Saturday night was the Bead Inspired event for Beads of Courage. And inspired we were. Despite heavy rain throughout the evening (at an outdoor event), many, many people came out to support this organization and our family. I didn’t take many pictures personally, but there was a photographer at the event and I will share pictures when I see them!
Grayson, looking so handsome in his bow-tie and cap, proudly displayed his beads on his chair. I said it in my last post, but he did SO WELL the entire night, even giving high fives at the beginning of the event. I’m so, so proud of this guy- my hero.
I had the amazing opportunity to share Grayson’s story at the event, and this truly was one of the most special moments of my life. The video below is my speech; unfortunately, at the end, some of my “thank you s” didn’t get recorded. To read my speech in it’s entirety, click here. Also, as you watch, notice Grayson grabbing his Daddy’s hand- so sweet.
After my speech, bead artist Diane Woodall presented Grayson with unique, handmade beads that she made especially for him. What an awesome gift for our little boy- we will surely treasure them forever.
Grayson was also given this Tiger bead from Team Beads of Courage that has been carried in several marathons, as well as a second Bob and Larry from another bead artist. Such cool additions to his strand of beads!
I was given this beautiful handmade necklace, with stamped charms reading Bead Strong, Inspire, Love Life, and Make Every Moment Matter. It’s easy to say these things, and to say I try to do them every day, but the daily struggle of living with and caring for a sick child is difficult and frustrating at times. However, thanks in part to Beads of Courage, I am committed to being strong for Grayson. I want to inspire other families traveling similar difficult journeys, to remember I have a GREAT life that I love despite the difficulties and heartache. I also want to strive to make each and every moment count, because we don’t know how many we will have with our little boy.
Thank you again to my friends, family, and all those who came Saturday night. Thank you especially to Beads of Courage, and to Christy and Debbie for choosing Grayson and for the incredible amount of work you put in to make this night so special. It is such an honor to be involved in something so much bigger than myself.
Grayson loved his big night, but was definitely ready for bed by the end!