Today was a day of great adventure! Nora went to “the beach” thanks to a friend of ours who brought “the ocean” (a bag of sand and a bottle of salt water) back from a recent vacation. Decked out in her fancy monkey bikini Nora enjoyed a delicious milkies cocktail on the balmy shoreline. She accidentally lost her bikini bottoms on her way out to catch some waves. Terribly embarrassing, to say the least!!! The ocean was a little chilly for her liking so a soak in her “lukewarm tub” was in order afterward. (Babies don’t care much for hot tubs.)
I’m so thankful for our ability to laugh even throughout some of our darkest days and moments. God gave us the ability to laugh and smile — what a cool gift! There is great truth in the saying about laughter being the best medicine. I love laughing, I love making people laugh and I’m drawn to people with a great sense of humor. That is one of the many things that attracted me to my sweet husband. His sense of humor is top notch! The medicinal properties of laughter are the infrastructure of our relationship with one another and that of our extended families. It’s safe to say that William and I both originated from a long line of silliness. I love to see it shine forth from our children, even tiny little Nora who we’ve embodied with a funny personality all of her own.
For instance, look what she decided to wear to breakfast this morning.
As if we’ve got some kind of contest going!! So, whatever!! *wink* (You can “friend” her in the Praying For Nora Rose group on facebook, she wants me to mention.)
Silliness aside, we are incredibly blessed to have Nora in our family – I can’t say that ENOUGH. I had an amazing phone conversation with a woman whose little girl also has trisomy 18. Her little girl just turned FOUR! It was a pleasure and an honor to talk with her today. I have a renewed hope as it pertains to Nora — that she too will defy everything that has been suggested about children with this condition. Every life is precious, meaningful and worth fighting for, children with extra chromosomes included!!!
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40 NIV)