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!

Sunday, November 21, 2010


Today is my favorite holiday! Family, Friends and food. I just put the turkey in the oven and I am waiting for the aroma to fill the house. Twenty-two people will be gathered around the table and I am so excited and THANKFUL. Brynn asked if we were having a jump house. That made me laugh. We have never had a jump house for Thanksgiving. They will jump around, I am sure of that.

This time of year seems to get hectic and overwhelming. I work hard not to let that happen and each year I get better and better with that. We have incorporated many family traditions for the girls during this time. I am looking so forward to all of them. They are too, which makes it even better!

This season brings us to Starbucks...I am not a coffee drinker, but hot chocolate always seems appropriate for the cold weather. We can always get Grandma to go to Starbucks. (She is a coffee drinker!)

We bake for a reason.

Nonno is visiting from Italy!

We feast at school!

And yesterday, even though I had a million things to do. We braved the crisp, cold, yet beautiful weather and headed to the Mission. Just to stop and play together.

My blog is inspired by an extra chromosome. I don't remember Thanksgiving 2008. Kamryn's First Thanksgiving. We had a house full, I am sure. But my heart was so heavy during that time. Today my heart is full and I am so Thankful.


  1. exact same for me- I blogged about tyson's last two thanksgivings and why this year is so special. cute pics!

  2. Sounds like you had a nice Thanksgiving. Cute photos! I posted about Thanksgiving as well... it's the day John Michael came home from the NICU when he was 8 days old. It'll always be special to me. :=)