sofiaAll we had were two pictures and two sentences about little Sofia when we signed up for the Little Light House waiting list. While we were dreaming about our daughter halfway around the world and talking to other parents of children with Down syndrome, we kept hearing about this wonderful school that served kids who needed help meeting their developmental milestones. I remember being shocked at how far down we were on the waiting list and thinking Sofia would probably not make it in before she was too old to attend. But to our surprise, in August 2013, just nine months after Sofia officially became a Mississippian, we got a call that there was a spot for her! And after one year we have already seen the blessings flow in Sofia’s daily life. She feeds herself real food with a spoon (quickly), chases her big sister Riley everywhere (also quickly), and most recently has begun signing her first words, “eat” and “more” (yes, there’s a theme…). We are so grateful to everyone at the Little Light House. And we can think of nothing we want more than for more kids on that super long waiting list the opportunity to be loved and nurtured by the amazing professionals at the Little Light House. All of this happens with no tuition to the families. That means we rely on generous donations to keep the school running. The biggest fundraising event of the year is coming up and we need your help. Sign up to run the Laps for Little Ones 5K and fun run in honor of Sofia! Your registration (or even if, like me, you just buy a t-shirt!) goes to Sofia’s goal of raising $4,000 for her school. Be sure to choose Sofia’s name on the registration form. Here are the details: The Little Light House is a TUITION-FREE Christian Development Center for young children with special needs AND their families. Our program includes: Special Education, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Parent Education and Support. Our greatest desire is to see each child reach his or her full potential. It costs $100 per day per child to provide our program. By adding your assistance, you ensure that the children of the LLH receive all the love and service they need to meet each challenge. Where: Raider Park off of Jackson Academy’s main campus (head east on Sheffield Dr., passing JA on the left, then turn left on Shadowood Dr.) When: Saturday, October 25, 2014 Registration: 7:00-7:45am 5K Run begins at 8:00am, 5K Walk begins at 8:05am, 1 Mile Fun Run will follow other races. And if a 5K isn’t your thing but you would still like to help, please us this page to make a donation. Thank you for your support of these kids and their school. They are amazing!