Today Denise had a party at the Folger Home in Avon Lake for everyone in the book.
That's were I met Toby. He has Down syndrome just like me. And guess what? He jumps out of planes!! Can you believe it? That sounds a little bit scary to me. That's him with Mike Butela from Canton Air Sports on the cover of the book. Toby is really nice. I met a lot of new friends at this party. But first let me take you back to how this started.
It was my 23rd birthday and my mom told me someone was coming to take my picture.
Meet photographer David Uschold and news anchor Denise Zarrella.
Denise and her husband Tony have a little girl with Down syndrome. Her name is Gianna. She is sooooo cute! I got to see some pictures of her on Denise's phone.
Then it was time to get busy. David asked me if I could sew? Well, "Yes, I can," I told him.
I started sewing pillowcases because we were going to be going down to the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital to deliver a bunch for my birthday. The little patients love getting them.
When they were all done they told me one day my picture might be in a book. And then I forgot all about it...
...until August 19, 2013. One year and one week after my birthday my mom told me there was a surprise waiting for me at my sewing machine...
I opened the package and it was a book. I started turning the pages and then I spotted my picture. I just sat there staring at it and smiling.
This is so cool!! It has my name in big purple letters. You know my mom really likes that because purple is her favorite color. I was so excited!!
Then my mom told me there was going to be a party and I was going to get to meet everyone in the book. We asked Katrina and Kelsey if they could work at our quilt shop so we could have the day off. I could not wait to go.
As soon as we walked in, I met Wendy.
Here's Toby signing my book.
Then I walked over to get some more autographs.
This is Andrew on the right. He plays tennis.
Then I found Stephanie. She shoots hoops.
Here I am with Alex. He goes to the same high school I did. He loves to act in plays.
There are so many cute kids in this book. I met the twins too. Casey and Connor ride their big wheels together. They are so little they don't do autographs yet.
This is my new friend Deja. She loves to ride her bike.
Then it was time for Denise to give a little speech. She thanked us all for coming and for letting her use our photos. But really we should be thanking her for having this great idea.
I had to give her a hug. She is so nice.
Then it was time for cake. Look how cute this cake was. It had clouds of icing.
It was almost time to go, but first a pic with some of my friends.
Before we go though, Toby and I want to tell you to hop on over to Amazon and order your book. Everyone will love it. It is a really good one to read to your little kids.
Not Even the Sky is the Limit!! Hey no way, I am not skydiving with you Toby. Haaa, I think he likes me. If you want to meet Toby, he will be in Hartville, Ohio on Thursday, September, 19th. You will love him!