Nathan is Hebrew and means "gift from God" - we couldn't have been more blessed than to have been chosen as his parents!

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Friday, September 5, 2008

Our little stars television debut!

This is an interview given by Nathan's Great Aunt Kathy. She was asked to provide her thoughts on the Republican Vice Presidential Candidate - Sarah Palin. During the interview Aunt Kathy mentioned how she and Sarah had many things in common - family of children with Down syndrome. Yours truly. The picture you see is from his first professional sitting - so he was only a few months old. Too cute!

There are two clips here - 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm news.


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Life in the sandbox

On Labor Day, Nathan had is first sandbox experience. Now that he's able to sit on his own it opens up more play activity opportunities.
What strikes me most about this picture isn't how cute Nathan is, but Emily's hand gesture. I'm certainly not an expert, but I know a little about the message body language sends. Let me fill you in. Emily is demonstrating a natural ability for power/authority using this hand gesture while she speaks. I call her a little negotiator. Watch out Wall Street!

Nathan loved trying to catch the sand. We do this in the tub too!

Monday, September 1, 2008

A Birthday, A Donation & A Lesson In Compassion

Nathan attended the birthday celebration of a very special little girl yesterday and I have to tell you about it!
Rather than purchasing gifts, she asked her party goers to bring a donation for the Humane Society!!!!!!!!! Wow. The donations took up the entire front entrance of their home!!! With each new arrival she became more and more excited. This act of kindness not only helps these animals but also reminds children and adults alike of those less fortunate and the importance of making a difference. Thank you my little angel!

I've decided to "pay-it-forward" by carrying on this very important lesson to Nathan and our family. Just think if each of us asked our children's friends and extended family to bring a small donation for the Humane Society, the food pantry, Toys for Tots, the local domestic violence shelter, or the troops. Imagine the impact such a small gesture could have if we all gave it a whirl. I challenge you to just try this - once.
I do realize that our son's immediate family will want to purchase him gifts and that's great! This little girls did too. It was everyone else that brought the donations. I personally feel that this strikes a nice balance - gifts for the celebration and donations for the needy. What an awesome idea!

Pass it on!