Wednesday, August 4, 2010

No-Go BlogHer Blog Hop post

I am participating in the No-Go Blogher Blog Hop simply because I think it is a super cute idea.  I have to tell you that when I started this blog in January I had {NO idea} that there were conventions for bloggers!  In the past few months I have learned a great deal about what it means to be a blogger....and how individual it is and yet how universal it is all at the same time.  I have found some awesome blogs this year and I certainly hope that you come here because you think this is an {awesome} blog........or atleast a pretty decent one :)   

There is a {Huge} blogger convention happening in New York at the Hilton - "Blogher"...it starts tomorrow.  How cool to participate in this!  I am a fairly new blogger and I have been invited to "parties" at this convention...again...super cool...thing is I am not just a "Frugalista" blogger...I am a "Frugalista" and unless the convention is in my neck of the woods I am not going to shell out the $$$ to attend a convention {Frankly, I have always wanted to attend CKU - I am a scrapbooker - and have not been able to rationalize the cost}...it would be lovely to attend though and so that is why I thought the "No-Go Blogher" idea was adorable! 

Okay, so in order to participate I have to answer the following questions:


Here are the questions we want you to answer:

When did you start blogging? I started this blog in January of this year.  It was a new year and I had a new attitude....although I have been blogging for the past 3 years.  I blogged my daughter's journey with liver disease and a liver transplant on www.CotaForSavannahA.com.
 

Why did you start blogging? I started this blog because I was finding some great deals online and wanted to share them with my friends.  I know a lot of people who have had their world turn around with medical expenses and wanted to share.  The blog has grown a great deal in this past year and I love it! 


What is one thing you are going to do this week that is WAY cooler than going to BlogHer? Frankly, anytime I spend with my family is WAY cooler then any event...I just had a "princess" party with my daughter during lunch.  She dressed in a party dress and we had a great time.  This weekend we will be getting a lot of "Honey Do" projects done because we are hosting my hubby's birthday party on the 21st!  The birthday party is also a way for us to gather toys for our Mami on a McMission project that will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Lauderdale..now seriously...THAT is COOL! 

Share a post that you think says a lot about you or is your favorite.  (share the link in YOUR post so we all can see) In this case I think I would have to simply copy what is under the "Our Story Tab" on the Mami on a McMission site.  {Feel free to stop by and become a follower...and help spread the word about this mission}
    My name is Ana and I am a proud Mami of a 3 year old little Warrior Princess.  I met the love of my life, Robert, when I was 18 years old and have been married to him for 17 years in July.  Three years ago, I was in a Doctorate program studying clinical psychology (this I thought was the passion of my life).  Then I became pregnant and had a beautiful little girl named Savannah.

    Savannah was born with a rare liver disease named Biliary Atresia.  When she was 4 months old we were told she would need a liver transplant or she would not reach her 2nd birthday.  You can imagine how earth shattering this was to us.  We waited 8 long months and then on December 29, 2007 we received “The Call” that would change our lives forever.  Savannah was to receive the “Gift of Life” from her donor angel.  She received a liver transplant and not only reached her 2nd birthday but her 3rd birthday and we look forward to many more birthday blessings!  If you are interested in learning more about this journey you may visit our blog at www.CotaForSavannahA.com.

    Why start M.O.M. - Mami on a McMission?

    Our family knows how important the Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the country are to so many.  We ourselves have been graced with the hospitality of 3 different Ronald McDonald Houses.  I actually moved into the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey for months while waiting for "The Call".  My amazing husband and I chose to have our family live apart as to make sure Savannah had the best medical attention possible.  We lovingly refer to the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey our "Vacation Home". 

    The very first time we walked through the doors of a Ronald McDonald House, Savannah was 4 months old.  We walked into what we later learned was the original home, the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    When you walk into the Philly House you will encounter a large red wagon filled with new toys.  It is a heartwarming site.  I asked one of the volunteers why the wagon was at the front desk?  I was told that any child walking through the front doors can pick any toy to have...this is because the first night is always the scariest.  I remember holding my baby girl just grateful that she was 4 months old and did not know where she was other then in her Mami's arms.

    We have been very blessed and we are home.  We know that we will visit our Ronald McDonald "vacation" House in New Jersey throughout our daughters life for she will always need follow up care.  We know we will be welcomed with open arms simply because that is how they welcome everyone.

    We had the blessing of serving dinner at the Fort Lauderdale House with my husband's amazingly generous coworkers in the beginning of the year.  My daughter along with our friend's daughter immediately started to play with a 3 year old little girl who had just come to the House the same day.  I was so happy to know that the memories of the first night in the House for this child's parents would include the huge laughter that these three little ones shared...oh and THEY laughed and ran..it was great!  This little girl was due to lose her eye to a cancer she had been diagnosed with just 2 weeks prior...another little Warrior Princess.  As we left, I asked the father of this little princess if she had any toys with her and he said, "At home but not here.  We just grabbed her medical records, some clothes and ran".  I knew this truth, for when you are faced with a medical crisis involving your child you simply go into auto pilot to save your child's life.  I KNEW at this moment that I would make it our families mission to welcome each child walking through the doors at this House with a toy...for these children are just that...children.


    On December 29, 2010 we will donate a "Welcome Wagon" to the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Lauderdale, Florida filled with new toys.  We shall do this in honor of our Warrior Princess in her Donor Angel.


    We are NOT a non-profit nor an organization.  We are not affiliated with the Ronald McDonald House charities except as recipients of their kindness.  We are not affiliated with McDonald's (except for Savvy's love of Happy Meals).  We are a family who wants to pay it forward.  We are a family who knows the grief of having a child who is sick and fighting for their lives.  We are a family who have been the recipient of the kindness of many nameless and faceless strangers.  We are a grateful family.

    8 comments:

    Jenni @ Sweet Pennies from Heaven said...

    Hi...I enjoyed reading about your daughter and her triumph!! I love meeting new "frugal" bloggers!! I'm following you now :)

    LaDonna Rae said...

    Well I’m from http://serendipitouslyfrog.blogspot.com, just leaping into the blog hop….

    Thrifty Mama B said...

    Wow, your daughter is a fighter. I'm glad to have found yet another frugal blogger, we are everywhere ;) I hope you gather many many toys this weekend! I'm your newest follower.

    Peggy said...

    Stopping in from No Go BlogHer Blog Hop to say" Hi"!!
    I follow!
    What a wonderful and happy start for your daughter after the transplant! It is fantastic and I am happy for her and you!!
    Thanks for sharing
    matternu@gmail.com

    Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. said...

    It is hard to be happy about getting a transplant when you know where it comes from, but at least your daughter is okay. It is nice of you to collect things for the place that gave you shelter while you waited for a transplant for your daughter.

    Stopping by from no-go blog hop.

    Mami said...

    Susan..we were never waiting for someone to pass away in order for Savvy to receive her Gift of Life..her Liver. It is an undeniable truth that the tragedy of death happens everyday. We were simply waiting for 8 months for someone to make the right decision...to say to Organ donation...to save a life.

    Mami said...

    Susan..your words struck a cord. I am certain that they were not meant in anyway but with kindness but after watching my baby suffer for a year of her life. She spent the first year of her life dying a cruel slow death...I can tell you that Every morning when I look at my daughter's beautiful smile...rest assure I am happy. I know where liver came from..it came from the beautiful hearts of a family that chose life in the mist of their grief. It came from the family of our donor angel who are the most precious people on earth to us...it came from a place of love and for this we are grateful..and yes even happy...It is not hard to be happy about the Gift of Organ Donation..it is a gratitude I feel daily. I did not have to bury my daughter..this brings tears of joy on a regular basis.

    Stefany said...

    You won a prize! Come by and see what it is.
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