Happy Birthday!!!

Happy 3rd birthday to my sweet, miracle boy! Many didn’t think you would make it home. Although you are still very medical, you are thriving. Hospital staff continue to be amazed at your progress. Thank you for the joy you bring into my life and so many others. Thank you for reminding me daily how precious life is. Thank you for being so strong for all your little body has endured. Thank you for inspiring me to do better every day.

To the medical professionals who didn’t think Sam would make it home from the hospital. Thank you for doing everything you could to keep him alive. Thank you for losing sleep over my little boy. Thank you for talking with us, not at us. Thank you for looking at Sam as an individual and not just a little boy with Down Syndrome.

To the family and friends who continue to stick by us. We couldn’t do this journey without you. Your prayers and continued direct support are a constant reminder of the good in a chaotic world. We are where we are mentally, physically, financially, and emotionally because of people like you.

To our Heavenly Father. It’s because of your love I make it through each day with a smile on my face, even when it’s hard. Thank you for promising to stay with me in the storm. Thank you for giving me a heart of gratitude or a glass half full mentality, no matter the situation, even though I know it sometimes annoys people a little. Thank you for your grace and mercy.

I joke my life seems to have a timeline, BS (Before Sam) and AS (After Sam). Ironic, I know. My friends and I have had some good laughs over that one. It’s weird how life can seem to stand still and fly by at the same time. These last three years have been the longest, shortest years of my life, if that makes any sense at all. We don’t always get to choose what happens to us, but we do get to choose how we deal with the cards we are dealt. Shortly before we knew Sam would come into our life, I bought this sign for our house. When Life Gives You Lemons Make LemonadeI’d be lying if I told you I haven’t had tears streaming down my face, while looking up at that small decor in our home. That silly little sign has given me hope on days that felt hopeless. No matter what you are going through, I hope you can make some lemonade out of lemons. All you need is a little sugar.

13 thoughts on “Happy Birthday!!!

  1. Thank you so much Jamie for posting I think of you and your family very often and wondering how Mr. Sam is doing I am so happy to see that you were celebrating another birthday with your miracle boy you and your family are so blessed to have each other and you Jamie are an inspiration it’s kind a like that saying when times are tough the tough keep going thank you so much give that little munchkin a kiss he is such a handsome little guy

  2. I’m not sure if you’ll get this reply but I thought I’d try!
    You actually took the words right out of my mouth in this post. It’s 5 years after Dans accident and this is exactly what I wanted to tell people.
    Thank you!
    Gina Stocke

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. That is beautiful, Jamie. I’m so glad we could see you and your family at our family reunion. I will pray for Sams procedural tomorrow. He is Strong, and I trust this will be just another step closer to his normalcy. We love you all.
    Uncle Jerry and Lynny.

  4. Happy Birthday Sam!
    Jamie, your postings are inspirational! Thank you
    God bless your family.

  5. The world is a better place because of you Sam and your super Mum! Happy 3rd birthday Sam!

  6. Happy Birthday Super Sam !! It was so awesome seeing him running around at the Wedding. He truly is a Miracle. Here’s to a Great Birthday, and many more to come!! Keeping you in our prayers. Mark & Steph

  7. Happy 3rd birthday Sam! You make my heart smile beyond belief. You have taught my family so many valuable lessons in your young life. I look forward for what’s to come for you, Superman Sam…God has BIG plans for you, sweet boy! Love YOU!!!

  8. Happy Birthday! It’s hard to believe he is already 3! Happy 4th of July too! That little firecracker Sam sure puts the spark in life for many people!

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