Ready for school: I had the worst time convincing her that she couldn’t wear her hat to school. 4 year olds don’t understand the no hats on campus rule!
Therapy: Jumping and blowing cotton balls
and some ball work (her core is stronger than mine!)
Being full of joy!
Doing Becca’s hair
Playing piano and pushing sister
Helping turn the soil in the garden Picking up sister from school
This is great fun!
With our new school schedule, we haven’t figured out nap time yet!
My heart still hurts when I drop Joy off, but I think it’ll all work out. Naptime is presenting a challenge. We haven’t figured out when it fits in yet.
This week when Joy wore that blue outfit in the sleeping picture, I saw a flash of her birthmother. I only saw her birthmother twice. I have tried to hold onto those memories – the woman who gave my daughter life, how grateful we are to her! Joy looked so long and lean, so tall and beautiful – just like her mother. It made me smile.
I was at the store this week waiting for Joy to finish her ride on the purple dinosaur. There was a man beside us filling up water bottles. He asked me, “Downs? Does she have Down syndrome?” Inward groan. It had already been a long day and I wasn’t in the mood to educate. “Yes, yes she does.” Turns out his son has DS. Oh – that changes everything. We talked for a while. As he left, he turned to me and asked her name. “Joy.” “She will be a joy – you wait and see.” She already is – and we are grateful for her everyday!