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!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Summer time...

It has been a month since I last posted something. That bugs me! I really wanted to post at least once a week. I made a commitment to blog and share-because the first year after Kamryn was born, I craved seeing families living life. My life felt shattered and it gave me hope to see families, who had children with Down syndrome, smiling, playing and living. That time of sadness and despair in my life seems so far away. I get frustrated because my memory is fading and there are moments I think to myself, it wasn't that bad. But it was. I have shared in previous posts, the depth of my sadness and fears, and they were real. And it HURT. So I want to write, post pictures and share, in case just one mom finds this blog and can gather a little hope.

Not only are we in the middle of a glorious summer, we have had some important meetings with Kamryn's therapist and case workers and are preparing to transition from Early Start support to school support. This is huge and I must write and share about that. But not tonight. :)

Tonight it's all about summer! As the girls get older (I can't stand that they keep growing), I find myself loving summer more and more. I can find great things to love about all the seasons. I find summer to be the needed break from all the activities taking place the rest of the year. It is a time to breath deeper, relax and spend time doing things we can't seem to squeeze in the rest of the year. We have been to the park, zoo, beach, playing in the back yard until dark and to our favorite summer hot spot...Palm Springs! And we are only half way through!

Palm Springs:

I conquered my fear and we took a tram ride up the mountain. WE LOVED IT! OK, not everyone...poor Kamryn :(

Summer, summer, summer time. Time to sit back and unwind. (That song is classic)!


  1. Oh what gorgeous girls you have! I can't believe how big Kamryn has gotten! and I can't believe she's transitioning to school soon. That is huge! Let me know if I can help in any way. :-)

  2. Yayyy!! You posted! I was checking in a wanting to see your beautiful family. Don't pressure yourself. Post when you find the inspiration (and the time). You are doing an amazing job! I love your words and your honesty. You are real and full of hope! Looks like summer is going great! Would love to see you but for some reason we keep missing you! Huge bummer for us! Lots of love to your crew! mia