Ever have one of those days? One of those weeks? Months? Years? You simply do not know where you are going to get the strength to take one more step forward! The questions, answers, and everything else is so overwhelming, suffocating in fact, and there seems to be no end in sight . . .… Continue reading All it takes . . .
"Frank Stephens, a young man living with Down Syndrome, gives a powerful speech on his life experience and the importance of people living with Down Syndrome in science and research" (Reflect, YouTube, 2017). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQJEoRhkapw For anyone who believes people with Down Syndrome are people with viable lives, lives worth living, listen to this gentleman's proclamation.… Continue reading My Life is Worth Living
Pure! Unadulterated, true, sincere, genuine, real, authentic, wholesome, natural, without false pretense or fabrication. Not necessarily perfect, simply beautiful in form. Hearts rendered pure are Blessed for will see the Kingdom of God (Matthew 5:8). I don't know about other parents' perspectives, I can only attest and witness to what I see, experience, and hear.… Continue reading Blessed with Purity
. . . that is the question. A wise woman, a managerial mentor, once taught me the valuable lesson of response versus reaction. This was a lesson in personnel management and not in parenting. Yet, the lesson can be applied in all facets of life when interacting with adverse people. Let's say someone rudely stares… Continue reading To Respond or To React . . .
Acceptance. A perception of being a part of something, as in taken in, wanted, and/or desired in company, belonging, or gathered with the whole. Simple and paradoxically complex. I've not talked with, observed, or heard of anyone who did not want to be accepted. Of course there are places, people, and things we want no… Continue reading Acceptance
There were no certainties, no guarantees, and no absolutes anyone could offer. Even today, no one person can say for certain what the future holds for us on this earth. However, regardless of the questions left unanswered with positive outcomes, I chose to believe. Before my oldest was born, questions loomed. We didn't know he… Continue reading Believe
It is impossible to always be happy. The myth is often shared that people with Down Syndrome are always happy. In twenty-eight years I can say that simply is not true. My sweet boy can become unhappy, disgruntled, frustrated, irritated, worried, sad, and so on just like any one else. Yet, the difference between him… Continue reading Joy