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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!!

1 day ago

Huggin’ it out since 2010❤️ Ruby helped me pick out the #tbt pics today and of course they involved big sister. (swipe to see their first “hug”❤️) She hopes you really like them (she literally said that to me when she was picking them you better freakin’ like them 😍😂) She is so stinkin’ funny and full of life 😍😍 . . #lifewithrubydoobs #theluckyfew #rubysrainbow #sisters

4 days ago

This girl and her “hair do” creations. Today she requested “one bun and two braids” and I have to say I tried to talk her out of it but she wasn’t having it. But in true Ruby fashion of course it looks amazing. Future hairstylist perhaps?!😍❤️ . . #lifewithrubydoobs #theluckyfew #rubysrainbow #downsyndromerocks

4 days ago

Before you scroll past the selfie of the two middle-aged people in the woods...hear me out. I don’t usually post pics of me and the hubby bc let’s be real...who wants to see that?! 😂 I know you guys are here for the cuteness (aka-Ruby Doobs and Ella Mae) and the inspiring stories of our recipients who are out there doing amazing things in the world...and that makes my heart so happy❤️ this hunky dude and I took some time and went on a beautiful hike and had lunch together...JUST US! Sometimes we get so busy with life and raising humans that we forget to take care of ourselves, and also forget to take care of our relationships. It was so nice just talking and dreaming without anyone interrupting us asking for Goldfish or asking where the stuff to make slime is (although we did get a FaceTime call about that😂) I guess all I am saying is I know personally how hard self care is. How you can feel guilty for taking time to yourself...but dang it is so needed on so many levels. I hope all of you are sneaking it in when you can even if it’s a walk around the block or just locking yourself in the bathroom for five minutes and doing your toes (I’ve been there😂). . . And you want to know who watched our kids? THAT’S THE COOLEST PART!!!!! We have reached an entire new level of life people! The oldest watched the youngest and we came back home and they were both happy and alive!!! WAHOO!!!! . . Anywho...if you made it to the end of this thank you for listening to the Old Fogies!!! Now go lock yourself in the bathroom and read a book or something 😂😂 Happy Sunday!

1 week 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

1 week 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

1 week 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

1 week 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

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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

2 weeks 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

3 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

3 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

3 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