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Zoo adventures

Yesterday my son's homeschool program invited the entire 1st grade to Zoo Atlanta. This field trip was absolutely amazing! I am so grateful to have this opportunity to homeschool my son and have educational trips like this! I researched before I went that Zoo Atlanta have scooter rentals and boy did it come in handy! It has been many years since I last went to the zoo with my oldest daughter and I had forgotten how many hills there are. My son got to meet his teacher and a few of his classmates and even made a new friend that lives close by us! Our favorite animal was of course the Zebras and Pandas. We can't wait to go again! Life is so much easier since accepting the facts of my mobility. I feel more free and able to enjoy life with my children!! Keep fighting!!

Ana 🦓💪🏾💖🐼 #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #zooatlanta #homeschoollife #LifeofanEDSerwomanofcolor #LivingWithPOTS #Momblogger #zebrastrong

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TIME, I have mixed emotions about you. Without you, we wouldn’t have opportunities to grow mentally, physically, & spiritually. Without you we wouldn’t have opportunities to experience life and love. However, you seem to pass quickly....way too quickly! I see the babies I was blessed with growing up and maturing before my eyes. TIME, you are bitter sweet. My daughters were meant to grow and one day leave and you are the conduit for that transition; but, it seems to be happening faster than I would like. Maybe I blame you when I should blame myself instead. Am I taking every opportunity to make the best of every hour and every day, or am I easily distracted by things that really don’t matter?
TIME, keep reminding me that you can be my friend, if I chose to take full advantage of the opportunities you give me. Remind me to slow down and cherish every moment. Remind me to never leave anything unsaid. Remind me to put my phone down more (unless it’s to take a photo 😉) and to always be present. Remind my children to seize opportunities placed before them in the midst of this school year and to be a light to others. We never know what the student sitting beside us is struggling with or is dealing with at home. We never know what our teachers are going through at home or with their peers. So, TIME, even though I still have mixed emotions about you, I will chose to treat you with respect because I know you will not slow down, but maybe I can.
#FirstDayOfSchool #MyGirls #Blessed #time #Slowdown #HighSchool #Sophmore #MiddleSchool #EighthGrade #opportunities #bepresent #Momlife #Momblogger #teenagegirls #thankful #thursday #GoodByeSummer #NewBeginnings

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How May I Help You?

What am I doing to help another when chaos seems to be overwhelming a family member, a neighbor, and even a friend from IG whom I’ve never personally met?
How may I show love to them right where they are, as they are? So many want to talk negatively or judge another without uttering a single word to them personally.
An example of this is, in November 2017, our leaves on one side of our yard were in desperate need of mulching. Without personally reaching out to us and asking how our family was, we received an email from our Home Owners Association giving us a warning that we had until the end of the week to remove them. Little did they know, I had just lost my momma and miscarried within a day of one another and the leaves in our yard was the last thing on my mind!
With that being said, our first instinct may not be to ask how may we help. However, if we see the kindness of another, it may inspire us to do the same! So, when given another opportunity, we can chose to ask “how may I help you?” Then, as more opportunities arise and are acted upon, being kind and helpful can become instinctive!
Here are a few ways to show love instead of judging: “Motherhood can be crazy. May I bring you and your family dinner?” ; “I am doing yard work and am already dirty, may I help mow or pull weeds for you?” What if we became apart of encouragement, breathed love and life into someone instead of adding stress and heartache to another? Can you say #WorldChangers ?!? 🙌🏼
The way I see it, we are all really on the same team. Some team members may look different. Some team members may act different. However, we are a team. Oh, what a difference we can all be, with kindness, compassion, and love, especially during the most chaotic times in another’s life! .
#BeTheChange #empoweringwomen #helpingothers #PositiveVibes #Momlife #Momblogger #MoreAlikeThanDifferent #Team #neighborhood #Kindness #LoveOneAnother #Love #blessings #help #communicate #nojudgement #Hope #IGotYou #LoveThyNeighbor @themightysite

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World Down Syndrome Day 2019

Every night I lay down having a grateful heart. I am humbled daily by various demonstrations of love and faithfully count my blessings.
My heart is especially full tonight because of all who showed love and support to Savannah by “Rockin’ their socks” today for #WDSD ! (See my stories on\Ladypositive 🙌🏼)

Spreading awareness helps to educate so many, like me, that just three years ago didn’t know much about #DownSyndrome . I definitely wasn’t aware there was a day to honor it globally!

The negative stereotypes associated with DS makes me angry! Those lies are what instilled fear in me after our prenatal diagnosis!
I want to let you know that there is nothing scary about Down Syndrome! It isn’t a negative thing! It doesn’t make anyone less worthy! Individuals with DS still thrive and become anything they want to become! They have purpose and I will spend the rest of my life shouting their worth!
These beautiful lives enhance others they encounter, including this momma!
I wrote a blog post shortly after Savannah was born that transparently shared how while I was still pregnant, I desperately prayed God would heal Savannah. I also used these crazy apps to try to determine what Savannah would look like after putting photos of JR and I in it. At times, my mind was overwhelmed with fears of the unknown and the negative scenarios my specialist told me only added fuel to the fire consuming me.
Here is the answer to all the questions that exhausted my mind.....
God makes no mistakes. Savannah was the one used to purge me of discriminations I didn’t even realize I had. Savannah, Alexis, and Ava have made me see life in a more beautiful, fulfilling way. Life isn’t about what we tangibly obtain... it’s about who we become! So while I prayed for healing, I received it. I was the one who needed it, not Savannah.
God is so good and has blessed our family with a miracle.... that miracle’s name is Savannah Lanier White! .
#SavannahLanier #RockYourSocks #DearMom #SheChangedMeForTheBetter #Love #Kindness #BeTheChange #PositiveVibes #downsyndromeawareness #advocate #AdvocateLikeAMother #nothingdownaboutit #IWillShoutYourWorth #TheLuckyFew #Momlife #Momblogger

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Babies and toddlers are the best people watchers (and obviously dog watchers!) That is how they learn without being given specific instructions.❤️ Isn’t it funny that teaching a child what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable is a whole other ball game!
EXAMPLE: 💁🏼‍♀️ While trying to get my children to eat broccoli, I’ve pretended with them that we were giants and the broccoli were little trees.
We also eat salad that looks like grass or weeds we see in the back yard, but
then tell them “NO! Don’t eat the grass”. Savannah observes and mimics everything! She is incredibly smart and has a “hunger” to learn! Now to teach her we don’t eat our little trees from a dog bowl! 🤪🙆‍♀️
#SavannahLanier #learning #BeTheChange #MakingMemories #KeepingMeOnMyToes #Momlife #Momblogger #nothingdownaboutit #TheLuckyFew #peekaboo #dog #Doglife #smile #shenanigans #mischief

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I am a New Year’s Eve Scrooge

As I made breakfast this morning, I was telling my family how New Year’s Eve is my least favorite holiday. For me, it’s a reminder of how time is passing too quickly. I mean we literally count the seconds as time passes!
It also reminds me that the holidays are already over!
There may even be a feeling in some that enough hasn’t been done or we are personally not enough. May I say to you, you are enough and very loved. May any negative feelings of not achieving personal goals only drive you to accomplish them in 2019! We are not on a time schedule. A turtle crosses the finish line just like the rabbit... just in his time.
I’m such a romantic and I’ve always had this vision of celebrating a glam New Years Eve. It’s a catch 22. While I am thankful to be home with by children and like having all my chicks safe under my wing, I desire to have that romantic kiss at midnight as well.
There also tends to be pressures from social media for us to change the world and to be new and improved in the new year.
While we may not change the entire world starting tomorrow, we can change someone’s world by being our best and showing love everyday of every year.
I will be content no matter how we celebrate and whether or not I get that romantic kiss at midnight! .
#Happynewyear #TimeFlies #BeTheChange #Momlife #Momblogger #PositiveVibes #romantic #goals #change #thesearethedays


What wasn’t mentioned is worth mentioning

I kept seeing the cartoon depiction of a child and a man with a ginger colored beard on IG and didn’t understand what it meant until I saw this video today.
What I noticed first about it is what my heart is full of and what I want to spread... LOVE! The second thing I noticed is there is no mention of this precious child having #DownSyndrome .❤️🙌🏼
The video shown here isn’t about a diagnosis or a title! To me, it represents what this child and #PrinceHarry have in their hearts and who they are!
I have struggled with the question to mention DS or not to mention DS when it comes to Savannah. So, sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t!
I don’t want to talk so much about Down Syndrome that I attract more attention to the diagnosis than Savannah herself!
Yes, I want to advocate for Savannah and those that are differently abled! I want to educate those that know nothing about DS (like I used to be). I also want to encourage others that have recently received a diagnosis while being to them the person I once needed.
The purpose of my blog posts and IG feed posts is to show the diverse family we have, real life stuff that is apart of our journey, and overcoming obstacles is possible! We just have a little something extra that is apart of our journey.
Even though DS is what #SavannahLanier has, it isn’t who she is and it’s not what our family is.
I pray our journey and our lives reflect the love of God and the beauty depicted in this video, whether DS is mentioned or not. #StrongerTogether #Love #Diversity #HumanRace #MoreAlikeThanDifferent #BeTheChange #TheLuckyFew #nothingdownaboutit #DownSyndromeAwarenessMonth #October #United #Momlife #Momblogger #ThisIsDownSyndrome #WeAreTheChange #WorldChangers #ComeTogether #LetsDoThis #Bekind #advocate #Acceptance #IWillShoutYourWorth


What Gives you JOY?

Hello! I hope everyone has a “happy” Saturday! Saying that, here is a thought to ponder...
There is so much talk about #Happiness and what makes one happy. “Happiness” is such a circumstantial emotion, don’t you think? 🧐
“I’m happy it’s Friday”, “I’m happy the food is here”, etc. Are we necessarily happy when our car breaks down or when we are “hangry”? 😩
No, of course not! God gave us DIFFERENT emotions for different circumstances! Even Christ wasn’t happy all the time. It’s ok to not be happy! It’s ok to grieve. It’s ok to be angry and hangry! 😉
It’s ok to be frustrated. It’s how one handles the emotion at hand that makes it right or wrong. ❤️
With that being said, JOY is something we can obtain and keep NO MATTER the circumstance! We can be joyful in any circumstance! What brings you JOY? .
#Thoughtfortheday #Thinkingdeep #fruitofthespirit #strength #kidsofinstagram #cutiepatootie #nothingdownaboutit #SavannahLanier #Friday #Joy #Momlife #Momblogger #Christian #FaithWriter #Faith #BeTheChange #PositiveVibes #circumstances #mightycontributor

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