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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Thursday, May 7, 2009

A Mother's Prayer For Her Son

Today is the National Day of Prayer and I can't help but to reflect on my faith, my son, and my blessings. An open prayer to God:

Dear Lord,

I am so thankful for the opportunity to be Nathan's mother. I wouldn't trade it for the world. Having the opportunity to raise my son and give him the care and attention he needs has been an unbelievable blessing ~ thank You. But, one thing I've learned is that in life, things can change quickly and I pray for the continued ability to be at home with Nathan. I know I'm blessed to have this opportunity and am fearful that it will be taken away. Please don't take it away.

I am also thankful for Nathan's good health. When I was pregnant - I prayed for a healthy baby and am so thankful You answered my prayer. I pray for Nathan's continued good health. Although, I know I have no control over his health or how Down syndrome will affect his life - I pray that if Nathan gets sick - You provide us with the best medical treatment available.

I am also thankful for Nathan's abilities. Abilities that most of us take for granted each and every day. The ability to walk, talk, see, hear, smile and love with a pure heart.

Lord, thank You for my sister, who has always been by my side. She stepped up to the plate the moment of Nathan's birth and now cares for him while I'm at school. I wouldn't be able to teach if it weren't for her and I am so grateful for that.

Lord, today I ask that You protect Nathan from any harm and ask that You help him during is therapy sessions. He works so hard and has made such awesome progress. He's doing so good with his walking! It won't be long before he's running around. Thank You for giving him his strength and the confidence in himself to know he can do it.

Finally, I pray for the knowledge and wherewithal to be the best mother I can be for Nathan. I pray for strength in the valleys and grace in the face of adversity.

Thank You for my life, my son, and my family. I love You

Monday, May 4, 2009

Summer Writing Program For Down Syndrome ~ Pass It On!!

Hello friends. I wanted to make you aware of a summer writing campaign sponsored by the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center if you know of any students ages 8-14 that might want to participate. We could all use a bit of inspiration and the students have a chance to win some great prizes. Please pass along to any parents or students you know. See below for a brief description, the full flyer is attached or can always be downloaded at http://www.capitalregionbuddywalk.org/. Thanks!


“Words that Walk” Summer Inspirational Writing Campaign presented by the Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center and supported by Pet Spas of America

What: The Down Syndrome Aim High Resource Center (DSAHRC) provides parent-to-parent and professional services to individuals with Down syndrome and their families so that they may have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential and become fully included members of their communities. In advance of this year’s Buddy Walk we are inviting students to participate in the “Words that Walk” Summer Inspirational Writing Campaign. Students are invited to submit one of the following;writing pieces below that portray the mission of the DSAHRC and the Buddy Walk.

- Poem/song lyrics
- 150-word essay/words of inspiration
- Open letter to fellow students/peersEntries should focus on promoting any or all of the following: acceptance and inclusion; equality; humanity and kindness among all individuals. They should also serve as inspirational words of encouragement for fellow students and peers.

Who: Students ages 8-14 are eligible to submit entries. Entries should be submitted via e-mail to wordsthatwalk@dsahrc.org, faxed to 518-438-2716 or mailed to DSAHRC, 1 Marcus Blvd./ Ste. 105, Albany, NY 12205. One entry per student. All entries must include name, age of stud ent, school (if desired) and appropriate contact information. Parents contact information is necessary to verify entry. There is no cost to enter and the contest entries/winners/details willbe made public.

The top 3 winning entries, after review by an independent group of volunteers, will be rewarded:

1st Place - $250 and event sportpack
2nd Place - $100 and event t-shirt
3rd Place - $50 and event water bottle

When: Entries can be submitted until September 1, 2009. Winners will be announced and read at the 2009 Capital Region Buddy Walk on Sunday, October 4, 2009 at Schenectady Central Park.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Fresh Prince of Rensselaer

Friday, Nathan and I enjoyed a nice lunch together at our favorite establishment ~ the Cheesecake Factory. If you've not been there, the tables are really close together and you almost feel as if you're having lunch with those seated next to you. With that in mind, when the ladies seated right next to Nathan were ordering their lunch he decided to goose the waitress!! And, then he decided to caress her bottom! He literally took his hand and ran it right along the round of her butt cheek!! I was mortified! I couldn't believe it! The ladies were cracking up and directly on the other side of me was my OBGYN that delivered Nathan!

The the waitress, who was so professional, never turned around until she had taken their order and then said, "are you being fresh." We were all laughing! How do they learn this stuff?
On a totally unrelated topic, Nathan had his first ride on the lawnmower today. I doubt it will be his last of the session.