Parenting, Special needs, and beauty unexpected

Our Story

The idea for this blog was born five years ago after we were gifted with our daughter Sophia. She was born with Down syndrome. This was quite unexpected and where our journey began.

I always knew I would be a mom. I had an idea of what parenting perfection looked like, and I was going to put it in practice! I had visions of an organized home, perfectly tied hair bows, and color-coded closets.

After welcoming Sophia, our organized home was littered with feeding supplies, the hair bows were replaced with NG tubes, and the only color coding  was on the calendar to organize doctor and therapy appointments.

Fast forward two years, and we welcome a new baby girl, Emma. The life imagined was quickly replaced with our new reality. Parenting is messy chaos that is frosted with humor and sprinkled with a whole lotta love! Thanks for leaning in and sharing in our unexpected perfection. We hope it will encourage you and remind you that life never turns out quite like you imagined, and that, my friends, is the best part!



Welcome to Unexpected Perfection! I’m Lisa. Educator by day, special needs parent, wife, and chaos coordinator the other 24 hours! I have been a teacher for 17 years. Most of my experience has been with students learning to speak English. These students come from rich cultural backgrounds, and I have had the privilege of working with them and their families. Currently, I work with Migrant students.  The majority of my job is working on  curriculum and finding the best resources to reach this unique group of students.

I always said I could never be a special education teacher. That it required too much patience that I didn’t possess. Haha! Who got the last laugh on that one! Enter Sophia, soon followed by Emma! Patience is still a work in progress, but this parenting gig has shown me how to slow down and appreciate what is in front of me. To appreciate the little victories, because they do come, and boy when they do, they are so sweet.

The plan for this blog is to allow you a glimpse into a family raising a child with Down syndrome. I also hope to encourage parents in the thick of parenting to keep laughing and enjoy the tiny moments. Take a deep breath, grab a cup of coffee, and stay awhile. I’m glad you’re here!