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, January 20, 2012

Happy, Happy, HAPPY

Why are we no longer saying, "Happy New Year!"? It's only January 20th! I feel like we should say that to one another until at least February 13th. I suggest that date as the cut off because by then we will be saying, "Happy Valentines Day!"

I love the month of January, but I love 10 months out of the year so that really isn't saying much...but January wraps up the holiday season and provides closure for that time of the year. I enjoy the holidays, which begin in October and end when the last Christmas storage box is packed away in the garage around December 31st. (OK, the truth is I just put the last of the Christmas decorations away last weekend). I always look forward to hanging our stockings on the mantel, but by December 31st all those decorations just make the house feel cluttered and I am ready to take them down.

I like January because it feels relaxing. All the added activities we do during the holidays are no longer, and we are back to the "normal" busy everyday life. It's also a time to be reflective on the past, look forward and focus on today.

2011 had some momentous moments in our house:

1) For the first time in 10 years we had no babies at home! Kamryn started Preschool in August.
2) There is no longer a highchair in our kitchen! This too has been part of our decor for 10 years!
3) I read 6 books! (reading more was something I hoped to accomplish in 2011)
4) I ran my first 5K! And I'm still running!
5) Diondray and I went to three concerts! Alica Keys, Incubus and Lauren Hill.
6) Brynn asked to be (and was) Baptized!

I could go on, but it's late. 2011 was a HAPPY year. Happy, Happy, Happy is exactly how I feel!

Happy New Year, Happy Day!

A moment in December 2011, enjoying the day, each other, and life!

Life is beautiful, Happy New Year!


  1. happy new year! hope 2012 is wonderful to you and your family - love the fun pics playing outside!!! jealous!!! :)

  2. Hi Andrea
    I am glad I came accross your blog. I have 4 kids as well, two boys and two young girls with the youngest being like yours. Thanks for sharing your journey with your daughter I am glad I can learn from you as I am new to this.