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!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Kamryn's Krew in Pictures & Happy Tears

We all have those hysterical moments when we laugh so hard we cry (that's a good laugh) or the moments when you are overwhelmed with happiness and joy and you tear up and cry. Happy tears, they are wonderful.....I had happy tears on June 19th at our first ever Buddy Walk for Down syndrome.

One of the items on my list of fear and anxiety after Kamryn's diagnosis was: How would our family and friends treat us? How would they treat her?.....as crazy as it seems now, it was something that I feared. I was having such a hard time dealing with the diagnosis (and what it might mean for my family). I wondered if our friends and family would too. Not that I don't have the most amazing family and friends (because I do), but that was one of the many fears on my list. (I am happy to say I have just about crossed out all the items on that fear and anxiety list, none have flourished. I am actually thinking about burning it :) ).

From the beginning, my family and friends have been nothing but supportive, loving and completely unfazed by Kamryn's diagnosis. They have just been there. PERIOD. They are amazing and they ROCK!

Several of our family and friends were able to come out and support our first Buddy Walk....thank you is not enough to say, but it is all I have. THANK YOU!!!

It was a beautiful day.....the sun was shinning, the kids did crafts (and played), awareness about Down syndrome reached many and we were surrounded by family and friends.

Kamryn's Krew

my idea was to make T-shirts, my idea waited
until the last minute....Diondray and I were up until
2 am..who knew it took so long to iron 25 T-shirts?:)

MY GIRLS.....I love them so!

Auntie Vicky

Best Friends

Wiped out, in her Grandma's arms!


  1. Looks like it was an AMAZING day!! What would we do without our AMAZING friends & family!! We are truly BLESSED!!

    Andrea, those are some pretty GORGEOUS girls you got there!!! Something tells me daddy is going to be busy in the years to come!! Rest well daddy, you are going to need it:)

  2. Congrats on your first Buddy Walk! It is always such an amazing day!