Monday, September 23, 2013

Special Mamas Need Some LOVE!

The first part of this post has a lot of words, but please stick with me!
This is IMPORTANT and I'M SO STINKING EXCITED!

Okay, if you've been reading the blog for awhile now, then you probably know
I'm a Speech-Language Pathologist.
I work part-time for McKinney ISD in the STC classrooms (specially designed for students with autism) and the FAC classrooms (specially designed for students with intellectual disabilities).
I have also seen children privately (in their home or my home) for the last 10 years.

It's not always an easy job, but it's an AWESOME job.
Helping children become more effective communicators is so incredibly rewarding.
The kids bless me in ways I never could have imagined, and my goodness do they keep me smiling.
Oh, the stories I could tell!
I really should write a book.  The stories would warm your hearts. :)
I have so many precious moments that are seared in my mind.
 Exact moments where I feel like I made a positive impact in a child's life and their families lives.
And you know, getting to know the families is such a neat part of the experience,
a part that I never anticipated.
These families sacrifice so much for their children.
They would do ANYTHING and EVERYTHING for their kids, and they often do.
I have such respect for them.

Since my very first second as a speech therapist,
I of course have always had a heart for these sweet kids.
But after I became a mama myself, I developed such a heart for their families too.
Especially the moms.

Moms (and dads and siblings) of children with special needs all deserve a special place in Heaven.
I have seen first hand the love, the passion, and the INCREDIBLE dedication that these families have for these special kids that they love so much, so unconditionally.
  And you wouldn't believe the sacrifices they make.
They turn their own lives upside down on a daily basis.
They often do without.
They shuttle kids between a countless number of therapies and doctors that they pay so much money for (often out of their own pockets).
They are constantly working with and loving on their kids.
They have little or no free time.
They go to bed tired, and they wake up tired (many children with special needs
 have a very hard time sleeping).
And they start it all over again the next day.
It's truly something to witness.
They do it all to give their children the best they possibly can.
And what I'm most consistently impressed by is their patience.
Oh my word, the patience that is required is often more than moms and families of typically developing children can imagine.  

Watching these moms and these families love on their kids like they do is nothing short of inspiring.
But in addition to all of the sacrifices that are made for the children, in addition to all of the work...
it's also of extreme importance to note that these precious kids bring their parents and their families SO MUCH JOY!!!
Yes, the kids are blessed by their families.
But in turn the families are also blessed by their kids.
It's wonderful to see.
And so, a simple note written by one of my student's moms at the beginning of the school year prompted me to come up with a way to celebrate these moms.
These VERY SPECIAL moms.
They deserve a little celebrating, that's for sure. :)
Here's the note that got the ball rolling.

And just like that, the idea for a contest was born!
Thank you SO MUCH Candace for the push I needed to think of something like this!

Are you dying to know the specifics?
Well, I'm dying to tell you!
Here's what's happening.
This week I am partnering with one of my favorite brands (eek!) to  honor to all of these mamas and to celebrate 1 special mom!
Who is joining forces with me?
LOFT, that's who!

Pinch me.
Seriously, somebody pinch me.

Hold tight, and I'll tell you what's up for grabs in just a bit.

 In order to enter, you must meet the following requirements:
You must be the mom of a child with special needs, and
you must enter your e-mail address in a blog comment for the rafflecopter below.
By doing this, you will be signing up to receive e-mails from LOFT.
(You will see that there are additional ways to gain entries, but they are not required.)

What's the winner going to get?
Well.
Hold on to your hats ladies.

The LOFT absolutely loved the idea of celebrating these extra special mamas,
so they came on board in a BIG way.

Wait for it.....
I know.
 Let's just all take a minute to collect ourselves.

I'm BEYOND thrilled.
 I mean, I've always LOVED and ADORED LOFT, but now I'm completely smitten.  :)  

So, how's this all going to go down?
Well, on Wednesday I will be highlighting lots of my favorite FALL things from LOFT so we can help the special mama that wins get some ideas on how to spend her money!
If you haven't see the fall line at LOFT, well then you're missing out.
The winner is going to be totally set with pants, jeans, cords, sweaters, t-shirts, scarves, and jewelry all in gorgeous fall colors and patterns.

And that's not all!
IN ADDITION TO THE $500 GIFT CARD FROM LOFT,
Pinterest Told Me To is also going to be gifting 3 items to the lucky mama!
WOOHOO!
The mama will also get:
*a pair of MUST HAVE jeans
*a pair of boots or shoes
*a necklace

YOU GUYS!  I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS, AND I HOPE YOU ARE TOO!
I wanted to give everybody a chance to join in on the fun, so
YOU ARE ALL going to get a chance to vote on what specific items
the lucky lady is going to receive from PTMT.
You will decide which pair of jeans, which pair of shoes, and which necklace the mom should get!
FUN, RIGHT?
I want us all to have a part in blessing this mama!

So, here are your choices.........

FIRST,

Every lady needs a great pair of jeans that makes her feel great!
This year I found THE BEST and MOST AFFORDABLE jeans I've ever had on my body, and I'm now totally and completely obsessed with this Vigoss brand.
I'm giving you guys 3 jeans to choose from.  They all have the perfect amount of stretch in them.
(They have a little give, but they aren't sagging by the end of the day.)
Any of them would be a great addition to any woman's closet!
a.  clean cuffed jeans HERE   
You know these are my absolute favorite jeans right now.  
 The cuff makes them SO cute with booties and flats!  I probably wear these every other day.  Okay, not probably.  I wear these every other day.  :)
   b.  boot cut jeans HERE   
 These boot cut jeans have great pockets in the back (so important in a jean) and fit just right.
 c.  black jeans HERE 
These black jeans from Vigoss are new, and I am so excited about them!  If you like the idea of a black legging, but are scared to death of an actual pair of leggings, these would be perfect.
They would look great paired with cognac boots!

*After you vote, hit "back" under the small graph to come right back to the blog!

Which jeans does our special mama need?
  
pollcode.com free polls 

NEXT,
So, we all know that everybody needs a great shoe or boot that's a GO TO in her closet.
You get 6 different choices for this one!
I LOVE every single one of these pictured above, and they are all under $110.
a)  tall brown riding boots HERE
A great cognac riding boot is such a great and versatile item to have in your closet, but it does come in black too.  And you know a cognac boot is on my FALL STYLE STAPLES checklist.
b)  taupe suede tall wedge boots HERE 
This boot is new to Nordstrom, and I think it's great!  You know I love a wedge, and I really like the mushroom color of these (a really great neutral) and the cute buckle detail.
c)  taupe wedge TOMS booties HERE
If you read my blog, you know that these are the newest addition to my closet. If you don't read, check out the fantastic reviews on these babies.   I'm going to be wearing them fall, winter, and spring with my Vigoss cuffed jeans as well as skirts and dresses!
 d)  cognac flats HERE 
I love the detailing on these, and you know how I feel about cognac.
 I tried these on and they are super comfortable.
e)  cognac suede booties HERE 
 Again with the cognac!  
This is a classic bootie that would pair with just about anything in your closet!
f)  leopard flats HERE
Swoon.  I love these leopard flats. And remember, leopard is a neutral.
Say it with me!
Leopard is a neutral.
Plus, these have near perfect reviews!

*After you vote, hit "back" under the small graph to come right back to the blog! 

What shoes does our special mama need?
  
pollcode.com free polls 
And FINALLY,
             
 Kimberly Necklace HERE        
I've had this necklace for a little over a year now, and it is hands down the
most worn piece of jewelry I own.  It adds just the right amount of "oomph" to any outfit.
I seriously have no idea how I got dressed in the morning before I had it! 
Sanibel Pendant HERE
This is the newest Stella and Dot piece that I've added to my collection, and it is surprisingly getting as much wear as the Kimberly necklace!  It's reversible (see above), and the length can be adjusted to be a single or a double strand making it super versatile. A good pendant necklace is a great addition to any jewelry collection because it looks great with just about everything.

(If you want to get one of these for yourself, remember to enter "Sheaffer Sims" as your hostess!  I love using my credits to buy gifts for future contests!)

*After you vote, hit "back" under the small graph to come right back to the blog! 

Which necklace does our special mama need?
  
pollcode.com free polls 

So, get to voting ladies!
And don't forget, this is just the first part of her prize....
Stay tuned for Wednesday where I will highlight loads of my favorite things at LOFT right now!
(I went to LOFT on Friday and on Sunday.  That's how much good stuff there is.
  Can't wait to share the pictures with all of you soon!)

BUT WAIT!
Before you go, I would like to ask for your help.
 If you are one of those incredible moms with a precious child with special needs, please enter!
Or if you know a mom that this contest is perfect for, please let her know about this.
SPREAD THE WORD!
If you're a special education teacher, maybe send a quick e-mail to all of your moms!
Blog about it, tweet about it, put it on facebook.
Do whatever you need to do to get the word out to your circles of friends!
I am praying that whomever wins this is going to be so blessed by it...
so let's tell as many people as possible!
(It is also my hope that the mama who wins will feel comfortable sharing her story with us!)

The contest ends at midnight on Friday,
 and I will announce the winner on facebook Saturday morning. 
THANKS EVERYBODY!
AND THANK YOU LOFT!

p.s.
If you would like to share the contest on your blog, I would of course LOVE that!
Feel free to use the graphic above or this one below by just copying and pasting it into your post! 

p.p.s.
Also, if you shop at LOFT and you're a teacher, you need to know about the LOFT Loves Teachers Program (if you don't already).
Click HERE if you are a teacher and don't know about it.
 Lots of great perks, including 15% off of your full price purchase all day every day!

p.p.p.s.
LOFT is having $20 off of all full price jeans and cords HERE
 I LOVE the cords.  They are stretchy, flattering, and SO comfy! 
Here's a preview of one of pics for Wednesday!



AND THEIR SALE IS ON SALE!
Click HERE to shop a great selection of items at deeply discounted prices!


Okay, now it's time to enter!!!!!
Good luck mamas!!!!
AND REMEMBER, YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS IN THE COMMENTS TO ENTER!  In fact, even if you're not entering, leave you e-mail address if you want to be put on the LOFT's e-mail list.  I love getting my sale updates and you will too!
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297 comments:

  1. As a special needs momma my heart is over flowing with joy! Thank-you for putting the spot light on our children and how incredibly blessed we are to have them in our lives. I might never get any sleep, but the love of my boy is worth all the dark circles under my eyes (plus, they have creams for that!). --CourtneySamantha@aol.com (Mom to G-Aspegers, ADHD & Sensory Processing Disorder).

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  2. I had so much fun voting!! What a wonderful, wonderful idea! I know a really deserving mama is going to win this. Such a sweet giveaway!

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  3. Seriously AWESOME! I can't WAIT to see who the winner is and see all the picks! :)

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  4. As the mother of a child with special needs (mylomeningocele spina Bifida) AND a speech path, this makes my day!!! My sweet boy has made me a better therapist since before he was born...I can relate to parents in a way I never could before. Thank you!

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  5. This is such a super sweet idea. It brought tears to my eyes just reading it. The voting was so much fun!

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  6. Wow! Talk about overwhelming! I am a mommy to 4 children. My second has Angelman Syndrome. Ww are in the throws of learning to communicate effectively!
    Thank you!

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  7. Wow! How incredibly sweet abd awesome! I am a mommy to 4 children. My second child, Carmyn Marie has Angelman Syndrome. Rare genetic disorder. Often misdiagnosed as severe Autism.
    You are right, we come last.
    Thank you so much!

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  8. What a wonderful post this is! Only wonderful people that work with special needs children or are parents to these kiddos can appreciate how true your words are! My daughter is a beautiful 10 yr old who has caudal regression & spina bifida, she has changed our whole lives & outlook on life. Be thankful for everyday you have with your family & make everyday count! Thank you for this! windy.ostrom@comcast.net

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  9. Wow! What a great contest. Thank you for the chance to win. My email is LBWESTWAY@aol.com

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  10. Wow! What a sweet idea! Thanks for the chance to win. My email is LBWESTWAY@aol.com

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  12. This is the best post I've ever seen, Sheaffer! It's so awesome that you're able to help a special Mom this way! I'll start spreading the word!

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  13. Thank you so much for the contest! We have a 21 year old daughter with CP and a 7 year old with special needs. I've never known anyone to do anything like this before! olsonsforchrist@msn.com

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  14. this is amazing! I can't wait to see who wins! Good luck to all the momma's! How fun!

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  15. This is such a great contest! I am sure whoever wins is going to be thrilled and I can't wait to see what they pick!

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  16. Wow great idea. Thanks. Having a little one with special needs is hard. Jakedawn@gmail.com!

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  17. So proud of you, Sheaffer and Loft is awesome! Some beautiful momma is going to be so happy to win!!

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  18. Thanks so much. This is great! Having a lo with special needs and who is medically complex your priorities change. It is great of you to help out the moms too. Jakedawn@ gmail.com

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  19. This is SO awesome, Sheaffer! Spreading the word right now :)

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  20. WOW! Thank you!! My two year son has a rare disorder called Glut1 DS. He is non-mobile and non-verbal at this time, but we are praying for great development in his future. sjleiffer@yahoo.com - Sara

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  21. Thank you so much for this! Since my son was diagnosed with Down syndrome I have been overwhelmed with kindness from people. meganktierney@gmail.com

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  22. What an amazing idea!!!! I just want to give you a big hug!!!! What a great way to give back for something that is near & dear to your heart. Will be praying that one extra special Mama will walk away winning these awesome gifts!!! Have a blessed day!!!

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  23. How exciting. As a special needs mom, what a great little pick me up this would be!
    brendakay418@hotmail.com

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  24. This is exactly why I love the blog world so much. Not just for all the fun style tips, but to be used to bless someone else. This is an awesome contest and I can't wait to see who wins!

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  25. What a very sweet thing you are doing! Thank you for working as a therapist with children with special needs! I am blessed to be the mother of an incredibly sweet and feisty six year old little girl who has cerebral palsy, hearing loss with auditory neuropathy, and some vision loss! Praying for blessings to come your way! Christy medwards48@Carolina.rr.com

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  26. Wow, what an awesome idea! My friend has 9 year old TRIPLETS. Two of the three are autistic and she pays thousands of dollars to get the therapy they need daily. She is an amazing mother whom I look up too. She is an advocate for her kids and they are so very lucky to call her mom. She is a preschool teacher and is exhausted all the time. I would just love for my friend Lee to win. My email is: nortonb27@gmail.com

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  27. Such a fun giveAway! I never enter these things but I am a proud mommy to a sweet little boy born with spina bifida. He is such a blessing! Juejue@bellsouth.net
    Julie-thegiordanos.blogspot.com

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  28. Awesome giveaway and gift to a mama who gives and gives. My awesome friend Abby is so deserving!

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  29. My awesome friend Abby is so deserving! christinaburrell@hotmail.com

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  30. I love this! My oldest son has autism and we LOVE AND DEPEND on therapists like you! Thank you for choosing such a selfless profession! He turns 7 on Wednesday and if I were lucky enough to win this gift card and / or prizes, I'd buy an item or two for myself and then spoil some of his wonderful therapists too! Thank you, Sheaffer, from the bottom of my heart!

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  31. I love this! My oldest son has autism and we LOVE AND DEPEND on therapists like you! Thank you for choosing such a selfless profession! He turns 7 on Wednesday and if I were lucky enough to win this gift card and / or prizes, I'd buy an item or two for myself and then spoil some of his wonderful therapists too! Thank you, Sheaffer, from the bottom of my heart! toddandcharla@yahoo.com

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  32. Aw, this is so sweet of you! I wish you were closer as my 5 year old with DS is non-verbal and needs so much speech therapy! I would love for you to share my website- I started a non-profit for kids with special needs and its 100% FREE!! I do petsitting and farm birthday parties with a petting zoo, train etc to help earn the money to keep the non-profit going for these special kiddos! The site is downsonthefarm.org and my email is shawnasuebug@yahoo.com

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  33. You are awesome sheaffer! What a wonderful thing to do for someone. I can't wait to see who wins and what they pick out!!

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  34. I am the mom of an awesome son with special needs. We adopted him as a baby and he is now 14. He is a challenge - but I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you so much for this opportunity.

    Jill (snethen@yahoo.com)

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  35. Please excuse me if I added two comments but I don't see mine, so trying again- oops!! This is such an awesome giveaway and to choose a mom who has a child with a disability is even more special! Thanks for doing this (and all you do in your daily job too!!). Our youngest has DS and is non-verbal so people like you are such blessings in our life! My email is shawnasuebug@yahoo.com or downsonthefarmohio@gmail.com I would love for you to share our non-profit info as we do it a zero cost to those who come. I raise the money by doing pet-sitting and farm birthday parties etc. Thanks Sheaffer!

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  36. My heart is touched......thank you so much!

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  37. I think this is the best and sweetest giveaway on any blog I've ever seen - like ever. Great idea and super special to a very deserving mommy!

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  38. My heart is touched.....thank you so much.

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  39. This is so sweet of you! I have a special place in my heart for Speech/Language Pathologists as so many have helped my daughter overcome so much. My daughter is 15 months old, has a tracheostomy and was born with various other problems. Thankyou for the awesome giveaway!

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  40. Oh and I forgot my email! km_35@hotmail.com

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  41. This is the sweetest giveaway ever! I currently teach dance classes to children and adults with special needs and it is my absolute favorite class to teach. These children, adults, and their families always hold a very special place in my heart.

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  42. What an amazing giveaway!! So happy we get to vote and make this so special for the lucky winner :) Awesome job Sheaffer!

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  43. This is SO awesome!!! I can't wait to see who the winner is & what items win the most votes!! Thanks for sharing your heart with us Sheaffer, I know that your clients are blessed to have you as their therapist :)

    P.S. -- I totally bought the CAMO pants from Gap yesterday--- 35% off if you use your card...SCORE! (totally off subject, but I had to tell you, haha!)

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  44. Such a touching job you have. God Bless yoU!!!
    Do you have an email? I'd love to email you. Thanks kindly.

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  45. Great idea. I have 3 small boys, and our 3rd one who is 8 months old has down syndrome and I work full time! So not much time for me, but oh so worth it :) lssanderson@hotmail.com

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  46. So if I understand this correctly we aren't able to submit a name of someone we know that has a special needs child, they have to enter themselves? Just wanted to make sure because I have a co-worker who really deserves this.

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  47. As a mother of a severe non verbal Autistic son and 8 months pregnant with my 3rd boy, I am one crazy busy momma! This is very exciting to have an opportunity to treat myself!!!

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  48. Wow...this is beautiful and brought tears to my eyes. I have a three year old son who was recently diagnosed with autism. He is non-verbal and received speech and ABA therapy in our home. I am floored with the patience of the therapists that work with him. They have no biological claim or bond to my son yet they give him unconditional love and support. Today is his first day of special ed. pre-school....I am already crying as I type this! I'm going to be a mess when I drop my baby off!

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  50. This is such an amazing gift, I love that you are doing this for these special mommas. Bless you!

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  51. This has to be the most awesome blog post EVER! What a fabulous idea! As a school psychologist, I see first-hand the patience and dedication of so many parents of special needs children and the self-sacrifice they willingly make for their kids. Passing this along to some deserving moms! Can't wait to hear who wins!

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  52. Entered my email, but forgot to comment! Thank you for doing this! You rock... jjkkc.email@gmail.com - Mama to an awesome kid with Asd.

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  53. Thanks so much for doing this! My daughter is an amazing gift! I'm so blessed and humbled that God chose me to be her mommy!
    Missy - missymeyers2002@yahoo.com

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  54. Love this contest idea..... I'm a mommy to two precious boys, both with autism (14 yrs old and 9 yrs old). Blessings to all you amazing mama's.... thrilled for whoever wins the contest :)
    SHANTEL575@hotmail.com

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  55. You are absolutely amazing!! What a wonderful gift it would be for any of the mothers out there with a special needs child. I have a four year old daughter with Autism. What a blessing she is in our family. Everyday brings on new adventures but we are so grateful there are people who are willing to help us teach her and give her the therapy that she deserves and needs. Thanks again!! tbooth81@gmail.com

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  56. This is so beautiful!! I am a mama to 2 boys with Joubert Syndrome. My 3 year old was diagnosed when he was seven months old and my 11 month old was diagnosed 3 weeks ago. We are still processing our youngest diagnosis and trying to manage school, therapies, apps, etc. it's so physically demanding since neither can walk, but I love my boys more than anything! You can read about our journey here www.nickandannadietzen.blogspot.com and my email is annaelyse@gmail.com

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  57. My name is Jill Sapp and I am mama to 3, my oldest (Andrew, 8 years old) having severe autism and severe language delay. I am blessed by your post, contest and heart for us tired mamas! jillsapp@hotmail.com

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  58. Wow this is beautiful! I have two sons with Joubert Syndrome. My 3 year old was diagnosed when he was 7 months old and my 11 month old was diagnosed just a few weeks ago so we are still processing that diagnosis. You can read our journey here www.nickandannadietzen.blogspot.com and my email is annaelyse@gmail.com

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  59. My son has apraxia and a developmental delay. On behalf of other speech parents, thank you for your job. You are a huge blessing to my family along with other therapists. Thank you for this contest & God Bless you & all the other parents of special needs children.
    Haley
    HaleyT84@gmail.com

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  60. I love, love, love this idea!!! I'm sending it to one of my dear friends whom I met when I was her sons SLP. She and her husband joke that b/c of her son, they gained a friend! You're so right, our job is so rewarding; not a day goes by that I don't regret my career path!

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  61. I love this so much! I am a pediatric occupational therapist and teach a ballet class for children with special needs, so I too see first hand the sacrifices these parents make and it is incredible. I shared the link on our facebook ballet page and sent an email with the link to all of my ballet moms. I know they will be thrilled! Here is the link to our ballet page if you want to see some precious ballerinas...

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Steps-of-Grace-Ballet-for-Special-Needs/173718386063056?ref=hl

    Also- I think I'm going to have to start a blog called Pinterest Told Me To Told Me To :) But I'm loving all of my new wardrobe pieces!

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  62. This is SO awesome!!!! You rock!!! Loved voting. So fun!

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  63. This is so awesome! Thank you! I am a Momma to a precious 2 year old little girl with Down syndrome who was made perfectly by God. I would love to win this!!!! kerryroy@aol.com

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  64. This is so awesome! I would love to win! (I am the blessed Momma of a 2 yr old little girl with Down syndrome who I believe was perfectly made by God). kerryroy@aol.com

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  65. Wow! What a great giveaway! Out of my 4 kids, 3 have "special" needs. They have a speech delay, for which they work with wonderful therapists. The same 3 kids have severe, life-threatening food allergies, which are terrifying. The allergies are often over-looked by most people, because they are "invisible" to the eye. Invisible, but potentially fatal. I try to educate every chance I get. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Stephanie sajennings1@comcast.net

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  66. Thank you for this amazing post! You are so sweet. I am a mother of two boys. My youngest wasn't supposed to live past two and we just celebrated his fourth birthday! He is non verbal and wheelchair bound (he has spastic paraplegia cerebral palsy and mitochondrial disease). This little boy has blessed me and brought me more joy than words can express and I am so thankful for him. I don't know what I would do without his incredible therapists. They are like our family. Thank you for doing what you do and loving these special kiddos of ours!

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  67. Thank you for this amazing post! You are so sweet. I am a mother of two boys. My youngest wasn't supposed to live past two and we just celebrated his fourth birthday! He is non verbal and wheelchair bound (he has spastic paraplegia cerebral palsy and mitochondrial disease). This little boy has blessed me and brought me more joy than words can express and I am so thankful for him. I don't know what I would do without his incredible therapists. They are like our family. Thank you for doing what you do and loving these special kiddos of ours!

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  68. Thank you for this amazing post! You are so sweet. I am a mother of two boys. My youngest wasn't supposed to live past two and we just celebrated his fourth birthday! He is non verbal and wheelchair bound (he has spastic paraplegia cerebral palsy and mitochondrial disease). This little boy has blessed me and brought me more joy than words can express and I am so thankful for him. I don't know what I would do without his incredible therapists. They are like our family. Thank you for doing what you do and loving these special kiddos of ours!

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  69. What a great idea, thank you for your heart for special needs kiddos AND their families. I have one special needs son who gets speech therapy and I have another girl on the way (through adoption) with some special needs. nealcindy@gmail.com

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  70. Thanks for your heart for special needs kiddos AND their families! I have a son with special needs who receives speech therapy and a daughter with special needs on the way (through adoption). nealcindy@gmail.com

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  71. melissamatthews22@gmail.com
    Sheaffer,
    I am crying...and lauging! My son is 5 and has a dual dx of Ds & autism. I completely didn't expect to read something so beautiful this morning! What a sweet tribute to the mamas (and the sweet babies!) that you know. I also laughed out loud when I wondered what my little man might think of my wardrobe-HA! Who knows! XO

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  72. How wonderful! I have a six year old son with spina bifida who has a trach, vent and g tube along with short bowel syndrome. (And two other typical little boys, 3 and seven months.) Your post is so kind and speaks the truth about this life. Thanks for the chance to enter! Thehensleys05@hotmail.com - Johnna Hensley

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  73. This is pretty incredible. I have two special needs children. Our oldest is on Transplant list awaiting a heart, and our youngest adopted from china has major heart defect requiring many surgeries. It is a hard road that requires many sleepless nights and Many Doctors, and specialist appointments. You are so right when you said what a blessing these little ones are and I wouldn't trade this hard road for anything. Thanks for al you are doing Shaeffer.

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  74. This contest makes me want to cry. I never enter things like this because I never feel like I'll be that lucky, but I'm making an exception this time. I'm a special needs mom - twice. I have a 10 yo daughter with cerebral palsy and a 3 yo son with Down syndrome. He is in twice weekly speech therapy and she is in once weekly physical therapy and I DESPERATELY need some new clothes but I just can't justify them with a 20% copay, max 30 visits, and a $300 deductible for each child. AND LOFT IS MY FAVE STORE!!!! I don't shop there much, but I do go in and touch things and smile and make a wish list often.

    I know my odds aren't good, but I'm so thrilled to see that someone will benefit and be recognized. All moms tend to put their children's needs first, but I do think that we SN moms take it to the extreme sometimes.

    I'm already on LOFT's email list, so no need to add me again. :)

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  75. What a great contest! My special needs son has touched the lives of so many. Thank you for doing this, us Special Momma's can appreciate how true your words are.
    llcarnley@verizon.net

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  76. Oh No!! I forgot to add my email lilmommamel@yahoo.com

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  77. LOVE this idea!!! icu911woman@aol.com

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  78. I should probably have mentioned that I have a blog about my kiddos: Bringing the Sunshine (bringingthesunshine.com). There are almost no pics of me because I dress so abominably!

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  79. Such a brilliant, generous idea! I sent the link to my friend. I hope she enters. She is more deserving than anyone I know. She has twins with very special needs.

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  80. what a great contest! I voted! Can't wait to read about the winner....such a thoughtful contest...you are the best! I already get the LOFT emails....just bought those cords this weekend at the 40% off sale! can't wait to wear them.

    Jan Fisher
    jan.fisher@comcast.net

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  81. This is so great! I am mom to a special needs 10 year old named Grace. Thanks for this opportunity:) my email is jagfletcher@juno.com

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  82. This is so exciting! :) Thank you for thinking of us "Special Momma's". My baby girl has Trisomy 9 Mosaic. A very rare chromosomal abnormality. here is my email address: csfmommy@gmail.com

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  83. This is so great! I am mom to a special needs 10 year old named GrAce. My email is jagfletcher@juno.com

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  84. oh Sheaffer, this is the best and sweetest and I am so excited for the lucky mama that wins! Just reading through the comments off all the mamas of special needs children, well I just want to give them all a virtual hug because what they do on a daily basis is heart warming and inspiring. I have 2 beautiful girls and I have not had to experience anything like that but I have friends that have children with special needs and I believe they are angels here in earth to care for these beautiful children. Thanks for doing this.... love it!!

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  85. What an amazing, bless-filled opportunity! Thank you!
    fivewemmicks@yahoo.com

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  86. I'm a new mama to a beautiful daughter who spent 8 weeks in the NICU. It may not be how I planned it but being a mommy is the best!
    Abbytibbetts@gmail.com

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  87. Thank you so very much for jumpstarting this WIONDERFUL giveaway!! I have a 5 year old with Childhood Apraxia of Speech- a true blessing from God. runningbygrace@gmail.com

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  88. Wow - this is truly such a wonderful gift you're giving to one lucky lady! My daughter, Joy, is 8 months old and has Down Syndrome. A sweet friend referred me to this blog post and the gift you're giving to one lucky lady. While I ADORE the Loft and actually feel honored just to be among so many amazing moms (and teachers) of kids with special needs, I kindly ask that you don't pick me. Reading these comments there are other moms that deserve this make over WAY more.

    Just wanted to say thank you for loving on us so well, and for recognizing the hoops we jump through for these little ones.

    Sincere thanks to all of the therapists and teachers that come along side us - I really think they could use some special love and recognition as well!

    michele.wymer@gmail.com

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  89. I'm so excited about the lucky mama who's gonna win this!! This is such a sweet way to give some special mamas love. I love this!!!

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  90. I think it is so wonderful that you are doing this! I have an eight year old daughter with Apraxia of Speech. She started therapy when she was 22 months old, and they weren't sure she would be talking by kindergarten. Well, trust me - she talks! We are so thankful for the wonderful therapists that God has sent us, and happy that our little girl is doing so well.

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  91. Let me hop off the emotional roller coaster real quick. ;) Thankful for YOU! I always say that while grief comes to our house for an occasional visit, hope NEVER EVER leaves! Thanks for helping families keep hope alive...and for doing it with style! =)
    Candace R--Mom of two precious treasures (5YO son with autism and a NT 3 1/2YO) candace dot a dot russell at hotmail dot com.

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  92. I have a 10 year old son with Mosaic Trisomy 9 and speech apraxia. Being a special needs Mom is a blessing but also a lot of work. Winning this contest will be a special day in any Momma's life!

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  93. Thank you so much for the opportunity to possibly win a makeover. I am a mother of three, one of which has a genetic disorder. Carson is missing bones, fingers, cannot walk or talk, and is 12 years old, but mentally like a 1 year old. He is such a blessing to our family! I cannot imagine life without him. Thewiants@hotmail.com

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  94. Sheaffer, thank you so much for doing this!
    tracylynnl79@yahoo.com

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  95. I am Mom to a 10 year old son with Mosaic Trisomy 9 and Speech Apraxia. I am blessed to be a special needs Mommy but it does take a lot of patience. This is a wonderful gift to any special needs Momma! estradaconstance@yahoo.com

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  96. Love Loft!! (I can never bring myself to spend money on ME, but love it nonetheless;) I have a sweet, funny, smart, compassionate little 5 year old lady that has Cerebral Palsy and is the light of our life. She is a big sister and the best daughter I could have ever asked God to bless us with. Love this giveaway, Mom's don't get the credit they deserve most of the time especially dealing with our special ones!!!
    Blessings!

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  97. Thanks for being a blessing to us special-needs moms! I love my sweet boy and my life is more full with him in it... :) sjharman@cox.net

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  98. Such a fabulous idea! Love that you use this platform to bless other mamas!

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  99. stewards3@gmail.com I am a Mom to a sweet, compassionate, funny and vibrant 5 year old little lady with Cerebral Palsy. She has brought us more than then we could ever imagine, at times it's overwhelming but mostly she teaches us more about life than we could have learned on our own. It's amazing how they open our eyes and mostly our hearts. Thanks so much for your sweet heart and your desire to want to give something to the Mom's who are indeed SO special!
    Blessings to you as you continue to bless others!

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  100. Hello! I am the proud mama to a very special three year old little girl name Addie. Addie was diagnosed with a rare, complex, and devastating genetic disorder called Prader-Willi syndrome when she was just 7 weeks old. Everyday since the diagnosis has been an uphill battle, but in a war we are determined to win! I did not choose this for my daughter, but I choose her, over and over, a million times, the answer will never change, I choose Addie. We face the challenges together and accept every milestone as a huge victory. We find joy in the slightest progress and celebrate in the hope for tomorrow. Thank you for taking a moment to read this and thank you so much for this opportunity. Here's to all the special needs moms out there!
    addieangel1@yahoo.com

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  101. What an awesome way to celebrate us moms with special needs kids!! I'd love to be entered: jenbrown319@gmail.com

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  102. I am laughing and crying at the same time! My middle guy has a dual dx of Ds and autism. I wonder what he thinks of his mama's fashion sense :) THANK YOU for using your platform to share unconditional love for all kids. When I checked your blog this afternoon, I didn't expect such a beautiful tribute to the families you've worked with! Hugs for being so sweet and for helping all of your moms and babies. XO

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  103. I forgot! My email is:melissamatthews22@gmail.com

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  104. Thanks so much for doing this! My email is amy.tristan@gmail.com

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  105. Thank you on behalf of my two little men, one of whom is deaf -blind with multiple other disabilities, for having a contest that honors special needs moms--even though only one will win, all of us are blessed by the "shout out" in this blog! Thanks again! :) Please enter my email address into the contest. niftjaws@hotmail.com

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  106. I am a special needs mama of a little girl with Fragile X Syndrome. Such a wonderful contest! My email is awhalen101@hotmail.com

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  107. This is so unbelievable! HOW NICE to know that someone understands the JOY and the exhaustion of having a child with special needs! I entered the contest, but I honestly don't even care if I don't win! WHAT A BLESSING to see (and hear the story) of the winner! You are so precious to do this! I have often thought that parents, and teachers of kids with special needs do deserve a little recognition. My middle daughter is my special needs one, and I am so humbled that her older sister is a senior in college studying to be a Special Ed teacher! :) Cannot wait to see who wins and see all her cute clothes! SO MUCH FUN!! THANK YOU!!!!

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  108. I am the Mama of a 15 year old girl who became brain injured at 8 months old. She had a virus attack her heart, causing it to fail. She is the light of our lives!
    What a BLESSING this post was to me...I did enter the contest, but I don't even care if I am not the winner!! I am sooooo looking forward to hearing the stories of the other Mamas and feeling a part of a community!! Yipppeeee!! We are NOT ALONE!!
    You are so sweet to even THINK about Moms who have it just a bit harder than others! It's just so nice to know that someone "gets it"! You are always a bright spot in my day, but today~ you are my hero! Thank you!!

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  109. I forgot my email too.... ingerluff@yahoo.com

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  110. This is such a fantastic idea!! My daughter has severe verbal Apraxia, and just like you said she cannot say "Mom you need a style update!!" mekellyc@gmail.com

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  111. Hi Sheaffer, this is such a wonderful idea. Thank you for thinking of us moms with kids with special needs. Nobody can understand how hard it is unless you have experienced it yourself, so we are a special group of mamas! My 6 year old son has sensory processing disorder and most likely this is co-mingled with ADHD, we are working with a behavioral specialist and an occupational therapist - they are life savers as I'm sure you are to the families you work with. Anyways, thanks again for this opportunity! margie0927@yahoo.com

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  112. Ok I said a lot of really nice things about you doing this and my browser keeps deleting it. Maybe it's a sign I need to be more sassy? :) Thank you so very much for this opportunity. I could totally use a make over! I'm a mom to 4 kiddos, one with nonverbal autism. Love all my kids, but he is my heart walking around outside my body. So excited to see who wins this fun giveaway...all are deserving. Thank you so much! chesnaellis@gmail.com

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  113. Sheaffer this is so wonderful! It really made me tear up reading all the thought and love you put into this. Moms of special needs kids are the unsung heros of their families. They do so much. I'm planning on starting my post today (better late than never right?) with this and I know a few moms of special needs children that read my blog so I hope they come over and enter!

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  114. So excited for this wonderful contest! And a big THANK YOU for working with our special children. I am the mother to 5 year old Sadie who was born with CP, hypotonia and left eye strabismus. I feel truly blessed to be her mommy and celebrate (along with her team of therapists, educators, and medical team) every milestone. Big hugs to all of the "special" moms out there!
    Gregandsarahjacobs@live.com

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  115. I would love to win this! And be so happy to share our story. In fact, I just shared a talk about it this morning for the moms group at our church. And I'm not a public speaker! God totally used me. And you are so definitely right about us moms not have the time or money to shop for new clothes. I keep thinking some day! ewing1218@att.net Btw, I also live in McKinney! And my friend who lives in Kansas told me about your blog today. - Tracie E

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  116. How exciting!
    Gregandsarahjacobs@live.com
    Mom to Sadie, diagnosed with CP, hypotonia and left eye strabismus.
    Big hugs to all the special moms out there!

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  117. I am a mom to a sweet almost 3 year old girl named Huntleigh. She has hydrocephalus and cerebral palsy but they don't hold her back! She inspires me daily with her joy ans strength. Thank you for spotlighting special needs families! c.burnell@live.com

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  118. What a brilliant idea! Thanks for thinking of us! Lindykatzer@yahoo.com keepingupwiththekatzers.blogspot.com

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  119. What a thoughtful giveaway! My little girl has Apraxia and other delays on top of that. This momma didn't hear the word mommy until my beautiful little girl was 3 1/2 and didn't hear "love you" until she was 4. She is 6 now (and is still so far behind but making slow and steady progress) and the light of our lives (along with her sister) but to see her struggle and have such a hard time "getting" things that come so easily to others (her 3yo sister included) easy breaks this momma's heart. Thank you for highlighting special needs families. So so great!

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  120. Ooops. Didn't put my email mandi.wvgirl@gmail.com

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  121. Well this post made my day. Thank you so much for recognizing the hard work all these parents do. My husband and myself have three kids 4 years old and under with special needs.
    Our oldest was our foster son for 2 years and now we call him our forever son. He came to us with a apnea monitor, oxygen tank, heart monitor, severe sensory processing disorder and detoxing from meth and cocaine.
    Our second little girl is also adopted and is delayed in speech. And our littlest and only biological child has severe life threatening food allergies. It is a challenge every day but the Lord gives me the strength to advocate and cheer on each of my children. Thank you again for doing something so nice. My email is: lil_libby04@yahoo.com

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  122. i'm the very lucky momma to the sweetest 5 year old autistic boy. he is an amazing little man that everyone falls in love with once they meet him. and even though he is non verbal he has so much to say in many other ways...we love him to pieces :)

    thank you for this awesome giveaway...i wish everyone the best of luck!!

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  123. what an amazing giveaway!! i wish all the mommas out there luck!!!

    i am the very lucky momma to the sweetest 5 year old autistic boy. he is the most amazing little man & everyone that meets him falls in love with him. and even though he is non verbal he shows us in other ways just what a smart little guy he is....we just love him to pieces!

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  124. i forgot to include my email! it's mesa1234@comcast.net

    thank you!!

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  125. Love this idea! Moms of special needs children never get enough recognition!

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  126. Thank you Sheaffer for your thoughtful giveaway! I am the mom to three wonderful children. My youngest Jack, is autistic and his laugh and smile can light up a room. His behavior is very unpredictable at times and we are constantly on guard for things that can set off his sensitivities or make him bolt away. He has had speech, physical and occupational therapy for most of his life and must wear leg braces because he has severe sensory issues. He struggles with ideas and concepts that come easily for most people, but he also has an incredible memory, sense of direction and a knack for numbers. Having a child with a disability is very hard at times and as I like to say, "It isn't for sissies!". I never thought I was a patient person, but Jack has taught me that life doesn't need to be perfect to be wonderful and each step is a cause for celebration. And when I get a hug from him, it is all worth it!

    flynnt@twcny.rr.com

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  127. I would love this! I am a mom to a special needs little girl with 1P36 Deletion Syndrome. My email is strobelite@gmail.com

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  128. I love this contest! I am a mom to a special needs little girl with 1P36 Deletion Syndrome. My email is strobelite@gmail.com

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  129. What an awesome contest! I am a mom to 5 boys, 2 of which who were born deaf. They both have cochlear implants. My email is allboysmamav@gmail.com

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  130. Love this idea! My son Stephen is 11 years old and has an autism spectrum disorder. Sheaffer was his first speech pathologist in McKinney ISD and was one of the first to hear him sing and speak! Please enter me in the contest! Karenmeyer63@gmail.com Thank you!

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  131. I am a new mom to a beautiful 2 and a half month old little girl. We spent 8 weeks in the NICU and are finally home. We have a long road ahead and it may not be the way I had planned, but I wouldn't change anything. Being a mom is the best!

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  132. I am a brand new mom to a 2 and a half month old little girl! We spent 8 weeks in the NICU and are finally home. Although we have a long road ahead, and it may not have been the way I planned, I wouldn't change it for anything. Being a mom is the best!

    abbytibbetts@gmail.com

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  133. I'm mom to 3 terrific, unique people, one is uniquely autistic.
    lolacoolj@gmail.com

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  134. attorneytyson@yahoo.com
    Fingers crossed!

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  135. I have a 17 year-old son with Autism who is a blessing to everyone he comes in contact with. What a blessing! Thank you!

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  136. I am a mom to 3 wonderful kids. My 3 year old has autism, a sleep disorder, and speech delay.
    jennandjamesotts@ymail.com

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  137. You are such a sweetie! Such deserving moms, for sure! And now I'll know who to ask questions about speech when Im in need with my preschool students :))
    Whitney

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  138. Momma Bear here to an 18 year old son who has been through years and years of speech therapy ( private and through his school) and OT & " out of the box " therapies - potions and hoaxes. My son was first diagnosed with apraxia of speech at 3- did not speak until he was close to 6, later diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome @ 9 - thought to be PPD-NOS also at 9, but now that he has matured his " label" changed to Asperger's Syndrome after some recent testing. My son is a just a sweet soul, with a quick laugh - quick wit & just a touch of rebellion ;) . He's been through a lot - accomplished a lot - still has a tall mountain in the horizon ahead of him to climb as he maneuvers and figures his way through young adulthood and beyond. I have always said " If I could have one wish ( besides wishing for his disabilities to go away) It would be to be in my son's head and world for just a day. That would be an incredible day that I could truly understand how he sees and understands the world we share and live in .
    sam0036@gmail.com

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  139. Thanks for thinking of us moms of kids with special needs. My daughter is 4 and is blind, has hydrocephalus, a rare chromosomal abnormality, and many delays. She is is funny, sweet, beautiful, and totally beloved by all who meet her. rsburgin@yahoo.com

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  140. My eyes were filled with tears reading this ever so lovely post and dreaming a little! Thank you for saying it so honestly. I am a mom to a beautiful 4 year old girl who has Cerebral Palsy and Autism. Honored and excited to enter this contest!! kmoormann@gmail.com

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  141. My eyes were filled with tears as I read your beautiful post and dreamed a little! Thanks for being so very honest and for "getting it", that life does have it's hard moments, but it's graced with these wonderful heaven-gazing, eternal moments as well! I am a Mom to a daughter with Cerebral Palsy and Autism and I am honored to enter your sweepstakes!! kmoormann@gmail.com

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  142. I'm not a special needs mom but I am a special needs teacher and this is wonderful! Thank you for doing this, Sheaffer. I too love Loft and now I love them even more. Bless you for making this happen!

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  143. I am a mom to a loving 7 year old boy with ASD. Some days can be more challenging than others but it's people like you who truly make a difference each and everyday. THANK YOU!!! jennholliday@yahoo.com

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  144. Thank you for recognizing special moms! My daughter was born with a severe heart defect, has endured cath, open heart surgery, countless hours of it, pt, st, stroke, seizure!! Thank you for this opportunity!

    Aenglish519@gmail.com

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  145. Thank you for recognizing special moms! My daughter was born with a severe heart defect, has endured heart caths, open hear surgery, feeding tube, countless hours of OT, pt, st but she us doing well! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  146. I am mother to two special needs children my three year old son Ayden has been through Ties (Tennessee early intervention specialist) which was a God send for us he has a heart condition called wpw and was behind in his communication skills but has made awesome strides with the help of our language and communications specialist. My youngest son Micah has a cleft palate and at two can only say momma , but with signs he is able to let me know what he needs and after his surgery we are hoping for even more improvement. Being a single mom to three kids is a hard job as it is, thank you for acknowledging us!

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  147. I am so enjoying reading the comments from the other moms of special needs children. It reminds me that I am not alone, on a journey that can feel so lonely. I am a mom of a beautiful 7 year old son with autism.

    ekdoster@gmail.com

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  148. Be aware. I sure do love awareness! The more that the general public is aware and educated that there are children (and adults) with "extra needs" everywhere, the more it makes my heart smile.

    I'm a mom to a 13 year old legally blind, AD/HD, Aspergers boy. He will drive me batty and overwhelm me with pride and joy on the same day many times. Parents, caregivers, friends & educators that love special needs individuals are heroes to me. They all have a special place in their heart and it fills my heart!!

    marcyandrick@gmail.com

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  149. Be aware. Raising awareness for individuals with "extra needs" tickles me to no end!

    I am a mom to a 13 year old legally blind, AD/HD, Aspergers boy. He can drive me insane and make me the happiest mom on the very same day. Parents, caregivers, friends and educators that love our kiddos are Heroes to me. They are truly amazing and special people to have a place in their heart to care for them. Y'all ROCK!!

    marcyandrick@gmail.com

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  150. Sniff Sniff, so awesome that you're doing this! You are soo amazing for what you do and what you accomplish with Kids. You're my HERO from taking my babbling non verbal to signing thousands of words, even words I don't know and getting sounds out of him, nothing better than tears of joy from hard work done!!!! amykleis@yahoo.com

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  151. Sniff Sniff, what a wonderful thing you're doing!!! You're such an amazing person for all you do for our kids and now this, WOW! amykleis@yahoo.com

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  152. I'm mama to a sweet 3 year old boy recently diagnosed with Autism. He is my world, my oldest, he made me a mother. I look at his diagnosis not as a bad thing, but a blessing. I know it has and will continue to teach me to be a better mother. I'm more patient and much more understanding of others. My husband recently quit his full-time job to be able to take our son to his weekly therapies while I support the family on my income. Thank you so much for recognizing us mamas, but don't forget about the dads too! :)

    cqmiller18@gmail.com

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  153. I just had to return to your blog tonight to read all the wonderful comments from your readers!!! It's so heart warming to read all the comments especially from the moms of special needs children. Love what you are doing Sheaffer!!!!

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  154. Just reading your description is making me tear up. My son is on the autism spectrum. As the parent you feel bad complaining and thinking it's harder than typical kids. But at the same time, the unpredictability, the meltdowns, the inability to communicate, and the always having to be ready can be overwhelming. Plus the therapies, testings, and appointments. Thank you for at the very least helping to affirm all of us out there. :) I'd love to win a makeover!

    Kelly
    strz@flash.net

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  155. I don't know why a contest to win new clothes made me cry, I feel kind of lame but what an amazing gift! I have a 10yo son with Autism. The daily (and nightly) struggles that come with a child with special needs can be exhausting and expensive. I know I walk into my IEP meetings looking like a total scrounge but the clothes I have are all I got. Thank you for seeing what parents of special needs kiddos go through it was nice to read that you truly recognize that insurance rarely covers the services we desperately need and for that we really don't have the extra money to go to ourselves. Bless you:)

    heather@dehoyos.net

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  156. Hi, wow. This is so neat that you are doing this. It's people like you who make the world a better place. I've had a few amazing gals in my life like you that have helped hold my hand in the beginning years of navigating life as a mother to a child with special needs. God bless you! Ntunewithu@hotmail.com

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  157. Mom to a 1p36 deletion baby with a heart condition.

    cate_and_boo@hotmail.com

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  158. I am a momma to a special needs daughter, whom we adopted internationally. She had a cleft lip, cleft palate, and is deaf in one ear. She spends endless hours with her speech therapists, and still has a smile on her face and a jump in her step. She loves life, even though most around her have a hard time understanding her. I want to THANK YOU, speech therapist, for helping our kiddos express what is hiding in their sweet hearts!!

    cori@the-patricks.org

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  159. Thank you for this opportunity! I am the mom to a handsome 15 year old boy with Down Syndrome and Autism. He is non-verbal, but has made several strides in augmentative communication thanks to our wonderful therapists!

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  160. I am a momma to a 5 year old special needs daughter, whom we adopted internationally. She had a cleft lip, cleft palate and is deaf in one ear. After only 3 years home with us, she has endured many surgeries, procedures and appointments. She has spent countless hours with her speech therapists and yet she still has a smile on her face and a jump in her step- even though most of the people don't understand a word she says. I just want to say THANK YOU, speech therapists, who do their best to help our kiddos verbally (or with signs) express the words that are hiding in their hearts!!

    cori@the-patricks.org

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  161. Shaeffer!! This is so amazing. I'm a mom to a 9 year old daughter with Autism. I'm one of those go to bed tired, wake up tired kind of moms. This contest is so wonderful. I will pass on to my special needs mom's group. Every single one of them deserve it! :)
    Kim
    brunaugh@comcast.net

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  162. My name is Lisa, I am the proud mom to a 15 year old boy with Down Syndrome and Autism. Thank you for the work you do, and for this wonderful contest!

    rob.lisafish@gmail.com

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  163. this just overwhelms my soul! as a single mom of a 7 yr old special needs son I often put aside my own needs. he is my world. what a blessing this contest is to all the special needs mommies! mspapier@Yahoo.com

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  164. What an amazing idea!! I'm mom to a fantastic 14 year old son with autism (and 2 other boys) who we were blessed to bring home from Russia 14 years ago. I love our time spent homeschooling and know our lives have been impacted in amazing ways because of him and he is a light to all who know him. Thank you for shining a light on all those amazing momma's to special needs kids!

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  165. Thank you so much for thinking of us "special mommies." Sometimes it can be so isolating so it is so nice when someone reaches out in kindness. My email is staceycarrington1@gmail.com. I am the proud mommy to Cooper who is 3 and has PDD.

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  166. what a wonderful idea! I'm a single mommy of a 7 yr old with special needs. he his medically complicated with autism being one of his 7 diagnosis. life is a never a dull moment and I dedicate everything I have to my Lil guy. what a blessing this contest is to all special needs mommies! I'd love to be entered...mspapier@Yahoo.com

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  167. Thank you for offering such a great giveaway!
    kimber.ricks@gmail.com

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  168. Thank you for such a great giveaway!!
    kimber.ricks@gmail.com

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  169. What an amazing and kind thing for you to do! My email is beccahome@aol.com.

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  170. I am so excited for this contest. I am a mom to an 8 year old daughter with cerebral palsy.
    Summernowicki@gmail.com

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  171. Susan.gonzalez@yahoo.com
    Thank you for such a precious blessing.

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  172. This is such a great idea! I have a friend that is totally deserving, but I doubt she has time to read blogs, even an amazing one like yours :-) If you ever have a round where readers can nominate a deserving woman, I'd definitely be putting her name in the hat!

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  173. Thanks so much for this shout-out to support the parents! We definitely need the help of all the professionals too! My email is jess.leminger@gmail.com

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  174. What a sweet idea! We just began our journey having a child with special needs 18 months ago. It has changed me in ways that I never would've imagined and I am blessed beyond measure by my precious boy who has Down Syndrome. My email address is onlyfromscratch@gmail.com. For anyone who's interested, I also write tidbits about our life with him at onlyfromscratch.blogspot.com Thanks for offering this amazing gift!

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  175. Thanks so much for this! I have three kids, one with ADD, one with food allergies, and one with Down syndrome. They all bless my life incredibly!

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  176. Thanks for your support! I have a 13 year old with cerebral palsy who is non verbal and non ambulatory. We think he's awesome:) carolswin@gmail.com

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  177. Hi! I'm a proud momma of two boys. My oldest son has autism. I would love to win. Thanks for doing this giveaway.
    rita lavender
    rlavendar@hotmail.com

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  178. What a fun giveaway! I don't see too many like this one. :) And pretty colors!

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  179. What a fun giveaway! And such pretty clothes!

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  180. What a fun giveaway! And such pretty clothes! I love LOFT because they have petites! :)

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  181. I'm the mom of two special daughters with a genetic disorder called PKAN. Our youngest died from it in 2012 and out oldest will turn 11 in December. -Mandy Harris
    Adh957@yahoo.com

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  182. I have 2 sweet boys with autism (14 and 9) :) Love this contest idea! SHANTEL575@hotmail.com

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  183. What an amazing thing you are doing Sheaffer!!! Bless you. We have 3 gorgeous girls. Our oldest daughter, Grace, still has no diagnosis but has severe mental handicaps and is non-verbal (uses sign language). She is such a joy and blesses all who know her. I believe God equips those whom he calls, and I am so glad he called you to care for special children like my sweet Grace. I love your kind and caring heart :) I also love your blog and am now an even BIGGER lover of Loft as well...Danielle Duhon duhonfive@gmail.com

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  184. Hi I am entering I am a mom of three sweet kids and one with autism. You have no idea how this would truly force me to do something for myself. I can not remember the last time I purchased something new for myself. I really enjoy your blog and all the pretty things, it makes me feel like I am still keeping up with fashion. I am always shuttling the kids to school and therapy in my same jeans and tops. lol Thank you for doing this.
    massey.v.07@gmail.com

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  185. Thank you so much for this incredible give-a-way! I'm the mom of a 5 yr old incredible boy with Cerebral Palsy. He's so amazing and we thank God for trusting us to raise and care for him! Many days are very hard, but we're so thankful to have a front row seat for all of the amazing things he will do in life! dbschafran@gmail.com

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  186. I am not entering, but I just wanted to comment and say that I LOVE this idea and am so grateful that you and LOFT are doing this for a very deserving mom. That is so sweet and she will be blessed by this!

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  187. I have 2 sweet boys who I adore. My oldest has autism. It has been hard to go down this road but I thank God for sending him to me I have learned so much from him. I couldn't imagine my life without either one of them :-)
    andreagon18@yahoo.com

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  188. I am sending this link to my friend here in Round Rock, Her daughter has Downs Syndrome and is the sweetest, most genuine girl out there!! Thank you so much for doing this & proud of you too!!! CRAZY exciting!! xoxo

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  189. Thank you for doing this! My oldest son has Down Syndrome. What a blessing he is!
    bebedance5@charter.net

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  190. What a great idea! My son has FASD, ASD, ADHD, SPD...whew. Can't wait to share this with my peeps

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  191. This is such an cool idea. It's not often that anyone stops and says "hey let's do a giveaway just for special needs moms!" I am the proud mom to our princess Meya who has a dx of quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Our family also currently cares for two littles one with autism and one with moderate mental retardation. I never dreamed this would be part of our life's journey as I was a special ed teacher and loving teaching and then.... we became a foster family and our plan was to keep sibling sets together and God's plan was that we take a little by the name of Meya and adopt her. Life is beyond grand at our house. Thank you for honoring special needs moms!
    dannetteteaches@yahoo.com

    Dannette

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  192. Sheaffer, you hit a home run with this idea! I've loved reading about these exceptional moms and their kiddos. You met my twins a few months back in banana republic. My Lainey has Down syndrome and is just the sweetest baby ever! Twin sister, Olivia, is the sassy one! Both are my pride and joy! I seriously have no time to shop and your blog has been a lifesaver in keeping me somewhat fashionable! Thanks again, Emily

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  193. Just seeing that someone cares enough about the parents of kids with special needs, has made my very difficult day a little brighter. Thank you!

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  194. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! I have a son with autism and while he can be a challenge, he is such an awesome kid. Thank you for all that you do for families like mine. You make our lives so much better! My email is: dpvred@sbcglobal.net

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I would of course love to hear what you think! As long as it is super sweet.....and maybe a little sassy. Sheaffer :)

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