Monday, June 25, 2012

Life is Good Today!

Ok, so here it is....the first post on this blog.  I really cannot tell you why it has taken me so long to write it. Maybe it is because I have so much to say that I don't know where to start. Maybe it is because I don't think anyone is going to read it anyway, other than my family and maybe a few friends. Maybe it's because we are always busy, and I haven't stopped long enough to write it. Maybe I'm saying maybe too much! Who knows?! All I know is right now, I have a little boy with big blue eyes sitting in my lap and staring up at me as I type, and all I can about think right now is how blessed I am! 

God has allowed me to experience and be a part of something I never knew I wanted to be a part of, and it has been amazing so far, and I know it is only going to get better! Don't get me wrong, I still have my days, and my moments where I flash back to the exact moment when the Doctor came in and told me that my little guy possessed that extra chromosome that makes him so special. And sometimes I have little pity parties in my head over the things that he cannot do right now that babies his age and younger are doing. But then I flash right back to his smile that can turn any bad day into a good one, and all of those thoughts go away very quickly!

So what if he's not sitting up yet, holding his own bottle, or doing other things that babies his age do! I will tell you what he CAN do....He can brighten my day with one look into his eyes and melt my heart with his smile. He can get a grip of your hair or earring and rip it out in no time. His grip has even been known to put a bruise on your arm. (Just ask his AJ) And even though it can hurt like heck, it makes me so proud to know that he can reach out and grab...another skill that took him a little longer to accomplish. He can also do this adorable little thing where he sticks out his tongue and blows bubbles. However, it's not quite as cute when he is in the middle of eating his peas! He can get people's attention with his cute little Michelin man rolls that I'm pretty sure brought back some sand from the beach last week, because they are so hard to clean. I cannot go to the grocery store, to a restaurant, or get in an elevator where someone doesn't come up to me, smile at him, tell me how cute he is, and how much they love his chunkiness. He can roll over from his back to his belly. He can get mad as a hornet when his bottle is empty. He can suck his thumb in a way that is so cute that you don't want him to stop. He can bob his head and dance to a song. He can tear up a jar of bananas with oatmeal. He can make grown adults (men and women) act like fools when they talk to him in high-pitched, squeaky little voices, that would otherwise be very annoying, but when talking to him it's surprisingly cute and makes everyone smile just because it makes him smile. He can do all of this and so much more.

All of these things I took for granted with my other two kiddos, but now I notice and appreciate every little thing that Deacon does, because it is so much harder for him to do it. He will do all of these things that he's supposed to, but it will be in his own time. And that's okay with me! In the meantime we are going to celebrate each milestone (big or small) and just soak in all of the joy that he brings to our home and to others. I thank the Lord for the three beautiful children, the wonderful husband, and the awesome family and friends that He has given me, and I do not want to take one minute with them for granted. Last week I sat in my beach chair with my toes in the sand, enjoying the sound the waves, and listening Zac Brown Band while singing along "Life is good today," and I thought it couldn't get any better than that. Right now, I sit back in my home with my little man in my lap and as he looks up at me and smiles, I am still thinking....Life is good today!

Stay tuned (mom & dad) for the next post with pics from our beach trip! :)


  1. Beautiful! You will change and touch lives with your story! You have touched mine.

  2. Dearest Andrea,
    I attempted a blog as well after Katherine was born, but I'm so technically unsavy that I just couldn't get it off the ground. I enjoyed your post and will love to continue to read it, especially, as I believe we are on the same road together, pushing the same stroller. It is amazing how that moment in our lives hovers as if time stood still in that single moment, and it seems each time I remember it, that moment is longer and long it nearly envelops me... the moment our lives changed... for the better. We will learn to appreciate things more than we could have before that moment. The moment our eyes opened. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to read your next post. Want other pics? Let me know. They won't be as good as yours, but they're filled with love just the same. :)

    1. Thanks so much for reading and sharing with me! One thing that helps me more than anything is making friends with people who are on the same journey we are and who truly understand what is going on in my heart! Our lives were definitely changed for the better! ;) I would love some pictures! Please send them to my email

  3. I struggle to even think of the words to say. My eyes filled with tears and my heart filled with joy. I too remember when my world stood still. You looked me square in the eye with a red, tear stained face and said "They think Deacon has Down Syndrome." There was a numbness about you that was apparently contagious, because in that moment I felt it too. You are my "baby" and always will be. I was so concerned with what this would mean for you & Dustin. I didn't even know what to be concerned about because I was so uninformed. Little did we know that we were chosen to be the exception rather than the rule. How we underestimated God's perfect plan and His grace that would be poured out on our family. Deacon absolutely lights up the room and he is only 7 months old. He is our little "pocket full of sunshine!" I am so blessed to call you daughter! You have shined in a way even I, your mom, didn't see possible. Dustin is an answered prayer to your daddy & I. Literally...from the time you were a baby, we prayed for him. God knew his name even though we didn't. God knew about Noah, Anna Grace & Deacon. I am going to just stop at that. I stand amazed in the presence!