Happy 6th heavenly birthday, Lamar!

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After the first couple of years after we had the abortion that ended Lamar’s life, we didn’t exactly know how to celebrate his life, or even if we were able to, since we decided to end it.

I know that was a hard introduction to his birthday post, but I wanted to be real and raw with you guys.  I am trying to find the “right or appropriate” words for this post, but at the end of the day, it has to come from my heart.

Lamar was a very active boy in utero (as I am sure he is in heaven), and it really broke both Shane and I to pieces when we had to make that horrible, final decision to end his life.  At the end of the day what we now realize, is that it came down to fear. Fear of the unknown and all of the uncertainty that surrounded his life.

Let me back track a little for some of y’all who may be new around here.  Our first pregnancy was our son Lamar Grant Johnson.  He was diagnosed with Full Trisomy 18, and we were told from the specialist that he would most likely die during birth, or if he happened to survive, he would be needing 24/7 round-the-clock care and would only live up to 1 year at max. The specialist said ultimately it comes down to what kind of life would he have, and they said it would not be good, and that termination would be the best option for us.

Wow if Shane and I could only back track to that day, in that small, brown, terrifying office when we got this news–and changed the trajectory of that conversation.  We would have brought in our own statistics (as we did in Rochelle’s case) of the amount of children that lived (and thrived) with Full Trisomy 18. We would have told them that NO matter what, we were choosing LIFE (and not death) for our son, and that we wouldn’t listen to them try to pressure us to make any other decision.

But that’s not the route we chose, and we have to accept that fact.

Lamar holds a VERY special place in our heart, and we know that Brielle and Malachi (and all three of our adopted children) will forever remember him, even though they never got to physically meet him.

It took a long time for us to understand that God forgives us for that wrong decision and that even though we can never change the outcome, we can celebrate and honor his life and tell people about him and share his story.

We are not perfect, we have flaws, and sins (some bigger than others) but we are loved, forgiven, and redeemed (and for that, we are forever grateful.)

So we celebrated by getting a balloon, singing him happy birthday, eating cake, saying prayers and wishes, and celebrating his life.

We love you so so much Lamar and cannot wait to see you one day!

©2018 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

 

Education nation!

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Summer time is the time for tons of play, vacation,  and overall fun, BUT it’s also a time for learning!

During this one-on-one time with our children, we must dedicate time to reading, playing fun activities, and exposing our kids to all types and styles of learning!

So far this summer we have done science experiments, danced to math songs on YouTube, practiced our shapes and colors while driving, and have done a ton of workbooks!

One of the things that my school aged kids (ages 4-7) are loving right now are word searches!! They love to practice matching their letters, and identify words! Summer fun starts now with this word search! Be sure to check out Education.com for more learning resources.

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If your kids don’t necessarily like word searches, they have tons of different worksheets to choose from such as:

  • Maze
  • Matching list of words with images
  • Crossword puzzle
  • Word scramble
  • Subtraction
  • Division
  • Multiplication

There is honestly something for everyone agres 3-11! The kids in my house range from 6 months old-7 years old and I love that there is something for them all!

So the next time your kids think they are bored, tell them let’s do something fun and head on over to education.com!

Hope you are all having a great summer!

**Sponsored Posts: This is a sponsored post by Education.com. All reviews and opinions expressed in this post are based on my personal view.

©2018 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

 

Our precious son turns 6 months old

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Today is the day that our baby boy is 1/2 a year old! I truly can’t believe 6 months have passed! This little boy lights up a room with his zest for life, LOVE for others, and his easy-going personality! We love you so so much big boy and enjoy every single minute you are here!♥

Weight: 18.5 pounds

Length:26 1/2 inches taken at home

Likes:

-To be held! It’s so adorable how much he LOVES when we are holding him via the Lillebaby carrier!
-To be talked to, he LOVES when all of his siblings talk and play with him!
-To eat! He has just started to like baby food more, and it’s so cute to see him eat so well!
-To sleep! This past month we have transitioned him to his crib and most nights he will sleep all night without a peep! Some nights he just wants extra cuddles and then we put him back in his crib
-His bath! Sometimes I swear he looks so relaxed in it, I think he might just fall asleep!
-His ability to sit up on his own and reach for ALL things around him! He is such an active baby boy!

Dislikes:
– When are out of sight and he thinks he is by himself–cue the elephant tears!
– Getting dressed/undressed! He still doesn’t like the fact that people have to wear clothes!

Teeth: None! Gosh he is teething a LOT, so I hope one pops in soon!

Language:
He has just started to blow raspberries (which is so adorable!), and loves to make a lot of noise to express himself!

Milestones: He just started to pick up his back left leg to try to crawl to what he wanted, so I am thinking crawling is near in our future! He has mastered rolling over, and sitting up on his own!

Upcoming:

MD appt:  6 month well check!

 

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©2018 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved.

Meet our precious boy Malachi❤️

Y’all. This precious boy is about to be 6 months old tomorrow! I did kind of an introduction with all of my kiddos on my Facebook page, so head on over there to see the rest! Hope y’all enjoy it as much as we did!❤️😍

©2018 Sheridan Johnson @Journey with the Johnsons. All Rights Reserved