...And in the air, the fireflies, our only light in paradise. We'll show the world that they were wrong, and teach them all to sing along; singing Amen I, I'm alive. Amen I, I'm alive...

- Nickelback, If Everyone Cared

For All The Right Reasons Album

And I'm singing Aaa-ayyy-men, I'm alive!

William Leonidas November 12th, 2009
My only regret is that I cried so many tears while I waited for you.

"...I'll try ~ but it's so hard to believe. I'll try ~ but I can't see what you see. I'll try and try to understand the distance between the love I feel ~ the thing I fear ~ and every single dream. I can finally see it. Now I have to believe all those precious stories. All the world is made of faith ~ and trust ~ and pixie dust. So I'll try ~ because I finally believe. I'll try ~ because I can see what you see. I'll try, I'll try ~ to fly..."

Jonatha Brooke "I'll try"

Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you..." Jeremiah 1:4-5

For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to Thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well. Psalms 139:13-14

Monday March 5th, 2010

So Why Stinkerie?

It's simple, really. It's the first thing I whispered against my newborn little Dumpling's temple as I held him alone for that very first time. "There's my Little Stinkerie." And all was right with the world as I brushed my lips across his delicate dewy soft newborn-pink skin and sniffed at his sparse smattering of downy soft hair. Corny and sappy, huh? I can't help it when describing my new Little Puppy. But don't get used to it - I have been told I am "irreverent."

Anyway, it just came out and he's been Stinkerie ever since. As well as Stink Pie, Stink Pot, Stinkey Pete, Little Stinks, Stinks, Puppy, Ducky, Baby, Baby Head, Baby Head Jenkins, Jack, Jack-Jack, Jackie Boy, Jax, Snork, Snorkis, Snorkle, Billy Boy, Billy Bob, Bobby Sue, Billy-Joe-Jim-Bob, Will, Willie, Willister, and the name given by my mentor turned friend Beth - Snake. When I write to her I call him either The Snakester or Slither! And of course, Dumpling, because he is my Little Dumpling - warm and soft and comforting. It's alright to combine comfort food with baby names, right? Have you ever watched the movie Where the Heart Is? If you have, you'll know why I mention this in my defense!

Long story short, you're likely to encounter any one or more of these names in a single post. Because I can. It's my blog!

Something to Consider

Bad decisions make good stories.

Something to Think About

With any pregnancy, there are concerns. With any child, there are worries. When you have a diagnosis of Down syndrome, you know what to worry about. You know what to look for. You have a plan of action. With your typical child, there is no limit to the things that can 'go wrong' or 'happen.' There's no place to focus your worry and concerns. 'IT' will always be out there, waiting. You'll always be on guard. Even when the child is 55 and has grandchildren. With Down syndrome we have a battle plan. With Down syndrome, there is a finite number of things that can go awry. With a typical child, there's isn't. It's a crap shoot. I'm sticking with the Ds and taking the other two back to the hospital for a refund.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Lysol No Touch Hand Soap

Is it just me, or this this the stupidest new product to hit the market? Seriously. I think it's a tremendously ignorant product designed to bilk people out of their money. Plain and simple. You run the water, you get soap on your hands, rub your hands together, and then rinse. And the germs, having been subjected to mechanical abrasion and removal, go down the drain with the soap and rinse water. Who goes and puts their clean hands all over the germy soap dispenser when they're done washing their hands? And really, you are so much more likely to re-germ-ify your hands on that hand towel hanging there that every one else has used. Can we get an economical version of a paper towel dispenser instead? One that won't cost a fortune to refill? That's what I'm waiting for! Anyway, the commercial just ticks me off every time it airs. The dispenser at Wal-mart is about $6.00, and refills are about $3.50, for eight ounces. With three kids, One Daddy, One Mommy and five various therapists wandering through our bathroom every week, we'd be going through about four refills per week! For my money, I'm going to pocket the $20.00 (+ tax!) and use some common sense instead. When my house is clean enough that the condition of my soap dispensers' hygiene keeps me awake at night, then I will revisit the idea of ridding my household of "germy" soap dispensers. Maybe I'll just issue an all out ban from germs entering the house. It makes about as much sense as Lysol's new product. Until then, I'm going to continue to call this a stupid product. Okay. I'm done. For now.


Courtney said...

OMG. This post had me laughing out loud. My mother actually has this at her house. I gave her a good stern lecture. My mom is like that. She's a marketers dream because she'll literally buy ANYTHING. She owns every single gadget on the planet. I roll my eyes at her with disdain (and love, of course!).

Tracy said...

I used to be a gadget head too. I still love gadgets, but I never see them again once they come home, cus they're stuck in a drawer somewhere. So I admire them in the store and leave them there!