Monday, July 18, 2011

A Very Happy Birthday!

Today I turned 47 years old and I'm at a point in my life where the best gifts are simple gifts. Blessings that I hope to never take for granted. Like the beautiful card my husband gave me to let me know that he still loves me "in that one and only, forever-wonderful kind of way"!

The way Ben made a special trip and came home during the day to wish me a "Happy Birthday".

The beautiful hand made card Danielle gave me to tell me to have a great day!

The sentence Sam constructed on his board while we worked on his program today.

How we all came together to enjoy a wonderful steak dinner and discuss our day. And the part of birthdays our entire family enjoys the most...watching Sam sing "Happy Birthday".

How can you not feel blessed when you see how his whole face lights up as he sings? It is a family tradition with Sam that we always sing twice and blow out candles twice usually because the sheer joy that Sam emits when he sings is something you hope your heart holds on to forever. Notice how when he sings he looks at each family member, how his eyes light up and his unconditional love for those gathered around him is there for all to see.

Thanks to everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday. I look forward to a year full of joy, laughter and simple blessings!!


  1. Happy belated Birthday Sue!!! What a wonderful gift you just shared in watching Sam sing to you; absolutely beautiful!!!
    Thank you for sharing your special moment with all of us.

  2. This blessed my heart!! Thanks again for sharing! May your year be filled to overflowing. Happy belated. ~dj

  3. Happy belated birthday. What a little cutie. How old is Sam? He reminds me of my Joseph(Joe) at birthdays. He loves them. He loves it to be dark when blowing out the candles. Was a pure joy to watch and Joe sang along with. You can see him on my blog that I just started.
    and we are also in upsndown group I think. Hugs Heidi

  4. Thank you for the information and being my first follower. Hugs

  5. Sue, I've been blessed by many of your posts on the homeschooling with Down syndrome group digest. I happened to read the one you posted about your birthday, and I just wanted to say a belated Happy Birthday! Our birthdays are close: on July 17, I turned 46! My littlest one (the one with that extra chromosome) can't sing the words to Happy Birthday yet, but she gets that same glow on her face that I saw on Sam's! God bless you and your family!

  6. Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes! Hoping you all have a wonderful weekend!