Happy Saturday! Each day we are getting closer and closer to our goal of raising the necessary funds to purchase Lulu the van she needs so she can get around town and enjoy life! Thanks to everyone who has helped with this cause and please continue to share the message! Lulu is ready to roll and she wants to see you around town! I call shot gun! :)Share This Update!
Continued thanks to everyone who is sharing this link and donating to Lunden's cause! Every day, she is one step closer to being able to get the van she needs to be mobile! Thanks so much! Let's keep this fund raiser rolling! Have a great Tuesday!Share This Update!
Little Lunden will soon become a local celebrity! The Kansas City Star is doing a feature about her and it should be in next Wednesday's edition in the 913 section! We cannot wait! If you want Lulu's autograph, I am sure she will be happy to oblige! She is just tickled pink that everyone has been so generous in their donations to her fund raiser and she is also thrilled with every single share this gets! So, having said that, please keep spreading the word! Every day we get one step closer to our goal of getting her the fully-equipped handicapped accesible van she needs! THANK YOU!!!Share This Update!
WOW! With everyone's help Lunden has raised over $10,000 so far!!! She can only thank her friends and family who have helped spread the word about how deserving she is! Please keep sharing!Share This Update!
Lunden is now FOUR years old?!??! How does time fly by so quickly? I know it's a cliche, but it seems like just yesterday she was born. On her birthday she slept in until Noon and of course woke up with the biggest smile! She went swimming with her Daddy and I. Then, she had some of her closest friends over for some food and fun in the evening. It's so heart warming to see all of the people that love Lunden. One of her dearest friends said, "Lunden is kinda like family, but she's kinda like a friend. That's just how best friends are!" Could that get any sweeter?
Lunden also has some BIG news...
Those of you who know me know I'm not a pessimist. I like to believe that I'm a realist. To be real with you David and I have pulled a LOT of rabbits out of our hats. A $65,000+ rabbit in the way of an accessible van just wasn't one we could do alone. Last year Lunden was nominated to have a wish granted by Make a Wish. David and I said Lu would love an accessible swing set or a therapy room. On the other side of the room Elizabeth (my best friend since 2001), Natalie (Lu's main PT) and my Mom took over and told the wish granters that those things would be amazing for Lunden, but Lunden wants to get back to living with the rest of the world. The three of them shared with Make a Wish how Lunden couldn't even take her wheelchair to school because her Mom couldn't get it in and out. How her parents were to thoughtful and knew there were others in need of big things too and would never ask Make a Wish for Lunden's ultimate wish, mobility. Months and months went by. After a few heartbreaks Make a Wish called last week!!! As many of you have noticed Lunden's fundraising goal has been lowered tremendously! That's because it's now been confirmed that Make a Wish will be granting Lunden's ultimate wish by converting a van (that we provide) with everything Lu needs to be mobile and greet the world again!!! This amazing organization has taken a large burden off of our shoulders. Now, Lunden need only provide a van of certian specifications.
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!?!?! David and I are still shocked and were afraid to even whisper a word of this for fear of jinxing it. However, we've been assured several times this is happen for Lunden!
PLEASE continue to share Lunden's story! We can all do this for her! She's over 1/4th of the way to her goal so that she can provide a van to Make a Wish! As my friend Halley told me last week, "This will be the can that love bought!" So, lets let love win!!!
Happy Birthday, Lunden! You turned four years old today - double what the doctors thought when you were an infant! You are strong, determined and ready to go the distance! And you can go as far as you want to go with your awesome new handicapped-accesible van, which is why we are having this fund raiser for you! Let's all wish Lunden a Happy Birthday and keep this link moving and if you can, make a $4.00 donation in her honor! Thanks!Share This Update!
Since agreeing to this funraiser David and I have been so humbled. It was hard to do this. It was hard to admit defeat. You try so hard as parents to give your kids everything. We finally had to forgive ourselves in a way for not being able to do it all alone. What I have found amazing is that with everyone's help Lu can get back out and about. I knew Lunden had fans, but WOW!Share This Update!
It's been so hard for me as a Mom to leave Lunden at home more and more these last 6 months. Since this kiddo was born she has gone everywhere with me. She began coming with me to work when she was just 2 weeks old even. If Lunden couldn't go I didn't go often times because I was so scared she would have something happen and I'd miss her last moments. It's so morbid to type, but this was our lives. We were told from the beginning that this girl was a miracle and I didn't want to miss a moment.
I've run out of words to say thank you, but please know we are so thankful. The prospect of Lunden getting back out into the community she so loves is overwhelming! We are so excited for her! Please continue to share her story! <3
Thanks to everyone who has shared, donated or both! Lunden is so excited to get her new van so she can get out and see the world...something most of us take for granted! Please continue with her on her journey by continuing to share this fund raiser and make a contribution if you can...any amount, no matter how small...takes Lunden one step further to the ride of her life! Thank you!Share This Update!
Thanks to everyone who has supported Lulu's cause, whether through sharing, praying, donating or all of the above. It means so much to us and especially to Lulu's parents, David and Erin Jensen, who would do anything in the world for their little angel. We still have quite a way to go before we reach our goal, so please continue sharing this so that others can support in any way they can! Thanks so much!Share This Update!
Thank you so much to everyone who is continuing to share Lunden's story!!! We know this won't happen for her overnight and that's okay. With hard work and a lot of love this will happen for her!Share This Update!
David and I have been working hard behind the scenes to help make this happen for Lunden, too. Please don't think we agreed to this and walked away. Without an accessible van Lu's world gets smaller and smaller everyday. I (Erin) have been writing letters and sharing Lunden's story not only online, but with our local community. Lunden has also been emailing The Ellen Show and Dr. Phill (why not?). I've also made flyers and been applying for some orginazations who seem like a good fit for Lu. The work to be done to support a child like Lunden never ends.
Our friends, who we consider family, have been pitching in too! Our friend, Jamie (who is in Colorado) is heading up a fun auction with my crafty and quilty friends on Instagram. If you do not follow me on IG you might want to do that if you're interested. I'll post the information as it's shared with me at erin_jensen and also #luluneedsaride. David also has a great autographed Chiefs jersey he will be listing too!
It's funny because when Lunden was born David and I really saw who our real friends were. So many people pitied us and talked behind our backs saying how sad it was to be given a kiddo like Lu. That hurt. It hurt then and it still hurts now because Lunden is as amazing as any typical kiddo. However, we are humbled EVERYDAY by the company we keep! We know what true love is. Now, after so much heartbreak we experience it everyday with our family, friends, this fundraiser and of course Lunden.
Last night a dear friend of mine, Halley, sent me this link to her blog. I was in ahhhhh. I couldn't believe that she was talking about my family. I'm sharing this link not to brag on my family and I, but to brag on our supporters. How did we get so lucky??? If you'd like to read our story from the VERY beginning please do. How she made my little family sound so wonderful is beyond me. <3 http://afterthedirtythirty.blogspot.com/2014/06/love-for-lulu.html
I know thank you may not mean much to some, but for us it's what we have to give. So, thank you again for sharing Lunden's story.
There isn't a day that goes by that David and I are not sweetly surprised by Lunden. When she was born we were told that if she lived any period of time she would most likely be in a vegetative state. We were told not to expect much from her. Despite what we were told we push her. In her therapies, at school and at home we push her. Share This Update!
Lunden has a particularly difficult time controling her mouth, lips and tongue due to not being fed orally. In Occupational Therapy (once a week) and at home (daily) we try to help Lunden become more aware of her body. Today after so much hard work LUNDEN KISSED ME! I was cuddling with her and she puckered up and kissed me! She made the kissing sound and everything! I cannot even describe how David and I feel! The best part of it all was that there were witnesses. I didn't dream it!
This may seem trivial to so many, but we know that LuLu's friends and family will cheer with us! Lu will be 4 in just a few short weeks. For 4 years her Daddy and I have loved her with all we have. David and I have kissed her face, hands and toes more times than anyone could count and today she kissed back.
So, from our little lover to you "MUAH"!
From the moment I found out David and I were pregnant I knew that Lunden and her sister were different. I couldn't tell you why, but I knew. The few people I told thought that I was crazy. When Lunden's sister passed away I KNEW Lunden was going to be extra special. Share This Update!
In May of 2010 David was in a car accident. He was hit from behind while he was sitting at a stop light. The other car was going 45 miles an hour, pushed David through the intersection and across 2 lanes of traffic where he ended up hitting a pole. We knew his car was totaled. When he immedietly started talking about replacing it with another car I told him that we couldn't. I told him that I was sorry, but I knew this baby was going to need the funds a car would cost us each month. I explained again to David that I felt in my heart that Lunden was going to have struggles.
Later that same month our perinatologist told us that he thought Lunden had some sort of brain damage. He couldn't be sure, but he said IF she made it to birth the chances were very high she would have some sort of deficate. It's crazy, but this was music to my ears. Not in a lets-skip-through-a-meadow-because-having-a-handicapped-child-was-going-to-be-awesome kind-of-way, but in an I'm-not-crazy-someone-else-feels/sees-what-I'm-feeling-too kind of way.
Fast forward a few months... Lunden was born. I couldn't get enough of her and at the same time the sight of her made me weak. I knew someone was going to rain on our parade soon. I was right. It was shortly after her birth that the MRI came back and the world stopped. It stopped because I was a Mom before I even had a baby in my arms. I knew she was extra special before the world knew. I knew that we couldn't replace David's car. WE KNEW that sharing a car was about to get a heck of a lot more complicated as the talk of her condition continued. We were right.
After about a year of Lunden and I taking David to work very early in the morning or him coming home on his lunch to get us so we could take him back to work before we went to her many appointments my parents gave us their van. That's the van we are still driving years later.
That van helped us so much! It needed work, but we didn't care. David did the work and cleaned her up for Lunden and I. We named her Sylvia the Silver Fox. No one really knows why, besides the fact she was silver. Sylvia has been a work house. She's taken Lu and I to more appointments at our local children's hospital, physical therapy clinic, occupational therapy appointments (I could go on and on) than we can even count now. That's the van we are still driving today. Sadly, our van is now almost 11 years old, has 188,000 miles, is very tired and can no longer accomidate Lunden's needs. That's why we agreed to this fundraiser.
One of our biggest fears when Lunden was born was that no one would love her except us. Since her birth we have been proven wrong everyday and today was no different!
Thank you so much to everyone that has donated so far! If we could we would hug you all! Please keep sharing Lunden's smile and story so she get can get back to living life! <3
So....have you ever wondered what an Angel on Earth looks like? Meet Lunden ("LuLu") Jensen! She is positively beautiful! She has the most loving and adoring parents who want to show her the world. She came into this world with a host of physical struggles. She has her limtiations, but neither she nor her parents have any fear when it comes to setting out to defy those limitations. Please help me help David, Erin and Lunden Jensen by donating to this fundraiser. They are in need of a fully-equipped, handicapped accesible van so that Lunden can get out and explore the world. Let's make this happen! Please share with others so we can get the word out and get the funds raised. Remember...when one person gives, two people receive!Share This Update!