Monday, January 7, 2008

Happy 2nd Birthday Baby Girl

Payton at 8 weeks old

Today is Payton's second birthday. Wow, this day brings a whole lot of emotions back to the surface. Two years ago, we learned that our precious baby girl was born with a little something extra ... Down syndrome. We were blown away ... we wanted to know how this happened to us ... we weren't sure how this was going to change our lives.

Today, I can answer those questions for myself, and others who might be interested. Why did this happen to us? I'm not sure why God chose Kyle and I to be Payton's parents, but we could not be more honored. Many people say, "God doesn't give you more than you can handle." I believe that is true. Sure, I wasn't so sure in the very early days, but we got through it and are now stronger than ever.

How has having Payton in our lives changed us? Only for the better, that is for sure. She has taught us so many things. While the majority of society thinks she is far from perfect, we happen to think that she is perfect. We would not change one chromosome in her little body. Her spirit for life makes you realize that many of those other things that people dwell on just do not matter.


To my baby girl ... I can't believe you are two already. You have accomplished so much in these two short years and we could not be more proud. You make my heart swell with joy in a way that I never thought was possible. I love your laugh, your smile, your sassy attitude. I love watching you walk across the floor while your big buddha belly gives you a bit of a waddle. I love watching you hold your own when your brother tries to take your toys. I love watching your expression when you see us and how you run to give us a hug. I love how you stop in the midst of your day just to give us kisses. We are just in the beginning of our journey and I can't wait for what is to come. Love you sweetie ... Happy Birthday! Love, Mommy