Monday, October 1, 2012

And here we go

October is Down syndrome awareness month. Those of you who have followed me for a least a year (and for that you deserve some sort of special award) know that as a Down syndrome-blogging mommy, I dedicate the month of October to Down syndrome awareness- blogging once a day.

I have done this for the past two years, and I have to admit- this year I just didn't want to do it. I don't think about Down syndrome that much anymore- it's in the background of our life. I spend my days taking care of two ambitious, trouble-making toddlers, and all of the "extras" are so ingrained into our routine that I just couldn't even imagine it any other way.

But I also realize that there are people out there that still think that individuals like my daughter don't deserve a chance at life because that life would only involve suffering. I know that there are people looking at Addison and feeling sorry for her difference and challenges. I hear of people assuming incorrect things about my daughter just because of the label Down syndrome.

So dragging my feet, I decided that I needed to do this for Addison and the world that she will grow up in. I don't flatter myself that "the world" reads my blog or that I will impact the tens of millions of people. But I can speak the truth in love and hope that one person will see life with a disability a little bit differently than they did before.

No, I am not an expert on Down syndrome. No, I can't predict the future. No, I can't tell you what life is like with an individual with Down syndrome because each life is different. But I CAN tell you what life is like with Addison- my little girl- who happens to have Down syndrome.

As I thought more about it, drank oh-so-much-more coffee, and listened to Addison's babbling (goal: to catch her "talking" on video by the end of the month), I got rather excited about the month of blogging. I lined up a giveaway a week (heads up- they are AWESOME), I sent out a few guest posts (so on those days I will direct you over to those blogs instead of making you stare at this page yet again), and I also decided that while Down syndrome is what I'm honoring through this blog challenge, I won't post about it every day because that's just not realistic of our life.

This month you will see a wide variety of topics covered (Everything and Nothing anyone?), and I hope you do share the posts that speak to you or make you laugh or give you a new idea (because we all know how crafty creative I am....cough cough). Maybe by sharing- you too can make a difference in the perception of Down syndrome- you just never know.

This morning I decided to make pumpkin muffins (also known as little-bites-of-pumpkin-heaven) for the therapists in celebration of the special month:
Note to self: next time get up a little bit earlier to make the muffins so that you don't look down at your children as the therapist  knocks at the door and realize that this is their morning attire:
Oh well, I'll get it next time. Oh the pumpkin muffin recipe (sooooo yummy)? I'm so glad you asked.
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1tsp salt
1tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
2 pkgs instant vanilla pudding (or 1 large)
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups pumpkin
5 eggs
1 cup of nuts (I don't add the nuts with the kids)

Mix it all together, scoop into muffin tins, and bake at 350 for 25 minutes (or until toothpick inserted in the middle of muffin comes out clean). Easiest recipe pretty much ever. (this makes 24 muffins)

My mother gave me this recipes- she makes it as bread. The kids absolutely gobble these muffins up- no doubt because of their desserty nature. (if you make it as bread- bake it 60-65 minutes instead)

That right there? An example of the variety of topics for this month. I LOVE recipe sharing, so I hope you will put up with a little bit of it here. (-:

So yeah, I'll be back tomorrow with an awesome giveaway. I would love it if you would join us for our 31 days of posts in honor of Down syndrome. You know where to find us. (-:

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