Monday, March 29, 2010

You Make Me Smile

This past weekend we celebrated Bryce's 4th birthday.
We had a great day of family, friends, and good food. This was a day dedicated to my favorite little man. I think we succeeded in making him feel extra special!
Good morning buddy! Today is for you!
These two extra special boys are the BEST of friends. We caught them laying on the couch together playing Bryce's new game. The moments I cherish most in life are those when we catch our children truly loving one another, it melts my heart!

Happy Birthday Brycie! He loves monster trucks, and he loved his super chocolate monster truck cake!

.......and the cupcakes!
.........and his presents!

.........and his family and friends!

Aunt Jenna and her favorite munchkin
Macey loves her baby time with Kaitlyn
Mmmmm that was a good cupcake
Beautiful Smile
A party isn't complete without dancing, isn't she adorable!
Learning to drive the new RC truck. (thank you Jenna, it is a real hit)
Too much sugar!
His first Webkinz, "how does the doggie get in the computer?"


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Best Buddies

Check out this amazing organization and watch the short video. They are currently ranked 5th to receive $250,000 from the Pepsi Refresh Project to help allow more people with disabilities to attend their conference. It only takes a second, literally, to vote. Help them win. Click here to read more and vote.
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Saturday, March 20, 2010

A 5 year olds silly sense of humor

Every few days we try to make it a priority and have the boys talk to my parents. They are down in Tennessee and we miss them terribly. My Mom's treatments will be over soon (4 weeks), so hopefully we can see them soon. Brady and my Dad have always had a special bond. They tend to spend their conversations being silly with one another (playing on the phone). This morning I recorded a small clip of the two of them "playing." My Dad didn't know, but he will soon !!!
Brady has entered a new phase, he loves magic, and TRIES to tell jokes. They make absolutely no sense, but we laugh and he keeps going. He's hilarious, and loves an audience. This video is for you Dad.....Surprise! Hope to see you both soon!
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Friday, March 19, 2010

A Great Upcoming Video, and Book

Both amazing!
Both heart warming, while promoting awareness!

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The article attached below relates to the trailer above. I can't wait for it to be released.

Short film offers wisdom from artists with Down syndrome

World Down Syndrome Awareness Day

Tomorrow is a special day as well as an opportunity for me to promote awareness. Almost exactly 1 year ago today we found out our little Kaitlyn would be born with Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome). We have come along way since that day. It felt like the death of a child when we received the news. I reflect on those first days and weeks and it makes me quite emotional still. Over time we educated ourselves and got rid off all the ignorant misconceptions we had about Down syndrome. I new very little about it and most of what I did know or thought I knew was negative and inaccurate.
Today we are are at a much better place. We've had a few hurdles to over come but right now things are so NORMAL. She holds my heart. She like any other baby. She is meeting new milestones everyday and we rejoice in them with her. What I want everyone to know, especially those who are not personally affected by Ds is that life is great. Don't take an interest in Kaitlyn because you feel sorry for her. Do it because she is amazing, and pretty stinkin cute. The sky is the limit at what she can and will accomplish. We are so blessed to have her in our lives and we already are such better people because of it. God had a much greater plan. She as well as all others with Down syndrome are more alike then different.
I hit 18,000 hits on my blog yesterday. It still amazes me that people come and read what I have to say. I'm sure pictures of the adorable munchkins help (smile)! In honor of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day, I want to ask everyone a favor. Please donate $21 on 3.21.2010 to an orphan with Ds. I have pledged to help raise funds towards Valerie's adoption. She is a 5 month old beauty in Eastern Europe. If adopted early she could really benefit from early intervention. If not adopted at all she will face a life alone in an institution. That is were they are placed by age 5 and become no longer available for adoption. Money is tight for everyone right now, but if we all just pledged $21 it would add up so fast. We can change Valerie's life! You will find on the top left of my site a secure way to donate through Pay Pal. It goes directly to Valerie at Reece's Rainbow International Adoption Ministry, and its tax deductible.
Thank you for helping change a very special little life!

One Of The First Signs Of Spring

Bryce could not wait for the snow to melt. He had been BEGGING for his Hummer to be freed from the garage, so one day last week with most of the snow gone he got his wish. He was in heaven. If you personally know Brycie you know that he is a vehicle fanatic, really anything with a motor is what makes him tick. His obsession over the years has gotten stronger. I'm curious what line of work he will end up choosing, at the very least I'm sure we can count on him to be our personal mechanic! He is already asking his Daddy to help cut the grass. Below is a video of him doing one of his favorite things, driving. He is really good at it. This is for his grandparents in TN who miss him dearly. Grandma only has one more treatment to go and we are hoping to see them real soon!!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Tug At My Heart (Please Read)

I've put a lot of thought into this post, it has taken me awhile to find the right words. I’m really not sure what this is I’m going through. I’m finding myself in a funk, wanting more?! It’s puzzling because my plate is quite full right now, but there is something going on inside that I have had a hard time putting my finger on, and no it is not the baby (smile). I have tried talking it through with my husband and girlfriends, I have prayed for direction, and done much self reflection. I’m exhausted! What could possibly be missing, my life is full…right?

What’s missing? This is what I have come up with…

• Time with friends (without children) would be really nice
• Dates with my husband, how I dream of those
• Time to scrapbook again, or cake decorating for fun, its been along time

But none of those quite seem right. I have prayed and all along God has answered. Reece's Rainbow International Orphan Ministry. It’s been in front of me for so long. I was introduced to it slowly, first before Christmas, there are buttons on a lot of my favorite blogs, some of them have actually adopted a child with Down syndrome (awesome). This ministry has been pulling at my heart for awhile now, and lately I can not get it out of my head, my HEART. It’s time to do something! (No we’re not planning on adopting, relax, for now anyway:).

Many of my followers are familiar with the ministry, but many are not. This is what you need to know. There are children with Down syndrome all over the world living in orphanages, there are 100’s just on RR website. There are also families here in the states who want to adopt these children. So you say, “What’s the problem?” It’s the cost. An average international adoption costs up to $30,000. Who has that money laying around? Not many people. In the mean time these children remain in orphanages with limited services, care, and love. And are you ready for the worst part, the part that keeps me up at night… when an orphan with Down syndrome reaches the age of 4 or 5 (it varies country to country) they are transferred to a mental institution, and this becomes their forever fate, they can no longer be on the adoption list, they are placed in metal crib, many left alone or placed in crowded rooms, not being loved. Many of them die, they don’t have access to medical care and therapy, and we know that many children with Ds have heart defects that require surgical repair, like my Katie, along with so many other needed services. It breaks my hearts!

So this is what I want to do. I have become a warrior through Reece's Rainbow for a little girl Valerie. She is only 5 months old. She is one of the youngest and if adopted early could benefit from early intervention. She still needs a forever family. I want to help raise the funds for her adoption as well as maybe even help find her a forever family. Who knows maybe adoption has been something pulling at your heart or maybe you know of a family would longs to adopt. Introduce them to Valerie or another child at Reece’s Rainbow. Since we know this is not the time to add anymore children to our family I want to help by raising funds. My hope is that this ministry speaks to many of you. Please pray about it and see if God moves your heart the way he has mine. Economic times are tough, I’m not going to go to my close family and friends asking for donations. Instead I’m hoping to team up with others. Maybe if we all do a little of something…a bake sale at our church, or a prayer request in the bulletin along with a special offering. Maybe a dress down day at work, or a donation can at our local store, maybe even a benefit dinner, or forgoing birthday presents and making a donation instead. The skies the limit. What is amazing about this cause is it can make a real difference to a real child and a real family. We really can make a difference. We can bring a child home.

This cause is special to me naturally because of Kaitlyn. Maybe there is a different cause that calls you and that’s okay. I just want to do my part and be a voice for this little girl and all the children at RR. There are many families out there already committed to a child who are desperately trying to bring their child home. If all goes well maybe we can help one of those families as well. I have so many ideas in my head and I welcome all of yours as well. Please contact me ( if you want to get involved. I plan on sending out an email, as well as putting something on facebook, so if you hear of this several times I apologize. I’m excited!

Meet Valerie

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Kaitlyn's Cute Giggles

This video was made for my parents. Her giggle is adorable and they miss her so much. Enjoy!

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