Scott and Bridget met in 1993 and were married in 2001. In September of 2003 we welcomed our first miracle, James. 16 months later we brought home our second miracle, Annie. And in October of 2006 our family was complete with miracle #3, Gracie. Rett syndrome entered our lives when Annie was diagnosed on May 19, 2006. This is the life of the MacDonald family as we juggle 3 small children and battle Rett Syndrome until Gods perfect time when we are cured.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

This Sweet Smile is Back

Annie's sweet smile has come back.  It happened about a week ago, I'm not even sure the day but I realized that there was much less screaming, I saw that sweet smile that lasted not just minutes but hours.  I saw that this happened day after day and realized, "oh my gosh, my Annie is BACK!".  It's very strange to understand but our kids can come and go and there really isn't a reason that you can pin point for it but the people closest to them can tell.  We are blessed to have an amazing support.  I didn't even have to say a thing and our wonderful Lauren said "it's so great to have our Annie again, she did awesome today".  Miss Bev who helps Annie at Bible school took one look at her when she rolled in last week and said "hi Annie!" then looked at me and said "We've got her back don't we?  I can tell by her smile"!.  I'm not sure what makes my heart shine more the fact that Annie is smiling again or that we have so many wonderful people by our side that clearly know our Annie so well.

Of course things have changed, it's SUMMER!  Soooo, maybe her smile is back because our schedule is gone and everything is just go with the flow FUN!  One thing people assume with Annie is that she needs to be kept on schedule.  Annie has NEVER had a schedule and trust me, this type A personality mom has tried over and over again to put this girl on a schedule (just ask her Baby Wise Big Brother).  Annie has always kept her OWN schedule.

It may be because she's spending tons of time with her brother, sister, cousins, and friends!  Summer is great for hanging out with everyone!!!

Maybe it's because she has a brand new cousin!

Or because the weather is nice and warm!'
Maybe it's because Annie just LOVES loud noises and bright lights!  Another thing that people assume is that Annie can't handle loud noises and chaos and that couldn't be further from the truth.  This girl thrives on loud noises and just LOVES fireworks.  The noise makes her giggle and the lights keep her attention.  We just happen to have an annual 4th of July party every year.

Or maybe it's the awesome pool that her favorite Aunt and Uncle heat to the perfect temperature just for her.
I don't know what the reason is but really, it doesn't matter, all that matters is Annie's back and we are just going to love and enjoy and remember this wonderful, happy, content, loving time we have with her.


  1. Hurrah - welcome back Annie! Really glad she's enjoying summer so much. So interesting what you say about schedules - very different to my Amy who likes things to happen exactly when she expects them to, and lets us know (loudly) if we're late with her lunch! (One of the reasons why holidays aren't an unmixed blessing for us.) It's lovely to see all these pictures of her smiling :)

  2. That is WONDERFUL news!!!!! It looks like you all are having a great summer. By the way, Zowie LOVES LOVES LOVES Fireworks as well. we call the 4th of July "Zowie's holiday"