Posted by: Susan | July 22, 2013

Are you sure that’s normal?

Mardra, over at, asked me to participate in her blog hop by writing a post: Are you sure that’s normal?IMG_1729I slipped off the ‘normal track’ a long………………time ago.  I have always been somewhat of a free spirit.  When the Hunk and I married we had 3 children in 5 years.  Still normal but getting borderline.  Then our 4th child was born.  When you go from 3 to 4 children people look at you differently.  You have entered the not normal territory of more than 2 kids.  Add to that the fact that April was born with Down syndrome.  When we adopted Jake, also with DS, we became the quirky couple.  Finally we adopted Sam, another guy with DS, and people thought we had lost it.  We were now a family with SIX kids, 3 with Down syndrome.IMG_1711To the outside world we don’t look like a normal family but really we are.

IMG_1726Ok, this picture of the Hunk balancing a spoon on his nose at a restaurant may be a little outside the normal range.  It just shows that our family likes to have fun and laugh.IMG_1641Like any ‘normal family’ we have sibling rivalry.

IMG_7285Big sister April gets really tired of her brothers.

photo(6)And since we have a teen and young adults still living at home we have romance, a lot of romance going on.


We love doing things together as a family.IMG_1767

And if you look closely at the picture you will see that Sam is a typical teenage boy.IMG_1777

Yes, there is one member of the family that is a little odd but we love him anyway.IMG_1769As my mother-in-law used to say, “We’re all different.”  If that’s true than our family is very normal.


But I’ll let you, dear readers, be the judge of that.

“Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.”  Thanks for that psycho babble Sigmund Freud.  I feel much better after reading that.


  1. Absolutely lovely, again. Not just anyone can balance a spoon on their nose, you know!
    Thanks for being part of the HOP – Please add yourself back in. 🙂

  2. Beautiful! I wish more families were as normal as yours!!

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