Welcome to Georgia's Journey

Georgia Lily Lucas was born at home on October 6th, 2008 4:15am, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was diagnosed with SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) on April 1, 2009.

On April 3rd Georgia was taken home, to be near her sisters and the rest of her family and friends. Nearly three weeks later, on April 21, 2009, she died peacefully -- in the loving arms of her mother and in the same room in which she was born.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Christmas Pictures

We ended up having a pretty great Christmas despite missing our Georgie this year. The girls woke up and walked downstairs to find a new dollhouse from Santa. Calla will tell anyone who will listen that it's taller than her! The elves were up a little late on Christmas Eve putting it together but it was really worth it in the end. My parents came over in the morning to watch Calla and Maya open their presents and have breakfast with us. The girls were really into it this year as they both understand the concept and still believe in 'Santa'.

We headed back over to my parents later on in the day to spend time with my brother Kevin and his wife Melissa and of course partake in our annual steak and lobster Christmas dinner! Christmas day has always been quiet around the McDowell house and we're not big turkey eaters so years ago my mom starting doing something a little bit different. There are absolutely no complaints! : )

The last few days have been busy catching up with friends and getting stuff done around the house. Mike has been home since the 22nd and we're loving it. Technically, nobody has to be anywhere until the 4th!

We have nothing big planned tomorrow. We're looking forward to Mike's homemade pizza and movies. Calla has made me promise her that I would make a giant happy face cookie with her. Not sure where she got the idea but she seems excited to do it for New Year's. I'll post a picture of our creation tomorrow.

Here are a few pictures from the last week.

Oh, the excitement!

The girls admiring their dollhouse from Santa.

Mike helping the kids to release the balloons for Georgia.

One of the pictures on our Christmas card this year. We didn't get them done until really late this year so most people didn't receive one unless we saw you in person. My apologies but I will try harder next year.

Love to you all,



  1. I am so glad you guys had a good Christmas, and of course your sweet Georgia was on everyones mind but I know she would have been thrilled you still enjoyed your day and she would have been LOVING seeing the girls enjoy their toys. The pics are great, you can see the fun and excitement the girls had! Thanks for sharing, and by the way, steak and lobster sounds like a tradition I could totally get used to!! :-) Love Em

  2. Love the last picture. I always tell my daughter that friends will come and go, but her sibling will always be there for her. I hope they always cherish one another like that!

    Many hugs to you and your family, Kristen!

  3. I am happy to hear that you had a good Christmas and nice for Mike to have some holidays too. Love the photos you shared, and that dollhouse, wow! Lucky girls ;)
    Thinking of you and wishing you all a happy new year,
    Tanya, Kerry, Jacob, Sarah