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Sunday, May 27, 2012

My Spina Bifida Awareness Tattoo

I got a new tattoo a few months ago and haven't gotten around to posting about it yet.  I figured today was a good time :).  Last May at Conner's preschool, they had an ice cream social.  It's the biggest fundraising night for his preschool and part of the event is a silent auction.  One of the gift cards up for auction was for a local tattoo shop.  David bid on it for me for my birthday, but I never actually went and got it done.  I realized I had it almost a year and was afraid it would expire, so I finally went in.  I had been putting it off because it is a really important tattoo for me, and I was afraid that the artist would mess it up.

I knew that I wanted to get the 3E symbol (Educate, Empower, Embrace, Love life) on my foot, along with the words "I'll Always Walk Slowly For You".  The 3E symbol is the International Symbol for Acceptance and I really love what it stands for.  I wanted to get the words "I'll Always Walk Slowly For You" for all of my kiddos, as my reminder to take life slowly, one step at a time.  To me, it represents not rushing Conner and Madi (and soon Ramya) through life. It's about holding Madi's hands when she's in her HKFOs, even though it takes more time, because that is how she feels more secure.  It's about taking life slowly, enjoying every minute of it with them, and seeing the beauty in the small things.

The tattoo artist did an awesome job and really took his time, making sure he did his best.  He had gone on our blog and knew how important it was to me and didn't want to make a mistake. It came out bigger than I expected so it's taken a while to get used to seeing something so large on my foot, but I really like how it turned out.  When I saw his design, I thought about getting it on my shoulder instead of my foot, because of the size, but really wanted it on my foot because of what it stands for.   It was hard to get a good picture of it, since it's on my foot and my foot is curved, but I tried :).  It looks much better/more professional in person.



P.S. If anyone is thinking of getting a tattoo on their foot, yup, it hurts :). I am proud to say I didn't cry though!

1 comment:

Laurisa said...

Beautiful kids = ) cute blog site! I'm friend's with Kim V. BUT actually found your daughter's story while researching Spina Bifida after finding out the lil girl I'm currently preg. with also has this! I just started a site We are 31 wks along on Monday! I will pray for you & your family on your journey = )