Everything I’ve hoped for …

Today was an incredibly awesome fantastic over-the-top happiness filled parenting type of day. Reese competed in her first Special Olympics Regional Games today and she did GREAT! After over eight years of waiting for this day, it didn’t disappoint!

Well, I hope you all have a day that was EVERYTHING you have hoped for!!!

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Proud …

Tomorrow Reese will be participating in her first Special Olympics Regional Games. She will be running the 25 and 50 and participating in the long jump. I am beside myself with excitement! This mama has one major feeling running through her body right now and it is the best!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are proud!!!

Celebrating EXTRA …

Today is World Down Syndrome Day! And we all know that I have someone very special in my life who has Down Syndrome. My beautiful 8 year old daughter Reese!

March 21st is a global day of awareness that has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. How cool is that?!?! This date was chosen to represent the triplication of the 21st chromosome (3/21) found in individuals with Down Syndrome. Today I celebrate Reese and the amazing community of people with whom we share our lives.

I was told when I was 15 weeks pregnant that Reese had Down Syndrome. I did not grieve or cry. I did the complete opposite. My heart was immediately filled with hope for the future. And not just for my future or hers. From the moment that I was told that she had Down Syndrome I knew that Reese was going to change the world for the better. It was like a blanket of understanding that I had never felt before. And I have witnessed her work her magic time and time again ever since. She has softened the hardest of hearts and changed the most ridged of minds. I am so proud of her! This little girl of mine is smart, silly, kind and caring. Her compassion for others runs deep. She is a bright light in this dark world. She has taught me SO SO SO much and has showed me what real strength and perseverance looks like. And best of all, she loves me HUGE! Reese is an incredible human being and I am humbled that God chose me to be her mommy. It is truly a blessing and an honor.

I love you my Reesey Roo. You are my hero!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you celebrate EXTRA!!!

I finally decided …

I got my first tattoo yesterday. It took the better part of 30 years to figure out what I wanted. HA! I’d like to say that isn’t the truth, but it is. I have wanted a tattoo for years but I could never figure out specifically what I wanted. An upcoming Down Syndrome Awareness tattoo event prompted my desire to really think this one out. Even at the event I was thinking that I would wait and get a custom design. But I fell in love with one of The Lucky Few designs and couldn’t get it out of my head. The triple “V” represents the triplication of the 21st chromosome found in people with Down Syndrome. And we all know that I simply adore someone with Down Syndrome! The word LOVE was something I had considered getting for many years. Because I truly believe it’s all we really need. And the arrow symbolizes how far you can go even after difficult life experiences “pull” you back. The incorporation of all these things really hit home for me. So, after years of being indecisive. I just wasn’t … and I went for it!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you FINALLY decide!!!

A very special long anticipated wonderful day …

Today Reese started Special Olympics. She will be participating in the Track and Field Games this Spring. I am absolutely, completely and utterly excited! I’ve waited 8 years for this day … needless to say, I’m one happy mommy.

Well, I hope you all have a very special long anticipated wonderful day!!!

A whole new world …

Today we are surprising Reese by taking her to see Aladdin the musical! She has never seen a Broadway show before. She is going to LOVE IT. The best part for me is going to be watching my sweet little girl discover what true theatre is really like. I can’t wait to see her face light up and to see wonder in her eyes as she becomes part of the theatrical experience. I got to do this with her older siblings and I know that her turn will be no less magical. It might even be MORE. I started taking my other kids when they were around age four. Reese is now eight. Developmentally she is about 4-5 years old. Down Syndrome has taught us that things don’t always happen on a typical timeline. It’s honestly freeing. To allow growth in such a natural unforced way is beautiful and I get to live that every day. I am blessed. MEGA BLESSED. It’s days like this that my heart wants to burst with MOM happiness. It is simply THE BEST!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you discover A WHOLE NEW WORLD!!!

A blubbering mess …

Perhaps scheduling Reese’s appointments to see her specialists the two days before the 24th anniversary of my mother’s passing was a bad idea. Don’t get me wrong, they went great! Reese picked out some adorable purple glasses with hearts on the side that should correct her vision. YAY! And her cardiologist couldn’t have given me better news. PRAISE GOD! I am a great case manager and I had worked long enough in the medical field to know my way around most specialties. So I usually can put up a pretty good strong front through most of these appointments. I am Super Social Worker Mom, with nerves of steel, wisdom beyond my years and complete level-headedness. But not these past few days. Good grief!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you aren’t a blubbering mess!!!