Tags archives: Family

  • Another Brick in the Wall

  • My dad is gone.  I've avoided saying those exact words and typing those exact words, but those are the words that keep swirling around in my head.  My dad is gone. I've been quiet about his diagnosis, his short but courageous journey, for reasons that I don't even entirely understand myself.  For someone who shares [...]
  • I Want...

  • Some years it really is easier and then, out of what feels like total left field, it's a bad year again. I've written about this week before and how my mind is completely distracted, but I don't think I've talked about the weight of it, the physical ache, the near-constant feel of tears behind my eyes. The want to just[...]
  • To Witness Love

  • You might think, from the title, that I'm about to tell you how incredible it was to witness the birth of my new niece, Penelope, this week.  You're not entirely wrong.  Being allowed to be in that room, to share this moment with my sister - my other half - is beyond anything I can put into words.  To be one of the fir[...]
  • Holding Tight to the Love

  • One of the thoughts that I push aside most often is how Lily's relationships will change as her friends get older.  We just spent a wonderful weekend away with some friends and one of my favourite parts was watching their son interact with Lily.  He has loved her since the minute she entered our lives and while so far [...]
  • Keep Love Alive

  • "T'is the season when the saints can employ us to spread the news about peace and to keep love alive." 10 points to you if you knew that was from A Muppets Christmas Carol, but another 10 points if you know that for all of the Christmas songs and carols out there, this is the one line that always takes my breath away.[...]
  • The Day of Thinks

  • Some part of me thought that we wouldn't get here.  I wouldn't let myself actually look this far into the future and see this day.  This 5 year old girl standing before me, strong and growing and shining with light, I didn't think I'd see her. It's given me new hope, if we can reach 5, which seemed so far away and i[...]
  • Welcome to the World

  • I had the pleasure of photographing the brand new baby Matteo last week and what joy this little man has brought to his momma.  When we did some maternity shots a couple of weeks ago, the excitement and anticipation were radiating from her like beams of sunshine and now that he's arrived, you can tell their world is co[...]
  • Pure

  • There is a stigma to special needs adoptions, but it's not what you may think.  The stigma belongs to the birth parents, labelled as selfish, heartless or weak. It's an easy assumption to make, a way to blame.  When we first got the call about Lily, those were the thoughts that ran through my head.  What kind of person[...]
  • 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[...]
  • #500 for 5

  • 5 years.  Since just after that horrible day 4 years ago, the goal has been 5 years.  "Take her home and grow her," they told us, "if the day comes when she needs a heart-lung transplant, the success rate improves dramatically once a child is 5."  It seemed impossible.  5 years felt more like a lifetime, especially whe[...]
  • Happy Birthday Young Man

  • I'm not really talking about Down syndrome today. Today is my dad's 85th birthday. 85 years. It's pretty amazing. I'm so much like my mother that I sometimes forget about how much I get from my dad as well: my love of the royal family, how I tap my fingers to the rythym of any song that's playing, how I get s[...]
  • 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[...]