… to pursue their dreams.
… to push past boundaries.
… to prove people wrong.
… to do the things that makes others get those sad eyes because they think my son and a beautiful stranger friend named Nella can’t do them.
Another Mommy blogger with incredible talent as a writer, photographer and most especially, momma, included Zack in her recent post in honor of her daughter’s upcoming first birthday.
Please check this out.
I know money is tough. I know this isn’t JUST for Zachary. But it is, really. A donation to the National Down Syndrome Society helps all of the Zacharys, all of the Nellas. It helps their parents and their families, too.
My favorite Christmas present this year came from my cousin’s girlfriend, whom I haven’t even met yet. She donated to NDSS in Zachary’s honor. We have been so moved by that that there are still no words to express our sincere gratitude or amazement.
Kelle gives me hope every week with her raw, honest voice and a peek into her world. A world that, like ours, included a diagnosis of Down Syndrome this year. A world that has been made better for it.
Thank you for those who have supported us on this journey so far.
Thank you to those who ask questions and find answers.
Thank you to Nella.
And to Zachary. You make me a better momma, a better person.
Between the snow, the Christmas decorations and atmosphere and a certain blue-eyed baby, this winter I think will be a little less dreary than most.
My cousin Nicole recommended I listen to this song (it even says Zachary!) and now I have it on repeat as I look over photos from an evening with my two guys.
I love the phrase the magic and the wonder our ole Rocky Mountain friend sings about in that song. This year has given me much magic and wonder. These past four months have been magical and wonderful and more so because of the moments where the magic and wonder was hidden in a deep dark place that I HAD to visit. To get from there to here. There is magic here. And great wonder.
I’ve also been reminded to, quoting the title of my absolute favoritest blog ever, enjoy the small things. There are moments where I am oblivious to the attention my little blog has gotten already, although I’ve asked for it with Facebook sharing and word of mouth and a mass e-mail here and there. But then there are people I never knew who are sending me thoughts of love; there are acquaintances-turned-friends simply because they spent a few minutes ‘in my world’ here. Church members are reading and people I work with or see through work are cheering us Z’s on every day.
I don’t blog for the comments (though they make my day!) or for attention (I like being behind the scenes). This post explains why you blog. At least it hits the nail on the head for me.
This is such therapy for me.
Some days I’m barely hanging on and just letting my fingers roam the keys puts a calmness in my soul. Other days, I’m so proud of my son, my husband, my life, that I have to stop uploading photos and laughing out loud. And some days, very much today, is a neutral ground somewhere in between.
Don’t laugh, but it makes me feel whole. It makes me stop and take notice of the magic and the wonder in my life; of the small things and beautiful things that might otherwise escape my reflection of a busy day.
It heals me.
Or, given the funny French theme that stumbled onto my new blog, should I say “BONJOUR!”?
I’ve been blogging here and there for some time now, but since the recent purchase of a really tubular, makes-me-grin-like-a-kid-on-Christmas-morning camera and the birth of an amazing mohawk-wearing son of mine earlier this year (along with the urging of my Internet-savvy friend with a great story of her own), I felt the strong urge to really blog. Fo’ real. To put myself out there, not behind a wimpy free browser or lots of privacy and hiding, but to really and truly share things from our corner of the world.
I promise adoring stories of being a Mom, stories of love and fun with my husband and all of the ups and downs in between. I love photography, powerful quotes and a wide variety of music, so be prepared for a little bit of all of that whenever you come back to visit.
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Tomorrow equals the official start of this blog, but for now, enjoy a picture of our handsome boy, napping away on Mommy’s lap this afternoon. The way he pulls his fingers into a fist, sighs and quivers in a dream and lays silently in peace brings me such comfort and such strength. It’s times like these that I truly feel I was put on this earth only to be a mother.