A place to show my love for my granddaughter who lives with Cerebral Palsy and my passion for painting. In an effort of raising awareness for C.P. every painting brush stroke I make on raw canvas is a stroke of love, as I discretely paint a green C.P. awareness ribbon in every piece. Can you find them?Do you know someone who would like to have a painting done? email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
I first learned about Super Hero Gavin when a fan on my “Painting for Hailey’s” facebook page contacted me with this email... "Your paintings are beautiful. I would like to inquire how much you charge for a painting. My friend just lost her special needs son and I wanted to have a painting of her and her son done. I am devastated by her loss and just want to show I am here and that I hold them in a special place". Of course my response was that I would not accept money for such a precious gift. I then spent hours reading, learning and crying about this super hero’s life and the emotional and unfortunate journey that he and his family have been on. 5 1/2 year old Gavin had a seizure, his blood pressure soared high and he had gone into cardiac arrest. There were so many beautiful pictures of Gavin, so we had a hard time picking one to paint... We eventually decided on one... I'm in Massachusetts, the lovely woman who sent me this request is from California so we had numerous emails to one another before deciding on which precious image to paint... Another email clip ..."It's almost 5:00 a.m I couldn't sleep, I couldn't get this family off of my mind, so I began painting around 3:00 this morning. I didn't realize how difficult this is for me, I can taste the tears rolling down my cheeks as I load my brush with paint and try to get every stroke just right on Gavin's perfect face. I've Got to stop now, I can tell i'm getting tired and I want to preserve this moment in time just perfectly for them. I'll begin again in a couple of hours and keep you updated with the pictures. Goodnight" Here is where we are at that point... and here the painting is complete... We decided on this picture together, because it shows Gavin with both of his parents, but...I really wanted to capture Gavin's Super Heroness, as is mom often affectionately referred to him as a Super Hero... So I also painted this one... I know there are no words that can help this family right now, but I hope that just for a second, they look at these precious moments and smile. Through her deepest grief and pain, Gavin's mom has asked everyone to to do a random act of kindness in Gavin's name, please visit her blog "Chasing Rainbows" where she chronicles and celebrates almost all that they have gone through, both happy times and unimaginable times. Her strength and courage to share this with the world at a time where most of us would shut down really amazes me. "Without even uttering a word, this little boy changed the world" I'll miss you Gavin. You really are A Super Hero!
Friday, March 8, 2013
For those who have been wondering how Hailey is doing since the big move to Michigan. I found this on their fb page, written in my sons words... Hailey is diagnosed with Athetoid Cerebral Palsy. We had heard through other families that CLC was truly beneficial to their child's development. Hailey attending CLC has made a world of difference. Before her first month long session, at 4 years old, Hailey was unable to sit without the support of a specialized chair or individual supporting her trunk at all times. Toward the end of this first session, she was able to sit on her own without any back or side support. She made many more advancements and it became easy to see the confidence that she found in herself to accomplish things of which she did not know she was capable. That was all the proof we needed to know that we had to come back, and come back often. We had already begun to consider the option of moving to Grand Rapids so that Hailey could benefit from CLC at an early age. The Conductive Learning Center and the Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan have collectively helped a family move half way across the country to allow a 5 year old girl the opportunity to develop her abilities and to gain independence. At 5 years old, Hailey is now taking steps with a walker with very limited assistance. We recently moved and Hailey can now attend CLC full-time.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
My body, my mind and my soul may be in Massachusetts, but today I left my heart in Michigan. :( I know that this is what our family has been trying to do for Hailey since we first learned about the Conductive Learning Center in Grand Rapids Michigan a couple of years ago, so why does it feel so incomprehensible that the time has suddenly arrived? We took 2 days to drive to Michigan, 17 hours would be too much on the kids so stopping at a hotel along the way seemed the best route to take. I just can't express how proud I am of Tommy and Natalie for having the courage and the strength to do whatever is necessary for Hailey. It is certainly not easy to move away from your family, your friends and your main support system. In the past 5 years I have seen these two young adults go through more than so many of us will ever have to go through in our lifetime, and still they remain strong. I wrote this poem for Hailey a couple of years ago for Valentines Day, but thought it was fitting and worth reposting... You have my heart there is no doubt, my fragile flower, I can’t live without. my heart is yours, as well my soul I love you more than you’ll ever know. A little girl, with long brown hair her smile it spreads from ear to ear. her words unspoken, I don’t care I know she loves me, i’m well aware. Her future holds no certainty, but then again who’s does i’ll just take it day by day and love her just because. xoxo @Copyright by Janet Harrold
Monday, January 14, 2013
The Power of a Little Green Ribbon By Janet Harrold Writing for the CP Family Network