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    A Special Day

    Today is a very special day.   It’s a day for celebration,  for waking up to your favorite breakfast, for getting to wear your favorite dress up clothes.  It’s a day that everyone that sees you gives you extra smiles and hugs, high-fives, and sings just for you.  Today is YOUR day.  Special snacks at school, special treats in your lunch, your favorite dinner. Friends invited for a party. Balloons. Presents wrapped up with your name on them.  Cake (or cupcakes) with candles just for you to blow out and make a special wish. Ice cream and party games. It’s a day that only happens once a year (and in a…

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    A blog to share a blog

    I’d like to share a post I came across that I thought was pretty interesting.  I happened across Jen Logan’s blog Down Wit Dat by way of another blog.  That is what happens in the blog reading world.  There are quite often links to other blogs within a blog and of course, once you start clicking, you never know where you might end up!     Anyway, I read this blog and wanted to share this specific post.  Jen Logan’s entire blog is very well written and there are many many posts that are full of GREAT information, lots of statistics, stories and general truths and myths about Down syndrome (and…

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    Climbing Mount Everest

    This spring, in March to be exact, a young man became quite well known.  At just 16, Eli Reimer successfully climbed the 17,598 feet to Mt. Everest’s Base Camp.  Though he was not quite the youngest to ever make this accomplishment, (being bumped only to second by a 13-year old in 2010) this was pretty amazing because he accomplished as a 16 year old, what I (and millions of other adults) have only ever dreamed about.  And to be completely honest, I bet most adults really don’t actually dream about it, because there is not a chance that it would or could ever happen!  Eli’s parent’s, Justin and Tamara, had…

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    The last ones.

    I have had this Matthew West cd (History) in my car for weeks.  I’m sure I’ve heard this song before, but as I was driving to church this morning, a line of lyrics caught my attention.  I started the song over from the beginning and sat in the parking lot actually listening to what the song said.  I probably shouldn’t have done that.  I was already a little off this morning, it was going to be a busy morning.   We were short a few staff  (though still had a great group of volunteers!) and my littles were singing for the first time in the service this morning.  Our 2’s…

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    Two in One

    Because I was a slacker yesterday and missed a post, I’m combining posts for October 4th & 5th in one.  I’d like to share a few tips on person first terminology and a guide to proper language when talking about an individual with Down syndrome (or any special need for that matter).  I know that everyone is not perfect and people sometimes don’t even realize that what they say or how they say it may be offensive.  The correct name of this diagnosis is Down syndrome. There is no apostrophe (Down). The ‘s’ in syndrome is not capitalized. This is because an “apostrophe s” connotes ownership or possession. Down syndrome…

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    I AM – Day three and a couple of videos

    These two videos were originally created for this past World Down Syndrome Day.   World Down Syndrome Day is on March 21, every year. (3/21…Trisomy 21…clever huh?).    But I feel like the message they share works year round!! “I AM” “Who I am”   (I know I’ve posted the ‘Who I am’ video before but some videos are worth a second viewing!)

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    Down Syndrome Creed

    Day 2 – (might be the end of the day, but still the second day!)    I’d like to share a poem titled The Down Syndrome Creed.  It says a lot in a just a few words.  Enjoy it! I also found it in a video (which ironically was made by a young lady who’s family adopted a sweet baby with Down syndrome from the same Eastern European country where Lizzy is currently stuck)  I’ve attached the video in this post as well.  It’s full of adorable faces!              

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    October – National Down Syndrome Month

    Okay, I know I haven’t written a new post in months, and for that I apologize.  It’s been a crazy few months, with some excitements, some frustrations, some finallys and some hoorays.  The final draft of my home study was finally completed, USCIS application was sent in and I’ll be walking in for fingerprinting soon.   (Yeah, who needs an actual appointment date…been there, done that!)  And that’s the last piece needed to complete my dossier. It’s taken a little longer then originally thought to get to this point, but I’ve been catching up when possible. (when the paperwork needed is in my hands, it’s next day turnaround!) I was sent…

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    Mark 9:37 – Adopt Colombia t-shirt fundraiser

    Mark 9:37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” There is an amazing organization called Fund the Nations that provides t-shirts to “help change the world.” They started off as a place to help raise money for missions and now have helped people going to over 150 different countries, cities and states, adoptive families, churches and world-wide organizations! For the month of October, you can purchase t-shirts to help raise funds for Josie.  Simply buy a t-shirt and over 50% of the cost will go toward Josie’s adoption fees.  The t-shirts…