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This is one of those posts that I like so much that I'll probably still be whipping it out when all of these kids are 30, married and working. And they'll be all embarrassed, 'grrrrr, could you STOP re-posting that post already?'

I'll probably stop then.

But not before then.

Just cuz I like it.



hey! it's you!


I'm glad you are here, cuz I want to talk


see, it seems like people have some silly stereotypes about me – and my peeps with extra chromosomes


you wouldn't believe some of the stuff I've heard!



…like people with Down syndrome always having bowl cuts






Sammi's cracking up over that one, too



Or that we are happy all the time – because let me tell you, I can howl with the best of them


and so can Ellie!


and Verity!



and Coop… when he gets going, I can hear him all the way FROM CALIFORNIA!


Ollie says, "sshhh" – oh, okay


hmm… what else…? Oh! I know! That we aren't dapper dressers!



Anthony, the original Mr. Dapper



Manolo, the Cool Cat


Verity, Mistress of The Shades



…or that we are not beautiful



my friend Mia is simply stunning



so, too, is Verity



and Ollie! (all right, all right, you are HANDSOME, not BEAUTIFUL!)



where do people get this malarkey from anyway? or how about that we are not strong? that low tone equates a lack of strength?



tell that to Strong Man, Evan



..or that we are not tight with our siblings…



Broden and his bro's


…or that our mouths are always open, tongue out!  




yeah, right



…just try and make me open my mouth!



…you know… bowl haircuts, tongues, tone, whatever – anything that makes us other than who we really are








uniquely lovely






and with spirit



We are children. As any other. With or without extra chromosomes. See us beautiful.
It's who we really are.


** love and thanks to the mommies who trusted me with the photos of their precious little ones – tune in and follow those with blogs to stay connected **


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  1. Team Lando says:

    yay! was waiting all day!

  2. Lynette@ A Hodge Podge Of Randomness says:

    What a beautiful post!

  3. Me too!!! LOL – I keep coming in 2nd in the comments to Megan…one day I'll beat her to it…hehehe

    I LOVED this post – the photos are a-maaaa-zing (oh, that Moxie just melts my heart!!!), and your message came across LOUD and CLEAR!!!!

  4. Nancy Iannone says:

    Gorgeous! Love it!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely LOVE IT!!!! Love Moxie's dress.. so cute! And all the other models are so darling too! Good job mama. I'll share it on FB when I get home tonight! 🙂


  6. Lovely! Thanks for putting this together.

    And yay Red Grammer!

  7. Love this! I see some familiar faces and some new ones I need to learn about!

  8. Great post and I love all the pictures! 🙂

  9. Anna Theurer says:

    I absolutely love this post. It is fabulous! Loved seeing all of the familiar faces along with Miss Moxie!

  10. Oh how beautiful all your children are! Such a beautiful post, thank you Meriah!

  11. Anonymous says:

    God is the giver of all life and it is all precious and perfect in his sight. All those kids are awesome and the Lord has great things in store for everyone of them, they are near and dear to him!

  12. Grandma Sally says:

    Another beautiful blog to smile at and pass along..thank you so much! Grandma Sally, Ellie's grandma!

  13. Absolutely darling – thanks!

  14. Love it! I suggest you include pix from Trial Run and A Life Decanted, because those two kiddos are beautiful, feisty, strong, etc, too.

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