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, April 1, 2011

What a Day! And a year of Blogging!

The girls began Spring break today and the weather has decided to co-operate with their time off. It was 85 degrees...off to the beach we went! I don't have great pictures, but we had a great day, with great friends!

Just last week we had rain for several days in a row and then...

As soon as the rain stopped, we headed out. As busy as we are, we hadn't been on a bike ride in some time. There is nothing like a good old-fashioned bike ride.


5 Reasons I Smile....I started my blog in March of last year. I wish I new how to put the link here for my first post. I titled it Starting Somewhere. (you can go back to it at the side bar)

Wow, I am somewhere.

My children have given me so many amazing, precious gifts. I continue to grow, discover and transform because of them. I feel like I am the luckiest mom in the world to be blessed with my four girls.

One of the gifts Kamryn has given me is the gift of clarity. It is so clear to me that I need to focus and put my energy into today. Before I had her, I thought I was doing that. I was, however not in the more simplistic sense that I do now.

I used to assume that all my children would go to college, find an amazing man to spend and enjoy their life with, discover a career they are passionate about, have children and live happily ever after.

Now, I hope all my children will live happily ever after.

I don't know or assume what that will be. I just put my energy into raising strong, polite, compassionate, confident women. With humbled hearts that are full of love and joy.

And I enjoy every day. Rain or shine, because I want them to.

I blog because of Kamryn. I wasn't blogging before her. I am not a writer. I don't have extra time. It is not a hobby and even though it still scares me to share my life, our life with whoever wants to read it, I have a reason. She is it and she is pretty amazing.

A Kamryn update.

She loves Yogurt Creations!

She is great at independent play. She took that toy from the play room and set it up right there to play!

She had the stomach flu :(
Gosh, she is so cute!

She is determined!

She can do this in 2.2 seconds.

It was a great day and it has been a beautiful year.


  1. It has been a great year! If we only knew then (when our girls were born) what we know now..... we would have jumped for joy and high-fived our husbands! But, it has been a process, a beautiful, special, amazing process. I can only hope for future mothers of children with DS that in reading your blog they can catch a little glimpse into the joy, peace and love that Kamryn has brought you and that their babies will bring them, too! That is my prayer!

  2. happy one year anniversary of blogging!!! what a year, huh? kamryn is so stinkin cute (as are your other girls) --- so jealous you guys can just take off to the beach, especially in 85 degree weather :) wow! enjoy your spring break w/ the girls - i hope the weather stays like this and you can enjoy each day with the girls break from school!!!

  3. Great update, Andrea. Kamryn just makes me smile from ear to ear! So glad you took the leap and started blogging! Are you going to San Antonio this year? I'm taking my two oldest...