Saturday, April 30, 2011

Big City, Big World

Since Tuesday, I have toasted to whatever high-on-life sentiment I may have been feeling at the time probably more than fifty times. We've clinked flutes, glasses, bottles, mugs, paper cups and I swear the other night I had half a notion to hold a chunk of hot pretzel in the air and invite friends to do the same. We'd tap our salty chewed-off chunks together and proclaim in unison "Cheers to this"--this of course interpreted differently for each of us. New York, friends, cherry blossom petals being carried into the city streets by the spring breeze that's finally arrived to winter-beaten New Yorkers. Busy streets, kind strangers, meeting new friends. Crying, laughing, having a moment of clarity where it seems things are just as they should be. Feeling challenged, feeling content, feeling like there is more to life and we're all getting there. Having fun, caring, not caring, sucking the marrow.

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Yeah. Cheers to that.

Let me go back a bit.

This New York trip has been planned for a little while now, set up with the purpose of attending the NDSS Spring Luncheon and extended to include some When-in-Rome fun and friends. But the highlight was definitely Wednesday.

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I'm not sure what I was expecting. The work of the NDSS is vital in creating an enviroment that values, accepts and includes individuals with Down syndrome, and I know first hand from relationships I've built with the people who work for the NDSS that there is an amazing level of dedication and passion at this organization. Many of these employees have no personal connection to Down syndrome and yet they fly to Buddy Walks, raise money, promote change, fight for rights and spend their free time having friends with Down syndrome over their house for dinner because they want to. I knew all this. And yet I think I was still expecting something slightly more pomp & circumstance which was fine because that is a necessary part of fundraising and professional recognition some times.

What I didn't expect was that it would be so emotional--for everyone there. There were people from all walks of life present and yet, with the focus on this "something extra" we were celebrating, it felt like we were all the same. Or, as Sharon Stone put it...there was no bullshit.

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Sharon Stone talked of her friend Jim who has Down syndrome, and while she recalled days of babysitting him when they were younger and how they stayed friends throughout the years, Jim sat in front of her--handsome in his suit and tie--and smiled. There were moments when the room grew silent and tears spilled. Because, for a moment, we "got it."

Sharon presented an award to another friend, the talented, kind and inspiring Jagatjoti Khalsa whose book, I'm Down with You provides a beautiful representation of the magic of the extra chromosome.

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And I was honored to present the Melissa Riggio Voices Award to the beautiful young woman above, Liz Rice.

Liz is confident, accomplished and kind. She brought laughter to the room with her witty speech and inspired us all to be more. She attends college, has a job she loves, and participates in the arts. As one of Liz's teachers says, "I really couldn’t speak more highly of a student. She’s your typical college student—going to classes, hanging out with friends during lunch in the cafeteria, flip-flops and trendy purses, getting the occasional latte while waiting to catch a ride to work or home—just another college student, albeit one who is extremely positive, motivated and happens to have Down syndrome.”

Meeting Liz made me so excited for Nella's future.

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The rest of the event followed suit--babies being passed, long hugs, lots of laughter and a room that was filled with like-minded people.

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Reality is that this is an annual event--a smidgen of time amid the grander picture where we all go back to our homes, to our jobs, to the world where stereotypes and inequality exist. But those moments on Wednesday will not soon be forgotten, and the inspiration in that place is a reminder of how far we've come and hope for where we are going. I am so excited to be a part of change and honored to know so many of the amazing families that have joined the cause. You all have been part of it too, so thank you.

A few short clips of speeches can be found HERE, HERE and HERE.

And Congratulations to the beautiful Liz Rice.

Of course it's difficult to top a high like that event but spending the following days amid the lively energy of New York City at least prevents a disappointing let down.

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My heart beats faster in this city. Everywhere you look, there is life and sights and sounds that arouse your senses. Horns beeping and buses braking, violins and trumpets on street corners and the overall collective shuffle of feet walking--people are going somewhere.

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Swinging in Washington Square Park.

Thankfully I wasn't alone. United with friends, it was thrill-to-the-power-of-many. Always game for fun, my friend Nadya joined me as well as some of my favorite New Yorkers who know the best bagel joints, how to get into the hottest restaurants and, thankfully, who lend me their strollers.

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Sleepover at Meg's:

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And we had the best Pretty Woman movie montage moment at this hip little vintage store.

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Thankfully, the store extended as far back as Mary Poppin's bag is deep, so we were well hidden from the clerks who didn't see us playing a nice game of hey-let's-dress-up-but-not-buy-anything. For an entire hour.

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Nella likes to play too.

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This city is begging to be photographed. So much color, charm and culture.

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And the parks? Slay me. Enchanting both by day and night.

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Look. Nella's playing the trumpet just like this guy.

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My traveling little soul. She's a very good jet-setter.

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We are home today--with some rest to catch up on, but a bag of New York bagels and an "I Heart NY" mug to sip from. I'm happy to be reunited with my big girl who was elated to see her sister.

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I cannot wait to go back.

My girl sported a sweet new hat in the big city.

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It can be found with many other sassy stuff for kids at The Spotted Monkey, our new sponsor. Check out their awesome art supplies, creative toys and more! Use code "Enjoy" for 10% off.

A comment from this post will be randomly selected to win a free hat from The Spotted Monkey.

It's the weekend and I need to give my city adventures something to compete with. Two girls and a sunny day await.

Cheers to that.

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For more information on the NDSS and stories of people like Liz Rice, Melissa Riggio, Jim Burkhardt and more, please visit the NDSS website.

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Libby said...

Beautiful. Finding communties and societies of people who support people with disabilites even when they have no direct connection to it makes me proud to be alive, and it's so inspiring. And Liz Rice sounds like an amazing girl, doing all of that! Even without Down Syndrome, college must be hard enough!
Your gorgeous descriptions & photos of the Big Apple make me want to go there. It looks like the best place.
Thanks for sharing your experience.

Adriana Iris said...

NYC's spirit is undeniable. I am excited to see what the future holds for Nella. Maybe a fashion designer she is always so full of style.

So beautiful you were able to share and connect with others.
Cheers to that...

Hattie said...

Thanks for the pick-me-up, Kelle! I was putting off a nap-time run and your energy has inspired me. I'm off!

carlotta said...

I think that people with Down syndrome are some of the most beautiful. Period. It seems to me they always have a smile on their face and a zest for life. Thank you for this post!

And your photographs of New York are absolutely gorgeous -- they make me want to catch the next flight there.

Heather said...

What a wonderful post! It looks like you all had a blast, made me want to be there and almost felt like I was =) I love that hat, Nella looks adorable as always!!

Springroll said...

How wonderful for you and Nella!! Looks like you had a terrific time and the reception looked so touching! Sending you hugs...

It's A Love Story said...

GReat Post!

Brenna said...

An amazing visit to the city! I have never been but seeing it through your pictures makes it sort of "come alive!"

Brenna

Dr Pepper said...

Awesome. And... I have that green stroller! Never seen anyone else with it here in England!

Katie said...

You inspire me to relish the small things.

laurieg said...

wow! this post has my heart racing too. I have a few kiddos with extra chromosomes that are very engrained in my heart. This looks beautiful! and dude...sharon stone held Nella? Cool!
That last photo of Nella is to.die.for!
Great post Kelle

The Pepper. said...

Beautiful. Love to see you had such a wonderful time! Would love to visit ny one day:)

Amie said...

What a great event to be a part of. And your photos make me miss NY badly. I've gotta find a way to get there again. Can't wait to see what great things the future holds for little Nella. <3

KaitlinCole said...

I love this. That Nella is a world changer and she has a lot of friends with her rooting her on and watching. Can't wait to see what's next!

kelly c said...

this is such a lovely post. embracing where your boundary lines fall is indeed a gift - and you have it, sister.

Cammie Heflin said...

What a wonderful opportunity. Beautiful as usual!

Paige said...

I {heart} Nella. She is such a beautiful little girl and seeing the amazing spirit of her ne friends is wonderful. She is going to have such a bright future. Yay for New York!

Averyl Minori said...

Beautiful!

Olaina.PhotosAndArt said...

Thanks for reminding me about the Big City and how photogenic it is.

Celeste said...

Beautiful, Kelle! Every bit of it! Nella is such a beautiful soul, and it really shines through in the picture. (Not to mention she is SO stinkin' cute!)

The NDSS Luncheon looks like it was absolutely amazing! :)

Mel said...

Without fail your posts always brings tears to my eyes. This was no exception. Beautiful beautiful beautiful. There was an image of your girl gazing into the eyes of a fellow friend, while you and the other mother smiled at the camera. It stopped my heart. Stunning.

aprilanecdotes said...

Corky, I mean Chris Burke and the gorgeous Sharon Stone both holding beautiful Nella....wow. That city has so much energy you just can't help to be swept along. See what the future holds for Nella. My kids are teens and a young adult and believe me the opportunities for them are great and will be even greater when Nella finishes high school. Loved all the pictures. Thanks, susan

Kristie said...

You inspire me. Your words are beautifully written and your pictures take my breath away almost as much as your beautiful daughters. Have a great weekend!

Rachel said...

LOVE IT! NYC and NDSS!!

Kimberly said...

Kelle, through following your sweet little blog, you have taught me so much about down syndrome. I had no idea just how wonderful these little souls could be!

Thank you!

Dycie said...

Beautiful! It brought tears to my eyes.

The Lourceys said...

Wow. So awesome that you got to be a part of that night. Nella is absolutely beautiful!

Katie said...

Your picture of Nella in the swing is probably the most pure and sweet image captured. What a gift you can give her when she is older...photographic evidence of her happiness as a baby!

sweet tea in a pink glass said...

As I wipe my tears away...what your doing is amazing, you've opened my eyes, lifted my spirits, you have a way of always making me feel stronger and more capable and I think you for that.

B's Mommy said...

I have tears & joy!! My heart is dancing. Kelle words can not describe how blessed Nella is to be yours. She couldn't have happened to a nicer family.
So many times you'll wonder what you all ever did before she came along.

Emily said...

Nella is a DOLL and Lainey seems like such a sweet big sis! Neat pictures from your trip!

Katy said...

Looks like it was a great trip :)

Kelly said...

Beautiful post about your incredible experience in New York. There are so many great things in store for Nella. Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

mrc-w said...

What a beautiful event! Ah I love NYC so much!!! Jon and I were there last year at the end of May and it is so pretty in the springtime!! Glad you had a great trip and glad that you're home safe and sound :)

Kristin said...

I hope you read all of your comments, but I totally understand if you don't (you get so many) but, I have to say that I've followed your blog for a while. I don't think I've ever commented. BUT, today I MUST comment.
Your smile in the picture of Nella being read to and you looking over brought tears to my eyes. It is such a far, far, world away from the smiles in your earlier posts. For some reason, this smile seemed so genuine, so "OK", so...(I wish I could find the words). This smile made me "get it".
Thank you for letting me...us...into your little corner of life.

Stef said...

yay!! I've been looking forward to this post and it was everything and MORE than I expected! I'm so glad you got this experience and were able to take Nella.
I love the pics you took of NY!! I need to go there. I saw so many spots that I used to see in the show FRIENDS and I felt all nostalgic - because yes, I lived through that show and felt like I was looking at some long lost part of my childhood :)

Thanks for sharing!

happygirl said...

Such an amazing event. The world needs to be enlightened. Thank you so much. Your pictures are so beautiful.

Keshyra said...

Wow, what beautiful pictures, they really make your trip come to life. I've always wanted to go to New York, and now I want to go even more. The way you describe the vibe and the sights and sounds of the city make it sound so alive. I love the way you weaved it all together, like a tapestry of pictures and words to make the reader feel like they are really there. Thanks for that : )

Kathy said...

I haven't been to New York in a while...at least since my daughter was born. You have inspired me to go back; I bet she will love it.

feijaozinha said...

I love the trumpet photo of Nella. It is too special. Maybe one day when Nella comes back to Nyc, we'll bump into the streets. I live in Manhattan, and been following the blog since she was born, my daughter is only a month younger than Nella. All the best to you and your amazing family!

Alissa said...

Beautiful post and pictures!!

Sarah McK said...

I haven't been the The City in over a year...this post makes me miss visiting it desperately. I don't know if it's just the hair, but I swear Nella is looking more like a toddler in these pictures.

Sarah said...

Wonderful! I loved the speech clips, too. :)

Jo's Corner said...

I'd love to have Nella Cordelia's autograph! Sheesh..Hangin' with the Star, that Little Star of yours!

Chelsea Earnhardt Plax said...

thank you so so much for opening my eyes and seeing this piece of life you are living in a whole new beautiful light. :0)

Roxanne said...

I heart ETST! It almost hurts my eyes that smile of that beautiful blond baby! If only we could all be so happy everyday just think of what our world would be like. Beautiful baby, beautiful mama, beautiful city.

Kate J said...

You reminded me to sign up for our own (much, much smaller) rare syndrome get-together this summer. And, after years of having an OT goal of "tolerating" a hat, my little girl is finally there! Would love to win this one.

Daina @ New York State of Mind said...

Wonderful post! Nella looks like a natural New Yorker!

Ryan said...

The blue door pictures ROCK! Almost as much as NYC and Sharon Stone holding precious Nella rocks! What an amazing trip! And do you have a stroller obsession like me? I rarely see you pushing the same stroller! :) I am on number stroller #6. Well, to be fair we're also on baby #3! Haha!

Deborah said...

What an amazing night it must have been! I love NYC...it's been a few years since I was last there, & I do believe your photos just inspired me to make a trip very soon :)

Jess said...

Your pictures of Wednesday night were absolutely awesome. What a fantastic group of fantastic people! I adore Nella's hat and my baby girl (coming in July) might look just as cute in one! ;) Off to check out the site! Thanks for sharing!

tarynddavidson said...

I have always wanted to meet Chris Burke. His accomplishments scream "Nothing can stop me!" I love this post. SO So so encouraging. Thank you.

Carrie said...

WONDERFUL! What an amazing event to be a part of.

Alison said...

I am excited about Nella's future right along with you. Thank you for sharing your lives with us.

Maria said...

Kelle~
Such positivity in this post. What grand things people can achieve when passion for life, in all its forms, exist. What gifts Nella has brought to you. So inspiring. What a beauty! And might I say WOW, seeing "our" Nella with Sharon Stone. What an honour for her (Sharon, that is!)

Summit of Glory said...

Welcome home. Such an inspiring trip. Thanks for sharing. xo

NickandCaeli said...

Just started reading your blog! Thanks for the inspiration.

Malissa said...

Love your photos of New York and reading about your conference! Wow, great post. :)

Jen said...

What a woderful opportunity for you and Nella! So glad you made it to NYC for that. It's so inspiring to see the accomplishments made by people who don't always have it easy in life. Cheers to that! And that hat.....SO cute! I'd love one for my baby girl!

Amanda said...

Beautiful. And inspiring. And I love that girlfriend was sleeping in Sharon Stone's arms, like she's just another snuggler!

Wenona said...

Beautiful photos as always. Looks like you had an amazing trip to New York and made some memories that will not soon be forgotten!

Hiedi said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful family and stories with us. I LOVE looking at the world through your lense. It always touches my soul.

Nina @ creativecreationsbynina.blogspot.com said...

I would love to go to NY!

Kimberly said...

I remember Jim from a TV show years ago!? I think that is him. I live in NJ would love to meet you on your next trip!!

Patty said...

Kelle, so glad you got to visit NYC with Nella. I just loved all the pictures as usual.
My sister and I are taking our daughters and my granddaughter to NYC this summer. All the pictures made me want the summer to come faster.
I am so happy that you were there to recognize all of the accomplishments of the honorees.
Thanks for sharing

Elisha Pape said...

Amazing-Both the pictures of your beautiful new friends and of New York! Nella looks adorable in her hat! I might have to get a hat for my little girl...

LoveMyBoys said...

Amazing how much goodness is really in this crazy world of ours!
Nicole M

LJ said...

Wow, Nella is a beauty and so is Liz. I am always inspired by your blog, and I am happy that you are willing to share the beauty of Down Syndrome with your readers.

Karie said...

Love the hat, Love NY, Love that Liz's beauty and drive were highlighted in such a positive way. Now, please tell me HOW do you travel with a baby...need some tips!

J.Mo said...

oy. I.Must.Go.

Nikki James said...

I love the picture with "Corky" from Life Goes On! Your trip was beautiful and I could look at pictures of Nella for days!

greilotus said...

It never fails. I'm teary eyed once again. <3

mama marchand said...

A beautiful post. :) That picture of the trumpet player & Nella? I'm DYING. NYC is wonderful, especially when you're there to attend such an incredible event!

The Chatty Housewife said...

Oh my, I love the swing photo! :)

For the Love of Naps - Sarah said...

you inspire living life to the fullest and looking good while doing it. I always look forward to your posts.

Life with the B's~ said...

You are amazing!

Sarah said...

I am so inspired for you and for Nella's future after learning about Liz, that must have been like the universe giving you a big hug and saying, "It's gonna be OK." Wow!
I was also super pumped to see some different inspiration in your photos. You take such beautiful pictures and catch things the naked, busy eye might not. It was refreshing to see some scenic pics from you!

Noan said...

I felt it. I felt New York City, which happens to be my favoritest city in the entire world. Thanks for sharing it all with us, especially, especially the lovely peeps of the NDSS.

Always on the clock said...

I think I'll pick up that book you mentioned, I'm down with you.

New York looks so beautiful, but then again there's beautity everywhere, you just have to see it. Glad you both had a great time. =)

Tina said...

you look stunning in that dress! love ny!

Lisa said...

Wonderful post! Your pictures are beautiful as usual. Nella is such a doll! What an amazing time you must have had, at both the luncheon and just visiting the city. Thanks for sharing!

Ms. Chianne said...

Your posts are so inspiring! I'm so glad your trip to NYC went well. Thank God for wonderful groups such as NDSS. Oh & your pics are gorgeous! Nella is a doll! Have a great weekend!

Sarah said...

Thank you! I am so jazzed about being done grad school and starting a family, but people always hinder my excitement with sayings like "Your life will never be the same" "You can't do that with children" and I always say that my life will be all the richer with kiddos and that I won't stop living. This post just smacked me in the face and told me to forget about the negativity and stereotypes in the world and to just live and live good and happy! Thank you!
I'm also really excited to experience NYC with kids now. I've done the single, honeymoon adventures and it's time for some kid perspective!

Meredith said...

Amazing! So glad you had an experience to stick with you. There when we need to draw on those. And NYC? Kills it. Yes, there are other cities, other places that have a similar vibe, but none compare.

Megan said...

Beautiful. Your blog is also so inspiring. My family is from NY and I love that city.

colleenietickles said...

Inspiring. Your thoughts and words really make me appreciate the little things.

But seriously. Do you ever take a bad picture? ;)

Crystal said...

Just like my mom took me seven years ago I can't wait to take my daughter to new York one day!

Sandryte said...

Oh what a nice expierence! Life is so good. I just wonder how much we could have missed if not that extra super chromosome! Don't you feel jealous for yourself??

Thank you Kelle for showing that beauty!

Kelly said...

tearing up...cheers to Nella and her beautiful, bright future.

Thing said...

Thank you! Beautiful photos as always...
Im going to NY too.. Soon I hope! =}

Megan said...

Love the fact that you and the apple of your eye had such a fab time in the Big Apple :) loved your post!

Team Lando said...

cheers to hope for our little girls!

celena10 said...

Beautiful.. I can't stop looking at the pics.. :)

Steph said...

Glad to see you had so much fun =) Nella looks cuter and cuter every time you post. Have a great weekend

KerriC said...

The picture of Nella swinging with wreckless abandon slays me! I heart joy-filled, exuberant babies.

PaleMother said...

Holy Crap, Sharon Stone holding Nella. !!

And you outdid yourself with these ... the green ruffle skirt (too cute! Did you buy it?), "SO big" by the big, bright blue door and WOW -- the trumpeter opposite the thumb-sucker ... and the five fingers ... so delicate. Wonderful pics, as always.

Riley and Tyler said...

New York is simply magical.I'm surprised I ever came back home when I was there last. It can't be replicated.

I love when you share stories of involvement in organizations. I hope it inspires others to do the same. Cheers to You!

Becky said...

What a fab post, thanks for sharing! Cheers :)

Elizabeth said...

Absolutely beautiful post! I've always wanted to go to NYC. Love Nella's new hat :)

Kelly said...

I love the way Lainey is looking at Nella :) So sweet.

Helen said...

Beautiful as always!
I read this quote below somewhere the other day, I can't remember where but I wanted to share it with you.
I hope you like it. =D

A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for

Sarah RDH said...

You know, every post I comment, and I always try to think of something different to say. Sometimes it's hard bc I just don't know what to say at all. The experiences you have with Nella...it just blows me away. She is just the prettiest, sweetest little baby EVA. I love to see her pics all the time- the one where she's swinging is awesome! I just love reading this blog. I love looking at this blog. I love the happy tears it brings, bc you know what? Not a whole lot brings happy tears. But this does, everytime. And sometimes, when life gets stressful, when I dread what's going to happen next, I need to just come here, read a post or 57 of yours, and I feel so renewed. Thank you for that.

Christina said...

Kelle, I loved the pictures of Nella with the other beautiful souls at the conference. Especially the one of the girl snuggling Nella, it brought tears to my eyes. Looks like you had a wonderful time.
Christina

Jess.Pollard said...

Love your words about how you see Nella's future. Bless her soul! AND I want to go back to NYC. I was only there for 4 hours. I think I spent 3.5 just looking and taking it in. Here's to going back!

Charla said...

Sharon Stone has a new fan! If you ever needed proof that the extra chromosome is indeed magic . . . could you ever have imagined when Nella was in your belly, that about a year and a half later Sharon Stone would be holding her in New York City???? Magic, indeed!

Jessi said...

As always, beautiful pics and beautiful writing.

Meghan said...

Dude, I want to know how Nella can just chill out while you try on clothes for an hour! My kid wouldn't do that at SIX WEEKS! Glad you had a great trip -- was that Nella with Chris Burke? I have his autograph. :)

MK said...

You say so much to so many. I am speechless and today, I find myself unable to pick a fave photo. Cheers to you.

colleen renee said...

Driving in the passenger seat as my husband is driving, had a spare moment to chec your blog singing to the theme song of "Life goes on" and I see the photo of corky and nella, What a coincidence. Had to share. Love the post!!!!

T. Nelson said...

Nella and Sharon Stone! Nella IS a rockstar! :)

Chrissy said...

What a beautiful trip full of BEAUTIFUL people. Love NDSS and all they do!

Tina said...

Beautiful! Love it all and how you make me appreciate all my small things...

Erica said...

NYC looks amazing! I have always wanted to go....but this weekend I am settling for Wilmington, NC and Piper's first beach trip.

The Briggs Family said...

What a wonderful trip. And how fun for you and your littlest sweetie to share all that time together. I lived in Manhattan for 3 years and am looking forward to a trip one day to show my girls (2 and 5) the city that never sleeps. And eat bagels. Oh, how I miss the bagels! :)

Heidi said...

I'm sure it warms your heart to know, not only the potential for your daughter in terms of what she can accomplish, but also the potential for the community that she will grow with. How wonderful for all of you to be part of that family!

Viridiana said...

NYC looks amazing will definitely have to visit someday.
Your pictures are absolutely inspiring. :)

Housewifespice said...

Happy you had such a gorgeous time! I think I have to paint my front door bright blue now.

mistene said...

What an awesome trip! So full of inspiring people and beautiful places. Glad you had a great time and welcome home! :)

Stephanie said...

Loved it; ALL of it! Welcome home!

Carrie said...

What a beautiful group of people! Love the pictures and again, love the written words.

6512 and growing said...

Thanks for taking us on your journey to NYC (and beyond).

thetaooftulips said...

My 4 year old just walked in and asked- Who's blog is that? I said Kelle's and her response was- Wow- I want to meet Kelle someday when she invites us over! She's 10 year's old! :) She makes me smile as much as your description of the event! Lovely!

Cole

P. said...

Looks like an amazing experience. As always you got some wonderful shots to enhance your memories. I love the picture of Nella and that little girl looking at eachother while they are being held. Completely precious!

Melissa said...

Your post brought tears to my eyes. I think DS is BEAUTIFUL! And, you brought some NY my way-thank you. It has been about 9 years since I've been there and boy do I miss it. One day I will take my girl there and it will be a trip to remember.

Southern Gal said...

Lovely stories and pictures. Your camera made me see NYC in a different light. Sharon Stone holding your girl. How about that?

Jen said...

I can't wait until I get home so I can watch the video clips on my computer screen! I will be linking this to some of my mama-to- be friends who have found out they will be delivering babies with a little sumthin extra as well. Can't wait to check out the new sponsor too!

Miah Jane's Mama said...

NYC is sooo addicting.....watch out you are going to find yourself craving it a couple times a year!! You go on with your badself Kelle! Keep feeding that wolf sister!

Gage said...

Looks like you had a GREAT time. Glad you enjoyed it.

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful post! I have to tell you that as a mom who hopes to have more babies, your blog and story has replaced the fears of "what if" with love and beauty. Thank you!

The hat is adorable, too, but I would have posted anyway. :)

annortiz said...

Good for you! That's the way you change the world and bring everyone along with you. Cheers!
Ann

Adrien said...

Love it, as always! I hope to take my girls to NY someday. Your awesome posts don't help my traveling itch, haha.

A friend of mine just found out her baby will have DS. I sent her a link to your beautiful blog in hopes that it will bring her encouragement. Keep up the good work! You are touching so many. :)

Brandy said...

What a great trip!

Denise said...

Awe Kelle. . . I love NYC and I love, love, love seeing all of your beautiful pix and reading each of your blogs. I wait anxiously for each new post but this one really got me thinking. . . I teach in a private school and I wonder, I just wonder why we don't mainstream any down's children? I think I may have found something that is begging to be checked into! Thank you for filling my tank today!!!!

TammyW said...

Your great pictures have brightened my day. Chris Burke was at a function in my hometown this month and I was looking forward to hearing him speak. Unfortunately my son became very ill and we have now been away from home for three weeks. We are looking forward to a homecoming with his baby sister on Monday. Three weeks is a Lon time to be apart and we are all very excited.

Jillian said...

What beautiful pictures! You often see pictures of NYC, but your pictures seem new, like a side I have never seen of that city.

lbfoster said...

I am so happy that you were able to be a part of that day. The dots continue to connect in such big and meaningful ways as Nella guides you along. Thanks as always for sharing the journey.

And, that grin as she swings in the park is priceless! Love it! Hope you're getting some much needed rest this weekend!

Julie said...

That picture of the little girl with her eyes closed and hugging Nella melted my heart. Every picture of Nella makes me what to do that to her...she is just the sweetest!

thatgirlblogs said...

the photo of your daughter in the swing? best thing I've seen in a really, really long time.

nicole said...

So awesome! Thanks for sharing your amazing trip with us.

Karyne said...

There are so many Beautiful words hidden in these photos. It seems they shout at me from the page:

True love, laughter, awe, triumph, elation, friendship, curiosity, vibrant, fragrant, mischief, comfort, sophistication, are just a few.

Sarah said...

LOVE the photo of Nella in the swing! What a capture!

Such lovely photos of lovely people at the NDSS luncheon.

andrea said...

OH NELLA SWEET NELLA HOW YOU'VE CAPTURED ALL OUR HEARTS!!!

Nicole said...

My sister-in-law's job will be done in July, and she desperately wants to move to NY. I hope she finds it as inspiring as you do!

Emily P said...

Looks like you had a wonderful trip!! I'm so happy for you that you were able to attend such an inspirational event!! New York is magical:0) (And that little hat is precious!!)

MW said...

But where was the NYC oh?

katie said...

This post makes my heart happy! Your pictures of New York are stunning - I love them all, but especially enjoy Nella and the blue door. As always, thank you for sharing your adventures with us!

Kristine said...

looks like a beautiful trip!

Stephanie said...

I love those little moments when everyone in the room "gets it" and is one. Cheers to that :)

Marla said...

Wonderful trip - beautiful photos.

Cait said...

I've only just recently begun reading your blog, but I was so excited to see this post since I live and work as a nanny in NYC! It looks like you had a wonderful trip. Nella playing the trumpet is my favorite picture.

The Sanchez Family said...

Beautiful...ALL of it!

Krista said...

beautiful!!! my fav is the blue door pics!!!!

Jes said...

What an amazing post! Thank you so much for sharing!

Wendy said...

Gorgeous pictures, as usual! Seriously breathtaking!

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Strongmomma said...

What an awesome event. Everyone is so filled with happiness:) Your baby to travel like that and be so good....wow :) !!!!!!!!!!!!

Our Little Bubble said...

Looks like a fantastic trip! you took such wonderful pictures that told your story perfectly!

LoveLife said...

Cheers to this!

xo

Our Little Bubble said...

Looks like a fantastic trip! you took such wonderful pictures that told your story perfectly!

Farmgirl Paints said...

well swing high...looks like you all did. love the pic of nella capturing how you all felt. great great thing to be a part of! wow!!!

Trini said...

I love the pictures of Nella in the swing, Nella smiling at the other little Down girl and Liz holding Nella!

Alzbeta said...

What a good trip :). Thank you for sharing it with us all!

-Alzbeta

littlelola said...

That is so awesome that you were able to attend and meet such wonderful people! Sharon Stone is beautiful in the pictures! Glad she took part in such a great event! I had a friend in High School that was obsessed with her.. to the point where he would sneak onto the property where they filmed Basic Instinct... This went on for a few years!

Farmgirl Paints said...

sorry had to come back...still thinking about this. do you ever just pinch yourself?

sarah said...

When I clicked "refresh" on my computer to see if you'd posted yet, I totally dropped an arm load of dirty clothes to sit and read and cry and read and cry. I am saving the video clips for a quiet moment when my littles are in bed so I can really soak it up. Nella is so beautiful, and I eagerly await continuing to see her bloom and blossom and grow. Oh, the places she'll go! Beauty. That's what I see is pure beauty.

Louise said...

SHaron Stone holding Nella??? I love it! Your visit sounds inspiring from start to finish!

jjpsmommy07 said...

Love your post! Really inspiring. How amazing to be able to go NYC and be included in something so wonderful. Love reading about your life! Thanks for sharing.

Emma said...

Beautiful post!!!

Sara said...

Nella is so adorable!!!! And totally jealous of an NYC trip...one day!

Amy said...

SO jealous- can't even imagine how powerful your experience was with NDSS.... We had the pleasure of meeting Chris Burke at our Buddy Walk last year, and I read his biography not long ago- truly amazing what he and his parents endured to get him where he is today. Would have loved to meet all the other amazing people there! So inspiring for our little ones- the future is SO bright!

Jaime said...

wow.....that makes me want to travel and live life to the fullest at all times...what a breathe of freshness! love it...!

Gina said...

What a trip! That hat is amazing. Hope it comes in my size! :o)

Lin said...

Cheers to being home with both your sweet girls. Glad you had a great time!

Abs said...

Cheers to spring! I think it's finally arrived for good where I am. I always love when you go to NYC.

Tahnie said...

I am so glad for you that you were able to find an inspiration for Nella. When my mom thought I wouldn't live past 9 years old, she found that in another young girl as well. She was my motivation and still is my hero even though she passed away 9 years ago. When you think a diagnosis of something is set in stone it is so miraculous to meet the ones who have conquered the odds and give us solid hope.

xoxo.

Kinsey said...

My family joined our friends for a Buddy Walk in Houston last fall--our team got "Most Enthusiastic"! It was an awesome walk...and my girl would look great in a hat next year :)

shell said...

you could give sharon stone a run for her pretty money.
you know that right!

Deb_in_oz said...

thanks for sharing this with us - looks like a great event! I am a New Yorker raisinng my 2 girls elsewhere and seeing all your photos makes me crave my old hometown to share with them (and a decent bagel please!)

.:Heather:. said...

I love the pics!!! I have never ever been to NYC & my hubby refuses to take me. He says it's dirty & crowded & I won't like it. But, your pics draw me in & convince me that I WILL!!!! At least I can live vicariously through you until I find a NYC trip buddy. ;)

Elaine Robertson said...

Thanks so much for giving us an insider's view of such a special time.

Melissa and Doug Staker said...

So glad you were able to share and connect with others. My cousin has Down Syndrome and is the sweetest, funniest thing you'll ever see! As always, I love the pictures of Nella!

Kathryn said...

Your ability to put joy, inspiration, and adventure into words never ceases to amaze me!

Cheers to wonderful organizations that support the people we love, for being the people that they are and dream to be.

Lisa said...

Such a special few days you had! The swing picture - love, love, love! And as always - love that you are able to share your life with us!

Paula said...

Amazing trip! thanks for sharing!

Adri Hunt said...

Looks like an incredible and inspiring event! I can't believe Sharon Stone is holding Nella!! That's crazy!

aimee said...

What an amazing trip! I am dying to get to New York at some point in my life! Such a beautiful city!

Kelly said...

I am heading to NYC for my very first time NEXT WEEKEND! Cannot wait! Love Nella's Pedipeds and her stylin' hat!

Jolene said...

~*Awesome*~ NYC has a soul all unto itself....I liked that city too and found the people SOOOO NICE!! Like beyond words NICE! The only *downside* was the everything smelled like PEE! ~BLECH~

Amanda said...

What a wonderful post! Nella is so adorable in her hat! Jealous that you're enjoying such wonderful weather. We had snow today in Utah! Ugh!

Cathy said...

Amazing! I love it all! I want to come with you next time!

Debby said...

I love all your
NY pictures. The children that you meant are just adorable. Love the one of the girl holding
Nella.
Nella is jst such a sweet child, love her smiles. You dress her so cute. Glad that you had such a wonderful time.

Debby said...

I love all your
NY pictures. The children that you meant are just adorable. Love the one of the girl holding
Nella.
Nella is jst such a sweet child, love her smiles. You dress her so cute. Glad that you had such a wonderful time.

Inspiração Inesperada said...

One word: amazing!

Melina said...

How awesome. There are no words. I hope that your life is studded with such momentous occasions of celebration and solidarity.

And the blue door? Oh, the blue door in New York that you shot. I want to live behind a blue door like that someday. I'd never leave my front steps.

xoxo
Melina

Katherine said...

I have never been to New York and it is definitely on my list!! Your pictures may have just bumped it up higher. :)

TRB Holt said...

Yes...Congratulations to the beautiful Liz Rice....and Nella & you!

xoxo.
Bug & Ruby's Gram

MG Atwood said...

OH how I love NYC as well. I've only been there twice. Quite the trek from the W. Coast, but it has a heartbeat and an energy that I adore. Lovely shots,as usual.

Kim said...

I love the pictures!! And Sharon Stone held Nella? Wow!!! Looks like such an exciting event and week for all of you.

Jen said...

NYC is one of my favorite places in the world. One day I'll make it back, I've promised myself.

Nella is going places, Kelle. You've set an amazing example for her to follow.

Lucy said...

I think the ratio between size of Nella and space in that bed is about right for a sleeping environment, looks so comfy!

Wonderful event and so pleased to hear about it all.

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