Dancing in the Rain
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A Trisomy 18 Journey

Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain. -- Vivian Greene

Friday, November 30, 2012

On Her Second Birthday

Nov 30, 2011 ~ Julia's 1st Birthday

My Sweetest Julia,
Today is your second birthday. We are thinking of you so much today (even more than usual!) and missing you tons! We are also celebrating you today. Dad, Syd, and Isaac all took the day off so that we could all be together on your special day.
I know that you would want us to be happy on your birthday even though we are missing you. Because your birth and your birthday should be celebrated, we made a list of things about our time together that we are thankful for.
I am thankful for your smile and that you blessed us with so many of them!
Cohen is thankful that he is your baby brother and that you were the first of his siblings to know he was coming! He also thanks you for all of the fun toys!
Sydney is thankful that you are her sister and that you are a miracle!
Isaac is thankful that you were with us for a whole year and two weeks.
Daddy is thankful for all of the quality late night time you two had together.
Most of all we are thankful to be your family. We love you so much, sweet girl.
Happy 2nd birthday to you. Sending lots of love, kisses, and hugs to you today.

Love you forever,

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Birthday Month - A Look Back Part 5

More Julia Photos! These should be called "Smiles and Silly Faces."
How I miss her many expressions and her priceless smiles!  

Daddy is funny!

I think I might like my tie-dyed onesie!

How cute am I?

My mommy is a little weird.

What did you say?

Oh, that IS funny!

I'll think about it...

Where did my hand go?


Mommy is silly!

I'm not telling!

I'm a pumpkin?

I love Pat-a-Cake!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Birthday Month -- A Look Back Part 4

More of Julia's lesser known photos...these are from summer 2011.
We had such a good summer and were even able to travel to visit family.
What a blessing those memories are today.
Love you so much, sweet girl.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Prayer Flag

As part of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day on October 15, I created a prayer flag for Julia.  I sent this prayer flag to Australia to Carly Marie of Project Heal to be displayed with prayer flags from around the world. She received more than 300 prayer flags in memory of little ones gone too soon. She then photographed them in groups at sunset on Christian's Beach (for her son Christian). This beach is also where she creates the beautiful beach butterflies and writes names in the sand for bereaved families. 

Thank you, Carly Marie, for all you do to remember our precious angels.  

Friday, November 16, 2012

Birthday Month - A Look Back Part 3

Missing you 11 months today, my sweet Julia.

Continuing our look back at some of Julia's lesser known photos...

Friday, November 9, 2012

Birthday Month -- A Look Back Part 2

These are a few more of Julia's lesser known and lesser shown photos. These are all from January and February of 2011.  We sure do love her. And miss her. A lot.

Halloween 2012 Photos

Halloween 2012


Hermione Granger

Luke Skywalker

Getting ready to trick or treat!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

My Pumpkin Patch

My Halloween Pumpkins!

 All four kids have now worn the same pumpkin as their first Halloween costume.  
For the girls it was a little big, and for the boys it was a little small.  
But they all look pretty cute!

Birthday Month -- A Look Back Part 1

I definitely have my favorite Julia photos and I tend to use these for printing, scrapbooks, framing, blogging, etc.  In honor of Julia's birthday month, I wanted to post some of the lesser known or lesser shown photos of her.  Here are a few from December 2010...

What a tiny girl she was!