The Egyptian Eye Looking Good

June 5 2018:

Thank you to Hunter at Pixels & Ink! Just back from picking up mounted prints of Lillian’s artwork. They are beautiful and ready to go to their new homes!!! Much gratitude to the beautiful souls supporting Lillian’s fundraising efforts. xoxo

Egyptian Eye Mounted 6.5.18 #1 Egyptian Eye Mounted 6.5.18 #2 Egyptian Eye Mounted 6.5.18 #3

If interested in reading about Lillian’s fundraiser, go here …

Fundraising for the 2018 Chromosome 18 Family Conference – In Summary

The Wise Sultan and the Camel by Lillian Darnell – Family Fundraiser

May 25 2018:

from Lillian ….. to fundraise … xoxo …. “I’ve decided to sell prints or copies of the Egyptian Eye once again to fundraise and help my family attend the annual Chromosome 18 conference. The print will be about an 8 X 10 and mounted on foam board or similar ready to hang.

The Chromosome 18 conference helps me get over my fears and my emotions. It helps me feel brave, courageous, and enjoyable. Here’s an example: Last year in July when my family and I were inside the airport, I was fearful, nervous, tired, and afraid; yet, the view I got from the airplane was amazing and it was all worth it.

Here’s a story inspired by The Egyptian Eye:

Egyptian Eye 8.2012

The Wise Sultan and The Camel

Once many years ago, a camel walked in the Egyptian desert. The camel wondered if it had an Egyptian eye. So the camel passed a wise sultan who was on his way to a faraway land named Butterfly Land.

The camel asked, “Do you know if I have an Egyptian eye? I’ve been wondering for years now.” The wise sultan chuckled and said, “Certainly seems like you have an Egyptian eye but it is up to you to decide.”

The camel said …..

Fundraising for the 2018 Chromosome 18 Family Conference – The Egyptian Eye

The 2016 Chromosome 18 Conference: The Starfish Gala

July 14 2016:

Here are some beautiful people I’m deliriously in love with!!! I am incredibly blessed and thrilled we got to meet face to face and have so many chats Heidi Hulspas!!!!! And please tell Sahara that I will never forget the hugs she shared with me!!!!

So happy to see you Marianna Kuortti!!! Thank you for being you! xoxo …. Plus, a picture of the great schedule for the conference!!

Farewell dance and dinner … The Starfish Gala … Lillian Darnell and some of her friends. Lillian loves her friend Katie and loves staying in touch with Rebecca Parker all throughout the year.

Lillian has a speech impediment and struggles with articulation. Guess what? When one texts, blogs, post on Facebook and Instagram, emails, chats on Facebook, or uses skype; the spoken word is not needed.

In our world of verbal communication difficulties, social media has helped create a world that would not exist for Lillian and one where she has true friends. She has no local friends, yet she has friends all over the United States and the world … As far away as Tasmania, Australia.

Thomas as well. Thomas is unique in his own way and by way of having Lillian as a sibling. He gets to share with other siblings and gets to be mentored by older siblings who have traveled his path. These people are his friends too and every year their friendships deepen. He gets to be amongst others who have long ago released judgments of others. xoxox

Why the Starfish for the Chromosome 18 symbol? This …

The Starfish Story

A young man is walking along the ocean and
sees a beach on which thousands and thousands
of starfish have washed ashore. Further along
he sees an old man, walking slowly and
stooping often, picking up one starfish after
another and tossing each one gently into the
ocean.

“Why are you throwing starfish into the
ocean?,” he asks.

“Because the sun is up and the tide is going out
and if I don’t throw them further in they will
die.”

“But, old man, don’t you realize there are miles
and miles of beach and starfish all along it!
You can’t possibly save them all, you can’t even
save one-tenth of them. In fact, even if you
work all day, your efforts won’t make any
difference at all.”

The old man listened calmly and then bent
down to pick up another starfish and threw it
into the sea. “It made a difference to that one.”

Thanks Missy Baker, Marie McGing, Nora Schaefer, Heidi Hulspus, and Natalie Abreuhorne for sharing your pictures with me!!