Hip Hip Harper Rae!

Team Years: 2
https://www.ds-stride.org/dsagrstepup/profiles/team/HipHipHarperRae

Welcome to Hip Hip Harper Rae's 2019 Step UP for Down Syndrome fundraising page! 

Join us again for a wonderful and fun event supporting an organization that has helped us in raising Harper! 

We are walking to show our support for more than 18 programs and other services offered to individuals with Down syndrome and their families throughout Central Virginia. From First Call to transition services to employment skills development, DSAGR is making an impact on OUR community!  Every dollar raised brings us one step closer to ensuring that every individual will have the opportunity to reach his or her potential.

Our fundraising efforts will support local programs and services, as well advocacy and public awareness initiatives that benefit all individuals with Down syndrome in our community.

Make your tax-deductible donation today and take the first step toward helping us achieve our goal. Thank you for your support!

Our Funds Raised: $765.00
My goal: $3,000.00 25%
Fundraising History
Deborah Lunsford Private
Lupinek Family $25.00
Riforgiate Family Private
Sending our best wishes and cheering you on.
Patrick Thomas $10.00
Robertson Family Private
The Barr Family $100.00
Anonymous Private
Rachel DeFrank $10.00
Fariss family $25.00
Stewart Family Private
Wonderful Family, Wonderful Cause 💜
CRAIG STEWART $50.00
Aleece Hurt $25.00
Brad Defrank $10.00
Owen Defrank $5.00
Harper Davis $5.00
Ian Robertson $5.00
Maisie Stewart $5.00
Louis Stewart $10.00
Amelia Stewart $5.00
Anna-Lee Stewart $10.00
Vivienne Stewart $10.00
Henry Stewart $10.00
Ashley Steawrt $10.00
Luke Davis $10.00
Aleece Hurt $10.00
Sarah Stewart $10.00
Rachel DeFrank $10.00
Shannon Robertson $10.00
Heather Mccoig $10.00
Megan Lupinek $10.00
Cary Oaster $10.00
Laurie Davis $10.00
Allen Davis $10.00
Susan Stewart $10.00
Duncan Robertson $10.00
Patrick Thomas $10.00
Ethan Lupinek $10.00
Louie Stewart $10.00
Louis Stewart $10.00
Clint Oaster $10.00
CRAIG STEWART $10.00
Marty Davis $10.00

A #NICU stay whether it's days or weeks is hard. It's crazy seeing this photo. Harper has come such a long way since her stay and looking back I've come up with some tips that helped us get through our NICU stay. I've shared them in my latest blog (link in profile). #HipHipHarperRae #downsyndromeblog #nicugraduate #downsyndrome

A #NICU stay whether it's days or weeks is hard. It's crazy seeing this photo. Harper has come such a long way since her stay and looking back I've come up with some tips that helped us get through our NICU stay. I've shared them in my latest blog (link in profile). #HipHipHarperRae #downsyndromeblog #nicugraduate #downsyndrome

Just swinging through life 😆 #theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #extrachromosomeextracute #HipHipHarperRae

Just swinging through life 😆 #theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #extrachromosomeextracute #HipHipHarperRae

The countdown is on! Only 2 months till the Step Up for Down Syndrome 5k & Family Festival on Oct 5. Join team Hip Hip Harper Rae today! My latest blog has all the details and little about how our local Down syndrome group has helped us. (Link in bio) #theluckyfew #downsyndrome #downsyndromeblog #extrachromosomeextracute #5k #HipHipHarperRae

The countdown is on! Only 2 months till the Step Up for Down Syndrome 5k & Family Festival on Oct 5. Join team Hip Hip Harper Rae today! My latest blog has all the details and little about how our local Down syndrome group has helped us. (Link in bio) #theluckyfew #downsyndrome #downsyndromeblog #extrachromosomeextracute #5k #HipHipHarperRae

Harper's first wedding 😍 We had a blast celebrating the happy couple. Congrats Megan & Ethan...I can't believe my little sister is married!

Harper's first wedding 😍 We had a blast celebrating the happy couple. Congrats Megan & Ethan...I can't believe my little sister is married!

Is she walking? I often get this question from strangers once they know Harper is 15 months. This seemingly innocent question often stings as it reminds me that Harper is not meeting age appropriate milestones, but I do know she will get there! My latest blog talks about how we can ask each other better questions. Link in bio. #notyet #theluckyfew #HipHipHarperRae #extrachromosomeextracute #downsyndrome #downsyndromeblog

Is she walking? I often get this question from strangers once they know Harper is 15 months. This seemingly innocent question often stings as it reminds me that Harper is not meeting age appropriate milestones, but I do know she will get there! My latest blog talks about how we can ask each other better questions. Link in bio. #notyet #theluckyfew #HipHipHarperRae #extrachromosomeextracute #downsyndrome #downsyndromeblog

Harper is going to be a big sister! We will welcome her little brother in December 😍

Harper is going to be a big sister! We will welcome her little brother in December 😍

I recently finished reading

I recently finished reading "Scoot Over and Make Some Room" from @heatheravis @theluckyfewofficial. It was a great reminder to look at my life and find places where I should be making room and welcoming others that are different from me into my life. . Harper's Down syndrome diagnosis has opened my eyes to see that most places are not very inclusive. . I'm so thankful that Harper has been included so far, but it hasn't been challenging yet. My hope is that you make room for her when she's not an adorable baby any more. My hope is that she is welcomed as an older child, teenager and adult. . #theluckyfew #downsyndrome #scootover #inclusion #chromosomallyenhanced

I love being Harper's mom, but my entrance into motherhood was a bumpy one. In my newest blog, I share about finding my purpose in motherhood. (Link in bio) 
#HipHipHarperRae #theluckyfew #downsyndromeblog #nothingdownaboutit #motherhood #faith

I love being Harper's mom, but my entrance into motherhood was a bumpy one. In my newest blog, I share about finding my purpose in motherhood. (Link in bio) #HipHipHarperRae #theluckyfew #downsyndromeblog #nothingdownaboutit #motherhood #faith

My latest blog highlights our thankfulness for Harper's 10 cousins! (Link in bio) #theluckyfew #cousinsarethebest #cousinlove #downsyndrome #downsyndromeblog

My latest blog highlights our thankfulness for Harper's 10 cousins! (Link in bio) #theluckyfew #cousinsarethebest #cousinlove #downsyndrome #downsyndromeblog

My little mermaid 😍#extrachromosomeextracute

My little mermaid 😍#extrachromosomeextracute

Harper says,

Harper says, "Please subscribe to my mom's blog 😁." ... To subscribe to Hip Hip Harper Rae (link in bio), scroll down to the bottom, enter your name and email address, and hit the subscribe button. You will then get an email to confirm your subscription. (It might go into your promotions or junk folder). Once you've hit confirmed on that email, you will get a welcome email, which means you are officially subscribed and won't miss a post about the wonderful Harper Rae! #theluckyfew #extrachromosomeextracute #HipHipHarperRae #blog #downsyndromeblog #shouttheirworth #motherhood #downsyndrome

For a long time I wanted to start a blog, but really didn't feel like I had something worth sharing. As my expectations of motherhood were turned upside down with Harper's Down syndrome diagnosis, I'm learning I do have something to share. I'm discovering life can still be wonderful and beautiful, it just might look a little different. So, I am launching Hip Hip Harper Rae to invite you into my story.
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I hope my story brings encouragement to my fellow mamas on this Down syndrome journey.
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I hope my voice brings awareness, so that people welcome Harper and other like her into their lives.
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I hope that I can help others celebrate the journey they are on.
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Link in my bio 😊

#hiphipharperrae #theluckyfew #downsyndrome #nothingdownaboutit #extrachromosomeextracute

For a long time I wanted to start a blog, but really didn't feel like I had something worth sharing. As my expectations of motherhood were turned upside down with Harper's Down syndrome diagnosis, I'm learning I do have something to share. I'm discovering life can still be wonderful and beautiful, it just might look a little different. So, I am launching Hip Hip Harper Rae to invite you into my story. . I hope my story brings encouragement to my fellow mamas on this Down syndrome journey. . I hope my voice brings awareness, so that people welcome Harper and other like her into their lives. . I hope that I can help others celebrate the journey they are on. . Link in my bio 😊 #hiphipharperrae #theluckyfew #downsyndrome #nothingdownaboutit #extrachromosomeextracute

Enjoying rides like a big girl 😍 #theluckyfew #HipHipHarperRae #dutchwonderland

Enjoying rides like a big girl 😍 #theluckyfew #HipHipHarperRae #dutchwonderland

I'm not sure who is prouder Harper or me 😄 She's been working so hard to master these milestones and I'm so excited that she is sitting so well and is on the move! #theluckyfew #extrachromosomeextracute #chromosomallyenhanced #proudmama #nothingdownaboutit

I'm not sure who is prouder Harper or me 😄 She's been working so hard to master these milestones and I'm so excited that she is sitting so well and is on the move! #theluckyfew #extrachromosomeextracute #chromosomallyenhanced #proudmama #nothingdownaboutit

We've had so much fun celebrating Harper's birthday this week! #theluckyfew #extrachromosomeextracute #hiphipharperrae #1stbirthday #howhasitbeenayear #nothingdownaboutit #downsyndrome

We've had so much fun celebrating Harper's birthday this week! #theluckyfew #extrachromosomeextracute #hiphipharperrae #1stbirthday #howhasitbeenayear #nothingdownaboutit #downsyndrome

Easter basket aftermath 😂 #hiphipharperrae #theluckyfew #babysfirsteaster

Easter basket aftermath 😂 #hiphipharperrae #theluckyfew #babysfirsteaster

March 21st (3/21), this day came and went last year with little significance to me. We were about a month from meeting Harper and at that point everything pointed to a typical, healthy baby. I had no idea that my baby girl would bring significance to this day. Today is World Down Syndrome Day.
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Trisomy 21 (more commonly known as Down syndrome) means a person has a third copy of their 21st chromosome, hence the symbolic date of 3/21. Today is a day to shout the worth of people with Down syndrome and how they play a vital role in our community.
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We want to say thank you to all who have supported us so far on our journey of raising Harper!
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P.S. You can celebrate WDSD by wearing crazy, fun socks!
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#HipHipHarperRae #WDSD #theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #extrachromosomeextracute
#downsyndrome #worlddownsyndromeday #WDSD19 #rockyoursocks #lotsofsocks #inclusion

March 21st (3/21), this day came and went last year with little significance to me. We were about a month from meeting Harper and at that point everything pointed to a typical, healthy baby. I had no idea that my baby girl would bring significance to this day. Today is World Down Syndrome Day. . Trisomy 21 (more commonly known as Down syndrome) means a person has a third copy of their 21st chromosome, hence the symbolic date of 3/21. Today is a day to shout the worth of people with Down syndrome and how they play a vital role in our community. . We want to say thank you to all who have supported us so far on our journey of raising Harper! . P.S. You can celebrate WDSD by wearing crazy, fun socks! . #HipHipHarperRae #WDSD #theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #extrachromosomeextracute #downsyndrome #worlddownsyndromeday #WDSD19 #rockyoursocks #lotsofsocks #inclusion

She is a beauty!
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#hiphipharperrae #theluckyfew #extrachromosomeextracute

She is a beauty! ... #hiphipharperrae #theluckyfew #extrachromosomeextracute

Soaking up all the smiles and giggles. I love being Harper's mama 😍 #theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #extrachromosomeextracute #hiphipharperrae

Soaking up all the smiles and giggles. I love being Harper's mama 😍 #theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #extrachromosomeextracute #hiphipharperrae

For anyone experiencing unexpected circumstances, difficult times or just not quite satisfied with how life is going, this is a great book to read.

For anyone experiencing unexpected circumstances, difficult times or just not quite satisfied with how life is going, this is a great book to read. "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish it's work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." James 1:2-4 #theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #proverbs31ministries #itsnotsupposedtobethisway #P31OBS