabulous job! Your pose, apperance and personality shines through! You are a rock star not only for Nella but the rest of the world! Thanks for doing what you do, I hope you reach your goal.

{ kelly jo } said...

thank you for making me cry at work :)

The Johansen's said...

Beautiful!!!

Kathryn said...

I shared it on facebook Kelle!

Megan said...

The world is truly a better place because of you. What a touching video..peace love and UNDERSTANDING. I am glad to have helped, give those little girls a big kiss and take care.

Kristi said...

Simply beautiful!!!!

Thank you for including our Avery and all the other special childrenn that all share that extra chromosome!!!!!

The Martys said...

Thank you for this beautiful video. Thank you for being such an advocate for DS. You are inspiring.

The Martys said...

Thank you for this beautiful video. Thank you for being such an advocate for DS. You are inspiring.

Amie said...

Great job, Kelle. For everything you're doing.

Laura said...

You are a rockstar, Kelle..

Happy Birthday Nella.

The Mac's House said...

OUTSTANDING!

Lindsey said...

This video seriously made me cry. It could be pregnancy hormones, or it could be the love and beauty of that message. I will share this with everyone I can.

Katie said...

Amazing and inspiring! We see and hear you every time you post, but it was nice to see and hear your voice in the video. You and your family are adorable either way!

KWQR said...

Well done Kelle!
I am speechless.
And bawling.
And so very proud of you.
Thank you for including our Quinn.
You are amazing!
xo
Kate

Heth said...

Beautiful video. Best wishes to Nella!

Samantha said...

Beautifully done, Kelle. I am proud to read your blog - you've truly made me a better wife, mother, and person. :)

haveFaith said...

I should have expected to cry but I was unprepared- no tissues near me!

This video was everything and more, kelle. This world is shaped by our differences, and our unique qualities combine to make up our wonderful, caring, loving society. These beautiful souls have so much to give, you can see it in their eyes when they smile, in their determination when they try to sit up, walk, or even read. As you were telling your story I just felt my eyes well up in tears, but even not being a parent myself, I can sympathize with how you must have felt knowing Nella wasn't what you had expected- but look, you have gotten so much more wrapped in this unexpected gift. You have helped people see a change in perspective (and had a change in yourself, as well), and have random people coming together to raise a jaw-dropping amount of money (and it's still climbing)!

Nella waving in the beginning? Adorable, she is such a cutie. I've already shared this video on FB because I think everyone should see it, not just so they can donate to the ONEder fund, but for everything else this video says; that we should love no harder just because someone seems different, because we are all different, we are all unique, and it just gives us more to love.

Jill said...

FANTASTIC! AMAZING!

I will be back to watch AGAIN! and maybe AGAIN!

Thank you for what you are doing to make people AWARE!

Taylor said...

I LOVED it! So sweet- Nella and Lainey are so luck to have such an amazing mommy! I really liked seeing the video of Nella at the end- she is the one who has captured all of your readers hearts so I was glad you included her video clip! Happy Friday :)

Emily said...

This was really beautiful, thank you for sharing.

Vonda said...

I am bawling so hard I can't even breathe!! I cannot even talk through typing, I am speechless. Thank you Kelle, I love you so much!! Noah sends you a million hugs and kisses!!!

mrc-w said...

Wonderful video, Kelle! Nella's smile is adorable!!!

Sarah said...

Absolutely beautiful. I wish I had a million more dollars to donate to this extremely worthwhile cause. This video really hits home and I can't imagine anyone not being effected by it. As always you are such an inspiration!

DisneyRose said...

Absolutely spectacular. Thank you.

jessie said...

Absolutely amazing. Thank you!

Gibbotka said...

Amazing.
Beautiful.
Touching.
True.
Thank you for caring, loving, doing. :)

J Scheppl said...

There's just no words that can describe how beautiful that is. You're an amazing person Kelle Hampton! You really are!

Bulldogma said...

Big, Huge, GIANT KUDOS! The video is awesome!

Annie said...

Beautiful. And you have me in tears yet again. Tears for beauty.

Kelly said...

Simply beautiful.

Thank you.

Our Family said...

I never comment but the video was amazing. So touching.
I love to see pics of Nella's smile and now getting to see her do it on video, it is even more beautiful.

Good luck with the ONEder Fund. You and Nella are doing something amazing!!

Hillary said...

I am waiting for my flight at the Toronto International Airport and thought to pass my time would check up on my blogs. Little did I know I would be sitting in tears, with dozens of people surrounding me as together we watched. And together we cried. It has been played 7 times now on my laptop as more and more people come by. All strangers. All of us together. All of us hearing your story. This video is absolutely remarkable Kelle. Thank you.

TwinSkin said...

Your blog is beautiful and inspiring. Thank you for sharing your life.

Moosefan said...

ROCKIN THE WORLD! Could you have imagined just a skootch over a year ago that your baby would be not only a star in your family but a STAR IN THE WORLD!!! It is a gift that you are sharing and I as your reader and FB friend am better every time I read your blog. To all the other Mama's and Papas that shared the video's and pictures of your Stars-thank you for making this world a brighter place.
Keep on Rockin' Nella!!!! Keep on keepin' on Kelly and family!

~Sarafina~ said...

Amazing video... tears running down my face. Thank you.

Bethany said...

You rocked it. You said everything I could ever want to say. I got pissed off this morning reading about all the excitement online of being able to reduce even more the number of babies with DS being born ... I feel conflicted, because I once felt that way and understood it. Now, I have two girls with DS that make it really hard for me to understand it. I think today, instead of me rambling and trying to get my thoughts across, I'll just post this on my blog. Thanks Kelle! :)

Dawn said...

The word that comes to my mind in seeing these lovely children and their families is not "different" but "same." Thank you for your advocacy, but especially your testimony to the value of love, family, and taking the time to appreciate the everyday beauty of our ordinary lives, whatever challenges and opportunities they happen to present us with.

heather.schneider said...

Kelle - you are absolutely amazing! Not only have you made an incredible difference in the lives of all of your blog followers, including me, but now in the lives of so many beautiful children and their families. Look at what you have done in a matter of days to help these children - Amazing! You are a true inspiration to all of us! I hope Nella has a rockin' birthday! Happy Birthday Nella and your gorgeous little smile!!

Jennie said...

This video is so touching and so true! You have said almost everything that I would say. My first baby was born with DS and everything seemed to be great with my pregnancy. I was 27 and the day she came, my first look at her I KNEW something was not right, all I wanted to do was hold her. I watched this video with my 3 yr old son who is 1 year younger and he turns to me and says, "mommy there is my sister..." I couldn't hold back the tears! I thank GOD for everyday that he allows me to be with the greatest 2 human beings ever, soon to be 3! My daughter has changed our lives inside out, all for the best. Life has never been more complete.

Christina said...

Beautiful! You never disappoint :) Sort of like the Blogger version of Barbara Walters, but you make your viewers cry instead of your interviewees!

Just a thought, can you create a small blog button (similar to your "share the love" ETST one) that links direct to Nella's Oneder fund? I'd be happy to add it to my blog, and I'm sure hundreds (thousands?!) of others would too!

Lana said...

Great video, Kelle! I am so happy to hear how much money is being raised. It's nice to hear your voice and see you in 'action' instead of just photos. And Nella and Lainey are gorgeous.
Love to you all.

robynmarthabridson said...

Beautifully done. <3

Christina said...

oops, nevermind, just found the button!

Kelly said...

I usually skip over video posts that show up in my reader. I'm SO glad I clicked over and watched that. It was beautiful! Your passion blessed me today! Thank you!

(Oh and I can hear the Michigan in your voice! :))

Paper and Ribbons said...

Just beautiful, I was in tears watching all those beautiful, happy and sweet little faces.

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ali said...

Thank you. That was so beautiful.

Thank you for how raw and real you have been about this over the past year. It's really opened my eyes as well.

Beautiful. Simply beautiful.

Katarina said...

Omg I cried and cried... You are such an inspirational and wonderful woman! What you're doing is so amazing! I wanna wish Nella happy birthday and good luck with the ONEder Fund! Lots of love from Germany!

Courtney Williams said...

Kelle, I have no words. I can't stop crying long enough to process this. Thank you so much for what you are doing for our children and for including Madelyn in the video. I have so much more I want to say, but can't find the words yet, so for now, just thank you.

Lisa Mauer said...

I am so touched by your blog. I don't know you personally, but feel like I do after reading about your sweet family for the last almost year. Your video touched me beyond words and prompted me to donate right away. One day your girls will realize all that you do to educate and inspire others and be so proud.

Denise said...

Kelle,
I have been lurking your site for awhile and I LOVE it so much. You have a beautiful family and your video is amazing. I am always in awe of people like you who are able to give a voice to issues and just seem to know what to do. Nella is so very lucky to have been born into your family just as you are all blessed to have her (and of course your other children). Hard to express my feelings in a comment, but you have touched my life in so many ways…many blessings to you and your family.

Jennifer from NJ said...

OUTSTANDING!!!! love every amazing kid in the video

The New Mom on the Blog said...

AWESOME.
I am in love with the use of the song "Firework" at the end too. Nella is totally a firework. Congrats on the success of this project. What a great birthday present for Nella. :)

maybe your reason why all the doors are closed/so you could open one that leads you to the perfect road

blessingsandglory said...

Wow that was beautiful Thank you Kelle! Thank you for your words, your photos and advocacy for our kiddos.

One random question...I'm subscribed to your blog but when you say that you put out an "all-call" for photos where and when is this happening? I have a darling son with DS and would have loved to share his photo too...is there a separate blog page for DS parents? Obviously I'm way out of the loop. :)

Katrin said...

Thank you for sharing this video and your hole story, it changes my life ,too.
I love the part when Lainey first met her sister and loved her right away. That is true love and bless Lainey heart for being such a great sister.
Happy birthday to nella from Berlin, germany!

lbfoster said...

Tears. Beautiful, Kelle.

Connecting with you this past year to share tears, smiles, and every emotion in between has been so special to me. I'm very grateful for it because I can't imagine having gone through it without you. I needed you.

Thank you for opening the eyes of so many to the beauty and wonder of our world...To the beauty and wonder of my Drew. (Loved seeing my 'lil guy in there too. Thank you.)

Much, much love.

momMYsliceoflife said...

That video is breathtaking, Kelle. I couldn't hold back the tears. I already gave, a smallish donation, but after watching this I thought, "Hell, I spend $20 on crap at some point this week. Let me put it to something that means so much!" So, I'll be clicking on that little link again! You have blown my socks of this past week, girl! You have stepped up to the plate and owned your place in this world like no body's business! Its truly inspirational.

Victoria said...

Yeah, this made me cry, laugh and made me want to make a difference.

I love you blog.

I was fortunate enough to be able to donate.

Happy Birthday Sweet Nella, you are so very loved!

Rachael said...

Awesome video!!

strollonby said...

Love it.

Autumn said...

May God Bless you sweet Kelle and all that you are doing for your own gorgeous daughter and for so so many other children/ adults as well!!!

Eliza said...

I cried through that entire video. It was wonderful. I found your blog last January, just after Nella arrived in this beautiful world (to change it, I have no doubt). I feel so blessed to "know" Nella and all of you. The arrival of her first birthday seems magical. Another year that we all graced with such an amazing soul. What I really want to say is thank you. Thank you for sharing Nella with the world. You have blessed us all by giving us her story, your story, to hear, take in, and grow from. It seems that we have all found magic that we didn't know existed. It is humbling but empowering to donate to such a rockstar cause.

April said...

I have been reading your blog for over a year and never commented before. But this video completely moved me to tears and I wanted you to know that I've shared it on my facebook in the hopes that it will touch my friends and compel them to donate as well.

thedreamcalledlife said...

Thank you so much for sharing! The video of Lainey holding Nella in the hospital, and the exhaustion and pain on your face but the joy on hers, moved me almost to tears. I would have been crying for sure if my 2-year-old weren't sitting next to me saying, "Baby! Baby!" every time a new picture popped up. This whole thing was beautiful, and what you're doing to help everybody come together and raise so much for the NDSS is beautiful. Thank you for using your I'm-sure-unexpected-but-still-real fame for such a good cause.
-Lela

mama'N'jerseygirl said...

You Inspire me.. You are an amazing person and mother.. Lainey and Nella are so lucky to have a mom like you!!!

Jamie<3

B's Mommy said...

Kelle be very proud of yourself! You are the voice. Many many blessings to you and yours.
DREAM BIG! WISH BIG! They DO COME TRUE!!
xoxo

Meyer Mania! said...

This post meant a lot to me. this whole "ONEder Fund" means a lot to me. Not because I have a child with Down Syndrome, because I dont. But because I *DO* have a child who is different. a child who was born with VACTERL Syndrome, and because she was born with this one in a million birth defect, she will be left out from things in her life. She will, and had been picked on. She will, and has gotten funny stares from on-lookers. And it is my ONE wish that my sweet little girl is not seen for her differences on the outside, but for the beautiful, intelligent, nurturing person she is on the inside.
Thank you, Kelle for this blog and for the ONEder Fund. I am holding out hope and praying for a day where our children's differences are celebrated and accepted by society.

chantelle said...

Hi Kelle! You just made me do the ugly cry! What a powerful video.It was so nice to hear Nella's little voice.SO beautiful.You are truly and inspiration.Thank you so much for giving these wonderful children a voice.

Love always

Chantelle

aprilanecdotes said...

What parent can watch that video and not get teary eyed? Thank you for inspiring me with every blog post to keep pushing and advocating for my children with DS. Parents do change things. I love watching the Oneder fund go up and up and up!!! Susan

laurieg said...

Kelle,

So many things go through my mind as I watch this video.
Firstly, it is so amazing to see Nella in video form. She is just beautiful!
Second, "Fix you", how perfect is that song? It and this video had me bawling.
Third, I've worked with children with DS since I was in 5th grade be it mentoring, teaching etc and I remember telling my mom when I was in Grade school, "I hope that I have a child with DS one day" and I remember her telling me that that is not something you wish for and I said to her "I know it sounds horrible but I believe that God knows where these children will thrive, where they will be loved unconditionally" and with some years and some wisdom I might alter what I said a little bit but I still maintain my belief that God knows what he's doing and he knew what he was doing when he blessed your family with Nella. You are doing such a wonderful job of helping Nella bloom where she is planted and my heart swells when I see all of these fabulous tributes etc.
Beautiful Kell, just simply beautiful!

Laurie

shellycoulter said...

Just embedded this on my facebook and blog.

Thanks for inspiring me as a person, a mom, and a speech-language pathologist.

I combined this with my "delurking day" post. Hopefully my readers will watch the video.

Sandy said...

Kelle,
You are amazing and I thank you for all you are doing for those with Down Syndrome. I was lucky to have an uncle with DS. The only way to describe him is that he "loved" so much more than anyone else I know. He had a great big heart that touched everyone he came in contact with.

Thank you for this wonderful tribute to bring awareness and acceptance for those with Down Syndrome. :0)

Ben's Daddy said...

Kelly - You are quickly becoming a leader in our "family". We met you at the NDSS conference in Orlando - we are friends of your Neighbor Craig. Please keep doing what you do - it will make a difference. We have started a Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome group here in Palm Beach County and my wife is on the Board of Directors of the Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization. We are going to make a difference one person at a time - Our Benjamin (18 months) has brought so many blessing and so many new and wonderful friends into our lives we wouldn't change anything!
Many Thanks,

Benjamin (18 months) Chari, and Joe

Kelly Cach said...

KELLE!!!!

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You shared my Nora with the world! I saw her picture in your slide-show...Aaaaahhhh! I'm screaming and my heart is bursting!

Sending so much love your way, and a BIG, BIG birthday hug for Nella,
Kelly

Suzi said...

love. love. love.

Amber said...

Beautiful. Perfect. I've said it before but it bears repeating. Nella changed you, but she changed me too. She has changed so many people and together we'll all change the world.

Much love.

Julie said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!

Charlotte's Momma said...

Thank you so much for what you do. My Charlie doesn't appreciate Nella's impact now, but certainly will when she is older!

Shannon said...

Nella has an admirer :) one of my 2 year old twins watched the movie with me and said, " I lub Nella, I want hold her" :)

Kulio said...

Tears!!!

Just perfectly said, perfectly visualized - thank you!!

dancy said...

I stumbled upon your blog somehow...and I absolutely love, love, love it! I love what you are doing for our kids! When I read Nella's birth story, it took me right back to the day I had Jack 3 years ago. It is so comforting for me to read that...just like I wrote it from my point of view those first couple of dark days. Thanks so much for sharing!

Sarah said...

I never, ever realized you were the lady who wrote an article in Parents until now. I'm in tears!

Katie said...

Kelle,
thank you so much for this beautiful message. You and your sweet family are such an inspiration to many.

Stacie said...

Thank you for having such an amazing heart. The love that you are cultivating in your children and in this world will be paid forward; over and over again. I pray soon we will all live in a world full of love, acceptance and peace. God Bless you!

Paytonsmommy said...

This is so beautiful! What a powerful post,you have this prego mama sobbing - my 3 year old came over and said it's ok mommy. Thank you so much for sharing - I have shared with all my FB friends.

Angel said...

LOVE this video. Love love love it. And the photo of the toast with your face in the background? Captures exactly our feelings when our son Cooper was born with Down syndrome. The total and complete and utter shock of it all. But, almost 4 years later, we feel so blessed to have been chosen to be his parents. Thanks for getting the word out there what a blessing a child with special needs really is. Happy Birthday Nella!

Mrs. Fitz said...

Fantatstic video Kelle!

I have loved watching the donations roll in and seeing that total rise. Thank you for allowing us to share Nella's birthday!

Wren said...

Beautiful! I think I started crying about 5 seconds into this video and I haven't stopped! My sweet Sutter-but turns 1 on Sunday and it's been quite the year and I wouldn't change a thing! I'm so proud to be a part of this wonderful community!

You are doing amazing things for our kids and for that I thank you and Sutter thanks you!!!!

Looking Up said...

Tears! Love the video, love the message even more. It sounds corny, but I really do believe that we can work together to make life better for our children. My son changed me & I am forever thankful for it. :)

Becki said...

I have been reading your blog for almost one year now, shortly after Nella's birth when someone gave me the link to her birth story.

I have throughly enjoyed it. I love waking up in the morning and checking the blog obsessively for a new post:) Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your blog. It truley puts a smile on my face.

Your video made me cry, I feel like I know you and your family. Thank you for pouring out your heart to us unknowns, it really is amazing!!!

Becki

Lisa said...

PERFECT video. Perfect in every way!

As I wrote under my donation: "In honor of all moms who have turned their tiny surprises into huge miracles.

Kelle, not only do I look forward to reading your blog entries and looking at your brilliant pictures, I so look forward to seeing the crafts you do, and amazing projects.

I've made many of the things you have posted! And being a first grade teacher I thought I had all the ideas!!!

Thank you for opening up your life and home to complete strangers. Thank you for sharing your journey with you. Poppa feels like the Poppa of my children. Your children feel like relatives. :) If only I were so lucky!

You have a blessed family.

Maheen said...

DAMNIT Kelle, there went the mascara!

Seriously; thank you for sharing your pain, your joy, your beauty, and mostly for paying it forward. Just posted this to my FB.

noricoleman said...

What awonderfully beautiful video!!I wish there was a way to people could hear or view your story at the OB/Gyn's office so that mom's who are expecting children with Down Syndrome would have something beautiful to see and give them the support they need in their pregnancies. You a have a special gift and are already making such a difference. You are awesome!!Keep up the good work!! Happy Birthday Nella.

Ria said...

Beautiful video! Happy Birthday Nella.

Miah Jane's Mama said...

You and your family are a force to reckon with Kelle! MJ made her donation! xoxo

Lynn said...

Wow - just wow. How impressive?!?!

I shared your blog on my facebook page because it has touched me more than you know. These were my words - I've been following this blog for at least a year now. In so many ways it has touched my heart & made me realize the beauty of unconditional love & happiness. Many times I have found Kelle's encouraging words to lift my spirits when I feel the weight of life sitting heavily on my shoulders. I am sharing in hopes that you will enjoy as well. Enjoy!!

I thank you for what you are doing, not just for DS, but for all of us mommas out there. You rock sister!

My husband & I each make a choice of a fund to donate to each year. You have given me so much over a year that I feel it is my turn to give back. No amount of money will be able to give what you & your entire family has given me.

Keep it up...your doing good things!

Maria said...

DIVINE! Kelle, you amaze me everyday. One mother..one baby..
one voice..accomplishing so much for so many. Sending much love your way. Nella, the world will be celebrating your birthday with you and it will be a very happy day indeed.

Laura said...

Wow, Kelle. You did it again, another amazing, awe inspiring, love filled montage. Tears are streaming down my face, and it feels so good! Thanks for being you, and for all of your wonderful words. Hugs, Laura

Stef said...

yay!!! I love it. Wonderful, beautiful video! I just donated :)

Amanda said...

This is beautiful Kelle! You have me in tears with your thoughtful and touching words as well as with all the videos and pictures of so many precious littles. You are an inspiration to me every day!

Yvonne and Eric said...

What a beautiful video Kelle. You had me in tears.

Carrie said...

thank you Kelle - for being raw, honest and so incredible. You are teaching all of us how to love better.

I am pregnant with my 2nd and the moments of Lainey meeting Nella made me so excited for my little girl to meet her new sibling.

Your family is simply an inspiration

jajb79 said...

I can't even...I literally cry almost every time I visit your blog. Makea me soooo appreciate my one wild and crazy life...and your life, and my students' lives, and the lives of every single human being on this planet. Powerful love...xo

Farmgirl Paints said...

What an amazing thing you did. Because of this so many will be touched. Good golly girl you are a force! That video was just perfect:) Big hugs to you and that sweet little Nella.

Abby said...

Beautiful Video. I'm bawling my eyes out right now and I have to go pick up my girl from school.

Thanks for sharing your life, and your passions with us Kelle!

Blessings over you and your family!

mama's smitten said...

Amazing! You spoke and my heart heard! Donations in the mail already !:)

Jenn and Blain said...

As always, you have made my day so much brighter! Thank you for this! It was a really rough day and I was thankful to have an inspiring post to read from you at the end of the day. I've posted a plug for you and your fund on my page ... for whatever it's worth, I hope you can stop by to see, even for a brief second :0)

http://thorntonfamilymoments.blogspot.com/2011/01/because-there-is-always-hope.html

Much love from Michigan!

Marielle said...

It's been almost a year since I have found your blog and I now look forward to every post.

My daughter, Ava, shares a birthday with sweet Nella. She will be 4 next week. When I was pregnant and going through the medical screenings, my husband and I were told that Ava's chances of having down syndrome were greater that 9 out of 10. While we waited the 8 days for the amnio results to come I did enough research to understand how truly amazing these children are. While Ava ended up not having down syndrome I am still enthralled by these beautiful, intelligent and caring children that are so full-of-life.

Both your girls are truly blessed to have you has a mom.

Happy 1st Birthday to Nella!!

Crystal said...

I reposted on my facebook page for you! Did I call it or what? I knew you'd shatter that original fundraising goal!

Bodil said...

You are AMAZING!! Your girls are lucky to have such a AMAZING mom! You are a resource for the society, for the country and for the WORLD!
The video makes me cry, smile, laugh!
Your blog has reached across the United States and all the way to Europe and to Norway!
I just donated to the ONEder Fund!

With Love From Norway! :)

gin said...

Weeping. Openly weeping and I'm not even finished with the video. Thank you for sharing this. My Jackson (nephew) will have designer genes and a special big brother.
Thank you for all you have done! So many, many blessings to you!

Katie (Mama May I) said...

Years before I had children of my own, I read that a child chooses their parent. When I think about you and Nella, I can't help but think how very true this could be.
Amazing~both of you, and the sweetest little faces in that video.

Katrina said...

WOW this totally choked me up and brought tears to my eyes. Such beautiful words to go along with all those beautiful faces :)

shawn said...

feeling very inspired after watching this video. thank you for awaring me of these beautiful souls.

Rojas Family said...

I sit here completely choked up and tears in my eyes. Beautiful video with such a powerful message. I'll definitely be sharing it.

TrueLoveIsaMama said...

I am a Special Needs teacher, and this video is the reason I check in on your blog now and then. We are working hard everyday to advance our children in our community, and love that you are too!

TrueLoveIsaMama said...

I am a Special Needs teacher, and this video is the reason I check in on your blog now and then. We are working hard everyday to advance our children in our community, and love that you are too!

Lucy said...

This is so so good. When you watch this, you think, how could the world miss it, how could we not love and see the beauty, and give these children every possible chance they deserve? But for some reason it hasn't been as it should be, thank you for making change happen. And also anyone who needs that chance - I know you're right too about the message being even bigger than it seems, it reminds me that no one should be discriminated against for being different or being themselves.

Big hello to everyone in the video - seeing those little faces has really raised my spirits!

Good job!!! lots of love Lucy xx

caitlin herlihy said...

Kelle, I want to commend and thank you for this video. This video made me smile and cry....and smile and cry, then some more crying, followed by smiling. This video is INCREDIBLE, and I found a piece of my heart going out to every single beautiful face I saw.
I have known Mara, the little girl in the video who is riding a horse, for about 4 years now. I worked with her 3 summers in her daycare, and I love her so much and I am so proud of her every time I find out about one of her latest accomplishments. I love knowing that there are dozens of people who feel that way about every little, precious face shown in your video.
Your girls are gorgeous, and by looking at some of the pictures in your blog the love between them is overwelmingly strong, enough to make me tear up yet again.
I know I am a stranger but just know that I am so supportive of your foundation, and proud of you for everything that you do. Having a mother like you and a family like yours means that Nella is going to have a wonderful life, full of love and laughter and beauty.
Bless you for what you are doing, and for the beautiful person that you are.

Give Nella a kiss for me, please.

Caitlin Herlihy

caitlin herlihy said...

Kelle, I want to commend and thank you for this video. This video made me smile and cry....and smile and cry, then some more crying, followed by smiling. This video is INCREDIBLE, and I found a piece of my heart going out to every single beautiful face I saw.
I have known Mara, the little girl in the video who is riding a horse, for about 4 years now. I worked with her 3 summers in her daycare, and I love her so much and I am so proud of her every time I find out about one of her latest accomplishments. I love knowing that there are dozens of people who feel that way about every little, precious face shown in your video.
Your girls are gorgeous, and by looking at some of the pictures in your blog the love between them is overwelmingly strong, enough to make me tear up yet again.
I know I am a stranger but just know that I am so supportive of your foundation, and proud of you for everything that you do. Having a mother like you and a family like yours means that Nella is going to have a wonderful life, full of love and laughter and beauty.
Bless you for what you are doing, and for the beautiful person that you are.

Give Nella a kiss for me, please.

Caitlin Herlihy

amber said...

Sweet Nella Bunny~

just want to say how touched i've been by your little life. what a gift you are!!

hugs & kisses from a very chilly Canada. :)

Michelle said...

Thank you for making such a beautiful video, regardless of how much money you raise, or how much people I donate, I truly believe YOU are changing peoples hearts, and the way they look at the world and those who are different to the norm.
I wanted to tell you an example of how you have changed my mindset. I have 2 beautiful girls, an almost 4 year old, and a baby who turns 1 the day before Nella. A couple of months after beginning to read your blog, I was in a shopping cventre with my 2 girls, my youngest who was 5 months old at the time. We were approached by a boy with Down Syndrome and his carer close behind. The boy, who was probably about 12, was fascinated with Abby (my baby), and came up to gently touch her face. He asked how old she was, and came back 3-4 times to touch her and ask again her age. His carer was hovering, probably worried that he might offend or scare me.

In all honesty, if it were not for your blog, I would have been scared. I would have felt the need to "protect" Abby, and would probably have walked away as fast as I could have.

But I didnt, I enouraged him, and talked to him, and had a moment of connection that I wouldnt have had otherwise. I wish I had been braver and offered him a cuddle with Abby, and I know next time I won't be afraid, and the only reason to feel fear was because of the unknown. Thanks to you, what was unknown, is now KNOWN.

PS I have donated a small amount already, and am goin to do so again. I am living in Queensland Australia, where we are facing the worst flooding in our states history, and there is so much need, but I wanted to tell you that you have and continue to move me so much and I'm grateful for the change you have made in me, and I'm sure in so many others. xxxx

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