I have been wanting to interview my dear friend for a long time now and finally did it. The last time I saw Suzi was about four years ago. She had flown with her four children (two of which were 1 yr old twins) by herself from Florida to Chicago to visit family. I remember thinking how calm, patient, and together Suzi was (especially after traveling with four children and being away from home). I was barely holding it together with my one one year old and a drive to the burbs. Suzi had just been through a lot too with her daughter having gone through several heart surgeries and recovering from the challenges of watching her baby suffer.
While in Chicago, Suzi's sister-in-law hosted a flip flop party to promote Suzi's new line of flip flops, Ava's Twinkle Toes (now Ava's). Ava's began as a way to raise funds and support Manasota Buds, a local non-profit organization that provides programs and services to individuals with Down Syndrome and their families. Suzi's daughter, Ava is the inspiration behind the creations. And leave it to Suzi to find an immediate way to give back and support other families with children in need.
I am going to get right down to the interview....I should note that since the flip flops, Suzi has expanded her line to include belts, headbands, jewelry and other fab accessories. All full of sparkle and joy....much just like Suzi and her family.
Suzi with Ava
(I have a black pair with square buckle and black&white ribbon...love them!)