Obviously I have failed the 31 for 21, but that is OK! :)
today's post is really more about celebrating Madeline than DS...her 7th birthday was the 22nd, Parker turned 17 months on the 23rd. So, two special kiddos with two special days! I am humbled by the joy all of my kids bring to our lives. God has richly blessed me with an amazing family and while these kids bring me to my knees daily, they remind me that children truly are a gift from God. We had a terrific party at the ice rink yesterday and I am struck by how much she looks like I did as a young skater(go check my FB page for old skating pics). The ponytail hair and even the face looks a bit like me! This morning they girls and Dad were up and out the door by 6:30am for a swim meet..never a dull moment at this house...the boys and I are about to head out too...
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11 Our unexpected journey with Down syndrome, babies with heart conditions, T21, and AVSD.
Lara, 40 year old wife to Michael (married 17 years, best years of my life)! Mom to 4 wonderful kids! Taylor, 11, Mallory, 8, Madeline, 6, and Parker born 5/23/09. We found out after delivery Parker has Down syndrome and a complete AVSD. He was scheduled to have open heart surgery at 4-6months, but God intervened! His surgery was postponed until July 2010 and God healed his VSD hole in the process. So, on July 20, 2010, Parker had open heart surgery to repair his transitional AV canal defect. He was in ICU for less than 24hours and home in 72 hours. We never looked back! I own an Executive Search Firm focused on Accounting/Financial placement (used to work in Big 4). Actively involved in my kids activites and school; all are competitive swimmers and son Taylor plays tournament baseball. Girls do tumbling as well. Avid runner and boot camp fanatic. Used to be a competitive figure skater growing up. LOVE to shop, ebay/etsy crazed, addicted to Starbucks non-fat lattes, a child of the KING, thankful that we are saved by faith and grace!