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@rubysrainbow  Mama to two amazing girls,one who is rockin' an extra chromosome. Dedicated to helping those like her achieve their dreams of higher education!!

6 hours ago

Nothing makes my heart smile bigger then when this lil lady brings her pile of books in the office and I get to listen to her read while I work❤️❤️😭😭❤️❤️ . . Four day weekend over here so we are just getting started! Woot!! . . #theluckyfew #lifewithrubydoobs #downsyndromerocks #rubysrainbow

2 days ago

First cute is my kid?!😍😂 And second...Goodness gracious I love this community. It is so intertwined and at every turn I am amazed the way we all come together and lift one another up! I have met so many cool peeps just through what I call the “Six Degrees of Ruby Doobs” (that’s right-you’re getting the boot, Kevin Bacon😂) It’s so true though. I got connected with @pridesocks through @lilcocobea (I could go on with the other 4 Degrees but I won’t 😂) and it was an instant friendship and they have been such huge supporters ever since. . . They are hosting our FOURTH ANNUAL “Rockin’ with Ruby” 3/21 Pledge Kick Off Party at @danesbodyshop on March 2nd-so if you are local get your tickets and come out and JAM with us!! We have the @the_wheelwrights and @westernyouthtx playing and guess what?! We found out AFTER we reached out to them that the drummer for Western Youth has a brother rockin’ an extra chromosome too!! Move out of the way Kevin Bacon, you’ve got nothing on the magic of that tiny little chromosome 😍😂 . . Anywho, if you can’t make the event but still want to support and get a Rockin’ with Ruby shirt (swipe to see❤️) go to my Stories or Highlights for links!! Go there for tickets too if you are planning on coming!! We hope to hug your necks and celebrate with you!! . . . And ps...comment below with your “Six Degrees of Ruby Doobs!” How did you find us!?! . . #lifewithrubydoobs #rubysrainbow #theluckyfew #321pledge #321pledgeparty #downsyndromerocks #pridesocks

3 days ago

These two have been together since they were three. Before they could really even talk and communicate. Here we are five years later, and communication may still look a bit different than others in their class, but their bond and friendship remain strong. Maybe a part of it is they understand how incredibly hard they both have to work to “fit in” or achieve even the easiest tasks? One thing is for sure though...while they each struggle in different ways, they show me every day that the most important part of friendship is just showing up. ❤️❤️ . . #fieldtrip #innerspacecaverns #lifewithrubydoobs #theluckyfew #rubysrainbow

6 days ago

One thing I have always loved about that tiny little chromosome is how it has connected us with so many people we might have missed out on knowing. Bailey and Ruby were born just one month apart and shortly after, her mama ( @cjpics ), reached out and said “hey, let’s get these girls together (swipe to see👉🏼 baby Ruby and Bailey 😍)” and the rest is history. There is something about being on this unique journey together that just brings you that much closer. And also our love for wine doesn’t hurt either😂 . . The girls ran to the elevator after the pool and were chitter-chattering up a storm and asking so many questions “what’s this button?” (That’s the Alarm Bailey, don’t push😂) and we chuckled for a minute thinking of how-all those years ago- we wondered if our girls would be able to communicate with us, or even run...and now here we are chasing them through a hotel trying to get a word in edgewise 😂😂 Here’s to easy friendships and the kids that bring us together ❤️❤️ . . Thanks for the “Girls Night In” @cjpics ! And don’t mind Ella Mae’s “I’m a tweenager” face. She was having a blast!😍❤️ . . #lifewithrubydoobs #ellamaeisthecoolest #rubysrainbow #theluckyfew #downsyndromerocks

1 week ago

Sometimes I forget all those little things that we worked so hard for (and still do)and then I come across pics like this that takes me back to those little moments that have made me so proud. Those little moments of simply drinking out of a sports bottle and not spilling it all over yourself😂...and I realize just how far we’ve come. And that she always gets there, just in “Ruby Time.” ❤️❤️ #tbt . . #lifewithrubydoobs #theluckyfew #rubysrainbow #downsyndromerocks

1 week ago

It’s Recipient Wednesday! That’s a “thing” right?!😂❤️ well I am making it one😂 I have a middle school Intern, Skylar, who is doing research for her capstone project and she is the one who wrote this update on Rockin’ Recipient Sarah❤️ I love encouraging young people who are passionate about making a difference in the world!!! Let’s show her some love!!! . . We are so proud of Sarah! She is currently studying away from home, at Northeastern State University. This current semester she is taking Theater Appreciation, Reading Enhancement, and Person Communication. In addition to all that, she is also working 10 hours a week on campus as a library aide! Sarah’s dad told us that, “She really likes the program and school and she did well.” Back when Sarah wrote her application essay, she said her goal after she finished with college was to be able to, “Help other students with special needs to be able to do the same things I have been able to do.” Also in her essay, she expressed her love for theater so we are super happy to hear that she is continuing to take classes through college, like theater Appreciation. . . Sarah has also been selected as one of the 2019 Champion of Change Awards by the National Down Syndrome Society! The Champion of Change Awards is given to those who work throughout the year as advocates for positive and systematic change for the Down Syndrome community. . . We are so happy and that you are enjoying college and your program. We are SO INCREDIBLY PROUD of all the hard work that you have done so far. We can’t wait to hear more from you about what you are up to. Keep up all the good work! . . #rockinrecipientsrule #rubysrainbow #theluckyfew #downsyndromerocks

1 week ago

One more for Recipient Wednesday because we have so much awesome to share and I hope it makes you smile as much as it does me❤️ I found a stack of Thank You Letters from recipients and thought I would share one from Isabel: . . “Thank you for this opportunity. I did not see this coming and it is truly an honor. I wanted a scholarship from you so bad and I can't thank you enough. I am truly greatful to you. I always wanted to be a better and bigger version of myself and you made that possible." . . She may not realize that the honor and pleasure are all ours!! We are SO PROUD of her and our other Rockin' Recipients, and they inspire us each & every day❤️ . . And then the last part of it made me bawl: . . “I am blessed to have this scholarship and you made this happen for me. I always ran from Down syndrome but I'm done runing and I embraced who I really am. So thank you for this incredible honor." 😭😭😭❤️❤️❤️ . . It's tough to put into words how this hits me...I am just so glad Isabel now sees just how perfect & valuable she is, just exactly as the individual that she is and has always been. I want both my girls to love themselves exactly as they are. I want EVERYONE to have that kind of self-acceptance...this world needs more love, and that love has to start with ourselves!! . . #KeepOnRockinItIsabel #DownSyndromeRocks #RockinRecipientsRule #TheLuckyFew #ThankYouForTheThankYouNote

1 week ago

Have you gotten your crazy-amazing pair of socks for World Down Syndrome Day yet?! . . If not, Ruby has the perfect, meaningful pair she helped design with all her fave things❤️ And for those of you that have gotten yours already?! You guys are AMAZEBALLS!! We have raised over $10,000 so far by selling SOCKS!! What!?! That’s TWO $5k Scholarships going to help some amazing individuals this fall go for their college dreams!! . . I will be sharing ALL the pics in stories today that were sent of you all rockin’ your Ruby Dream BIG Socks!!! . . Link in profile to get yours by March 21st to celebrate with us!! . . #theluckyfew #rubysrainbow #lifewithrubydoobs #downsyndromerocks #crazysocks #wdsd @pridesocks

1 week ago

Fiona’s first EVER sleepover away from home ✔️ Heart shaped pizza for dinner ✔️ Giggles all night long ✔️ Waking up at 5:15 AM ready to play again ✔️ Chocolate donut face ✔️ BFF ✔️❤️ . . Mommy’s biggest fear of daughter struggling to build true friendships= GONE❤️❤️ . . #rubyandfiona #lifewithrubydoobs #theluckyfew #rubysrainbow

2 weeks ago

“Normal” is a setting on a washing machine. Who wants to be a setting on an appliance?😂 Different and unique is what makes you beautiful...and this girl checks ALL the boxes!!! . . Let’s all be proud of our unique and beautiful selves this weekend, y’all!! . . #lifewithrubydoobs #rubysrainbow #theluckyfew #downsyndromerocks

2 weeks ago

Guess who decided she wanted to be just like her big sister right after this? The silly thing is, had I known Ruby was going to try this too I would have probably told her it was too dangerous. Silly mommy...she stuck her landing like a freaking gymnast and in true Ruby fashion continues to amaze me at every turn. . . Also, their daddy is the bomb-digety. He thinks time is going way too fast (I think so too) and he wants to make Tuesday afternoons family adventure day. It took a lot of coaxing to get the preteen to agree to walk down to the park 😂, but once we got there we were chased by Lava Monsters, nailing epic swing jumps, climbing trees and giggling the whole way. Now the girls are already looking forward to our next adventure ❤️. . . #daddyrocks #rubysrainbow #theluckyfew #ellamaeisthecoolest #lifewithrubydoobs

2 weeks ago

I can’t even with this pic of Michal Adams graduating this past June from Lehigh Carbon Community College SEED Program with a certificate of completion in early childhood education training!!! What an accomplishment!! Let’s show her some LOVE!!❤️ . . And y’all, girlfriend completed OVER 700 HOURS of work to get her certification!! Talk about determination!!! . . In her scholarship application back in 2017, Michal told us her goal was to own a children's daycare someday – sounds like she's well on her way toward realizing that goal!! 😍😍 . . Michal, we are SO PROUD of you – we can't wait to see what you accomplish in your life!! Keep us posted!! . . #rubysrainbow #rockinrecipientsrule #theluckyfew #downsyndromerocks

2 weeks ago

Who wants to go back to the weekend of eating ice cream and binge watching Incredibles Two?! 🙋🏼‍♀️🙈🙋🏼‍♀️🙈 This morning was rough, y’all. It started off with Ella Mae’s new “big girl” alarm going off for like 10 minutes only for her to turn it off and fall back asleep. Then, her and Ruby yelling at each other bc Ruby comes and gets in her bed at night (I tell Ella it’s bc she loves her sister so much😂)and kicked her in the face last night. Then, after the yelling, Ella fell out of bed and scraped her back really bad and was legitimately bawling, partly bc it really hurt and partly bc they are having their bench mark testing today and she gets nervous 😩 I try and tell her it’s just a test and doesn’t matter but she always says “it matters to me.” . . Four frozen waffles and a handful of fruit later, we actually made it out the door on time 🙌 Here’s to this week getting a better start tomorrow! I hope y’all had a smoother start!!❤️😂 . . #mondaysarehard #theluckyfew #rubysrainbow #lifewithrubydoobs #downsyndromerocks #ellamaeisthecoolest

3 weeks ago

Here’s a Happy Friday Story for ya! So proud of Brennan who was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (University of Cincinnati Chapter)!! Wahoo!!! . . These pics were taken at the ceremony at the end of last semester; now Brennan's beginning her Spring semester of her 2nd year in the University of Cincinnati TAP Program. . . She's actually a two-time Ruby's Rainbow Rockin' Recipient who maintained a 4.0 GPA last year❤️ She's super active on campus and just all-around awesome❤️ . . Brennan, you just made my Friday! Keep on rockin it!!! . . #rockinrecipientsrule #rubysrainbow #theluckyfew #downsyndromerocks

3 weeks ago

This girl does this better then anyone I know ❤️❤️ We were hiking this weekend and it got me thinking of all the things doctors and society had once thought about the capabilities of people with Down syndrome...and then it got me all emotional watching her hiking and climbing, her daddy teaching her to skip rocks, her running down the path chasing her sister...defying all those past stereotypes. AND how she is so much more amazing then I could have ever dreamed she would be!! . . #lifewithrubydoobs #rubysrainbow #theluckyfew #downsyndromerocks