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Celebrate Good Times - Go Home!

Over the weekend we had a very special visitor staying with us.

My aunt Addie!

(the title of this post comes from a time we sang Karaoke and Addie performed Kool and the Gang's celebration. She sang, "Celebrate good times, GO HOME!" It was freaking hilarious.")

She just celebrated her 64th birthday so my mom picked her up on Friday night and she stayed with us through the weekend.

For those of you who remember Addie from when she broke her arm last year, you should be happy to hear that her arm is as good as new! She told me she still goes bowling so life seems to be back to normal for her which is great.

For all the people who sent letters, pictures, and gifts for her I just want to thank you again. It meant so much to her and to me as well. I really appreciate your friendship and love.

Saturday night we had a fundraising dinner at our church with proceeds going to the youth who are taking a trip to New Orleans this summer for a big convention. My mom brought Addie to the event since me and my family were all serving. After dinner I asked everyone there to sing Happy Birthday to her as Jasmine brought a cake my mom got.

Addie started dancing when people were singing to her. It was so cute. So many people wished her happy birthday that I could tell it really made her feel welcomed and loved.

Check out this sweet picture of her blowing out her candles.


So awesome!

Whenever I mention her age people freak out. I always get, “you know, normally people with Downs don’t live as long as that.”

Yeah I know. I get it. Ugh.

This is the equivalent to the Diabetes Police in my book. Why say that? Is that supposed to be optimistic? Glass half full? It just makes me scared.

I like to think about living not dying. The thought of losing anyone is difficult but when I think about that fateful day it kills me. She has taught me so much and means so much to me and my family that I can guarantee a full on melt down when her time does come.

But let’s not go there. She is here. She is healthy. She is awesome!

Happy Birthday Addie! 

Reader Comments (7)


February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJaimie

It sounds like an amazing weekend, George. I'm with you on the nature of the comments about her age. A birthday is for celebrating life, and comments like that don't add anything of value.

Great photos... I especially love the last one of you with the Birthday Girl :)

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLee Ann Thill

The one of Addie blowing out the cake, with your hand on her shoulder like that, made me cry. Your family makes me cry. It's called "Simmons Dehydration Factor." It's rough.

Happy birthday, Addie!!!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerri.

Happy Birthday Addie!!! I love that she got to hang out at the Simmons Pad for her b-day. :-)

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott K. Johnson

Happy Birthday Addie!

I have a nephew with Downs and I have always thought that he would live a very long, happy life. I understand why you feel the way you do about her and her teaching you so much. You are a very lucky man to have your Aunt Addie in your life! I know I wouldn’t trade Brandon for anything.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly Booth

awesome post, awesome pics, happy belated bday to addie!

February 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershannon

Sounds like Addie had a great birthday, with all of you able to celebrate with her. I think the comments may have been more in the range of, "Wow. You are fortunate to have had your aunt as long as you have" -- kind of the same way that we say "wow" when we hear of people in their nineties whose activities and bodies suggest the health and vigor of most people in their sixties. It's something most of us never think about.

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertmana

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