Monday, July 15, 2019

She is a champion

https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1OOFn_p_EaJ-b9Xw-KP33_XZtidCnbX4z
A champion. 
The definition is one who has defeated or surpassed all.  But perhaps that doesn’t necessarily mean the one that is the best or finished first.  Perhaps that means the one that knows the odds are stacked against them and does it anyway.  Perhaps that means the one that finishes last, but finishes with a sense of pride and accomplishment.  Perhaps that means to compete and be content and happy with your efforts, win or lose. 
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1N3eWjf0L3WNj_Lu8IyKdRCr3InxlqyGc
She is a champion.  This girl is a true champion.  She has taught more people the meaning of appreciating your talents and celebrating all efforts than anyone I know.  She shows up.  She makes no excuses.  She gives it her all.  Every. Single. Day. She has an injury?  She swims anyway.  It’s raining?  She swims anyway.  Doesn’t know the stroke that well?  She swims anyway.  
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1w550pk9wIVatiKvPSXPlfn91tSIPzpoc
The celebration.  The victory.  It’s in her face.  In her spirit.  She is a champion.  Touching the wall last with not one swimmer left in the pool and she is the champion.  Why?   The lessons she has taught to those watching and the joy she radiates by being a part of a team.  And that team?  They are amazing encouragers...cheering her on and loving on her like teammates should but don’t always do.  Would it benefit the team more if she placed 1-3?  Perhaps that depends on how you look at it.  For the overall score of the meet?  Yes, absolutely.  For the lessons taught of being a true champion, never giving up, and being grateful for the journey? Never. That is Kayla’s gift.  The gift of sharing with the world how to celebrate and find joy in the journey, despite the outcome.  For this and so many other reasons, she is a champion.
https://drive.google.com/uc?export=view&id=1epYVKQ5XjqiOyPm-rpYWNJzkME471YaB

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Excited for NDSC 2019!

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I can’t wait to see all my friends at #NDSC2019 tomorrow!!! It’s going to be the #bestweekendever!!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Changing old laws



Spent the morning on Capitol Hill talking to members of Congress about my dreams... high school diploma, college, a job, a car, a place to live, and getting married... old laws are trying to stop me from doing most of this, but we can change that... one conversation at a time! #BWW2019 #downsyndrome #nolimits #lawsyndrome


Monday, December 24, 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018

All-State Chorus Auditions




Big day today! Auditioned for Delaware’s All-State Chorus with other middle schoolers from all over the state! #nolimits #goforyourdreams