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Friday, January 9, 2009


This is a picture from the "archives!" I think it's my favorite picture of Ricky. He was about 3 years old. I loved the photo so much that I entered it in a contest with the Down Syndrome Association of MN and he was chosen as Mr. April in their "2006 Changing Hearts, Changing Minds" calender!! Ricky has always been such a blessing to us. He's not the little boy I always dreamed I would have some day. No, he's even better than I could have ever imagined!! Down's children are so special in a way you can't even describe until you get to know them. Everyone loves Ricky for his great sense of humor and intelligence. He is so capable of doing anything he sets his mind to....sometimes it just takes him a little longer to get there. It's hard to stay mad at him when he is naughty...he quickly asks for forgiveness and melts your heart. Don't get me wrong...this guy is the king of finding naughty things to do and he tries our patience CONSTANTLY!! His latest thing is to blame Peter when he has been into something he shouldn't be but Peter is all over that and he actually points to Ricky as if to tattle on him! Peter isn't talking much yet but he is not about to take the wrap for something he didn't even do!! Those two boys are so fun to watch as they interact. Peter follows Ricky all over the house and the two of them just look for trouble!! Life with 2 boys is a learning adventure for us yet. Before Peter came to us, Ricky didn't have anyone to really play with like boys like to and he so thoroughly is enjoying being a big brother to Peter now! My advice to anyone who has an opportunity to get to know someone with special needs, please do it. Your reward will be great. They have so much to offer in the way of friendship and love! Okay, time to get off my soapbox!!!


Tim and Jenny said...

That IS an adorable picture of Ricky! You weren't kidding! We miss winking and making silly faces with him at church!

Unknown said...

This is my first time to your blog..What a great looking family you have!!!!!


One Busy Momma said...

What a beautiful picture!!!!!

You have a beautiful family.