I don't do this often, but a friend posted a picture of us from three years ago and I decided to participate in #throwbackthursday . The woman on the left is a very different person than the woman on the right. I could write PAGES about my physical transformation, but that's not what impresses me most about this side-by-side view. 💛💙
The woman on the left was just about to take a huge step into cross-cultural living and teaching. She moved to china with the love of her life, surrendered and trusted the Lord for the future, decided to start a family, and then walked in obedience. She was sure she would raise her family in Asia. But one day everything would change when the baby in her belly started recording diagnoses she never expected. Congenital heart defect. Trisomy 21. Infantile Spasms. Craniosynostosis. Many major surgeries later, the woman on the right is here. She's changed forever. She's a mother to a warrior and the word "surrender" has a new, more complete meaning. Surrender is only surrender if it's unconditional.
God's grace is the only thing that carried me through the past three years. I'm thankful to him for the healing he has done in my girl. I couldn't be more blessed to be her mom.
I am so excited to introduce Norah! Our newest model and brand rep! Here is her story! "There was much excitement about our first child. After she was born the nurse came over and told us she might have Down Syndrome. We always knew we would love any child we had, no matter what. But we just were not expecting this adventure, our adventure, our Norah. We had to wait for the test results and ten days later the doctor called, Norah had Down Syndrome. My husband held me as I cried. And now its five years later, there is no reason to cry. I celebrate her life! I want to tell the world how amazing, incredible, beautiful, smart, and happy she is! My whole life has changed beyond becoming a mother. I became Norah's mother, and I am proud to tell everyone I meet. And I know exactly why God gave Norah to us." Thank you @doublethesunshine for sharing your family's story, I am so thankful to have Norah modeling for us! #changingthefaceofbeauty#theluckyfew#nothingdownaboutit#upsyndrome#downsyndrome#trisomy21awareness#t21awareness
I read this story http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/toronto/toronto-police-comments-1.4147058 about #torontopolice making fun of a woman with down syndrome. It seriously makes my blood boil to think their are people in places of power that are so ignorant. They referred to her as half a person. How can you effectively protect all when you do not recognize all people as having equal worth? Even as a flippant joke this insidious discrimination is not ok and should never be accepted. How can you look at our beautiful children and not see them teeming with potential and joy. #nothalfaperson#seetheability#morealikethandifferent#downsyndromeawareness#downsyndromelove#t21awareness#t21love
Owen had a tough time on the walk home from school. He finally fell asleep and I am finding it difficult to move him to his bed- he really needs his sleep. #dontwakeasleepingbaby#ortoddler
Today a lady asked me if Owen was weak and unhealthy because of his legs. She was not a native English speaker, so I think she was struggling to ask in sensitive way why he is not walking. It didn't come off as harsh as when I repeat what she said. It was the first time I have ever had a stranger ask about Owen other than your normal - how old is he/ what is his name questions. She was nice about it and told me I should massage his legs to help with the muscle. #downsyndromeawareness#everyonegoesattheirownpace#seetheability#t21awareness