When my daughter was born with Down syndrome, I failed to celebrate her life. I rode the waves of grief and almost drowned in my tears. All I could focus on was her diagnosis. I thought of my baby as broken, only to quickly recognize that I was the broken one. I have discovered many of God’s treasures along the way, treasures of joy, compassion, acceptance, humility, and abundant love.
A couple of weeks ago, my family and I traveled to a meet-up organized by the International Down Syndrome Coalition (IDSC). The purpose of the gathering was to kick-off World Down Syndrome Day, and to celebrate our kids. Celebrate them!
Perhaps as a new mom I did not understand the gift I’d been given, but six years later, I know my daughter’s life is to be celebrated. She has inspired me and changed my life. So much so, that we drove a few hours so we could gather with other people to show the world that all life is precious! A message that has become the heartbeat of the IDSC along with many of us that champion for our kids.
Down Syndrome Day is about celebration, because there is so much to celebrate about our children. Our lives are rich and full. We live with an incredible measure of love.
Each year the IDSC produces a video for World Down Syndrome Day, because we want the world to know about this kind of love!
So friends, join us in the celebration of this kind of love!
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