Friday, March 21, 2014

World Down Syndrome Day

Today is World Down Syndrome Day...because its 3/21 and persons with Down Syndrome have a third copy of  the 21st chromosome.  

This is not a day that our family would have ever reallly thought of in years past...but now has a real significance to us thanks to our amazing son, Joseph.  

I can honestly say that I wasn't sure at first that a child with Down Syndrome would be a good fit for our family.  We just didn't have very much experience with children with Down Syndrome and I was worried.  Until I met him.  And got to know him...not as a diagnosis but as the person he is.  He's pretty awesome ;)  And God knew just what He was doing when he placed him before us and asked us to trust.  It is obvious to us now that he was meant for our family all along.  

Any concern I had about us not being familiar enough with Down Syndrome to adopt Joseph has been wiped away...because it just takes love.  Parents love their kids and do for them what they need.  Its no different with Joseph.  He has particular needs so we do our best to meet those needs.  And we are happy to do it...because he's our son and we love him.

I've been blessed with a deeper understanding of Down Syndrome this year thanks to our son, Joseph.  His being a part of our family has grown us and made us better.  And for that we are all very grateful.

More updates and pictures to come!

Overdue Post!

Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

I am so incredibly overdue on our blogging...I think it's been about 3 months since I've updated here.  So  very sorry!! I promise, though, that I have some pretty great reasons for not keeping up to date on this blog.

I'll be back here later this afternoon with a big update post to catch you up on all that's been happening here at our place...and of course lots of talk about how our sweet Joseph is doing now that he's been home 9 months. Can't even believe it's been that long.  Anyway, I'll be back with some family updates and some World Down Syndrome Day love!


Monday, December 16, 2013

Our Christmas tree farm outing 2013

We've gone to this family owned Christmas tree farm now for several years.  It's really become one of those traditions that the kids look forward to every year.  It's a great excuse to spend the day outdoors, take a wagon ride and roast marshmallows.  This was the first year for both Emmie and Joseph and they both seemed to enjoy it.

So fun.

My handsome husband doing the manly job of chopping the tree for us ;)

I wish I had gotten a picture of Joseph on the wagon ride.  He's been on one other wagon ride since he's been home and I guess he remembered what riding ipon a wagon was like because as soon as we sat down on the wagon he started to giggle the most wonderful giggle and bouce up and down...knowing what was coming.  It was awesome to see how much he enjoyed it!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Joseph had hid first surgery yesterday.  He had tubes put in both ears as well as had his adenoids taken out.  What was supposed to be a half hour procedure turned into 6 1/2 hours at the hospital.  It was a really long day for our little guy, but he did incredibly well and we're hoping this will help a lot with his overall health.  The ENT said that his ears were TOTALLY Full of fluid and that he had probably had many ear infections that went untreated (poor guy!). Hopefully this will clear him up and keep him healthier.

One benefit of the surgery was that I actually got to be there within minutes of him coming out of surgery so that I could cuddle him and do all the after care for him.  It was so good to know that he had a mama there to care about how he felt and help to console him. 

 So very thankful this season for our little Bulgarian boy and having him home with us.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

She'd follow him anywhere

These two are like to little peas in a pod.  Joseph has grown from just tolerating Emmie to seeming to like her around.  He will even reach out every once and awhile and give her a good head squeeze kind of hug...which always startles and excites Emmie.  See...she loves this little guy. She'd be thrilled if he would love on her like she would like to love on him.  She follows him everywhere he goes around the house.  She can be playing with something but if she sees him travel away, she stops what she's doing to follow him.  Always.  She's his little shadow.  She's really quite attached to him which is surprising because he doesn't really interact with her a whole lot.

She just seems to like the comfort of having him nearby ;)

Friday, November 8, 2013

We're the lucky ones

I hear it a lot.

"He's so lucky to have been adopted by you folks!"

Yes, I guess you can look at it like that.  He certainly needed to be adopted.  It scares me to think of what his life would have been like if he had grown older...unadopted...and eventually transferred to some place even worse.  Already I see all that Joseph has to struggle with for the lack of interaction and care that he missed out on in his baby orphanage. So many things that would be better for him if he had started out in a family.   He does so well and is working so hard but the gaps are there from lack of a family...he bangs his head a lot these days as he is being challenged to learn and connect with people and things around him.

I am thankful that he is home...and yes, he DID need to be adopted by us..that is for sure.  But WE are the lucky ones, too.  I think people forget that.  People don't look at all that we need to do to care for Joseph and think us lucky.  But we are.  We have been given the chance to love more fully as God love Joseph unconditionally and to care for him even though he was not born into our own family.  It is awesome to love not because he is my natural born son but because he is beautiful in the eyes of God and so he is beautiful to me.  It's a gift, have your understanding of love be truly enlarged like that.  

He has made me love more fully...and for that I am thankful.

There is nothing sweeter than to accidentally over-hear your six year old daughter explain to some girls at the park that "That is my brother.  He was adopted and he has Down syndrome.  He is THE BEST brother in the whole wide world!!"  She was so serious, too.  Meant it with all her heart.  Pretty high praises considering she has a bunch of pretty awesome other brothers as well ;). I'm sure the other boys won't take offense.
  They think he's pretty great, too :)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Historic settlement and farm

We finally got a chance to visit a historic settlement near home.
A great excuse to get out in the fall weather and learn a little history while we're at it.

Buddies for life...this oldest and youngest have been tight from the very beginning.  He's already concerned about growing up and having to leave her.  I'm sure they are going to be very close even when they're older.