Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Deep Respect for our Sweet Nate

As of  yesterday, at 13 months, our sweet Nate is sitting!

It has been a long journey to get to this point.  He is a very wiggly guy, so sitting in one spot just has not been an interest of his, but yesterday, just like that, he was sitting.

And today, the overwhelming feeling I've had for Nate is RESPECT.  Yes, I'm full of pride and happy that he has a new view of life, but the true feeling I'm bursting with is respect.  I am just so impressed with how hard he has worked to get this far.  He barely complains and just works as hard as anyone around him will make him.  He whines a bit when he gets tired, but, hey, I'm a Personal Trainer and most of the people I've worked with would have quit long before Nate.

(don't you just want to kiss that face?!)

I'm learning so much from him and am seeing very clearly one of the reasons God placed him in our family.  Nate is here to remind us to strive for our goals and to appreciate the smaller achievements along the way.  

Nate, thank you.  I love you more than I ever thought I could.



  1. It IS amazing to begin to see god working in our lives, isn't it? I am so excited that he is sitting. He is so sweet! I sure do miss him....and of course you too:) Debra Daniels

  2. Awesome Danielle! We do, as parent of children that have Down Syndrome, celebrate any achievement as huge victories. But this one is a HUGE one. Way to go Nate! I'll try to give you a call tomorrow. It's a busy day.... OT, Speech, and Sam's 2nd birthday. Love you much!

  3. Yes. I DO want to kiss that cute face!!! Way to go on sitting. Such a big boy!

  4. What a huge milestone-way to go Nate!! And way to go for you as well Danielle...your strength is inspiring.

  5. Awesome job Nate!! What a cutie!!

  6. Dani,

    He is so darling and I am really inspired by his progress and your true admiration for him. It is a lovely thing to get to see :) Love to your whole family! Tonya

  7. I'm still teary from another post, a birth story, I just read. Seeing sweet Nate and reading your words just keeps the flood gates open. Oh well... so my eyes will just be puffy today, right? I'm so happy for you and Nate and all the good things happening. Respect is such a great word to describe how I feel about my little guy, too. He doesn't complain and just keeps on keepin' on.

  8. YAY, Nate!!!! I am so happy for him and for you. I got chills and a little teary when I read "I love you more than I ever thought I could" - I feel exactly the same way about my Brennan.

  9. Yay Nate! Atta boy! Now just work on getting on one knee and you can propose to Heidi. :)