5 Reasons I Smile

The ultimate goal of this blog is to spread awareness and show how beautiful life can be. We have four amazing daughters. Our youngest was born with Down syndrome. If just one person stops here and leaves with a different, better perspective about Down syndrome, then it is worth it. Regardless, I have 5 Reasons to Smile!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Graduation, summer and a walker!

I wish I had the time to sit down each night and write about the day. Everyday there is a moment, an event or something said and want to remember it. Sometimes I can't even remember yesterday :). There have been moments when one of the girls will say something that cracks me up and I will think, I have got to share that with Diondray. But then I forget. For some reason, time seems to be moving way to fast around here and I am having a big problem with that. We have had so many wonderful things happen. Some small and some big......

On June 3rd Naomi graduated from Kindergarten. I can't believe she is going to be a first grader! I can't believe she is 6! I am so proud of her.....my heart is full and I can't seem to articulate what I am feeling. But I am happy.

We had a Hawaiian graduation....

me and my girl --------and grandma, who is the greatest!

all of us (and the walker)!

Summer is here too and we have already started to enjoy it! This was not our first trip to the beach! You can only (barely) see Jaden in one of these pictures, she never comes out of the water!

I can also officially write that Kamryn is walking!!! She started the process at about 18 months. Pulling to stand, cruising, taking a few steps. However, Memorial weekend she became a full time walker. No more crawling, scooting, just walking. She can bend down and pick things up, turn, dance and run (well, it is really a fast walk).
Now, not that I want to take this exciting news down from the high note, but I do share our life because I want to spread awareness about Down syndrome and my journey,,,,,I remember when she was a few weeks old, during one of my nightly cries and I said to Diondray "What if she doesn't walk?" .....I had been told she may not walk. That she probably would, but there is a possibility that she may not.

He said, "she will walk."

He never doubted. I did. It makes me sad to write and think that I had doubts, but I did. However, I knew this day would come, when my sadness, fear, anger and despair would turn me into one fierce mama bear. And it has. And I don't doubt. Not her, not me, not my family. This mama bear is roaring, but that will be another post :).

Here is our walker!


  1. I just want to eat her up! Yayyy, Kamryn!! So happy for her and so happy to hear that mama bear emerge. You've never been more strong, never been more happy, never been more confident!

  2. Your girls, they're just beautiful. You're setting such an amazing example for them.

  3. You go, Kamryn! And Andrea, it's ok... so many people are told so many incorrect things about our children. I love how each of our children can prove at least one myth wrong!!! :) Hugs and kisses to the family!

  4. Happy graduation...happy beginning of summer....and happy walking little Miss Kamryn! Huge milestones!! :)

  5. Congrats on SOOOO many amazing milestones! Can't wait to get all our new little walkers together again sometime!!!!

  6. Oh How exciting...all of it!!! Can't wait to see you all on the 19th.-Jamie

  7. YAY! Lot's of excitement for your family. I am so happy Kamryn is walking around like such a big girl. That is SO exciting!

  8. lots of fun stuff going on! it is so wonderful to read the news and see pictures of Kamryn walking!!! YEAH!!! Way to go Kamryn :)