Sunday, July 10, 2011

Acer Answers Accordingly #5

The last of the first series, I hope to have the others posted relatively soon.

Don't forget to send in your Questions! You never know what the answer will be, Acer may not have all the right answers, but he'll answer anyway!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Acer and Calli's duet 'Rainbow Connection'

Here is the best bit from the recital. While it was happening I was laughing so much tears were running down my face. Acer was certainly determined to sing into the microphone directly!

Monday, May 02, 2011

Acer Answers Accordingly #4

Here, Acer drums the longest, and speaks the fewest words, but check out his smile!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Acer Answers Accordingly #3

This one is my favorite so far, more drumming than before, and who would guess this would be his answer?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Acer Answers Accordingly #2

And here he is again, with his second question from Charlotte.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Acer Answers Accordingly #1

Acer loves youtube drumming videos. Recently we've started watching ones called 5 minute Monday; these inspired Acer to make his own videos with questions people send him. Thankfully he feels no need to make a 5 minute video, he just answers the questions and moves on.
A big Thank You to Krystal for being the voice of the videos.
This first series of questions is from Charlotte, Thanks for sending them in!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Seedlings Braille Books and Kroger

This was copied from H's Facebook notes, for those who do not frequent Facebook.

This is the organization that Calli was in the news bit about. Using your Kroger Rewards Card is an extremely easy way to help them. Please take the time to do this if you shop their even once a month.

The Kroger Rewards Program is a Great Way to Raise Funds for Seedlings!

April is the month for enrolling or re-enrolling:

Many thanks to all the people who have signed up to participate in this program on Seedlings' behalf. Kroger has donated close to $3000 to Seedlings during the past year thanks to your efforts!

Good news! Kroger has agreed to continue this program for another year!

Current participants: you will need to re-enroll by May 1st (see instructions below). If you don't re-enroll, your contributions to Seedlings will end at the end of April.

If you are not a current participant, please sign up in April (see instructions below) and begin helping Seedlings each time you shop at Kroger.


Current Participants: Please Re-enroll in April!


In order to continue earning funds for Seedlings, current participants will need to re-enroll by May 1st.

Step by step instructions:

Go to

1. Click "Michigan"

2. Click "Re-enroll"

3. Put in your e-mail

4. Put in your password (If you don't remember your password, please click "Forgot your password")

5. You may have to click on "Community Rewards" here.

6. Find your organization by typing in Seedlings' NPO number (Seedlings is #82491)

7. Click "Select Your Organization" (be sure to click the button to the left of Seedlings' name)8. Click "Save Changes"

9. Use your Kroger Plus Card every time you shop at Kroger and a portion of your total will be donated to Seedlings Braille Books for Children!

Every $10 you raise makes another braille book possible!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ New Participants: Please Enroll in April!


Step by step instructions:

Go to

1. Click "Michigan"

2. Click "Enroll"

3. Click "Sign up today" (to the right)

4. Enter your email and password

5. Enter your zip code and click "Search"

6. Click on the arrow to display the list of stores in your zip code and highlight your preferred store

7. Key in your Kroger Plus Card Number (If it says that this card has already been used, please call the number on the back of your card)

8. Enter the security code (from the box above it)

9. Enter in your contact information

10. Click on "next"

11. Verify that your account information is correct. Check box for agreement of the terms and conditions and click "complete information." (After this, there is an opportunity to check a few boxes for email specials to be sent to you. You can simply not check these boxes if you prefer." Click "save & continue" to proceed.

12. Kroger will send an email to the address that you entered earlier in the process. (this can take up to 10 minutes)

13. Open the email that Kroger sent. Read the email and either click on the link within the email or copy and paste it into your browser.

14. Sign in: click on the "Click here "button and then type in your email and password.

15. Under Kroger Community Rewards Section at right, click "Edit Kroger Community Rewards Information."

16. Find your organization by typing in Seedlings' NPO number (Seedlings is #82491)

17. Click on the organization name that you want. Please make sure that you click on the circle to the left of your organization so that it becomes highlighted

18. Click on "Save Changes"

19. Scroll over the page and make sure all information is accurate. You are now "registered"!

20. Use your Kroger Plus Card every time you shop at Kroger and a portion of your total will be donated to Seedlings Braille Books for Children!

Every $10 you raise makes another braille book possible!


Seedlings' 24th Annual Bowling for Braille Books = Big Success!


We would like to thank everyone who helped with our recent fundraiser, our 24th Annual Bowling for Braille Books Event. Our bowlers, volunteers, sponsors, and donors raised over $30,000! Your hard work and kind donations will enable us to place over 3,000 braille books into the eager hands of children who read by touch! Many, many thanks!


Here's another easy way to help:

Search and Shop Online for Seedlings!


You can also earn money for Seedlings every time you search the internet or shop online! Just go to and type "Seedlings" in the "Who do you GoodSearch for?" box. Be sure to bookmark the page and use it for all your searches.

Better yet, if you go through GoodSearch to your favorite online stores (there are over 1,000 stores ... everything from Amazon to Walgreen's), a percentage of the total you spend will be donated to Seedlings by the vendor! I recently bought some clothes for my mother and 3% of my purchase went to Seedlings! It didn't cost me anything extra!

To make your online shopping count for Seedlings, simply go to and type "Seedlings" in the "Who do you GoodSearch for?" box. Then click the "Shopping" tab, select the store you want to visit, and start shopping. It's that easy. I now have a note on my computer that says "Use GoodShop" to remind me to do all my online shopping this way. If we all do it, the dollars donated to Seedlings will add up quickly and that will enable us to make even more braille books for blind children!

As always, we deeply appreciate all of your help and support! We couldn't do what we do without you!

With gratitude,

Debra J. Bonde, Director

Seedlings Braille Books for Children


Contact Information


Seedlings Braille Books for Children

PO Box 51924, Livonia, MI 48151-5924

phone: 800-777-8552



Seedlings Braille Books for Children is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the opportunity for literacy by providing high quality, low-cost children's literature in braille.


Saturday, January 01, 2011

New Year and we're so blessed/

By Heather
We had a blessed New Years Eve, we spent it with friends here, playing games and talking. Chris was in from CA, and had an open evening, Beq was able to make it, her husband Carl was able to stop in before work, Heather P was here, Brandon was still here, Calli stayed up and Acer even made it all the way through, with the help of a new to him box of legos.

I like our friends, we talk and play games, have a drink if we feel like it, don't if we don't and nobody get sloshed drunk. We had a pot of Chili in the crock pot, some beans and meat dip for chips, some fancy chips and some bubble juice for Midnight and it was all good. We ended up playing Munchkin until midnight, when the party broke up. Today Acer slept in until an unheard of 9:30, and Bill and I really appreciated that.

Today, we went to see the kids' much loved Tia Vicki, my best friend, and drop off their homemade Birthday Cards. Calli is getting better and better at printing, it's incredible I could even read it today, I'm not sure if she's using stencils or what to practice. Acer makes his cards with stickers, it's always interesting because he thinks the big sheet between the individual pieces is the best part because it's the biggest with the most shapes to feel. I'm not sure everyone understands his logic if they get a piece of it, but to him, it's a bonus. At Vicki's, Acer plays with the cat toys, while Calli tries to play with the cat. The cat frequently runs away, but it keeps Calli busy.

We went from there to drop Brandon off :( none of us wanted to, but we did it. He has to go back to university and his own apartment. At least he went off with the new blanket so we're sure he'll be warmer!.

While we were heading off to Bill's Parents' for the day, my headache kept getting worse, By the time we got there, I basically just went inside to the spare room, and slept for a while. Thankfully I had taken medicine to try to stop it before we'd left our house, by the time I woke up it had taken care of it and I was able to participate. We had god food good company, and are now home settling in to bed. Calli is reading to Acer so that she gets more pages for her Braille Readers are Leaders Contest.

Have a great New Year all!