December 18, 2011 2:48 PM

Children with Down syndrome bring joy

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"Wouldn't the world be a better place if every family had a kid with Down syndrome?"

I'll never forget my 9-year-old son Matt saying this one day - really less a question than a statement of how our family had changed since Jonny, our #8, was born with Down syndrome in 1992. We were all surrounding Jonny on the floor that day, alternating tickling and tummy-kisses with stretches, compression and massage to build his muscle tone, working to prepare him to walk independently. 

As I looked around at my children, my heart swelled.  There was no denying that we were different - individually and collectively.  Yes, indeed, the world was a better place since Jonny was born, and we were better people - more compassionate, tender, patient, sensitive, giving - with a truer perspective on what mattered most in life.

ds joy 2.JPGI thought of this recently when the news broke of the latest test for Down syndrome - a simple blood draw at 10 weeks - hailed as a vast improvement over amniocentesis, which involves a long needle into the belly at 15-20 weeks and carries a risk of miscarriage. While over 90% of prenatally-diagnosed cases of Down syndrome currently result in abortion, since only 2% of pregnant women opt for this risky procedure, many babies with Down syndrome have continued to make it out of the womb alive.

Read more at Crosswalk


Pictures from a special album I created a few years ago on Mother's Day:

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Comments

Beautifully done, Barbara. I'm so thankful for people like you who publically speak out for people who have Down syndrome.
I know that the birth families of my adopted children feel differently now that they see their children thriving in our family than they did during those early days of fear when their children were diagnosed with DS. I often wonder if they had been encouraged and helped more when their children were born, if they would have made a different choice and parented their children.
Thanks again.
Lisa

Posted by: Lisa | December 19, 2011 7:40 AM

Great article. I received it in my email from crosswalk this morning. We have a daughter with DS that we adopted as a newborn. She is 8 1/2 now and never ceases to amaze me/us. We had our Sunday School CHRISTmas program yesterday and people came up to me afterwards and said that although all the kids did great, they were especially amazed at our girl. She knew all her lines by memory and never once messed up unlike a few of the teens :) She has changed many hearts in our congregation just by being who she is.

I often wonder if her birthparents could see her now what they would think. My dh worries they'll fight to get her back if they did (I have to keep reassuring him that they can't do that lol). And this from a man who was leary about adopting a child with DS :) God is good!

Thanks for the article.

Posted by: Vickie | December 19, 2011 10:14 AM

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