February 18, 2016

And Then There Was Music

I thought I had posted these photos for my friend Leon...last fall.  As it turns out Addison was in the hospital when I got them and I was very preoccupied with him and then it was Thanksgiving, and then I had the flu and then it was Christmas... and the girls informed me the other day that I had never done this.  Ooops.  

February 14, 2016

Mom's Thoughtful Spot

I LOVE office supplies.  Weird, I know.  The first day of school with blank notebooks, spanking new crayons and freshly sharpened pencils, has got to be one of my favorite days of the year.  My husband knows this.  My kids know this.  And a very select group of friends (up until now, anyway) know this. 

February 12, 2016

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Valentine's Dance 2016

We are always blessed when we make it to an event hosted by our local Down Syndrome Family.  F.R.I.E.N.D.S. is made up of some extraordinary people.  Unfortunately, due to Addison's fragile health and the crazy business we call life, we don't get there as often as we would like.  After our trip was cancelled we did manage a last minute appearance at the annual Valentine's event last week.  And I am just going to apologize right off the bat for some very lousy photos.  I have no idea who had the camera but I'm guessing it was a little somebody.  Although, I suppose we should be grateful because we were too busy visiting to take any photos.

February 10, 2016

The Essence of Love

I love that our children always seem to be going out of their way to find little ways to show each other, and their dear old folks, how much we are loved.  Elisabeth leaves little notes here and there.  Brianna will tuck a scripture verse in just the right place.  Carmella loves to serve dessert to all of us at the end of a long day.  Kaitlin, who is not a morning person (and that's an understatement)  regularly sets her alarm for just before sunrise so she can deliver a fresh cup of coffee to every (8) coffee drinker in our house.  Emma will join the boys in playing a game on a Saturday afternoon even when she had a nap in mind.  The boys will work together in the chicken coop on a rainy day or read to their little sisters and help them brush their teeth so I can take a run.  And just in case that day to day isn't enough, our kids get really into Valentine's Day.  

Not long after the New Year they each start disappearing into quiet corners where they eagerly work on secret projects and little expressions of love.  I always look forward to seeing what each child came up with and the way their very individual personalities come out in their cards and gifts for each other.  

One year Kaitlin sewed mini Henry Owls for each of us themed to our own personalities.  Samuel's was reminiscence of Eyeore, Elisabeth had a long golden braid like Rapunzel and mine was full of pink and some bling.  This year I happen to know Aedan has made red paper hearts with pictures of his favorite Peanuts characters and witty little sayings expressing his love toward his siblings.  And I can pretty much bet Brianna will spend an entire day in the kitchen, using every pot, burning something and then creating the perfect Martha Stewart something with chocolate, which she will wrap in something incredibly time consuming to make.