It was a big day in the Sharp family.
These kids have taken to our new property like fish to water. Watching them run and play in our little corner of the outdoors puts something right in my soul that I hadn’t realized was out of alignment. We have a LOT of work to do over the next 2 1/2 weeks, but moving day can’t come soon enough.
The Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee hosted a Summer Family Picnic at the Zoo for member families today. It was a great event, with about 400 people in attendance. I wish I’d taken the time to photograph the fantastic kids (and some adults) with Down syndrome who were there. I met several families with little ones Lina’s age. I love knowing Lina will grow up alongside other kids with Down syndrome. My hope is that she will be a fully-integrated part of her community, in church, in school and in our lovely city, but also strongly connected to a group of people who share this part of her experience. There were so, so many beautiful kids, as varied and full of life as any group of kids ever is. I think she will find many friends among them.
We brought along both sets of grandparents, two uncles and an aunt, and we took full advantage of our time at the zoo. Temps hit the low 90s, so we sweated it out and finally hauled our weary selves and our well-laden Radio Flyer out the exit a half-hour before closing. After a lovely Father’s Day dinner together at a little Persian restaurant, we ferried two exhausted kiddos home and talked about how awesome it is that our families enjoy being together. Also: this family has about the best collection of dads you’ll find anywhere.
Corin adored the carousel.
Lina did not.
An hour-and-a-half nap in the shade, and she was ready for the padded little-kid playground.
We close on our new house on Monday. As in the very next business day after today. We will celebrate with lighter hearts now that – as of a few hours ago – we also have a new contract on our house. I think the buyers need this house as badly as we need to sell it. They have been living in an apartment with their five children.
Our official move date is July 3. We have not done nearly enough packing. These next few weeks are going to be something. I’m pretty sure my gray hairs are multiplying.