We are in the process of adopting a baby girl with rosebud lips and cherry-stained cheeks who happens to have Down syndrome. This issue is right in front of me and it matters in a whole new way.
Over the past few months, I've learned a lot about Down syndrome and there is much more to learn. My main takeaway has been this: Now is a marvelous time to be alive. This is true whether you, or someone you love, has Down syndrome - or not.
The advances in science, technology, medicine and awareness are wonderful. There is still a ways to go, but progress is being made in every arena - which is why we can't stop.
I've said it before and I'll say it again. My world, and my heart, have been made bigger because of adoption. The same is true of special needs in general and, now, Down syndrome specifically. Over the last few months it has been my blessing and my privilege to meet new people and to learn more about how to live abundantly from them.
Someone wise once told me, "I tell kids, if there isn't something different about you now, there will be by the time you're older." Isn't that the truth and thank goodness for it. What a boring world it would be if we were all exactly the same. (Of course, the next time someone disagrees with my point of view, I will think of this sentiment disdainfully.)
Here are some wonderful Down syndrome-related links to make your day a little bigger and a little brighter:
- Bitty and Beau's Coffee Shop (If I'm ever in Wilmington, North Carolina, I'm going here! Heck, I might make a little trip just so I can go here. Who's with me?)
- Collette's Cookies
- I love watching little Clementine on Ni Hao Ya'll Instagram feed.
- You probably live under a rock if you haven't heard of Kelle Hampton and her little girl, Nella, by now.
- Most Frequently Asked Questions about Adopting a Child with Down Syndrome via No Hands But Ours
- Ruby's Rainbow, an organization dedicated to the educational needs of adults with Down syndrome