Live With Us Forever?

Funny how the mind works. When Nichole was born, some of the first questions I had about her future were things I never really questioned with Ellie.

-Will she ever get married?
-Will she have a job?
-Will she live with us forever?

Nichole brings such joy to our lives, that Andy and I joke about making her sign a contract where she promises to indeed live with us forever. I mean this girl touches our hearts in ways that blow us away! I have found her some nice boys that could make great husbands, and I have promised their moms I will take good care of their boys if our kids do end up falling in love.

Life with Nichole is beautiful. I thank God for this little rascal and for Him to entrust her to our family. Even Ellie tells us we don't get Nichole forever, when she is 18 (and you know, she will be a grownup then) she gets her. Ha!

To think we once assumed that her diagnosis of Down syndrome would bring limitations and hardships to our family...Ha! She has instead expanded us! Our hearts, our understanding, and our acceptance. She has brought a measure of love that comes directly from God. 

And she is fun! So much fun!

Here is a little glimpse. Nichole loves to make videos of the 2 of us, and this is a video we made a few weeks ago when she finally learned how to kiss!
 Nichole also has a thing for imitating Ellie, because she adored her big sister. Anything Ellie does Nichole is sure to follow. Ellie likes to sing with Nichole and they were showing me a song. Pardon the distraction of the camera.

Yes, we are smitten with this rascal, and sometimes even Nina cannot help but give in to Nichole's charm...sometimes. These 2 have a fierce competition going on, sound like sisters?

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