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A Blessed Event!

We are excited to announce that on October 27, 2014 we will be welcoming a blessed new arrival to our family!


actual dog may vary

Just a few minutes ago I got confirmation that we are finished with our fundraising! We will be a part of the October/November 2014 class at 4 Paws for Ability where my son will receive his autism service dog.

I am in shock. I am literally shaking. I cannot believe this. I likely won’t fully believe it until we have our arms around his dog!

But we did it. WE did it. This post would not have been possible without all of you who have donated, who have shared our story, who have cheered us on, who have been phenomenal in your support of not just myself but Jacob and 4 Paws for Ability. Because of you one little boy and not other children will have a life changing opportunity.

And just how are we helping other children?

The auctions are still going. They end 10/30/2013 at 8pm EST. Yes, J is done with earning his dog but other children are far from. The donations from the auctions will be donated in J’s name to be shared with other children whose families are still working hard. You, auction winners, could be the donation that helps another child finish their fundraising journey! These items are promised to help the 4 Paws mission and we’re going to honor that entirely!

Where do we go from here?

Over the next year, we must save/raise around $3500 for travel expenses to bring J to his dog. I’ll post more details later but the training we go through is about 2 weeks total including travel and takes place in Xenia, OH. This is no small undertaking but we have a year to plan it all out. We must also complete a video about day to day life with J to help them get him the best match possible, so if anyone has tips on how to make the video please let me know!

Again, everyone, thank you. The words sound empty and hollow for what everyone has done but I will say them again and again. Thank you, thank you, thank  you.


  1. Mary Smith

    Wonderful news! You did a great job. Too bad they won’t let you keep the auction money towards the trip. But, all to a worthy cause.

    • Nicole

      It’d be negative to their business, or in one case completely against the rules of the donation, or I’d be asking! It -is- great that other kids are going to benefit, and knowing what ups and downs fundraising can bring I hope we’re able to help another family finish. Going to try another local family tomorrow!

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