Down Syndrome Awareness Month

I have been meaning to post this since the begining of the month and have had so many other fun pictures that I've forgotten.
This month is Down Syndrome Awareness month and I just wanted to share with everyone my favorite poem! A nurse brought this poem to Nick and I the night of Lincoln's heart surgery on Dec. 19th 2006. I have it hanging in his room and it is a friendly reiminder about life.
Lincoln is the best gift ever. As well as Lucy and every other child we are going to have! Lincoln has made me realize LOTS in life and he's only 2 years old. He is here for a reason and I couldn't be happier. I think I am speaking for my family and friends as well.
He has already brought so much laughter and joy into our lives.
Lincoln has touched each person's life and will continue to do so.
Just a few pictures of the little guy and then the poem!

"Welcome to Holland"
By Emily Perl Kingsley, 1987. All rights reserved.

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......

When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."

"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."

But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away...because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss. But...if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.

3 new posts

I've been horrible at keeping up with my blog lately so just wanted to let you know that there are 3 new posts. Enjoy and I hope everyone has a great Sunday!!

Fire Station

There is a new fire station that just opened here so we went with our friends who live above us and it was a great for it! The kids loved the fire engines and their favorite was the street cleaner. How great! There are all these great bright red fire engines and all they wanted to do was sit in the street cleaner!!!
The picture of Lincoln with the band shows you how much he LOVED the music. We sat down for a cup of coffee and he ran up to the front and started running around in cirles and waving his hands! I think he might be in the band when he gets older! Maybe he can play for those Hawks!
It was great day!

Nick is going to change his profession to a fire fighter:)

Tim and Lucy even got fire helmets!

Face painting

Lucy went to a birthday party yesterday and got her face painted. I don't think she stopped smiling the whole night because she was a "butterfly princess!"
Lincoln was scared of her and so of course she had to tease him and run up to him and scare him! He finally warmed up to her and then started chasing her and saying "RRRRR" to her. I then tried to video tape to put it on my blog because I was laughing so hard but as soon as he saw the camera...he shut off!:)

Halloween jammies

A friend of mine sent these last week in the mail and I LOVE THEM! There aren't any Halloween decorations over here and it's hard to get the "mood." I was glad to get these!

Happy Halloween

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Well I am a mother of 2 kiddos. Lucy is 4 and Lincoln is 2. They are on the go ALL the time. By time Nick gets home from work, I am ready for bed. We are here in Germany for a year with Nick's work. It's going well. I am trying to enjoy the time we have here. There is so much to see and do and so much to take in. I thought I would do this blog so everyone could take a minute to see how we are!