The Harnisch Family

The Harnisch Family

About our blog

Our Harnisch Family blog began in January 2010, shortly after our second daughter Macy was born.  This site was initially created (while spending many quiet hours in the Children's Hospital NICU) as a way of sharing health updates with family and friends.  You see, we had just learned, that our Little Miss had Down Syndrome.  It's crazy to think how something as simple as an extra chromosome can change everything (but also in many ways we later find not much at all).    Now it serves as a fun way to simply journal our adventures as we adjust to being a family of four :-)  If it happens to create a bit of awareness and understanding and perhaps inspire acceptance for Down Syndrome.  That's just an extra-special added bonus.

Joe and I met while attending Midland Lutheran College.  We were married September 21st 2002.  Brought home our first born child (our dog Toby) in Sept. 2004.  McKenzie Lynn was born June 4th, 2007 and Macy Lee joined our little family on December 28th, 2009.  We are truly blessed!

We live in Elkhorn, NE and things we love most are (and in no particular order) spending quality time at home, heading out to the lake for the weekend, sitting on our front porch, watching McKenzie & Macy's imaginations at work, annual trips to Estes Park, "mommy & daddy" date nights, Husker Football, CWS, good food, photography, family, friends and our good Lord Jesus Christ.

Below is a snippet from a little note I wrote to Macy on her 2nd Birthday  :-)

Dear Macy,
It is impossible for you to understand just how lucky we all are to have a front row seat to the greatest show on earth. YOU! You are a riot. An absolute comedy show at times - sure you're fiesty, but you're YOU. As Dr. Suess would probably say - You are the you-est you, you could be. Loaded with character. Full of energy, insatiable charisma and endless charm. Seriously. What's NOT to love about every inch (centimeter actually) of you? We just thank God every day for allowing us to wake up and know that the funniest & sweetest little kiddo is waiting right down the hall. Waiting for us to open the door to her bright pink room. Every morning, NEVER FAILS, the moment we open that door, you bounce up, and throw out the world's biggest smile...bullseye. You're a sharp shooter kid. Those giggles & smiles always hit us square in the heart - I'm sure that's right where you were aiming too. What an awesome thing to wake up to every day. Thank. You. For. THAT!

Every day we get to spend with you brings us joy. Joy to the trillionth degree. Being able to watch you grow and develop into the person you were meant to be is so rewarding on too many levels to mention. Each and every one of God's creations are amazing, but you my friend, YOU are the most amazing creation (at least to little ole me) OF ALL. Every day you blow me away with new skills, abilities, milestones, expressions, signs, smiles, gestures, the list goes on and on. I'm proud and elated, because I know these accomplishments don't come easy. Sure, it takes you a little longer to learn how to do most things, and perhaps you have to work a little harder than "typical" kids, but you sure wouldn't know that by looking at you. You handle every challenge and obstable with grace, confidence and poise. When you want something, you just go GET IT! Period. You never whine or complain. You just DO IT. You always prevail. You continue to be little miss social butterfly, the life of the party. So sweet and welcoming of everyone - always looking to make friends. :-)

You leave your daddy and I wondering. Who are we? Who are we to have been brought this far. To have been trusted this much? Who are we to have been given this awesome opportunity of being your parents? We will thank the good Lord above for you always. Our heavenly creator, with his very own hands, most certainly opted for the most delicate, illustrious and brilliant thread when he so intricately wove you together inside my womb. A custom creation, a marvel from up above, for us all to enjoy & adore.

We are truly blessed to call you OURS. We strive to make you proud.
And we genuinely hope that someday you too will feel blessed to call us YOURS.

I'd like to think that every day we teach you something new...but that would be inaccurate...every day YOU TEACH US SOMETHING NEW!

And whether you like it or not, that big sis of yours loves you to pieces.

Thanks for checking in on us - Life is Good and all is well!  I hope and wish the same for you. 
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