Thank You and Updated the Fundraiser

July 21 2019:

Thank you to everyone who has shared and supported this effort!! I continue to be in awe of those who support us, as many times I don’t feel worthy or deserving. So, truly and deeply, I offer oceans of gratitude.

I have updated the fundraiser regarding what is to follow once not that we have returned to Reno …. Much love to all of you!

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-lillian-spread-her-wings&rcid=r01-156607985251-71b2fd18a0e54204&pc=ot_co_campmgmt_w

Operation Colorado Springs – Haircut with a Thank YOU Evening Swim

July 15 2019:

Step 2 of Operation Colorado Springs or bust! Haircut for Lillian today, registered Thomas for siblings night out and the zoo outing, searching for a hotel room or Airbnb near Sandy, Utah or Spanish Fork, Utah (making my head spin), one grocery store run, and Lillian asking 55 times if I’ve started packing …. Onward!! Thank you Kathy for cutting Lillian’s hair! She loves it!!

Tomorrow is more packing, another grocery store run, and nailing down the details of the route I’m driving. Just reserved a room for us near Provo. A little less than halfway to Colorado Springs. Thank you to everyone who has supported the efforts and to those who are sharing. Deeply appreciated!

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-lillian-spread-her-wings?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

*Updated*

Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared! We have surpassed the goal set and can now comfortably enjoy the conference!! When we return to Reno, we’ll begin packing to move into a new and more affordable place. I’ve increased the goal amount for those who wish to continue supporting us. Any further donations will used to pay for the deposit in our new place, movers, and moving truck. I have been waiting for construction to finish on this new place for around 2 years now. It keeps getting bumped due to delays, but, I think it’s finally nearing completion and we are set to move in September 9th. It is a unique/hybrid high end apartment community with 20 percent of the units set aside for working income families. Meaning the rent will be much more affordable (about half of what it is now). Plus!! We get to move from a one bedroom, one bath into a two bedroom, two bath. This will be such a relief for all of us!

July 17 2019:

Halfway done with packing. Lovey, our sweet Guinea pig, has been checked into Hotel Perez. Library visit to return books and to check out goodies for the trip. One last grocery store run. Full tank of gas. One very short night swim for Lillian. Painting of the Lillian toenails compete. Hopefully, I’ll get to bed soon! It begins early tomorrow morning!

An Amazing Young Author – Interview with Lillian on Curled Up With A Good Book

July 20 2019:

Lillian Darnell’s latest interview …..

“Today I’m delighted to have an amazing young author, Lillian Darnell with us on Meet the Author. Seventeen year old Lillian talks to us about her life, what inspired her to start writing and the amazing fundraising she does….this young lady is an inspiration ….

….. Thank you so much Lillian for your lovely interview. You are indeed an inspiration! I’m delighted that I’ll be reading and reviewing your book soon – so keep an eye out everyone! I expect it will be FAB ….. ”

Meet the Author: Lillian Darnell

 

Mermaid’s Song by Lillian Darnell

July 17 2019:

Mermaid’s Song

Mermaids swim the water
like a dolphin.
Mermaids sing as 
sweet as a pineapple.

Mermaids travel like whales
to explore magical lands
of unknown kingdoms.

Mermaids swim in the sky’s ocean
dancing in the sunlight.
Mermaids flick their tails
leaving water droplets
high in the sky.

Mermaids whisper
my name into the shell
as I listen to the waves of
mermaids talking.
©️2019 Lillian Darnell.com

Written by my 17 year old daughter, Lillian. She is still fundraising by offering to write a custom poem just for you. She wrote this one for a friend down South … Mermaid themed! Thank you Christy!! Let us know if you’d like one! Donation amount is completely up to you.

from Lillian: Hey, everyone! For this year’s fundraising efforts for my family to attend the Chromosome 18 Conference in Colorado Springs, I decided to make customized poems. Here’s some information on the poems:

The poems will be nature themed, fairy themed, mermaid themed, or unicorn themed. Every poem created will be different and uniquely yours! The poem will be made into a lovely graphic image and emailed to you. Go here to read why this is so important to her …

Fundraising for the 2019 Chromosome 18 Family Conference – Poem Creativity

Although the conference is over for this year, you can still take part in Lillian’s offer of a custom poem. We’ve got a move coming up on September 9, and funds raised will go towards that. Lillian and Thomas will each get their own bedroom!! Plus, Plus!!! We will have a 2nd bathroom!! Ament to that!!

Here We Come Colorado Springs

July 13 2019:

Step 1 of Operation Colorado Springs or bust! Clean and vacuum Rosey, the car! The huge cracked windshield adds to the beauty!!

Made all the more fun as water suddenly dumped through Lillian’s door!! Um, girl! You must fully close the door before entering the car wash. ♥️😂♥️😜

Unicorn Magic by Lillian Darnell

July 7 2019:

My daughter is fundraising to help pay for she, her brother, and myself to attend a family conference related to her chromosome deletion …. 18p-. It’s the Chromosome 18 Family Conference and this year it’s in Colorado Springs, Colorado USA.

She will create a custom poem especially for you and the donation amount is entirely up to you. This one was a request for a unicorn themed poem from my friend Karen in Mississippi.

Pease share with others you know who may wish to support Lillian. Thank you!!

Unicorn Magic

Unicorns dance like clouds
Leaving little rainbows everywhere.
Unicorns prance happily
as a wave of rainbows everywhere.

Unicorns chase their tails like
dogs shedding pretty
sunsets everywhere.

Unicorns watch over us
Like guardian angels.
The unicorn flies into my dream
As I sleep.
©️2019 LillianDarnell.com 

To learn more, to support Lillian, or read why it’s so important to her, go here ….

http://lilliandarnell.com/2019/03/27/fundraising-for-the-2019-chromosome-18-family-conference-poem-creativity/

 

All About Lillian – Guest Post

July 4 2019:

Guest post by Lillian Darnell hosted by Tracey Scott-Townsend Writer who lives in Kingston-Upon-Hull, East Yorkshire. Thanks tons Tracey for asking Lillian to write a guest post! We are deeply grateful!!

“Hey! My name is Lillian Darnell. I am 17 years old and live in Reno, Nevada USA. I just graduated from high school, have received a one year scholarship to Skillshare.com and am ready to put forth more writings, photography and art …. ” Visit the link to read the entire post and we’d sure appreciate if you “like” the post, comment and/or share it. Thank you!!!

All about Lillian

Words of Alchemy – Sneak Peek at the Cover

A lil peek at the cover … Wahoooo!! 🎉🎉🎉

Coming Soon! Words of Alchemy by Camilla Downs

These poems follow a heartfelt path through love, joy, and pain; walking into the rawness of life with a lovingly gentle focus alongside the beauty of nature. Through daily walks Camilla is deeply present with nature and shares her heart’s observations with an authenticity that gives the reader permission to feel their emotions and spark genuine healing.

Who wants to pre-order?

Asking for Help and Please and Thank YOU – Chromosome 18 Family Conference

July 13 2019:

I’ve never used this before … Yet, I’m kinda, sort of, like, REALLY exhausted and was moved to give this a go for the wee bit remaining to fully cover the cost of this year’s Chromosome 18 Conference. If it moves you and you feel it the right thing to do, please share. Much love! The conference is being held July 21st-24th in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Once a year she gets the opportunity to be amongst friends and those who get her, those who judge not. Once a year, she gets the opportunity to attend a life changing event. And, every year it does, sometimes a small change, sometimes a huge change. She chooses the time approaching this once a year event, and at the event itself, to conquer fears so as to have exciting news to share with friends …….

Visit this link to read more and to share should it move you. With deep gratitude for all who have shared and donated in the past few days. https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-lillian-spread-her-wings

 

Buy Me a Coffee – Thank YOU

Hello beautiful friends, family, and some wonderful people I really just don’t know! Hahaha! If you enjoy, are inspired by, motivated by or just love the content, writings, poetry and photography I share here and on CamillaDowns.com, MeetingtheAuthors.com or TheTeamTLC.com; I invite you to buy me a coffee!!

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Thank you to those who have bought a coffee, rounds of coffee, even! Deeply blessed! -Camilla

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