We have a new angel ornament on our tree and his name is Andrey, he is just precious. He is one of many little ones who have been placed in orphanages because of their extra chromosome. I look up at him on my tree and I just sigh every time I pass by knowing he doesn't have a mom or dad to love him. He looks like such a combination of my boys. I learned of Reece's Rainbow Christmas Angel Tree Project last year but it wasn't until this year that we participated. Earlier in the month I pulled up the site and told Luke to look through and see if there was a little one he thought we should support. Right away Luke picked out Andrey by saying, "Awwwww, Mom I like this little guy!" in the sweetest of voices. I had actually seen him several times as well and felt the same way so that was it, we sent off our money and we received an ornament with his picture on it. A few days afterwards I went back to the site to check on Andrey to see if there happened to be any information on him. There was some information regarding his health but what got me the most.......was when I noticed his birthdate. Insert watery eyes here. This precious little boy was born on the exact same day and year as Reid. They will both be three on December 28th. It got really personal for me at that point. The last three years have been so heightened for us as we've navigated this new road. It has been full with therapy and surgeries and adjustment and love.....so much love and snuggles and laughter and just so much joy. When I think of this sweet Andrey being born that same day with such a different fate, well it makes me just cry. If you have thought about sponsoring a child please consider this sweet little one or one of his friends found here. The deadline to receive an ornament with the child you sponsor is Tuesday December 15th, though you can still sponsor a child up through December 31st.
I am blessed to be married to an incredibly loving and kindhearted man, Toby, and I am a mom to 2 boys...I am in the chapter of my life that involves baseball games, homework, playdates, diapers, and dump trucks. It is simply the best! With every part of my being I love being "Mom" and have learned the depth at which my heart can go when our youngest son was born with Down syndrome. This blog was created to connect with other families on this same journey that an extra 21st chromosome presents. Join me as I journal about Down syndrome, life, and raising Reid and his big brother Luke.