Tags archives: 31 for 21

  • We're On the Next Chapter

  • The last of my guest voices is an incredible photographer, Kelly Searle, who I'm still hoping will decide to make an impromptu trip to Toronto one day when it just happens to be gorgeous outside so that I can use her incredible talent to capture some new photos of Lily, but I digress.  Kelly is also the mamma to Dolly,[...]
  • Brotherly Love

  • Down Syndrome Awareness Month has come to an end, but luckily here in Canada, the first week of November is Down Syndrome Awareness week.  So while a cold that has kicked my butt kept me from finishing my project for 31 for 21 project for this year, I'm happy to bring it into November as well. As you know, I've been[...]
  • Jax's World

  • Shortly after Lily came home, Jess was talking to a woman who said to her, "I've heard about people like you."  A little taken aback, for a moment Jess wasn't entirely sure which of the "like you" categories the woman was referring to - lesbians or parents who had chosen a child with Down Syndrome.  The woman was refer[...]
  • "I Just Want to Be His Mama"

  • The thing about the thread that binds parents of children with Down syndrome is that, like all thread, it can sometimes seem invisible.  There are moments in time when parenting our children can sometimes feel lonely.  This doesn't mean that we don't have amazing support systems from our family and friends but there ar[...]
  • Meeting Levi

  • Once Lily was officially home with us, we began taking her to weekly sign and music programs aimed specifically for parents and children with special needs.  The majority of children attending the program along with us had a diagnosis of Down Syndrome, so it felt a little bit like walking into our own special clubhouse[...]
  • 31 for 21: The Rest of the Journey

  • We took some time after Paxton to just settle for a bit.  After all of the rushing, we didn't want to keep pushing ahead and were obviously scared about more heartbreak.  We needed the time to reflect and figure out what to do differently the next time.  We knew that there would be a next time, but we just needed some [...]
  • 31 for 21: Days 5 & 6

  • 12 months after camp ended, we were back again.  It was a completely different experience leading up to our time away; I felt like a teenager who aches to be back at summer camp all through the school year because that's where she really belongs.  I couldn't wait to get back and see everyone and just immerse myself int[...]
  • 31 for 21: Days 2, 3 & 4

  • This started off as just a post for day 2, but became a work in progress along the way :) While my interactions with Jordan helped me begin to understand that our differences were incredibly small, I would be lying if I said that they changed everything about what I thought about disabilities.  While I learned the l[...]
  • Ask Away

  • So clearly my attempt at {31 for 21} has been a failure of epic proportions.  I'm not sure when we October ran past me, but it did and suddenly I've woken up and there are only 13 days left in this month.  I had started with, what I thought was, a great idea - taking single posts to talk about the peices of Lily's life[...]
  • The Things I Didn't Know

  • Clearly I missed day two of of {31 for 21} but I think it was for a good reason and actually the subject of today's post. October 2nd is our wedding anniversary and while Jess has been sick for a couple of weeks and totally not up to a night of celebrating, it was the perfect night to just spend some quality time to[...]
  • { 31 for 21} Using My Voice

  • This blog was never meant to make me famous.  For as long as I can remember, I've written diaries, journaled or blogged about every aspect of my life, so when Jess and I got the life changing phone call that Lily was ours, it was only natural that I would document this new chapter that we were about to open.  During Li[...]