22 July 2014

Baby Bow Tie + Kendra Scott Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser for Bennett

A few weeks ago, Brian, the kids and I attended a fundraiser given in honor of Bennett at Kendra Scott Jewelry in West Village in Dallas hosted by Baby Bow Tie.  All proceeds went to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  

The event, which offered bubbles, bow ties and bites, was SO fun!!  I loved "oohing" and "ahhing" over adorable little bow ties and beautiful jewelry while visiting with friends and knowing we were helping Bennett!  

The Baby Bow Tie/Kendra Scott fundraiser raised $558 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!  This was a smashing success for a 3 hour shopping fundraiser!!

I explained to the boys that we were going to a fundraiser to help us find a cure for Bennett's Cystic Fibrosis.  It makes them happy to help Bennett.  They don't necessarily know how money is being raised but they do know people are coming out to help.  The CF Walk and fundraisers such as this one are a wonderful way to teach both boys how people care about them and our family.  It serves as a reminder that while Bennett struggles with his health, he is not alone.  I know that while he doesn't fully get it, his heart is reminded again and again that he is loved.  And that's meaningful to me as a mother for him to feel.

Pictures capturing the event were taken by Dyan Kethley Photography from Dallas.  Thank you, Dyan (pronounced Diane), for allowing me to post these beautiful pictures here!!  I am incredibly thankful to have such gorgeous pictures by which to remember the night!

Kat Armstrong is the designer and owner of Baby Bow Tie and the person who worked so hard to make sure the night was a success.  Kat has such a huge heart for others and a particularly soft heart for Bennett.  I am so thankful for all she did and continues to do to help us find a cure for CF!

These are just some of the adorable bow ties that Kat has designed.  I love these bow ties, not just because they are cute but because they are also so easy to put on!  They have a magnetic clip so my boys don't mind putting them on or wearing them!  I am in love with Baby Bow Ties' newest collegiate collection!  It's so hard to find anything cute for little boys when dressing up in our favorite college football team colors.  

Baby Bow Ties can be found at NeimansNordstrom and over 40 boutiques across the US including The Couture Baby in NY and Kitson Kids in LA!  It's hard to find cute accessories for little boys but these bow ties have made me really love having little boys to dress up.  I'm a sucker for gingham and seersucker!! 

Although I had heard and noticed that people love their Kendra Scott jewelry down here in Texas, I had never been to a Kendra Scott store before.  Now, I get why people rave about it!  It was a lot of fun to to see all of the fun colors their jewelry come in!  It's easy to feel like a child in a candy store and you can't pick you're favorite candy! :)

The sweet ladies at Kendra Scott were so kind to help entertain the boys while they were in a jewelry store surrounded by women shopping.  They showed the boys how they could use Kendra Scott's website to design their own jewelry.    The boys had such a fun time placing new colors on the earrings.  The girls even took Oliver back to see some of the stones Kendra Scott uses in their jewelry. Oliver, our little geologist, was in heaven!

I had not realized, before visiting the store, that designing your own jewelry is half the fun of a Kendra Scott piece!  The ladies at Kendra Scott mentioned Kendra Scott is very popular with bridesmaids.  With as much jewelry as Oliver and Bennett made during the few hours of the fundraiser, I'm glad they don't yet know how to check out online!

I loved watching people design their own jewelry using the Kendra Scott website.

I was so delighted to see our friend Lindsey at the event.  Lindsey and Brian are at the same program at Baylor.  Lindsey actually introduced me to Kat several months ago when Lindsey joined Bennett's Brigade and began raising money.  I am incredibly thankful for this girl.  She is thoughtful, incredibly sincere and a huge advocate for helping us find Bennett a cure.

Thank you to Kelsey for volunteering her time at the event.  It meant so much to me that people who I didn't know would come out to make this night successful and help us raise money for CF!

I was so excited to see my sweet friend Ashley who came out to help us find a cure for CF.  Ashley and I know each other best as "Fopa" and "Sparkler" as those were our camp names when we worked together (and shared a cabin together) right after high school at Pine Cove Camps in Tyler, Texas.   I shared a little bit of our story on the blog a few years ago here.  I am so thankful for Ashley taking time away from her family to join me for a girls night shopping and helping my son!

This picture demonstrates my biggest surprise of the night!  At one point during the event, I looked out Kendra Scott's glass doors to notice a familiar face walking in.  It turns out that my Kappa Delta sorority sister Megan, who happens to live in the Dallas area but whom I didn't even know lived nearby, had heard from another one of our sorority sisters about Bennett's fundraiser.  My friend Amy, who lives in St. Louis, apparent contacted Megan to tell her about the event and encourage her to come. It was *such* a gift to have Amy tell Megan and then for Megan to come out to support our family. I felt incredibly loved.  After Megan and I had a chance to catch up on the last 10 years since we had last seen each other, Megan told me she wanted me to pick something out from Kendra Scott as she wanted to give me something as a gift.  At first, I resisted her gift.  But eventually I realized that it would be a very special thing by which for me to remember this moment and this night. Megan purchased my very first pair of Kendra Scott earrings (I'm wearing in the picture), a gift I will always cherish.

Oliver, Bennett and Avonlea did a great job hanging out in the store during the fundraiser.  But, of course, kids are kids so there was lots of rolling around on the floor and playing with each other. :)

Bennett does his "Batman-face" with Meredith, one of the sweet ladies at Kendra Scott.  Bennett is always being some sort of superhero.

Avonlea was in heaven with all of the people around.  This girl loves people!

 The boys loved looking at all the jewelry and bright colors!  They told me all the ones I should wear. :)

Bennett chose a pink pair of earrings for me to wear!   He always talks about how Avonlea and I are princesses.  His favorite colors for us are always pink. :)

Cutest little bow ties!  The Texas Tech one, the black and red one in the middle, is so sharp!

XOXO Baby Bow Tie

This is Amy, the Executive Director at the Dallas chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  I am so thankful for all she does for our cause.  She's not just someone I work with to find Bennett a cure, she is also someone I consider my friend.  

Brian: "Bennett, how much do you appreciate everyone helping to raise money to find you a cure?"
Bennett: Thiiiiiis much!!"

Thank you, Kat Armstrong and Kendra Scott for all that you did to help our little man breathe easy!! Your help to save my son means the world to me!

Kat knows, because I called her the next day and cried on the phone with her.  But my heart is so incredibly appreciative for the thoughtfulness of friends and strangers.  I certainly don't know why people are so loving and helpful but I am incredibly thankful that they are.  Thank you, Kat, for initiating this fundraiser and being with us in our fight against Cystic Fibrosis!

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