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“Life is a series of relationships that when connected at the right time and place weave themselves into a Glorious web of God’s intent.” (me, Erin)

Email: ardler2002@hotmail.com

 


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25 thoughts on “Contact Me!

  1. Jennie says:

    Hi, Erin. I found your blog through BBC. I’m two years ahead of you in the journey. My first-born, Nathan, had just turned two when we received the, “I have bad news for you” phone call about Micah’s diagnosis. And we miscarried twins in between Nathan and Micah.

    My blog was a major asset for me unpacking my heart. I look forward to following your journey and hearing more about how God is working through Grady!

    Blessings,
    Jennie

  2. Tana says:

    Hello,

    You are a true inspiration. I just happened upon your blog and want to wish you the best of luck in all that you do. God picked you, a very special and loving person, to be Grady’s Mommy. Keep God in your heart always.

    May God bless you all on your journeys,
    Tana

  3. Emy says:

    Hi, I left you a comment on your Feb 2 blog, not realizing how close you were to delivery and now I’m on pins and needles praying for all of you, waiting to hear how Grady is doing. God bless you all, and I know God will be with you during your delivery. Give Paul your blog info so he can post a note to let your readers like me know if and when the big day comes. Know that you will remain in my prayers, whoever I am, other than someone who is praying for you, and someone who has raised a beautiful young woman with DS.
    Good luck and more important, God’s good graces cover you.
    Emy

    • skiingthroughlife says:

      Emy- Thank you for finding me. I appreciate your prayers and warm wishes. You seem to be such a strong woman and a wonderful mother. Your daughter is very lucky to have such an insightful and caring mother. I am sorry I have not gotten back to you sooner, I am busy resting and prepping for the big day. I recognize your daughter in law from the church group I attend “Mops” I can assume that is where you got my blog from, awesome stuff! Please let her know I said thank you. I will take luck any-day, but keep those prayers coming.
      Erin

  4. Emy says:

    Erin, yes, it was my dear, sweet daughter-in-law Jillian who put me on to your website and I am so grateful that she did. She is a very loving and thoughtful young woman, as you also seem to be based on my readings of your blog. I can only imagine what you must be going through as the big day nears. While I didn’t have the joy of pregnancy, the expectation of waiting to see if we were going to be approved to adopt Patti after she had been living with us for a few months as a foster child, brought all kinds of ups and downs that included fear, excitement, wonder (she was with us already and we fell in love the moment she was placed in our arms), well…the emotions that you’ve described over the course of your journey were so similar to what I felt as well. I have learned that prayer is so powerful and when we ask in faith for something, we know that Our Heavenly Father will give it to us (1 John 5: 14-15). So, in faith and trust that it will be granted, I beseech you, Jesus, to be with Erin during her delivery, and that you make your presence felt at that time. Be with her entire family as they welcome your son Grady and fill them with your joy as they support and love him as he grows. We ask in your name, Amen.
    God bless you, Erin. I’ve recruited a group who are praying for you and Grady. Strength in numbers, you know.

    Emy

  5. Grandpa and Grandma Saurman says:

    HOORAY!!!!!!
    Welcome Grady!!!!!
    We are soooo excited!!!
    So, when you coming to Florida to visit your “pitiful” Grandpa and Grandma Saurman? 🙂

    We are thrilled for the 4 of you!!!
    Grady is BEAUTIFUL!! What a PRECIOUS GEM!!

    We love you Paul, Erin, Mason and Grady!!!

    God is so good…all the time!!

    Thanks Be to God!!!!

    Love and hugs!!!!!
    Grandpa and Grandma Saurman <

  6. Grandpa and Grandma Saurman says:

    Hi there, Daddy, Mommy, Mason and Grady!!!

    Are we doing this right?????? I am not sure if you receive our notes…..I am not a computer whiz and I just read in your blog again about “people like me” 🙂 who do not know how to use this correctly……

    So….this is a test….this is only a test…”
    Are you getting this Grandma’s notes? 🙂

    We love you and you 4 are absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!
    We wish we lived closer to see you all….of course we would have to make a stop off in Boston to see our little Chase too but it would all be so worth the trip!!!!!

    Grandpa goes to the post office every so often to mail out those packages for “our little boys” 🙂

    We are sooooo proud of you and remember…..our door is always open when you need to get some “florida weather”

    God is sooooo good!!!!!

    Love you!!!
    Hugs!!!!

  7. skiingthroughlife says:

    Grandma & Grandpa Saurman! I am getting your notes, and your lovely packages that bring so many smiles to my face and to Mason’s!! I am sending you some pictures in the mail tomorrow for you all and our birth announcement!

    We are so grateful for you in our lives, and we are planning a trip to Florida this year at some point and we think we will be driving so We are definatley going to come and stat with you all for a day or two!

    If you ever think of taking a trip up this way to see Chase, we aren’t too far at all. We have plenty of room for you to stay and we would be overjoyed to see you all. Miss you & Love you
    Erin

  8. Grandpa and Grandma Saurman says:

    We got it!!!! What a beautiful annoucement!!
    We went to Walmart this evening and bought a frame to put all our little pics in to go up right along with our little Chase….we have to keep our “grand-boys” altogether 🙂
    And by the way….we all grew up on some burnt toast….truth be known….Grandpa STILL gets some once in awhile…..Grandma blames the toaster 🙂
    Love and hugs to you 4!!!
    Grandpa and Grandma Saurman <

    PS: an Easter package is coming…. 🙂

  9. Kayla says:

    I came across your blog through another one that I read. I’m so glad that I did! My son was born 2/24/2010 and has Trisomy 21/Down syndrome, as well. What an inspiration you are! Watching the video for Grady (with the song by Natalie Merchant) brought tears to my eyes. Grady is perfect and so precious!

    Just wanted to say hello 🙂

  10. Marianne & Erin says:

    Hi Erin, it was great meeting you and your family today at the picnic.
    Shoot me an e-mail when you have a chance and I’ll give you my # so we can meet again at the park.
    M

  11. Jan says:

    Just found your blog. I am 10 years into the journey. God is good! He prepared the path for you….I am a single mom because I choose life for my son. He is the youngest of three boys (18-14-10) and a blessing to all those we meet. I love your approach to being Grady’s mom…I, like you, know that God does not make mistakes. He gives opportunities for blessings….depends on how you look at it. My son’s name is Joshua Caleb….yep right out of the Bible. I knew that Caleb would have giants in his land, but his GOD is bigger and God will deliver the land to Caleb.

  12. Korey Hickling says:

    Hi, there! I’ve been reading your blog a little here and there since my friend Kristin Montgomery (Carter’s mom) introduced me to it. I am a first time mother to a sweet baby boy named Jack who also has Down Syndrome. He is now 5 months old, and we’ve been enjoying every minute of our new journey together! I just wanted to tell you that your blog and posts are beautiful, and you are an amazing mother. Also, your little Grady and my Jack could be twins … they look so much alike! You’ll have to check out our blog at http://www.johnrhickling.blogspot.com

    So nice to “meet” you,
    Korey Hickling

  13. Grandpa and Grandma Saurman says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you 4!!!
    We absolutely love reading and viewing all the pics and videos of the boys!! Our hearts are truly warmed!
    We send our love and hugs and know that we are thinking of you ALL THE TIME!!!
    Grandpa and Grandma Saurman <

  14. The Whimsical Sweet says:

    Wonderful story! You have enough love to give plenty to those beautiful children of yours! Your tale is very inspiring & should be shared…thank you for writing!

    At 20 weeks pregnant with my second child, our ultrasound showed some “maybes”. My midwife told us our son could have down syndrome and asked if we would like to do further testing. We told her no thanks. She then explained that by law, she pretty much has to give us the option because (then she shrugged & nodded her head in disbelief) a lot of people terminate the pregnancy at that point. We were shocked.

    Our baby boy was born healthy & “typical”…no down syndrome. It’s funny what can go through your mind for 20 weeks, and how we loved him no matter the outcome.

    God bless you and your beautiful family for knowing better. Now you have even more to love 🙂

  15. Janice Harvey says:

    My daughter who is 26 years old also has Down Syndrome. She has written and published a book titled, Down Syndrome Living a Fulfilling Life. She would love to get it out to other families that are relating to Down Syndrome. You may contact us at 863-647-3007. I would not trade my daughter for anything and am so glad that things worked out for us. Not knowing she had Downs at the time was a blessing for us. We will be in New York on July 9th for vacation. We would love to meet other families.

  16. Cindy says:

    Hi,
    I read your story so checked out the blog. I donot have children but, love to hear about stories like yours. You have very cute little boys. I wish you many blessings. I am with all the love you give that your boys will grow up happy and full of life, love and jesus. God has blessed you and will contine to do so.

    Cindy

  17. Jaime says:

    Hi! I fell upon your blog via Emily, who I only know through the internet because we both have a brain tumor. I read about your son and your struggles with the possibility of a feeding tube. I am a speech- language pathologist and work with many kids with g-tubes. Please follow your instinct and get a second opinion from a MD outside of Columbia. I know Columbia is a great hospital (I am sure you did your research), but from my experiences I feel they push toward surgery. From what I have seen with my students they like to push the envelope and do things less conservative then most hospitals. I do not know your son’s medical history and feeding tubes can be absolutely necessary, but follow your gut and question all doctors. Good luck!

  18. Sem says:

    Hi, came across your blog when looking for pictures of babies with down syndrome for my current series of paintings. And I just want to let you know how impressed I am with your photos, the focus, angles, lighting, color, expressions… it’s all so perfect, in every picture! I imagine you could put together a really nice picture book, something like this: http://www.dayswithmyfather.com/#/28 .
    And your babies are absolutely beautiful.
    Oh, and I am curious about what camera you use?

  19. Anonymously Cares says:

    You don’t have to post this, I just want to know something… possibly giving you an alternate perspective of something you said. The acquaintances that you mentioned, when you bring Grady around their children, you said you feel that they are hovering over their children like he is contagious. As a parent, of a child that does not have down syndrome, I have been in this exact situation. I hovered over my child. I did this, not because I felt the child with down syndrome was contagious but, because I was afraid my child might not behave appropriately. I wanted to make sure my child was gentle and kind. I wanted to be there to immediately correct them if they were not behaving. When I read what you posted it made me sad that you felt that way. It stuck in my mind for quite some time. I certainly would never want to make a parent ever feel that way. Over time I found I do this when my child is around anyone, not just a child with down syndrome. Because of your post I am now trying to step back a little bit more. You have helped me see your perspective and I am trying to not be such a hovering parent. Please don’t take a hovering parent as if it is against Grady when in truth it is probably for Grady. I cannot speak for all, I just wanted you to see it from my perspective. I feel you helped me so I hope this helps you in someway as well.

    • Erin Witkowski says:

      Hello there! Thanks for reaching out and sharing your perspective, I always think its important to look at all sides. I want to let you know I speak from my personal experience with Grady, who is strong and not weak… when you shared with me your worried your child will hurt another child, I guess it could be a case by case basis, but when I wrote this post if anyone spends just 3 seconds with Grady you will see he is not frail nor does he need protection from other children ❤ Another great perspective to share is that this comes from my eyes, when another mother engages me to talk about my son or find out better ways for their child to interact that is so encouraging and much better than the helicopter mom who awkwardly whisks their child away or hovers around without engaging me (remember I am not to far away from Grady at all times, he is a runner) … so all in all, thank you for reaching out and I no longer know what its like to be on the other side and to have just typical children but I hope by sharing my experiences I am in someway sharing what its like to be the odd one out in almost every play date scenario, that engaging me and my child is always best, and then we can hover together to help each child learn to play with the other and when they figured that all out we can step back and exhale!

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