Wow, we have turned into lame bloggers. You are probably thinking we just dropped off the face of the earth, and in some ways we have. We have been wicked busy, but it’s all good.
We are very excited that Deedah has been accepted to the Sprout Film Festival. Deedah will be shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan on April 30th. The Sprout Film Festival features films by, about, or including individuals with developmental disabilities. One of the neat things about this festival is that they take it on the road, so there is a good chance it will come to your city. We’ll watch and let you know where it is going next.
And, yes, we will be in NYC for the festival!
Deedah was put into the conference packages at the Techniques for Success- 2011 Conference in Gaithersburg, Maryland. This conference was sponsored by F.R.I.E.N.D.S and the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County. A huge thanks to Katie Routzahn, fellow parent of a child with Down syndrome, for proposing the inclusion of Deedah in the conference.
The transition to Salt Lake City is going well. The new role is great; full of challenges. The company has the best culture I have ever worked within. I am truly blessed to have landed there. If you are working for a company that are not happy with, I encourage you to look around. There are companies out there that are growing, are interested in your development, and are looking for good people. Life is too short to be stuck.
The house in Savannah is under contract and will close at the end of May. We bought near the peak of the market four years ago, but with a lot of sweat equity, we were able to avoid a big loss.
Brooke and the kids are coming out to SLC this Wednesday to zero in on schools and a house. We have decided on the Canyons school district based on the good experiences of some other mom’s who have children with Ds. We will end up in Sandy or Draper most likely. The SLC market is down quite a bit so there are some great deals to be had. We will also get to meet some of the families in SLC who have children with Ds. They have been very helpful and supportive as we have planned our move.
Brooke has been uber-busy with planning of the 2nd Annual Night of Champions. This is an event Brooke started last year in Savannah to celebrate people with developmental disabilities who are working real jobs, and to honor their employers for giving these people opportunity. Last year, the N of C event exceeded all expectations with 320 in attendance to honor seven recipients. This year’s event will be held at the Savannah Hyatt on Bay Street on June 9th. Local celebrity and son of Paula Deen, Jamie Deen, will be the MC this year.
I predict three things about this event: it will continue in Savannah after we have moved on, that there will be a similar event in SLC before too long, and that this will become an event that other cities fire up.
As we prepare to move, Brooke has been shooting a lot of video. Rumor has it there is another film in the works. Dare I say, Dee-quel?
Thanks for your patience with us. we’ll get back in posting mode again when things settle down.