Mother’s Day, a day that I have always been thankful for. Thankful for the selfless, love so hard, do anything for her 5 children mother of mine, my grandmother who raised her and set hard to beat examples, and my beautiful sister in laws who gave me the cutest nieces and nephews. With all that said, it was also a day that would hurt so deep. The aching desire to be a Mother accompanied by the reminders of so many failed attempts trying. But with the comfort of God, endless prayers, hope, and determination I am able to celebrate my greatest accomplishment, being a Mother.
Rhett Tru, you are my greatest gift. You have taught me more than I have ever fathomed. What a gift it was to grow you’re most perfect being inside my body, to have your heart beat amongst mine, and to hold your tiny body in my arms for the very first time. You are a true blessing and I’m so proud to be your Mother and celebrate this day with you ✨
With that being said, here’s to all the amazing Mothers out there 💕The biological mama’s, adoptive mama’s, bonus mama’s, dog mama’s, soon to be mama’s, and the never give up trying mama’s. Happy Mother’s Day 🌿 xoxo
Two thumbs up for barbecue and an excellent beard! 👍🏻👍🏻 Ava does a funny thing at every meal: about halfway through our table time, she slides out of her chair and toddles up to me with gimmie hands, chanting "mumma, getchoo. Getchoo!" ...but this time, she wanted to sit with Baby (that's what she calls Nathan, since I do 😆😆). 💗💗 I take moments like this and hide 'em in my heart. ❤️ #myloves#daughter#sweetcheeks#snuggle#upwithdowns#bbq
Our favorite #model just followed us!!! WHAT?!! 😳🦋💋🐸 Hi, @madelinesmodelling_ !!!! We think Ava and Mad look like sisters!! 👯 If you're not familiar with her work, check her out -- you'll be blown away!
I'm gonna share something with you in hopes of making Ava's life a little easier. When someone says to me, "At least she's happy all the time" because she has an extra chromosome, I want them to see this picture. Misperceptions like that are hurtful to her for two reasons: 1. It disallows for the fact that she is a complete little human being with a full range of complex emotions, and 2. It's like trying to pass out some kind of "consolation prize" to her family because her differences are more visible than most. Mornings like this one remind me of how intensely she feels EVERYTHING -- happiness, yes, but also anger, sadness, and frustration. We all need compassion to learn how to handle all of our emotions.... especially as new little human beings.
I am crushing on this tray💕 so proud of my club 21 special needs artists💙 They used fluid techniques with alcohol,acrylic,and watercolor inks💜❤️💕 I finished their creations with resin and glitter...lots of glitter💜💕💙
School: Photographer, I challenge you to sit the smileyest kid in school and make her a prune-gobbling Victorian spinster
Photographer: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED
👀👽🤖😱😂 #schoolphoto#why#awkward @awkwardfamilyphotos #upwithdowns#mugshot
Today this sweet boy weighed in at 10.1 lbs 🏆 We no longer need our weekly at home home nurse visits and can get away from the alarms every 3 hrs at night for feedings. We all get to sleep! Since leaving the nicu I’ve set an alarm and woken him up regardless if he’s hungry or not. Hurray for progress. Poor weight gain and feeding problems are a characteristic of Down syndrome, especially when there are heart defects involved. #dsdn#littlewildofmine
We had such a lovely morning in Dublin with the gorgeous @rachelallen1 and @downsyndromeireland for the launch of the HB Fundays for 2018. This year's campaign is focusing on education and #downsyndromeireland are hoping to raise a whopping €350k to provide educational tools and support for teachers and parents across Ireland, ensuring the best education journey for children with Down Syndrome.
Having met Aisling today (pic above), the most amazing, articulate, clever 22 year old I've met in a while (who works 2 jobs and is gas craic btw) I can immediately see how important education is for our children with additional needs and how much it can enhance their lives ( did I mention she works 2 jobs??)
I will encourage Harry to quite literally "live his best life" and so the building blocks for tnat will be his education.. So if having a HB ice cream party this summer will help towards services and support for Harry and his little friends when they go to school, I'm in!
You can register for your party pack on downsyndromeireland .ie
We are so excited the Walk with Angels is just about here again! 🙌🏼
We have been truly blessed to have our girls come into our family. This walk means so much to us and when we had our girls, my friend with the United Angels Foundation got a hold of me and came to our home and visited us and we became instant friends. 💙
Of course it’s been a trickle effect and I’ve met several other mamas and families of kids with special needs and I’m so grateful for this amazing community. 💕
Come join us in celebrating all children with special needs and of course our girls 😉. UAF puts this awesome event together to raise awareness and bring families together. -
We’d love for our families and friends to come support us on this fun, special day! If you can’t make it but would like to donate to the foundation just follow the link in my profile where you can do so and also read about our story. 🤗 -
Hope to see you there!