Bright & Beautiful

This Christmas, like Pip's birthday, held with it so much JOY...Heck this Christmas felt like a lovely Holiday Card bringing with it JOY~HOPE~PEACE...It held with it so much that Christmas is meant to be...It held with it such a celebration compared to the last...

I can barely remember last year, when I try it's all such a blur...Pip was only 10 days old, and all we knew that Christmas day was that Down syndrome had been confirmed but other test still needed to be done, other Specialist still needed to be seen...We were given this baby & told she had significant heart and eye problems...But because of the holidays we had to wait till that first week in January to meet with doctors, follow up with exams, confirm what our Pediatrician suspected Pip had...It was dark, dark moments in my life...Probably the darkest...

Those moments in a way feel so far away- That dark & doubt in those days seem a lifetime ago...

But I have to remember those moments...They are important in their own way to this journey I have been on with Pip...They formed how we as a little family grieved, grew and blossomed...They are the reason I held Pip a bit tighter, snugged her a bit longer & was in a constant state of gratefulness this Christmas...

Those dark days are a part of why are days now, are so very bright...

And this Christmas it felt absolutely nothing but Bright & Beautiful...It was full of giggles, chocolate, ice storms that tried to ruin my only planned date in 3 years with my husband, Christmas movies, hide & seek, family game nights, cheesecake, specs for everyone, mimosas, hotel swimming pools, kisses, early morning wake-ups, Noal eating Santa's milk & cookies, surprise gifts that made me think I was on candid camera from my brother, cozy pjs, dancing with cousins, snuggles to stay warm, late night Euchre games, traditions, celebrating Festivus, tickle monsters, giving my dad projects because my husband is cute but not so handy, tissue paper & box forts, adorable baby girl outfits, gag gifts, eating ridiculous amounts of food, smooching the chef, first hockey skates, two year old excitement for everything, Chinese Food on the Eve, Grandparents spoiling the hooligans rotten & just an overall happiness to just be...Just be in the moment with my little family...

Friends, I hope y'all had the same...A Bright & Beautiful Christmas...I hope you felt JOY~HOPE~PEACE in your own way somehow...

Much love, 


  1. Anonymous1.2.14

    Your children are adorable. My nephew, Kristofer, was born with Down Syndrome. He was also born with a cataract and had eye surgery when he was about a week old. He wore a contact in that eye and they had to patch his "good eye" for six hours a day. He hated it and learned to remove the contact when he was about seven months old. He is my precious angel and we can't begin to imagine life without Kris.

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