When Christmas Isn’t What You Expected

A little over seven years ago we were surprised to learn, ten days before Christmas, that our first born son was going to be born with Down syndrome. (You can read his birth story here.) We had absolutely no idea that Noah was going to be born with Down syndrome, and (candidly) having a child [Read More…]…

Snow Tubing Brings Noah a Lot Christmas Joy!

The Gaylord Texan Resort (which is a huge hotel in our area) goes all out during the Christmas season. The entire resort is decorated for Christmas, they have a huge Ice exhibit that you walk through, an outdoor ice skating rink, and our kid’s  favorite…snow tubing! Check out the video below to see Noah’s face [Read More…]…

A Brother Makes a Great Best Friend

We’re in a sweet season of life here in the Smith house. Jaxten (Noah’s brother) is 3, Noah recently turned 7, and my wife recently gave birth to our new son (Koen) who’s almost 8 weeks old. As Noah and Jaxten have gotten “older” it’s been fun to watch them become such great friends. They [Read More…]…

Noah’s Growing Up

The picture above was taken shortly before Noah’s 7th birthday party, and he looks so grown up! The reason he looks so grown up is because he is growing up! In the years since I started this website, Noah has learned how to walk using treadmill therapy, sat up on his own, and even took his first [Read More…]…

A Letter to My Son on His 7th Birthday

Noah, It’s hard to believe your seven years old today! I can remember in vivid detail the moment I heard our pediatrician say those words, “he has features consistent with Trisomy 21.” I had no idea what life was going to be like raising a child with Down syndrome. I was a new parent. I had no [Read More…]…