We were blessed again today with a wonderfully written article in The Akron Beacon Journal by Kim Hone McMahan which featured my miracle men, Adam and Emma. I am so proud of my guys. They aren't even 2 yet and already we have done a lot to spread awareness and make people realize how beautiful life is with a bonus 21st.
The article begins with some quotes right from *this* blog! Kim took something from the first posting I made. It was where I talked about my fear that I gave Matthew broken babies. That was a very real fear of mine back then, for about 15 seconds!
I would like to explain what Matthew means to this family because I have written shamefully little about my husband, my partner in this amazing journey.
From the beginning Matt has been loving and supportive and as I have written before he was my rock, the one who kept me tethered to solid ground after we received confirmation of the boys' diagnosis. He has not stopped being a strong, reliable, loving father since.
Every day when I see my husband's face light up at the sight of our children and their faces light up when they see him, I am reminded that I picked the perfect partner to spend my life with. Matthew loves our boys, he cheers them on and takes excellent care of them. For the record- I think he is a faster diaper changer than I am! He bathes our sons, feeds them, plays with them, sings them songs in the car when they cry. He is doing everything that a great father should. Someday when they are old enough there is no doubt in my mind that Casey and Connor will look at their daddy with nothing short of hero-worship.
Matt works hard so I can stay home with our sons. He also attends classes at Kent State to get his Bachelors degree so that he can provide more for his family in the future. There are days like today he gets up with the boys so I can sleep in and while I was taking my time in a nice, warm shower, he was making eggs for the guys.
When the boys got the stomach flu last December, Matt got puked on more than a few times and every time he just looked like his heart might break. NOT because of the shirt that was smelly and disgusting but for his sons who were so sick and weak. He was the one who shampooed the carpets when they were well. Matthew does more than I realize and more than he gets credit for doing.
I am continually impressed with my husband. We just celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary on Saturday, October 8th, and I know that I made the right decision when I said I do. Matt is my very best friend. He makes me laugh and he can melt my heart when he tries. He makes me think and we have great conversations. He may not always say the right thing (sometimes he says nothing) but it's the things he does everyday that really show how much he loves us.
I get a lot of credit for being a great parent. People tell me that I am a good mother and though I am more outspoken when it comes to talking about DS and the boys Matthew does his part, too. He wears his Buddy Walk shirt at least once a week, always has his DS awareness bracelet on, he even went so far as to correct a young man in one of his classes the used the "r" word. He sold candy bars for the Buddy Walk, and showed the video I made in his classes. Matthew loves our sons unconditionally and openly tells people he loves them.
Matt is a behind the scenes hero. Everything I am able to do is because I have such a great husband. We are blessed to have him. We love him.
I couldn't imagine my life without him.
And, just for the record- there has not been one second of one day since their birth that Matt has felt like I gave him broken babies. As with most of my early misconceptions I was really far off.
I love you, Matthew. Thank you for being the kind of husband and father that you are. Thank you for making me smile. Thank you for building this amazing life with me.
You are my hero.
"It might have appeared to go unnoticed,
but I've got it all here in my heart.
I want you to know I know the truth, of course I know it.
I would be nothing without you." -Wind Beneath My Wings