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Hi. I am Elizabeth. 

Welcome to my blog. I use this little space to chronicle the adventures of the Noel family!

A Dream Come True with the Avett Brothers

A Dream Come True with the Avett Brothers

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Do you have things that you have dreamed about doing with your kids since you were young? Many people dream about becoming parents, taking their kids to Disney world, etc. I have dreamed about taking my kids to a concert since I was probably 15 when I went to my first concert. I LOVE music. I often say, I could write a soundtrack of my life. So many songs have memories attached and I kindof love that!

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With Dex and Gus having Down syndrome- I rarely think about things that my kids won’t be able to do. We choose to focus on what they will do! But I will admit- thinking about taking my boy to a concert brought on anxiety.

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What if he hates it- will we never go to another concert. What if he cries, gets overstimulated, etc. I had so many visions and dreams of what it would be like.

I shared this with my bestie and asked her to pray that my expectations would be under control. I prayed that my heart would take cues from Dex not what my brain conjured up.

And let me tell you- it was perfection. More than I could have EVER imagined for taking my boy to his first concert.

We waited in line were squished into so many other people close to the stage and he loved it. He was exhausted and still danced and sang and loved it. All the people around us were dancing with him, and shedding tears of joy with me about how much joy he was bringing to them.

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I took a few photos and videos to remember the moments, but I also put my phone down and just took in every single second. I laughed, danced, cried, sang and listened to my boy singing. My favorite moment was during the song “Live and Die”. I happened to catch Dex on video singing the lyrics “you and I, we’re the same, live and die, we’re the same.” This made the tears flow even harder. This was a sweet reminder to me that yes we are the same, and all my worries that i had experienced in preparation for the concert were no big deal.

I am still having a hard time putting into words what a special evening it was for Bryan, Dex and I. It is one I will remember forever.

I want to encourage you mommas who have tiny ones with Down syndrome, who think that things are going to look so different, and you are going to miss out on some of the things you thought you would get to do with your children. Don’t give up on those dreams. You will experience even greater joy when you get to live those dreams with your little ones. And I am not exaggerating when I say that everyone around us was filled with joy watching Dex’s joy.

I could go on forever, just know that it will go down in history as one of my most favorite nights ever.

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I Get By with a Little Help from my Friends

I Get By with a Little Help from my Friends

Friday 5

Friday 5