We had a marvelous Mother's Day weekend. Friday and Saturday we had significant rain but we were still able to get in some gardening Saturday morning.
Addison finally opened the last of his birthday gifts.
Elisabeth and Carmella made a Lemon-Lime Cake for Mother's Day
Last Christmas I was looking for a doll with Down Syndrome features for Carmella. They were hard to find and the ones I came across were simply dreadful. Their faces looked like the faces of people pictured in old medical books. You know the ones that used words like "Mongoloid" to describe people with Down Syndrome. Anyway, I was sorely disappointed and bought Carmella an American Girl Doll instead.
For Mother's Day, Kaitlin contacted Sue out in Colorado and asked her to make a doll to look like Addison. Sue puts all her love into everything she does. In a letter that arrived with "Henry" she shared that she does not feel he has reached what she was going for so she will be making another doll to more closely resemble our guy. However, she sent this fellow dressed to match Henry's 6 month photos so Kaitlin would have him in time for Mother's Day.
I am not sharing close up photos because I want to share what Sue is really happy with. However, I will say this doll is simply gorgeous. And his feet are just like Addison's. I couldn't let a Mother's Day post go by without mentioning something so beautiful as the thought behind Kaitlin's gift. Nor the love of another Christian in trying to capture something so beautiful as our Henry. In thinking about it now, I am wondering if perhaps the reason no one seems to be able to capture the fine details of someone with Down Syndrome in a doll is because it is so wonderful and so perfect only God himself can capture it in those special people he has chosen.
At any rate, Carmella LOVES this doll. He is quite large, almost the size of Henry now. Carmella will not pick him up on her own. She really treats him as she does Henry. But she loves to ask us to set him on her lap to hold. He is made of porcelain so she always puts a pillow between his feet when she holds him so his feet won't break. She also loves the bunny Sue sent with Henry.
In the evening we got caught up working in the gardens for a few hours.
Elisabeth thinks gardening is a spectator sport.
I am always amazed at the thoughtfulness and creativity of my children when choosing gifts. Aedan gave me a gardening cushion for kneeling on when we work in the flowerbeds together. Nathaniel found a new hummingbird feeder for the deck and made a month's supply of hummingbird food. Brianna had pencils engraved with beautiful quotes. Emma found a Willow Tree of a mama and baby who looks just like Aedan when he was an infant. Ellie found a bird feeder to hang outside the window where I sit for family devotions each morning. And Samuel made coupons which included great things like bringing me coffee in the morning and vacuuming the van.
The best gift of all though was making it just my kind of day. Piddling about with the ones I love. Who could ask for more?