Today my sweet baby is 5. It is so hard to believe. I'm a bit sad, 5 seems so old. But, when I look at all that she has accomplished I am so proud of her first 5 years and can't wait to see what this next year brings! Happy birthday to my Amazing Ella Grace!!!
Ella at 1 day old
I am 5 today!!!!
She is looking a little rough today....she had a little fall and her face and the road collided : )
Oh man I am so so so behind on blogging, as usual! I have SO many pictures from this spring/summer that I want to share, including from the National Down Syndrome Conference (which was a blast!!) But, I think I will start with pictures of the kids on horses because I know my family, those who don't have Facebook (gasp!) will love them!!
Ella did Hippotherapy this summer and the instructor allowed Hunter to participate too! Both of the kids absolutely LOVED it! I liked it because Ella was working hard without knowing it : ) Hunter did so well that by the end of the session he was taken off the lead rope and doing it all on his own, including going around poles!
Here are pics from their first day!
Ella before we left the house....so excited!
and who wouldn't be...especially if you got to wear boots like these!
The kids all had to learn how to groom the horses and did this at the begining of each day.
Cleaning out the hoofs.
Ella riding on Sugar the therapy horse!
Hunter on top of Buddy!
Ella yelling "I DID IT!!" This picture by the way was selected for the NY Buddy Walk and will be shown on the big screen in Times Square in September!
Sitting up nice and tall, working out those tummy muscles!
They all kept saying that Hunter is such "a natural!"
This night as I was putting them to bed Hunter informed me that he wants a "real horse" and it can live in our backyard and he will take care of it and ride it everyday. Ha!
Ella loved it every time they rode next to Bubba! And Hunter was of course so sweet to her : )
We are done now for the summer session, waiting to hear the day and time for the fall decision before we decide if we will be able to go!
I am a mother to two incredible children. Hunter is 8 years old and Ella Grace is 6 years old. My children are my life, my true joy. My life was turned upside down when my daughter was born and surprised us all by having Down syndrome. Since her birth I have come from sorrow and a sense of loss to greater happiness than I ever imagined and I owe it all to The Amazing Ella Grace! Contact me anytime by email firstname.lastname@example.org
My face may be different,but my feelings the same.I laugh and I cryand take pride in my gains.I was sent here among you to teach and to loveas God in the heavenslooks down from above.To Him I'm no different,His love knows no bounds;It's those here among you, in cities and townsthat judge me by standardsthat man has imparted,but this family I've choosenwill help me get started.For I'm one of the children,so special so few,that came here to learnthe same lessons as you.That love is acceptance, it must come from the heart;we all have the same purpose,though not the same start.The Lord gave me lifeto live and embrace,and I'll do it as you do,but at my own pace.-Unknown