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
Being full of joy!
Doing Becca’s hair
Playing piano and pushing sister
This is great fun!
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!