Shoot for Seamus

Honor, Courage, Humility, Quiet Strength, Faith, Endurance…to name a few of the things I bore testimony to today.

Also, I received an unexpected gift; one that I am not sure I deserved.

Not in the traditional sense…There were no bows, shiny wrapping paper to rip open, balloons with celebratory words, or people anxiously awaiting with smiles on their faces to see what was opened.

This was a gift of a different sort. The kind where you are invited into the most deeply painful, vulnerable and uncertain places in families’ lives and to walk alongside them, albeit brief.

I witnessed the power of community and the human connectedness that comes in tragedy, pain and in the unity of the unknown.

In the NICU.

This morning, our crew from TinySuperheroes, had the absolute honor of partnering with Shoot for Seamus for their 10th year to capturing pictures of so many TinySuperheroes fighting unique and mighty battles in the St. Louis Children’s NICU.

Volunteers and photographers, connected through their own journeys inside these walls, walked together adorned with love and TinySuperhero Capes, to provide brief respite, share a grain of joy, and capture this moment in time for families with uniquely beautiful and heart pulling stories to tell.

We were humbly invited into their lives. It was short and yet felt life-changing. Some families quietly stepped aside while we took pictures; some shared a glimpse into their story, while others were not there at all for so many reasons. No matter the circumstance, we were blessed to simply be human to tiny humans through silent tears, gentle back rubs, and exhales of hope released into the air. We were able to honor them right where they are in their precious life, and let each of them know we saw and loved them. What a gift.

As we moved from room to room, the halls were quiet, the feeling of worry and weary were palpable; I recognized that this truly is a place where time stops abruptly. Every breath labored, intense, steadfast. And even still, outside these very windows, life blazes ahead furiously and unforgivingly. My goodness, I imagine it must feel incredibly lonely and isolating; forgotten. Though…Through humble strength and endurance, I witnessed absolute warrior mama’s and daddy’s, babies that are unrelenting in their fight, and a staff so committed, as they spoke each child’s name with care and tenderness.

Upon arriving, I learned that this sacred event was born from the death of a sweet warrior named Seamus, just ten years ago on April 23rd, 2009, in this very NICU. I witnessed Tom and Sharon, his parents, celebrate his precious life by honoring and capturing a moment in time for families who are walking a similar and deeply painful path. The pictures taken captured the lights, the wires, the incubators…but also, the milestones, the hair, dimples, and eyes…their babies.

I had a moment to speak to Tom after the photo shoot, both of us elated and exhausted. I asked him how quickly after Seamus passed, was this idea born. He shared that it was pretty quick, as he and Sharon “needed to do something with the energy”. He said that shortly after Seamus passed, he read a quote that has stuck with him and pushed him forward for the past 10 years. It went something like this:

A rabbi that was dying, was asked if he was afraid to die.

He said, “No, I am not afraid to die. We all will. I am afraid of the second death.”
“A second death?”, the man inquired.

“Yes”, the rabbi replied, “the one when we are forgotten”.

…If there was anything I witnessed through this experience, it is that these sweet babies will not be forgotten in life or death.

In the end, every single one of them are deeply loved and have a purpose, no matter how short their time may be here.  

Their names will be spoken.

They will be remembered, celebrated, and courageously carried forward.

They are TinySuperheroes that have a gift to give.


I want to always receive it.

So, thank you to all of you in our TinySuperheroes community, for inviting us in and allowing us a glimpse into the amazing and unique journeys with your very special, very purposeful TinySuperheroes.


Anna’s Army – Accessible Egg Hunt!

Less than a year ago we were having an event at TinySuperheroes, and I first met Super Ava. Super Ava is not one that I’d ever forget. She is beautiful, strong, confident and exceptionally smart for her age. Super Ava came to the TinySuperheroes Squad via her sister Annaliese, who lost her life at age 8 due to complications related to the neurodegenerative disorder, PKAN.

Super Ava and her family were devastated to lose Super Annaliese, but they wasted no time ensuring that Annaliese’s legacy would live on, radiantly. They started Anna’s Army, and the beauty that Anna brought her family is now spreading to many others.

Anna’s Army is a not-for-profit foundation dedicated to helping children with physical disabilities better access play and leisure activities. They are doing amazing things, and we were honored to partner with them for the Spring Playdate and Accessible Egg Hunt that they planned!
There’s this place in St. Louis called the Magic House. It’s amazing. It has been around since I was a kid, though it has quadrupled in size in the last 30 years. It’s a children’s museum and has so many fun things to see, new exhibits to visit, activities like crafts, bubbles and water…

If there was one downfall to the Magic House it is that it’s so awesome that tons of people want to be there! It can be a bit overwhelming with the crowd, so Anna’s Army rented out the entire Magic House to allow amazing kids who might otherwise have a hard time getting around the opportunity to enjoy the Magic House, too! And even cooler, they hid eggs all over the place and created a special accessible egg hunt for our friends with physical differences.

It was awesome! They did things I never would have thought of to make the egg hunt fun for everyone! I think my favorite part was how they put velcro on the eggs and then placed gloves on the kids hands! The child could simply touch the egg with their glove, and it would stick! They also hid eggs in sensory bins and tied big balloons to eggs, so they could grab the balloon string from their wheelchair! Every time I have the privilege of participating in accessible activities, it opens my mind more each time, without fail.

Probably what filled my heart the most tonight was how many TinySuperheroes were there! TinySuperheroes that I had never met before! And for the kids that came who weren’t TinySuperheroes…well, now they are! I’m so excited to get their capes to them! It is so life-giving to be around our Squad!

Enjoy some photos, and if you ever get the opportunity to go to an accessible event, you won’t regret it! We have so much to learn to build a world where our TinySuperheroes have equal opportunities.

Is my kid a TinySuperhero?

The TinySuperheroes Crew loves all the questions we get here at TinySuperheroes HQ. It’s true! We think it’s AWESOME because that means we have a wonderfully engaged community! But we think the answer to one question in particular deserves its own blog post: Does my child’s diagnosis qualify them as a TinySuperhero?

First of all, the answer is always YES. We have learned that every kid could use a reminder of their courage, strength and hope, no matter what they are battling! We have a nearly never-ending list of different diagnoses on our Squad. (Seriously, the list goes on forever.) The fact that each of our TinySuperheroes is unique is what makes our Squad so incredible. We are here to celebrate the wins and support each other when things get tough! (And don’t even get me started about how incredible our Super Sidekicks are! They are so deserving of their “Super” status too!)

One recent instance inspired me to more openly address this question, especially considering there are probably more people wondering this as our community is growing every day!

I had been talking to the mom of one of our TinySuperheroes All-Stars, Super MaKree, thanking her for helping sponsor capes for over 10 other TinySuperheroes! Her response took my breath away:

“So, when I first found TinySuperheroes I thought it was a fantastic idea, and I wanted to sign my daughter up. But my first thought was that she was doing so well we would just let those capes go to those kids who ‘really’ need them. Then, MaKree came home from Preschool one day a few weeks ago and asked me, “Mom, how come I can’t run like the other kids in my class? I can’t even play tag with them because I can never catch anyone.” At that moment TinySuperheroes popped into my mind. I want her to know that she has overcome so much in her short life. I want her to know that just because she can’t run as fast, she is still an amazing kid. So without hesitation I signed her up. It’s hard to have to explain to your five-year-old what a traumatic brain injury is. It’s hard to explain that more than likely she will deal with being ‘different’ her whole life. What’s easy is showing her that she is a superhero and that she is special. So thank you so much for the opportunity to help my child see how truly amazing she is.Y’all are angels on earth and I hope you continue doing what you are doing. It means so much to parents like me and to kids like MaKree. From the bottom of our hearts…..thank you!” -Super Mom Melanie

Super MaKree is the epitome of a TinySuperhero, and we are so lucky to have her on our Squad!

Later on that day, I was scrolling through our TinySuperheroes group, and I stumbled upon this post:

That is when our group members worked their magic! This post buzzed with likes and comments. All of which were supporting Super Mom Liz, and telling her that Super Madison is ABSOLUTELY a TinySuperhero!  I was so proud of our group. Just look at some of these comments:

Right away Super Mom Liz nominated Super Madison, and guess what! She has already funded her own cape AND three other TinySuperheroes’ capes!

So, in closing, if you have any doubts about whether or not to nominate your TinySuperhero, please do. Nothing would make us happier than to have them on our Squad. Thank you for being such an amazing community. ❤️

Micahs Miles 2019

Micahs Miles 2019

Launch Mission Blog

The Launch Mission did exactly that. There was built up anticipation, and then:

Three,

Two,

One,

Blast off!

It catapulted through our expectations, and it just kept soaring. While we knew that the Patches Program was something our Squad wanted, the creativity and positivity that has been pouring out from this Mission has been awe-inspiring.

We had over 2,339 superheroes unlock their mission by the end of the very first day, and we have had over 4,000 in total! 

For those of you who may not know, we started the Patches Program at the beginning of January. Through the Patches Program, each month our Squad can complete Missions to unlock their superpowers and earn patches for their capes! The cape is just the beginning of the Journey, and the Patches Program allows our Squad members to grow and stay united – across the whole world!

This Launch Mission is the very first one, and it lays the foundation for the rest of our Squad’s Missions. Their task was to make their own Toolbox, which will be their place to put the special things they acquire throughout their TinySuperheroes Journey. So, if they are ever in need of a reminder of what makes them Extraordinary, or how many superpowers they are capable of, (like strength, courage, love) they know exactly where to look!

And these toolboxes – some immense creativity, thought, and time was put into them!

 

As I was scrolling through all of the Mission Submissions, I was completely overwhelmed with happiness. (And, when I feel any emotion strongly – whether it is anger, sadness, or in this case pure happiness – I start to tear up.)  So, you can imagine the full force of joyful emotion that I felt as I saw hundreds upon hundreds of TinySuperheroes with huge smiles on their faces proudly holding up their toolboxes.

 

While working at TinySuperheroes has brought me to “happiness tears” many times, this case in particular gave me so much hope and excitement. Our Squad goes through countless battles every single day, and these capes bring hope to them, but what many may not realize is how much strength and hope it gives me, indirectly. Just to know that by being part of the TinySuperheroes Crew, that I can bring at least one smile to a kid, especially a superhero, fills my heart. But to see hundreds of these smiles, I felt like my heart was actually going to burst!

To say I am excited for the rest of the Missions to be sent out is an understatement. One of our goals that we have been striving towards is not only to get a cape to every child overcoming disability or illness, but also to fill their cape with patches. By receiving a cape, these kids know that they are super. However, by Unlocking their Superpowers, they remember that they are capable of so much, and that they have a Squad full of people that care, love, and support them throughout their journey. 

 

6 Year Anniversary!

Today is TinySuperheroes’ 6 year anniversary!  It brings up a lot of feelings – mostly those ones that land right in your gut where you can’t really decipher whether you’re anxious in a really good way or a really bad way. (I’m pretty sure it’s the good way, but my stomach isn’t as confident.)

 

On January 15, 2013 I was inspired by a sweet girl named Brenna.  She was born in December of 2011 (just 2 months after my first child) and entered the world facing a tremendous and unexpected battle. She was diagnosed with a very rare and severe skin disorder called Harlequin Ichthyosis. Her mom began writing about their journey to update family and friends. (She has since written an amazing book.)

 

 

In August of 2012 (prior to me learning about Brenna) my only nephew at the time, Eli was celebrating his 2nd birthday. I wanted to make Eli an awesome birthday present.

 

A few years prior my husband (Joe) had given me a sewing machine for Christmas. I was so excited about it, though it collected dust in a closet until Eli’s birthday sparked my desire to be crafty.

 

I decided that what Eli needed was his very own superhero cape. I went to Joann’s and bought some fleece, velcro, and elastic, brought out my sewing machine and started watching Youtube videos to figure out how to wind a bobbin.

 

I nearly lost an eye that day making Eli’s cape. Seriously. Can you imagine that? Not knowing what I was doing, I had purchased velcro with a sticky backing. Turns out, this was NOT a good idea for a sewing machine. The needle broke right in half and ricocheted, hitting me less than an inch from my eye.

I think back on this silly moment often. How something so small would have changed the course of my life…

 

Well, it didn’t hit my eye, but it did change the course of my life.

 

I gave Eli his cape at his birthday party and honestly, he wasn’t even half as excited about it as I was, but I wasn’t discouraged and continued making capes for the little people in my life.

 

 

Something changed when I read Brenna’s story. I was struck by the  way her family faced their journey with joy and gratitude in the midst of real fear that they might lose their daughter.  Brenna was a superhero. It seemed obvious that I needed to make her a cape, so I did.

 

There are so many things that happened between the day I sent Brenna’s cape and today. We have now sent over 20,000 capes to kids overcoming illness or disability. Each and every one of those capes arrives to a story…becomes part of the journey of an Extraordinary child.

 

It is a privilege to be part of TinySuperheroes.

 

It was a privilege to spend years with Super Gabby as she battled severe Epilepsy and it was a privilege to share in her final days on earth – her nurses proudly wearing her cape on Gabby’s last day.

 

It was a privilege to join Super Evie in her kindergarten class to help share her story and teach her class about Spina Bifida – helping to teach them that our differences make us Extraordinary.

 

It was a privilege to walk into Super Jacob’s room and visit with him just hours after he received a femur transplant to remove the cancer in his bones.

 

It was a privilege seeing Ryker bend the knees on his prosthetic legs years before doctors ever believed he would.

 

It was a privilege meeting Super London and watching in amazement at the beauty of her sign language. It left me a puddle when she and her mom created a special sign for my name (a combination of the signs for “R” and “tiny”).

 

It was a privilege to stand in line for hours at Super Runner’s funeral, where hundreds or people rallied to honor him and support his family. His TinySuperheroes cape draped his casket.

 

It was a privilege to help Super Remedy and her mom pack and move out of the Ronald McDonald house where they had lived for over 9 months, hundred of miles away from their home in Alaska. As they said their goodbyes to their new-found family, Remedy gently sang “Grown Ups come back” from Daniel Tiger.

 

It is all a privilege.  These moments are sacred. I do not take them for granted.

 

TinySuperheroes is much more than a cape.  It’s a Squad, a community, a journey…

 

My goal for our TinySuperhero Squad is for every single child who receives a cape to know without a doubt that we see them, that we are on their team and that we believe in them.

 

We start our relationship with their official cape, but I believe it is our consistent presence and encouragement in their life that holds the possibility of instilling true self esteem. Pride that they can take with them for the rest of their life.

 

I hope that 6 years from now, there will be hundreds of thousands of kids who know they aren’t alone – who are part of a Squad that knows what they are capable of and embraces every unique superpower that they bring. I hope they feel and believe they are Extraordinary. I hope, like Super Max here, their cape will be something they cherish as they grow!

 

So here we are in 2019. We’re sending more capes than ever. There is a crew of amazing people around me now who all share my passion for our Squad. It is wonderful to have people by my side.

 

We launched our new Patches program just last week and now every child on our Squad has the opportunity to join us for monthly missions, to unlock their superpowers and earn patches for their capes at no cost to their family. In 7 days, over 1,000 kids created their own TinySuperheroes Toolbox – confirmation that our Squad is ready to dive deeper.

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Personally, I am humbled by all that you have taught me and I am grateful by how you have embraced me, just as I am…ponytail and all.  I cannot thank you enough.

 

We are forging forward today, as we do everyday, to turn our hopes for our Squad into realities. We strive always to learn from and serve our TinySuperheroes in the very best way we can.

 

For every unread email, late reply, missed appointment, cape shipped to the wrong address, or surgery missed… I hope that you know at my deepest core, I love you all.

 

Six years is something I am proud of, but I’m pretty sure the journey is still only beginning.  Thank you for being a part of it and for trusting me along the way.

 

Love,

Robyn Rosenberger

Status Update 1.4.19

Status update.

It’s January 4th already and we have a lot going on.  I figure the BEST way to make all of our TinySuperheroes (and their parents) feel loved and cared for is to keep our lines of communication wide open, but sometimes when you’re a bit buried in the day-to-day even that becomes a challenge.

Tonight I just wanted to give some status updates in hopes of reaching as many of you as we can to keep you on the same page!

Not sure how many of you were around to witness the great cape drought of July 2018. It was rough. Throughout the year more and more and more and more and more families were nominating their kids for capes.  It has been awesome.  I don’t want to say we were unprepared…so I’m going to say we were surprised.

So, we ordered a ton of capes*** (like twice as much as we ever had before)…but they didn’t arrive before we were completely out of capes, leaving hundreds of kids waiting (patiently) for their capes to arrive.

 

***There’s an idea floating around that we hand sew every cape and it is my goal to be transparent with you all whenever possible.  TinySuperheroes started by me sewing capes.  I probably sewed well over 1,000 capes from my kitchen cape (which my family loved) before it became too much to keep up with.  We now have our capes manufactured using our design, our fabric and our love…and we personalize the capes at our HQ in St. Louis. Would we love to hand-sew every cape?  Sure!  But would we have been able to send capes to the 20,000+ kids who have received them? Definitely not!  And since empowering kids is our Mission, this is the direction we have taken.

 

I digress….

In August, 8,000 capes arrived and we were elated. This is probably one of my most favorite photos of behind the scenes of TinySuperheroes because it so clearly represents how far we have come in our journey with TinySuperheroes.

Then December came…never ever ever ever ever ever in a MILLION years would I have guessed we would have sent out 8,000 capes in 4 months, but guess what, we did. It’s incredible really. And I over emphasize this on purpose…we want each and every child who receives a cape from us to feel our arms wrapped around them. (Hoping to accomplish this even more so with our new Patches Program!)

The craziest part about that is that every single one of those 8,000 capes (minus 60 that were given out at a hospital) was sent directly to a child’s home.

Here we are on January 4th. We did everything we could to avoid another drought but here we are.  Are we totally out of capes?  No…our capes come in various sizes and colors so that each TinySuperhero receives a cape that fits them perfectly.  So, we currently do have some available and are sending them out to everyone possible.  But, if a TinySuperhero is looking for a blue or red cape these days, we’re just completely out. And if they need a large pink or purple, we’re out of those, too.

The good news is in October we made another big order…this time we ordered 15,000 capes…and they are in progress, just not yet on their way. You better believe we will be ready for their arrival.

So, if you are one of these parents whose kids are waiting for their capes, I want you to know that I’m so sorry for the delay!  We kindly ask you for your trust and patience.  I have three kids (ages 7, 4 & 1)…trust me, I get it. If they were expecting a cape in the mailbox, this would be devastating…

Which is why I’m thrilled about the timing of our Patches Program which begins on Monday! Everyone is invited to participate, and I sure hope that all the kids who are waiting will be the first to sign up!

Thanks for sticking with us!  We love you all and are SO excited for what is ahead for 2019. Our focus (as we continue welcoming more kids to our Squad) is for be the fuel they need to unlock their superpowers.  This is no small task, but we’re ready to take it on!  We will continue communicating with you to the very best of our ability!

Love,

Robyn

 

Patches are Coming! SOON!

The launch of our new Patches Program is right around the corner!  We are excited to tell you all about it!

 

Our Mission at TinySuperheroes is to empower Extraordinary kids as they overcome illness or disability. We are always striving to welcome more kids to our Squad while also providing fuel to all of them.  Our new Patches Program is our next step towards this.

 

At TinySuperheroes, the cape is just the beginning. We live by this motto within our HQ, but we also have to live it in order to ACTUALLY empower the Extraordinary kids who make up our Squad. If the cape is just the beginning for our TinySuperheroes, then what is next???

 

About 2 years ago I offered a paid monthly Membership where families could receive monthly activities in the mail to complete and earn patches for their capes.

There were a few things about this that were most important to me.

 

  • Kids love receiving mail.
  • Negative voices surround us, and kids. Throw in the exceptional challenge of having special needs and the voices become very loud. Our messages of affirmation need to be louder, which means these kids need to hear from us often and regularly.
  • Authentic pride is developed by achieving goals and overcoming challenges. To build pride in our TinySuperheroes, we have to give them opportunities to succeed.
  • Every child deserves the opportunity to participate.

 

We had over 120 families participating in our Monthly Membership for over a year. It was awesome – I felt it was working! The kids who participated were engaged, excited and proud! But there were way more than 120 kids in our community who deserved this opportunity, and I knew the $10 monthly cost was simply too much, but wasn’t sure of the solution (yet).

Then, we did a survey to 3,000 families in our community…

 

Is your child part of an extracurricular group or activity?

NO 80%

YES 20%

 

Would your child like to be?

NO 20%

YES 80%

 

This is a problem, and I believe TinySuperheroes can be part of the solution. I have a deep desire to fill this void. I long for TinySuperheroes to be a Squad – a community – where every child is welcomed, celebrated, encouraged, supported and empowered.

 

In 2019, we are breaking down the barrier – we’re making our new Patches Program free for everyone. I am so excited…and slightly terrified if I’m honest!  We are using what we learned from our Monthly Membership and making it accessible for everyone.

 

How will this work?  Great question.

 

The Patches Program is designed to help our TinySuperheroes unlock their superpowers.

 

On the first Monday of each month we will release a new activity for our Squad. We call these activities “Missions”.  Each Mission will focus on unlocking a unique superpower like kindness, courage, strength, etc.

 

Upon the release of a new Mission, there are 4 easy steps to take:

  1. Unlock Mission

Once a new Mission is released you will go to TinySuperheroes.com/Patches and simply click the “Unlock Mission” button.  Enter your email address, and you will instantly receive a link to access your secret Mission!

 

  1. Power Up!

This is the phase where you actually DO your Mission! Once you unlock the Mission (described above) we will give you all of the information you need to complete your Mission!  Be as simple or creative as you’d like to complete your Mission! Take photos while you’re working on your Mission so you can report to HQ when you’re done!

 

  1. Report to HQ

Now that your Mission is done, you need to report back to HQ!  (HQ is what we call our Headquarters!) Click the “Report to HQ” button at TinySuperheroes.com/Patches and provide a description or photo of your Mission! Missions are due at the end of each month.

 

  1. Mission Complete

You’re work is complete!  Now, we will ship your patch to wear proudly on your cape!  (The patches can be ironed on by a grown up, no sewing skills necessary!)  We hope you’ll send us a photo to show off your new patch!

 

Our first Mission releases on January 7th (the first Monday of the month).  This is our Launch Mission and we will be building the foundation for our TinySuperheroes’ Journey.

 

We hope you will join us.  The action will all happen at TinySuperheroes.com/Patches  (Remember, you have to patiently wait until January 7th!)

 

Questions?  Leave them in the comments below – your insight will likely help many others (and us) too!

Santa Visits TinySuperheroes HQ

TinySuperheroes HQ is a unique place. Some days it’s very quiet. The lights are dimmed, and it’s just me. But most of the time, it’s bustling with kind-hearted people working really hard to get capes to superheroes from around the world.

There’s one thing that never changes at HQ…it’s always magical. Today, this rings especially true. It is the morning of the Santa Party.

St. Louis’ South City Optimist Club was kind enough to throw a holiday party for TinySuperheroes! People of all ages have filled the room. I am sitting at the arts and crafts table by Super Sawyer and Super Danni. I hear the familiar rumble of the train roar by, but today this train is special. It is dropping off Santa all of the way from the North Pole to visit the incredible kids at HQ! (He took the Polar Express because his reindeer are resting up for Christmas Eve.) I see Super Sawyer’s eyes light up as he feels the rumble of the train, too. I mention how excited I am to see Santa, and how he is probably getting off that train now. And sure enough, Santa comes through the door soon after!

Super Ava ran right up to Santa! Super Ava, if you ever get the pleasure of meeting her, is among the sweetest and most courageous of the Squad. She was the first to sit on Santa’s lap, and she quickly captivated the whole room. In the commotion, Super Ava’s tiny voice began to proudly sing ‘Rudolf the Red-nose Reindeer.’ Santa quickly joined in, and then the song slowly took over the whole room as one by one we all joined in to sing the song. It was like a movie scene, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” Super Ava’s Christmas cheer and the magic that goes with it, like a wave, took over TinySuperheroes HQ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was the start of something magical, indeed. Everywhere I looked little pieces of magic were happening. There were Squad members soaring around the room.

One Extraordinary kid at TinySuperheroes HQ had yet to receive his cape, though: Super Charlie. When it was Super Charlie’s turn to sit on Santa’s lap, all eyes were on him. The Squad was prepared to add another member and surprise Super Charlie with his blue cape! While a little tentative at first, Super Charlie opened the box. He unwrapped his new cape, and I could see his face change into a big smile as he realized that having a cape meant that he was a superhero.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later Super Charlie could be found next to Super Maria. Both TinySuperheroes communicate using a special device. Super Maria is usually quite tentative to use her “talker”, especially with someone she doesn’t know…but there the two of them were, learning about each other through their talkers.

While people in the TinySuperheroes community were coming in and out of HQ all morning, Super Carlos and his family were one of the last to arrive, but boy, did they make one of the biggest impacts. Super Frida, one of Super Carlos’ sisters, also joined the Squad today! She was beaming ear to ear with such a beautiful smile the whole time. Immediately, she put her purple cape on and started flying, yes I said flying, around the room.

By now, most of the kids had their fair amount of candy thanks to the many delicious snacks that the Optimist Club provided. Super Rory told Alexa to play music, specifically ‘Kiki’ by Drake. And while at first many of the adults made skeptical disapproving faces at the loud song choice, something sparked inside the kids, and a dance party began to form in middle of TinySuperheroes HQ! Little bodies began to move to the music and laughter consumed the room. Super Liam knew every word. Super Carlos was the star of the show, in the center of the dance floor. I specifically felt incredibly special because Super Carlos wanted ME to dance with HIM! I was truly honored and felt the magic swell in my heart as I joined in the dance party.

As the Santa Party slowly but surely came to an end, it was just me and the quiet in TinySuperheroes HQ again. I glanced up and saw Courage, the TinySuperheroes elf. He had been sitting above the door the whole time keeping a watchful eye on everyone, and I swear he winked at me as I locked up TinySuperheroes HQ. The magic that TinySuperheroes brings to my life is truly incredible, and I am so blessed to be a part of it.