The Lucky Few

By Heather Avis, Mercedes Lara, and Micha Boyett

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The Lucky Few Podcast Podcasting interviews, stories, and advocacy for Down Syndrome with Heather Avis, Mercedes Lara, and Micha Boyett.

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9 - Q & A Season 1 Finale
01:06:29
It’s our Season One finale! And we’re celebrating by taking your questions! From adoption to social media to navigating extracurricular activities, Heather, Mercedes and Micha are here to answer your deepest questions (or maybe just the first questions that came to your mind). We share some of our favorite books that have helped us talk to our kiddos about Down syndrome, we discuss the word “disability,” and--as always--we celebrate some Good News, including our first ever LIVE EVENT coming to Laguna Beach this August 22. Get your tickets on our website at http://www.theluckyfewpodcast.com As always, we hope this podcast brings you encouragement, hope, and a new voice. Enjoy, and interact with us on all of our social media below! ___ Links: This is not THE article Micha referred to about head positioning during bottle feeding in order to help prevent tongue thrust in babies with DS. But this one does share similar information. Feeding Development in Down Syndrome 47 Strings: Tessa’s Special Code The Prince Who Was Just Himself Books by Amy Julia Becker Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny National Down Syndrome Congress Annual Convention Instagram accounts (adoption and China): @chosenforjoy @thisgatherednest @thestaufferlife @bringing_home_china
Jul 11, 2018
Ep 8 - Therapy and All the Feelings
00:51:29
It is finally here! Welcome to the episode where we talk about all things therapy, and trust us… you won’t want to miss this one. What do you do when it feels like therapies are taking over? How much therapy should your child be receiving? How do you balance therapies with everything else of life? We cover it all, from the great benefits of therapy to the unique challenges it offers (like take home homework, and a much more full schedule). We share our personal experiences with all the therapies and then get to hear your good news. As always, we hope this podcast brings you encouragement, hope, and a new voice. Please subscribe at our website for updates and events in the future. Enjoy, and interact with us on all of our social media below! Website: www.theluckyfewpodcast.com Show Notes: Terry Brown: http://www.sohappytolearn.com Talk Tools: https://talktools.com/ Social Media: Instagram: www.instagram.com/theluckyfewpod Twitter: www.twitter.com/theluckyfewpod Facebook: www.facebook.com/theluckyfewpod
Jun 27, 2018
7 - The Dads Episode
01:11:22
Welcome to the Dad episode. In honor of Father’s Day coming up the dads take over this episode and talk all about being a dad and what it specifically looks like when parenting kids with Down syndrome. They talk about their journey to becoming a Dad, dreams for the future, and good news. We are so excited for you to hear this one. As always, we hope this podcast brings you encouragement, hope, and a new voice. Please subscribe at our website for updates and events in the future. Enjoy, and interact with us on all of our social media below! Website: www.theluckyfewpodcast.com Social Media: Instagram: www.instagram.com/theluckyfewpod Twitter: www.twitter.com/theluckyfewpod Facebook: www.facebook.com/theluckyfewpod
Jun 13, 2018
6 - Friendship Pt. 2 - Guest Melynn Henry
01:11:19
We continue our conversation about friendship, this time focusing on one particular relationship between two little girls in Amarillo, Texas in the 80’s. Micha sits down with her lifelong friend Melynn Henry to talk about Carey, their childhood friend with Down syndrome, who was included in their classrooms and sports teams and Brownies. Melynn shares about how she and Carey became like sisters: from their childhood of playing dress up, to moving in together after college, to the pain of losing Carey five years ago. Both women discuss the power that Carey’s life has had on both of their lives. And as always, we end with Good News. PS Here’s where Melynn, Micha, and Carey grew up in the Texas Panhandle. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amarillo,_Texas Also, if you’re itching for a deep dive into all things Amarillo, Micha’s brother has super sweet podcast. http://heyamarillo.com/ We hope this podcast brings you encouragement, hope, and a new voice. Please subscribe at our website for updates and events in the future. Enjoy, and interact with us on all of our social media below! Website: www.theluckyfewpodcast.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/theluckyfewpod Twitter: www.twitter.com/theluckyfewpod Facebook: www.facebook.com/theluckyfewpod
May 30, 2018
5 - Friendship with GiGi's Playhouse and Just Like Me
00:58:12
Welcome to the latest episode of The Lucky Few Podcast. On this episode we talk all about friendship. We get to hear from another awesome Heather who works for the awesome Gigi’s Playhouse and her friend Bill (who we are super jealous of by the way) and then Lyndcee who started the Just Like Me Foundation. We talk about the importance of authentic friendship for our children and for ourselves. Also, as always, we get to share some awesome good news! We hope this podcast brings you encouragement, hope, and a new voice. Please subscribe at our website for updates and events in the future. Enjoy, and interact with us on all of our social media below! Website: www.theluckyfewpodcast.com Social Media: Instagram: www.instagram.com/theluckyfewpod Twitter: www.twitter.com/theluckyfewpod Facebook: www.facebook.com/theluckyfewpod SHOW NOTES: Gigi’s Playhouse https://gigisplayhouse.org/ Just Like Me Foundation https://www.justlikemefoundation.org/
May 16, 2018
4 - Adoption - Guest Lisa Eicher
00:47:48
Welcome to our latest episode of The Lucky Few Podcast! Today we are talking about all things adoption; from the hope, joy, and true magic it provides to the daily struggles that not enough people are talking about. We share our personal adoption stories and are so lucky to get to chat with the amazing Lisa Eicher from @eicherumba who has four awesome kids and two of whom she adopted and happen to have Down syndrome. We laugh and cry and hear some great advice from Lisa and cover questions people looking into adoption might have (hint: google will be your best friend). Also, as always, we get to share some awesome good news! We hope this podcast brings you encouragement, hope, and a new voice. Please subscribe at our website for updates and events in the future. Enjoy, and interact with us on all of our social media below! Website: www.theluckyfewpodcast.com Social Media: Instagram: www.instagram.com/theluckyfewpod Twitter: www.twitter.com/theluckyfewpod Facebook: www.facebook.com/The-Lucky-Few-Podcast-407112339736685/ SHOW NOTES: Get your copy of The Lucky Few http://amzn.to/2u5wQrF Reece’s Rainbow https://reecesrainbow.org/ Lisa Eicher’s Instagram https://www.instagram.com/eicherumba/
May 02, 2018
3 - College - Guest Liz Plachta of Ruby's Rainbow
00:34:49
Here at The Lucky Few Podcast we are all about raising the bar for individuals with Down syndrome. One great way that we have seen that is through Ruby’s Rainbow and we are so excited to have the Liz Plachta, the founder, with us today. Ruby’s Rainbow provides college scholarships to individuals with Down syndrome. We get to chat with Liz about how it all came to be and what she has learned since founding this organization. We talk about the power of social media, learning to trust, and get to hear about some of the Ruby’s Rainbow Rockin’ recipients, and the good that raising awareness can do for individuals with Down syndrome of all ages. Also, as always, we get to share some awesome good news! We hope this podcast brings you encouragement, hope, and a new voice. Please subscribe at our website for updates and events in the future. Enjoy, and interact with us on all of our social media below! Website: www.theluckyfewpodcast.com Social Media: Instagram: www.instagram.com/theluckyfewpod Twitter: www.twitter.com/theluckyfewpod Facebook: www.facebook.com/The-Lucky-Few-Podcast-407112339736685/ SHOW LINKS: www.thinkcollege.net https://rubysrainbow.org/
Apr 18, 2018
2 - Siblings & Special Guests
00:57:03
On this second episode of The Lucky Few Podcast we talk about siblings, and because siblings can be difficult, we brought in some of the best ones we know! We get to talk to @Jimbo_Is_The_Man’s sisters, Pam and Julie, about growing up with him and how they have navigated all of the life’s changes. They chat about growing up in a large family (11 kids!) and what their father did on the day of Jimbo’s diagnosis that changed everything for them. They share rich wisdom and practical advice for parents of typically developing children as well as children with Down syndrome. Their love for Jimbo is contagious and just what we needed. We also spend some time hearing from Ace Eicher, sister to Archie and Sevy, from @eicherumba on Instagram. We get the wonderful opportunity to hear her share about her experience as a kid with a brother and sister with down syndrome. We hope this podcast brings you encouragement, hope, and a new voice as we work to shift the narrative about those living with Down syndrome. Please subscribe at our website for updates and events in the future. Enjoy, and interact with us on all of our social media below! Heather, Micha, and Mercedes Website: www.theluckyfewpodcast.com Social Media: Instagram: www.instagram.com/theluckyfewpod Twitter: www.twitter.com/theluckyfewpod Facebook: www.facebook.com/The-Lucky-Few-Po…407112339736685/ Jimbo is the Man on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jimbo_is_the_man/
Apr 04, 2018
1 - World Down Syndrome Day
01:00:44
Welcome to our first official episode of The Lucky Few Podcast! In this episode, we chat about our own World Down syndrome Day celebrations that range from waking the kids up in the morning to fulfilling Heather’s lifelong dream. Plus we talk out our real life unicorns, the newest Gerber baby, and the tattoo everyone is getting. You will also get to hear about an amazing opportunity to connect with others in the Down syndrome community, and we celebrate your good news. We hope this podcast brings you encouragement, hope, and a new voice as we work to shift the narrative about those living with Down syndrome. Please subscribe at our website for updates and events in the future. Enjoy, and interact with us on all of our social media below! Website: www.theluckyfewpodcast.com Social Media: Instagram: www.instagram.com/theluckyfewpod Twitter: www.twitter.com/theluckyfewpod Facebook: www.facebook.com/The-Lucky-Few-Podcast-407112339736685/ SHOW NOTES: Get your copy of The Lucky Few http://amzn.to/2u5wQrF Ace Face is my Friend https://goo.gl/gS6cnH The 3/21 Ruby’s Rainbow Pledge https://321pledge.org/ Dear Future Mother video https://youtu.be/Ju-q4OnBtNU Not Special Needs video https://youtu.be/kNMJaXuFuWQ Newest Gerber Baby https://goo.gl/ooZyZf #theluckyfewtattoo https://goo.gl/quFTKy Attend Dear Mom Conference www.dearmomconference.com A note: After the recording of this episode, upon further research we learned that the story widely circulating on social media in regards to Pope Francis and the child was not reported accurately. We apologize for any confusion this might have caused and have included a link to the correct story. Also it is important to note that though it was not exactly as reported originally, we still take Pope Francis advocating for inclusion (what was actually happening) as good news worth celebrating! https://goo.gl/7Nr9ph
Mar 21, 2018
0 - Welcome to the Lucky Few Podcast
00:12:06
Welcome to The Lucky Few Podcast. We are so excited to announce the official podcast for The Lucky Few. In this episode we take the time to introduce ourselves and share a little about the future of the show. Over the past few years we have experienced such an incredible community around Down Syndrome and Adoption. We hope this podcast brings you encouragement, hope, and a new voice in hopes to change the narrative about those living with Down Syndrome. Please subscribe at our website for updates and events in the future. Enjoy, and interact with us on all of our social media below! Website: www.theluckyfewpodcast.com Social Media: Instagram: www.instagram.com/theluckyfewpod Twitter: www.twitter.com/thelufckyfewpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Lucky-Few-Podcast-407112339736685/
Feb 11, 2018