Sunday, February 22, 2009

Happy Birthday sweet Connor!

I wanted to dedicate this post to Connor who turned 15 today! My sister (the brunette) below is raising her two kids by herself! Mady is the beautiful blond (age 11)! Connor was diagnosed with a rare chromosone disorder right around his first birthday and it is a blessing he is still alive! Around 10 months of age he began having seizures, regressed in motor skills, and was in the ICU fighting for his life. It took the right doctors and the right meds and he survived through his first birthday! My sister and her ex-husband were told he may not survive, but they could not be sure as his disorder is so rare that most babies don't make it more than 24 hours after birth. Connor is not verbal, or toilet trained. He has severe autism, and very poor small motor skills. I watched him today eat cake with a fork, laughing, and humming with delight the whole time. He is a precious gift from God, and a blessing in my sister, Pam's life! She was told she could have more children, and that the chance of having another Connor would not be possible. Therefore, she went on to have Mady! Mady is a lively, extroverted, smart, loving, patient, and beautiful girl! (can you tell I'm biased). Truly, she has had to grow up fast!! My sister is one of the most amazing people you would ever want to meet, and I watch in awe of how she manages her life, and her children! I always nominate her for those Oprah, Regis, mothers day show specials, but she never wins :(

I just wanted to share his birthday with you bloggers out there. It was such a joy to watch him, enjoy his pizza and cake and laugh with the rest of us! Happy Birthday you big teddy bear!












12 comments:

Tara said...

Oh my goodness what an amzing story I am so glad that you shared, your sister does sound like an amazing woman and you are blessed to have her and her two kids in your life. Happy Birthday Connor!

The Kramer Angle said...

Amazing! What a beautiful tribute to your sister and Connor!

Jen Kershner said...

What an awesome, beautiful wonderful family and aren't they lucky to be so loved and appreciated by you?!

Kasey said...

what a lovely post beth!

bella shabby said...

Your sister is a remarkable woman - Connor is blessed to have her for a mom. And your not biased - your niece Is A Beauty!

Jeanneoli said...

Happy Birthday Connor!!! Beth, what a beautiful story. I met your sister around Christmas time...she is so sweet and funny...just like you!

Chrissy said...

Happy Birthday indeed!! Your sister should be very proud of him and herself!!! All the best, Chrissy

jamie said...

What a wonderful family! Thanks for sharing it!

I wanted you to know that I tagged you over on my blog yesterday. I've missed your posts. Hope all is well.

Diminutive Discoveries said...

It takes a special family to raise a child that isn't always what they expected- congratulations to your sister. From the looks in the picture, not only did she do it, but she has done it with grace from the looks of love on their faces!

krys kirkpatrick said...

Love is a powerful and truly life altering force. The love you have for your family shines thru....

Oliver's said...

I keep seeing a turquoise mirror show up in your posts. Do you still have one? How much and can you ship one to Oklahoma? It would match my daughters room perfectly. Love your blog!

kanishk said...

amazing woman and you are blessed to have her and her two kids in your life. Happy Birthday

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