Yesterday was National Adoption Day and although I'm a day late, Heather Avis (from @macymakesmyday) touching words of adoption are worth sharing any day!
Saying "yes" to adopting a child is only the beginning of the journey. The path of adoption will lead into the wilderness, up to your knees in mud or up to your eyeballs in weeds. That initial "yes" you spoke so boldly can quickly become a faint whisper. And as you navigate the mud and the weeds, gripping your "yes" in one hand and your child's hand in the other, you begin to recognize the fresh buds of green sprouting from the mud, the flowers intermingled with the weeds, the beauty in the mess. And you find yourself shouting that "YES", for while adoption can be difficult, it is always, always, worthy.
To all the Personal Heroes that choose to welcome a child into their family and love them as their own, THANK YOU! You are making a difference in a child's life which truly has to be one of the greatest and most heroic gifts.
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How is this little human one year old? He charms everyone he meets and bring so much joy to our lives. William Ömer, you’ve challenged us in ways we could never imagine and we love you in ways we could never imagine.
Owen and his sister are only 22 months apart. They are basically twins and are even the same size. They do everything together and I love watching this little relationship. Owen got hurt today and all he wanted was a hug from his sister ❤️
Yesterday I asked Calvin if he would be my baby and without need for an explanation and without any hesitation whatsoever he climbed into my arms and laid there like a baby looking up into my eyes. I sung him lullabies and laughed but also ached a little too. My tiny baby is such a big boy now! ❤️ #mamasbaby#alwaysbemybaby#downsyndromelove#theluckyfew
Our little big boy ❤️ He may still not be able to speak but he can understand. He may not be able to run as fast yet but he will try to catch you. He might not be able to say your name but he will tap you when he wants to play with you. He is different from most kids but is just like them in a lot of ways. My hope is that others see the difference as an amazing means to know someone new. And that Noah is given the chance to show that his difference is actually pretty awesome 💙💛#teamnoah#downsyndromelove#everydaywithdandn
when i was pregnant with Reed and we found out he had Down Syndrome i slowly told our family and friends of our diagnosis, i guess i wanted to prepare them, because i knew that when my baby comes i didn't want to hear pity or see sad looks from anybody, i wanted them to feel joy like we were feeling, and as i shared with them one of the things i sometimes heard was that my baby was God's blessing -- of course i agreed, i never doubted it!
but i also i wanted to add "yes, my baby is God's blessing -- just as your child IS!!" i felt the same joy and anticipation as any other expectant parent. the fears we had were the same fears as any other first-time parents.
but i still do appreciate and respect all the well-meaning words, i know i would've said the same thing if i was in their position.
it's knowing that you have everyone's support from day one, that's what matters!
She is so unapologetically Ollie in everything that she does. She has such a natural way of making everyone in the room laugh and feel a part of her “show”! Tonight at our family dinner she checked everyone’s mouth, nose, and ears then followed it with a round of Jingle Bells. The whole room was dying laughing. I’m so grateful for her, the world definitely needs more people like Ollie! .
I can never say enough how much I appreciate how loving and kind so many of you are. You cheer on and love our boys and their extra chromosomes. You see the beauty in differences and the humor in daily life.😊
I know that this isn’t the way that a large percentage of the world thinks. It broke my heart when I heard about a woman who chose to abort her baby this week after receiving the diagnosis of Down syndrome because she didn’t want to “do that to her three year old”. Several couples wanted to adopt her baby but she didn’t want to bring a child “like that” into the world.
My heart aches to hear that there are still such misconceptions and fears regarding Down syndrome that it can lead a mom to make that decision. I would like to think that if only she could have seen the love in our family and others it would have wiped away those misconceived fears and allowed her to see the special gift that she was given. I would like to think that if she had read Psalm 139 and trusted God’s word she would know that her baby and every child is wonderful and worthy of life!
Thank you for caring to follow our family and learning, loving, growing, encouraging and sharing so that others will not miss this beautiful gift from our perfect creator!
There are very few moments in life that change you as much as the birth of your child and becoming a parent for the first time.
This little girl has managed to rock my world more than I could have ever imagined. She is smart, sassy, silly, and beautiful. She completely amazes me each and every day.
It is because of her I am a better person and I challenge myself everyday to make her proud and be her biggest advocate.
There is nothing I will ever do in my life that will be greater or more important than being her mom.
Happy 2nd birthday Cecelia you are loved more than you will ever know and your Dad and I are so proud and lucky to have you as our daughter.
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