Jameson is 16 Months Old!

Oh how the time flies, Jameson is nearly one and a half!

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  • Jameson is a very active little boy! He loves being outside playing with his two dogs. He can even pick up the ball to play fetch with them!  He calls Zoey-Zoe Zoe (we are still working on saying Daizey’s name).
  • Words in his vocabulary- momma, dada, Zoe Zoe, up, yum, yeah, no no, whatdoing(all one word), what’s that?, yo ho, ahoy (he loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates), and all day long I hear “uh oh momma”! He says that every time he throws a toy over the baby gate, which is a fun new game to get me to constantly retrieve his toys for him.
  • Gives GREAT kisses and says “muah” at the end!
  • He loves to eat watermelon, peaches, cheese & crackers, pasta, string cheese,  peas, avocado,Cheerios, and graham crackers!
  • Tries to climb in his high chair when he is hungry- (he used to refuse to go in it) funny how they change their minds about things!image
  • Drinks water from a straw cup
  • Says “ahhhh” after taking a drink, super cute!
  • Can clap and wave with his short arms
  • Still wears his passive set of prosthesis everyday during his wear schedule. They are almost too small again, so we are excited and more than ready for the Myoelectric set.
  • Imitates me on the phone while holding the remote control up to his ear and says “yeah yeah yeah”. It is pretty hilarious!
  • Points to his belly button and nose
  • Is a water baby! Absolutely loves being in the water- pool, sprinkler, or lake!
  • Is about 25lbs, has a mouth full of teeth, and tall
  • Has beautiful blonde curls and has recently been mistaken for a girl several times.  So silly, but I guess he is just that beautiful!!image
  • Finds his shoes when he wants to go outside
  • Smiles all the time
  • Has quite the personality- not shy at all (unlike me)
  • He is such a love and I can already tell that he has a wonderful sense of humor!!!

Jameson & Hector

On Saturday July 13th, Jameson and Hector finally met! Hands For Baby Jameson- Cycle USA came to a very emotional and happy finish!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHector finish

Hector Picard had set out on one incredible journey to show our little boy that ANYTHING is possible.  It ended with friends and loved ones by our sides showing compassion and support as Hector completed his 3200 mile bicycle ride across the USA. A ride that has no doubt inspired so many people around the country. A ride that proves to our son that despite his disability the impossible IS possible.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe rest of the day and well into the evening we spent time getting to know Hector and his wonderful family; his wife Wendy and two kids Sophia and Alex. They are really great! This was a big day for Jameson, despite missing his usual three-hour nap, our 1-year-old did so awesome! He welcomed Hector into his little baby world like he had already known him.Hector and Jameson

While we visited with the Picard clan, more community members, friends and family gathered with us at Prospector’s Bar and Grill.  There, we enjoyed good food, music, fun, and auctioned/raffled off all the awesome and generously donated items. The event was a success and we were able to raise $4,500! We could not have had such a great outcome without the generosity and love from so many. I would like to thank all of you that helped out and donated, you all are AMAZING!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Thanks to all my helpers, without you this day would not have been this perfect:

Phil & Jet Kercher- you guys are so wonderful, Dwight & Trudy Olsen-we were able to get such a great bike, Prospector’s Bar and Grill- for hosting the event, my sister-in-law Cat-great job on 92.9 ZZU, my mother-law Sally and my mom Diane-we love you, Chad Wiser- you rock literally, Annie Bishop @KXLY- for helping us spread the word for months, Trevor Erickson & McClains Pizzeria- for spreading the word and selling so many bracelets, my Aunt Laurie- you were so helpful to us and wonderful to Hector, my niece Cali- for selling bracelets, my niece Ruby for telling Jameson’s story, Noah Skinner- for meeting up with Hector in Denver, Cindy Davis-you were great to get balloons and send Hector off from Pullman, Noah Sutherland-for rallying bikers and riding with Hector, Baddlands Bike Club- for riding with Hector,Pamela & Lilia Burks- thanks for driving the update car, a huge thanks to all friends and family that came out, & to all the people who joined in to ride with Hector-thank you!!!!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Thanks to all the donators: North Division Bike, Phil & Jet Kercher,Debbie Thune, Lindsay Hofman & Spoke n’ Sport, Kollette McHaney @ Brews Bros, Laurie MacMillan, Thomas Hammer, John Grollmus, Julie Boehm, Leslie Dashiell, Stacy Sanchez & The Daily Habit, Shirley Antak, Connie Conradi, Wandermere Golf Coarse, Becky Goldberg, Dave Cornell – the winner of the bike raffle who requested the bike be returned to North Division and the cash value be given to the fundraiser, Wiser Weddings, Doug Clegg, Cathy Moudy, Beth Marrotta, Brian Anderson,Dave Holznagel, Barbara Smith, Daniel Lambert, Sue & Al Will, Heather Wiser, Brian Moore, Jackie Dowers and Family, and to all that made a donation to http://www.dontstopliving.org/…. I hope I am not missing anyone, if I am I truly apologize from the bottom of my heart.

And the biggest THANK YOU goes to Hector Picard! You truly are an amazing man and special human being. The total money that was raised because of you was $17,841!!!!!!!!  That money will greatly help provide Jameson’s future prosthesis! But, like Jim and I have said all along-  it is not about the money, it is about the true act of kindness and the incredible selfless deed of a stranger who showed a family and their child the courage to never give up. We have learned a tremendous life lesson and gained a new friend for life!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

6 Days To Go!

In 6 days, Jameson and Hector will meet for the very first time. As Jameson’s mother I am extremely excited for the moment that the two of them come face to face, for all of us to meet!  I can’t wait to give this incredible guy a great big hug. I am pretty sure that everyone in attendance is going to remember this for a very long time. A beautiful moment of pure raw emotion. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I saw one of Hector’s recent interviews where he told the reporter that this moment, when he meets us, is what has kept him going. And as he finished saying that, he nearly lost it and I saw a few tears. Brought tears to my eyes, that was for sure.

It’s not over yet, but I have to say that this has been quite the journey for Hector. It has been a very trying mission, probably more so than anyone anticipated. Sometimes I get the feeling that Hector’s daily updates have been a bit “sugar-coated”.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the daily updates, especially the Dear Jameson part! But I do know that he leaves stuff out like how his arm stump was pretty much being torn to shreds from the old bike, his shoes are falling apart, he only wears one sock so that he has a free foot to change bike tires, IV’s in your foot are painful, his stolen iPad was a Father’s Day gift, and much more. He has suffered, and it makes me sad and feel bad, but it was not like we could tell the guy “no way”. I am pretty sure he would not take no for an answer.

Even though this has been a huge challenge, Hector is having an adventure of a life-time! Meeting many wonderful people, visiting places he has never been before (he’s never seen wheat fields), living off of McDonald’s, Dominos Pizza, and Coca Cola, and most importantly he is inspiring so many people around the US, especially Jameson, that ANYTHING is possible even without hands.

Currently, Hector is in Idaho Falls, ID! Whoo hoo….. only one state from Washington! He’s almost here! If you want to help Hector finish his ride you can donate at: http://www.dontstopliving.org/index.html

And ANYONE can come join us in welcoming Hector July 13th here in Spokane, 10120 N Whittier St @1pm!!!

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Cycle USA For Jameson!

Hands For Baby Jameson Cycle USA  has officially begun!

Send off party for Hector Picard from Miami, FL Sat. June 8th

Send off party for Hector Picard from Miami, FL Sat. June 8th

Saturday, June 8th, Hector Picard, left at 8am setting out on his 3200 mile cross-country bicycle ride from Miami, Florida to our home here in Spokane, Washington!

For those of you that have not heard about this yet, Hector Picard is a double arm amputee himself.

On March 31, 1992, an electrical accident at work sent 13,000 volts through him. He awoke from a coma four weeks later with burns on his body and his arms amputated — his entire right arm and half of his left arm, this is all from his website, www.dontstopliving.org. Hector has since become a motivational speaker and supporter of people facing difficulties in their lives whether if be from a disability or just plain down on their luck. “I want everyone to know that no adversity is too great when you embrace life through hard work and positive thinking, you will overcome anything,” Hector said.

Not only is Hector an incredible motivational speaker and Good Samaritan, he became the very first double arm amputee Ironman x3! If you can believe this: Hector’s wife talked him out of swimming from Cuba to Key West and decided that he would settle on biking across the ENTIRE USA!

Calling his little bicycle ride Hands For Baby Jameson Cycle USA. Hector has three goals in mind for this ride:

  1. To raise $32,000 for Jameson’s future prosthetics
  2. To make it across the US on his bicycle (without hands)
  3. And to meet Jameson for the first time showing him that ANYTHING is possible

The ride will take Hector through 13 states, he will encounter steep terrain and every kind of weather condition you can think of. He plans on stopping along the way to solicit donations while giving speeches in order to reach the $32.000 goal.

In addition to his fundraising efforts for Jameson, Hector Picard wants to raise awareness for people with disabilities and show that a person can still live life to the fullest despite disability.
A truly amazing man and we are very excited to welcome him to our home on July 13th!!!!

May 2013

This Davis Family has been busy in the month of May! Jim now works six days a week, and a hand full of those days turn into doubles depending on how busy the restaurant is. We miss him around here, Jameson does especially. He just started this thing where he runs squealing to the door to greet his dad after work. It is just the cutest thing ever. Before, if either if us had been gone for a while, we were chopped liver.

Despite one of Jameson’s prosthesis needing another adjustment, he is doing great with his wear time. Last week we had to ship one of his arms off to Portland. It’s kinda funny when you have to tell UPS that there is an arm in the box!  And I just want to mention that I am so impressed by the staff at Advanced Arm Dynamics. They are wonderful! It was shipped both ways, fixed, and back at our house in two days!

Besides having a set of prosthetic arms, Jameson is a typical one year old, into EVERYTHING, especially things not intended for babies. So, that keeps me on my toes and feet for most of the day, everyday (no days off here). During nap time is when I have to get all my work done. Which, I know is normal, but Jameson is now down to one nap and so I’ve got to squeeze a lot in! On top of our normal days, we are trying to sell our house, look for a different one, put together a massive fundraiser in Spokane, be with each other, hang out with friends and family, and just be!  Not too crazy, but kinda crazy!

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Jameson is in need of his first official hair cut! But, I love his long hair so much that I am having a hard time bringing myself to do it.

Future Seattle Seahawk!

Finally leaned how to get down low to pick things up!

Finally learned how to get down low to pick things up!

Some of the looks he gives me are too funny!

Some of the looks he gives me are too funny!

Learning how to sit on the bike now, before he was a little affraid!

Learning how to sit on the bike now, before he was a little afraid!

Jameson’s 1st Birthday!

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It’s my Birthday!

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Time to take my pizza and go!

Time to take my pizza and go!

Officially Walking!

At 11 months and 3 weeks old, Jameson is officially walking!

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