March 21, 2011

3/21 World Down Syndrome Day

Today is World Down Syndrome Day! 3/21... 3 sets of the 21st chromosome. I feel blessed to have Lizzie in my life and I feel especially blessed to live in a time where Down Syndrome is celebrated and not something to be ashamed of. One of my favorite stories is told by a father who has a son with Down Syndrome. His story is called "Down Syndrome and Evidence of the Divine" Here are some of his amazing and inspired words. . .

"If we each had just a little bit of what these people have in them, the world would be a better place.
Science tells us that Down syndrome is caused by an extra chromosome -- the 21st chromosome to be exact. This microscopic genetic addition has given those with DS special characteristics and personality traits that are consistent yet varied. It also, in my opinion, draws others to them. They are almost always happy."
"To identify what it is about these special people that allow us to glimpse the divine isn't difficult. It's something most of us pursue and long for - even if only subconsciously. It's the purity and innocence they have within them."
"I suppose I could credit that small, extra chromosome #21 for this. That's why I call it the "divine chromosome". There are lessons for all of us when we have the opportunity to meet someone who has what society calls "disadvantages". We are called by God to accept and love all people and these special people openly and eagerly invite us to do so! God wants each of us to show others his divine spark. Most of us typical folks aren't able to do this as well as those with Down syndrome.
As I have often reflected, if God were to appear to me and tell me that if I wished it, he would make Michael typical I would respectfully decline his offer. I have received blessing in my life beyond compare because of the way Michael is and he has touched the lives of so many people I just can't imagine him any other way."
If you would like to read the whole story "Down syndrome and evidence of the Divine" click HERE 
I love my little "divine" angel

March 8, 2011

6 month photo~shoot

can you believe just 2 weeks before these pictures were taken, Lizzie looked like this?!..