Today is March 3rd

This is the day that our baby turns 5 years old. This day, 5 years ago, changed our lives forever in a way that we could not imagine. And still cannot fully grasp. This day we celebrate not only the birth of our youngest child, but his life. And how much he means to us.

Thank You, God, for choosing us to be the parents of Micah. And thank You for blessing him (and us) with Down syndrome. We had no idea.



A year and a half, fall '04. He was crawling. We were so proud.


2 years old, summer '05. He learned to walk! Life started happening at fast pace for all of us.


3 years old, spring '06. He's becoming so independent. We're so head over heels in love.


4 years, spring '07. How can it be that our little man grew up before our very eyes?

41 comments:

Jen said...

Happy Birthday Micah!

Nap Warden said...

Sweet post...what wonderful photos!

Happy Birthday Micah:)

Deb in OPKS said...

What a wonderful tribute!

Happy Birthday Micah!

Driving With the Brakes On said...

Happy Birthday, Micah! And Happy Birthing Day, Momma! Karen, you are hands down one of the most amazing mommas out there. I was blessed with two children who don't face even an ounce of the challenges that Micah (and your family) have faced and will continue to face, and I don't feel like I am even an ounce of the mother you are! Micah, and the rest of your children, are so incredibly lucky to have both you and Sam as parents - and reading the stories you write and seeing the pictures of their smiling faces are a true testament to that! I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Fannie Mae said...

Happy birthday to your beautiful boy. What a precious gift.

Kellan said...

What a sweet post! Happy Birthday to your precious boy - Happy Birthday Micah! Have FUN! Kellan

jessica said...

happy birthday! he is soooo precious. and dang cute.

Bluepaintred said...

Happy Birthday Micah! may you be as blessed in life as you have been with parents!

Melissa said...

Happy Birthday, Micah! Keep making your family proud!!

Can I tell you how adorable that picture is of Micah holding up 10 fingers. That would be framed and on my wall!!

Deanne said...

Happy Birthday to Micah!!! I hope you have a great day celebrating him and his life!

Tootsie Farklepants said...

A great big Happy Birthday to you Micah!

The Sports Mama said...

Happy Birthday, Micah! What a day for your entire family to celebrate! :)

Madame Queen said...

Happy Birthday, Micah!! What great pictures and what a sweet post!!

Aimee said...

What a sweet heart! Happy Birthday to your (big) little man :)

Irene said...

Happy Birthday Micah!!!

Isn't it funny that some things in life that we all fear and dread SO much, end up being one of the greatest blessings? He is such a sweetie!!!!

Colleen said...

Happy Birthday Micah!!!

My how he's grown!!!

Flea said...

What a beautiful boy! Aren't the best gifts the ones we least expect?

Looking forward to hearing about your theme song. It wouldn't involve Micah at this point, would it?

Sniz said...

He is such a cutie and the Down's isn't very obvious in his face...is he really high-functioning?

My cousin's son has Downs...he's about the same age, and brings so much joy to them and to any of us whenever we're around him!

Andrea said...

Happy Birthday Micah!! Five is such a fun age!! Hope he has a great day!!
He is a cutie!! I love the last one of him on the saddle!! Cute!! Love his boots!! :)

Lori said...

Happy Birthday Micah!

What a loving tribute... Down's children are some of the lovingest people I've ever met! What a joy to see a family celebrate his accomplishments and his love

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OHmommy said...

What a sweet post about a sweet boy. Happy birthday!!!

Karen said...

Driving With The Brakes On - thank you so much. You're such a dear. But in reality I'm no better than you are, or anyone else. You're dealing with a lot of baggage with that family, and while pregnant yet! And two toddlers in diapers. Woman, you need a nap and a hug.

Andrea - He's the only child of mine that loves horses. I don't know where I went wrong with the others. I feel I've failed somehow. *sigh* And the boots are a staple around here. He also wears them with just a diaper. I've got pictures to prove it.

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Happy birthday, Micah! It's a pleasure reading about you from time to time and watchin in awe as you grow up so fast.

And happy birthday to you, too, Karen! You're doing an amazing job with an amazing kid. He is stunningly adorable.

Maria said...

Happy Birthday Micah! He is just the sweetest!

truth said...

Happy Birthday to a fine young man!

caramama said...

Happy Birthday to Micah!!! And happy birthing day to you, Karen. You really are an amazing woman and great mom.

Linds said...

Happy Birthday Micah!

I love all the pictures. He's such a sweetie!

Hope you guys are going to do some fun celebrating!

brandianndesigns said...

he's so cute! happy birthday little man!

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

I think Micah is just as lucky to have parents like you as you are to have him. God never gives you more than you can handle, & I agree, he is a blessing.

Bia said...

Micah is just beautiful.

God bless.

amanda said...

i am new to your world, but just had to say happy birthday!! how super sweet he is!! enjoy this extra special day :)

Pam said...

Happy Birthday Micah! I have to say that I think Micah is blessed to have you too. You are a great mommy - loving him and embracing him as he is, not trying to change him or wish he was different. He is a cute little man!

Blossom said...

what a cutie!!
Happy Birthday Micah!!!

photomommy said...

That was beautiful. :)

Happy Birthday Micah!

Shellie said...

Happy Birthday Micah! What a sweetie.

Bottles Barbies & Boys said...

He's precious.
'Happy Birthday'!!

Bottles Barbies & Boys said...

He's precious.
'Happy Birthday'!!

LaskiGal said...

what a blessing. he looks so happy!

Sandy C. said...

Happy Belatated B-day Micah! I love those pics :) He seems like such a happy sweetheart. Hope he had a lovely day :)

Cecily R said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE every one of these pictures. He is seriously beautiful. HAPPY (LATE) BIRTHDAY Micah!!