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Today is Landree's birthday & we feel SO blessed! She makes our family complete. We love her beyond words & honestly wouldn't change a thing about her! She's not the little girl we imagined before she was born. We thank God everyday that His plan was so much better than anything we had planned for ourselves. Happy birthday baby girl! I hope anyone who would question a person with Down syndrome's quality of life will check out this video of what Landree's been up to this last year. Down syndrome is just a part of the fabulous little girl she is! It certainly hasn't slowed her down & she hasn't missed a thing!

Several people have asked for a Landree update. I finally have a chance to write one! I survived another April 15th! Yay!!

Landree is doing great. And yes…she is definitely talking. She says lots of words we do understand & also jabbers lots of words we don’t understand. Some words are crystal clear & others I have no idea. She knows exactly what she’s saying though. When she tries to tell us something we don’t understand, it may sound like jibber jabber to us, but she repeats that same jibber jabber. They’re words to her. She calls me mommy when she’s being sweet & mom when she wants something but “Deborah” when she’s being a toot. I’m working on that one. It’s hard to keep from laughing sometimes when she does that but I know I have to. She’s pretty well on track with “typical” kids her age when it comes to understanding language. She understands EVERYTHING & will follow directions. She’s a little delayed when it comes to expressive language. She can understand a lot more than she can say.
Landree still goes to therapeutic horse riding lessons once a week. She loves it & rode in the Special Olympics a couple weeks ago. We’re working on her verbal commands for the horse. She nodded to the judge just like she was supposed to & did give a verbal command to the horse to walk. I’m not exactly sure what the word she said was but she did say something. She also told the horse “whoa” with a little help from us. She makes the “shh” noise to back her horse up when we practice at home but she hasn’t actually said it in the arena yet. We’ve been practicing though!
She turns three in August and will age out of the Early Childhood Intervention Program. I can’t believe it’s already been three years! We met with the principal & superintendent at the school where Landree’s big brother goes. I know it’s early to be thinking about her starting school but we had to get that part settled before we can take the next step. She needs to be tested to see what direction to take after she ages out of ECI. She got accepted and we’re proud to say Landree is a future panther just like her brother & cousins!! That’s all we know for now until she’s tested sometime in May.
Our girl is still a big fan of music. We play her favorite songs & she sings & dances around the living room. She even moves her head around to show emotion when she hits the really big notes! The bigger the audience the more she "performs"! Right now her favorite songs are “Let it Go” from frozen, “Four, Five Seconds”, “Midnight Rider”, “Uptown Funk” (I know…that song just ruined my chances at parent of the year I’m sure.) and her newest favorite is “Redneck Girl.” Before you decide we’re terrible parents I have to tell you she also loves Randy Travis Gospel! She has a wide range in her taste in music. She also has learned to blow into her harmonica & actually get it to make a noise. That took her a little while to master but now she plays like a champ. That’s one of the beauties of going to cowboy church. Every Sunday she carries her purse, which always has the essentials.....a horse and a harmonica!

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14.02 | 20:00

i go to Church with her Landree at Open Range Cowboy church in whitney texas and she is the Sweetest Little girl ever i love talking to Her

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06.08 | 13:30

I have been following your page on Facebook and every single time I see Landree I think I fall more in love with her. You have a beautiful family.

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20.05 | 13:06

Shes so cute

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12.05 | 06:32

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All the best for your journey.

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