Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Love these girls.


We have laughed together and cried... plenty. We have had good times (plenty of those, too) and bad. We are completely in sync with each other, for just one reason... we all have experienced the birth of a child that has Down syndrome. We get it... and we get each other. The bond that we have is unbreakable and any of us would be there for the other at the drop of a dime... no questions asked.

These are my Down syndrome mommies. And one of us is moving away. Linda, one of my closest friends, is leaving me. Wah! 


True friendship isn't being inseparable... it's being separated and nothing changes. ~Unknown


We surprised her yesterday... oh, did we surprise her. She cried. We knew she would. Because that is Linda... and that is the love we have for each other. We can't help it... we can't control it.

A farewell party... just us, cruising the countryside and sipping on wine.


Friends through thick n' thin... friends to the very end... I think you would agree... that's how it is for you and me. ~excerpt from A Friend Like You by Geoff Moore



We enjoyed ourselves at a few wineries... got a little tipsy too. Or maybe that was just me... the non-wine drinker with zero tolerance. A bittersweet day for Linda... for all of us, really.


Amidst the blue skies and crisp air, the coziness of the holiday season was among us. If ever there were a way to tie it all together... this was it. Perfect.


No matter where we go... be it through the highs and lows... I will be by your side... 'cuz you and I are friends for life. ~excerpt from A Friend Like You by Geoff Moore


Moving causes so many mixed emotions for me. Life gets in the way for so many of us, making it hard for us to see each other as often as we would like. The telephone has become my best friend... and I know that will never change, whether we live 20-some miles from each other or 2000-some. Some of my best friends live half way across the country... and we have that connection that distance can't touch.



A part of you has grown in me, together forever we shall be, never apart, maybe in distance, but not in the heart. ~unknown


Love these girls.


Don’t be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before we can meet again and meeting again, after moments or a lifetime, is certain for those who are friends. ~unknown

This ain't the end sister, it ain't the end. ♥


Housekeeping matter... 

The winner of the Freckles & Firecrackers hat is Ellen Stumbo. Congratulations Ellen!


  1. Awe! What a cool group. Looks like a fun time:Q&A, were you at the winery/home from that HGTV where the couple redid a vineyard and now lives there and rents it out for parties? Looks like the place on tv.

  2. Yes ma'am! That winery was our first stop, Notaviva!

  3. Linda will be missed I'm sure... You are so lucky to have such a close group! Linda is a sweetheart and I wish her all the best with her move! Linda you are closer to my side of the states now! Great memories with these pics!

  4. What a wonderful way to say good-bye (for now...) So fun. I have a wonderful group of Ds mamas here, too. Love 'em to pieces.

  5. What a beautiful post! Although Linda won't be right around the corner, we all know that she'll "be there" just the same. I heart the women I've met that share this one thing in common with me.

  6. That was beautiful sista!! Really captures our wonderful amazing group of mommas. You did a great job organizing a memorable event. When is the next one? LOL. Better yet, when we making our first trip to CO? Love you!

  7. How wonderful to have such a bond...I miss my friends near and far..seems life has gotten in the way of our freedom to connect. Perfect way for her to begin her new life..

  8. how cool.... so awesome you guys got to do this!! i love what this extra chromosome does!!!!

  9. Looks like so much fun!! I guess that means you'll have to come visit here now! :)