I want to start by saying that I’m a nobody. And by that, I mean that my name isn’t in neon lights anywhere, nor am I famous for any type of vampire saga or alien v/s human love story . If that’s the Stephanie you were searching for, you’ve most certainly stumbled across the wrong one. The Stephanie you’ve found was born in nowhere Scottsboro, AL and has a touch of a Southern accent, (and by “a touch”, I mean that I say words like “y’all, and “fixin” way too much). I hate high heels, and if not for those “no shoes, no service” signs, I’d likely rarely ever wear shoes at all. I have a coffee addiction (as do most writers, or so I hear), as well as a strong dependency on chocolate (still tryin to figure out somethin to blame that one on).
So you’ve probably noticed by reading that first paragraph alone, that I didn’t have my content written by some third party copywriter. I figure there’s no need for someone to narrate a fancy bio that makes me sound like some Ivy League poster child that isn’t really me AT ALL. It would likely be incredibly boring and read something like this, “Stephanie is a published author and her work has been seen in…blah, blah, blah”. So I decided that I would just be myself and let y’all get to know the real me instead of having some stranger that I don’t know, try to write about someone he doesn’t know, in order to get a bunch of people that nobody knows, to learn about the person that only I know best… ME (that one kinda hurts your brain a little bit doesn’t it?).
Anyway, on April 30th, 2014, my entire life changed. On that day, love became something tangible…On that day, I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl, Hannah Grace. She was born with Down Syndrome as well as two holes in her heart (if you’ve noticed my color scheme for the site, it’s done in DS awareness colors). One has closed, but the other is still very large. If it doesn’t close on its own, she will have to have open heart surgery when she’s a year old. I am sharing our story via Hannah’s blog, “The Inconvenient Life blog”, as well as her video with the same title. This is written from Hannah’s perspective. We are praying that our story will help others who are facing similar struggles. Please follow us and help share our story.
My ultimate goal here is to make you cry…
If you don’t cry, then I haven’t done my job. Now, as strange as that may sound, I promise that it’s actually a very good thing. And thus far, I haven’t had a dry-eyed client yet. I live for those reactions. Nothing is more fulfilling than turning a story into a work of art and showing that person how beautiful their life is. Then, to watch them realize it for themselves while looking at you through tear dimmed eyes, knowing that you thought them to be important enough to show them what a blessing they are in such special way…that moment is priceless.
I’ve been writing since I was eleven years old. I used to write little inspirational poems in magic marker and put them under the windshield wipers of cars in grocery store parking lots hoping to make someones day. Writing is the talent God has given me and the only thing that gives me that warm fuzzy feeling inside (well, that and every time my little Hannah Grace smiles at me). So I’ve completely rebranded my business. What I do is very individual based and one-of-a-kind, which is what makes it so unique. This type of gift is the kind you receive knowing there’s not another like it anywhere in this world…how could there be? There’s only one you. This is what I was put on this earth to do, and I’m so grateful for this gift He’s entrusted me with.
So that’s my story in a nutshell, and I can’t wait to create something beautiful from yours…
God Bless Y’all
Doll Ambassadors are Self Advocates for Paperdolls Photography who tell their stories through portraiture and the beautiful words of their parents. A lot of our children are non-verbal but a single image can speak a million words to the heart and is understood in every language. Each child is unique with various abilities to share with the world. We believe differences are beautiful and that each ability is a gift.
You’ll see featured Ambassadors from all over the U.S. here sharing their extraordinary stories so others can see what a gift these differences really are. You’ll see children with Down Syndrome (like my own sweet daughter), ADHD, Autism, those who have overcome or are still fighting Cancer, Children who have CHD and Prosthetics, and those who are Typically Developing sharing their insight on how having friends with different abilities has impacted their lives and view of the world, and even some diagnosis you’ve probably never even heard of.
We want to UN-teach the negative connotations that surround various diagnosis by giving you the true and real information straight from the source itself instead of a text book version of it. We are all so very proud of our children and the people God created them to be. They were created ON purpose and FOR a purpose. “…Fearfully and wonderfully made”. Many tears fell from the eyes of the parents who wrote these stories for you because they poured their hearts into every word. At our very core, we just want the best for our children just like everybody else and to show the world that we are all more alike than different. These are children, not labels or accidents, but beautiful individuals who have emotions, dreams, likes and sass just like everyone else. Don’t judge someone based on a diagnosis, but instead let them show you what they are capable of. Don’t make assumptions, because if you let them, they might just teach you a little something special;) Enjoy these beautiful faces and share with your friends so they too can have a reason to smile today.
Click Images below to read about each child and their unique abilities. More coming soon!