Wednesday, October 22, 2014

31 for 21...Day 22

 Having Down Syndrome doesn't keep Jonathan
 from having fun or living life to it's fullest.

Each day is a gift....
From the simple days of nothing much happening...
To the days of amusement park rides and thrills....
Life is Good~

Living in the world of Ds isn't a negative, it's living life with a little something extra ;-)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

31 for 21...Music

In concert at Dollywood
 Jonathan absolutely loves music, he tries to snap and sing along. I really can't remember when his  love for music started, maybe birth?! For the past several years Jonathan has loved Guy Penrod, he can pick him out when singing with the Gaither Vocal Band. He has an ear for his favorite singer, which we have found very interesting due to his hearing loss. Well, a couple of weeks ago we were so excited to be going to see/hear Guy Penrod at Dollywood. Jonathan was so thrilled, he pointed and continued to tell us...."it's Guy Penrod" After the concert was over Jonathan was so happy he cried...Yes, that sweet boy cried when seeing his favorite singer! 
It truly is the little things of life that make you happy :) 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

31 For 21...Can Jonathan Drive?

There are some people with Down Syndrome who have a drivers license and can drive...
you can read about them on Noah's Dad blog~
Jonathan turned 16 on Thursday, he is light-years away from getting his drivers license.
That didn't stop him from enjoying practicing his skills while at Dollywood a week ago.
There are many factors why Jonathan will probably never get a drivers license,
I believe he'll be Ok with that :)
So, we'll let him drive our golf cart and take him places like
Dollywood to enjoy a spin every now and then.
The great thing is Jonathan has lots of siblings to chauffeur him around...
A few of the younger kiddos enjoyed taking older siblings for a ride....
Elizabeth & Susanna...she was brave :o


Madison & Mary Ann

This pair made me laugh so hard!!!!

Rebekah & Ruth Ella
Stephen & Wesley

Friday, October 10, 2014

31 for 21...Day 10

Wizard of Oz
Jonathan is a movie watcher, and has been since he was a little guy.
He likes funny movies, and classics with
music, singing, and dancing :)
His all time favorite movie is the classic Wizard of Oz.
If, you've never seen it...
 grab some popcorn and go watch it.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


Happy 16th Birthday Jonathan!
You have come such a long way, being born 8 weeks early, having major surgery just hours old, and spending your first month of life in NICU. You have been a trooper through countless surgeries. With each year that passes we have watched you check off milestone after milestone. Even if you continue to have a mountain of skills and learning ahead of you,  we marvel as you take it all in stride. You have brought joy to our family and opened our eyes to the  truly important things. The teen years are upon you where attitude and stubbornness abound...proving once again that your just a 'normal' teen. I love you heaps and gobs Mama~

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

31 for 21...The Goof

Jonathan loves to act goofy, and make you laugh....
He has a great sense of humor.....
This was his impression of the ant,  nutty guy!