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how my brother made me less accepting and why that’s a good thing

After reading that title, you’re probably very confused. In a world that is bent on acceptance, any motion away from that ideal may seem concerning. But I think we may be confusing the ideal of tolerance with the promise of love, and my brother has been teaching me that tolerance, though appearing conducive to all, […]

before #theluckyfew (featured on the mighty)

THIS POST WAS PREVIOUSLY FEATURED ON THE MIGHTY: here! Down syndrome. You more than likely know what that is, and if you couldn’t provide the medical definition, you probably have met someone who was born with it. You’ve probably seen the hashtags, #theluckyfew #nothingdownaboutit #morealikethandifferent. You might remember Becky from Glee. Maybe you have seen “Where…

the phases of dominic

  So our Dominic… 1. Loves bath time. Like it’s the best time of every day for 13 months. 2. Hates bath time with a fiery passion for 3 weeks. 3. Goes back to loving bath time (present day). It’s almost as if he doesn’t have the slightest memory of the past 3 weeks –…

sometimes frowns // never “downs”

No Matt Man story time for this post. Simply two important bits of information for you all. I know all of the pictures I share of my brother or William show smiles or sillies. Much of the time these pictures are representative of their overall positivity and joy-filled personalities. Even though happiness seems to exude…

feet flops // loves cops

Learning fact: people with Down syndrome have hypotonia (low muscle tone). Because of this, they are often “floppier” and more flexible, and their feet have a way of slapping the ground when they walk. As a result, Matthew’s walk is quite distinctive, and even at age 20, he can pull both of his feet behind…

when God hits ‘save’

I remember within the first few months of dating my husband, he asked me about my dreams, my plans, the calls I believe God had placed on my life. I watched his eyes grow wide as I shared one of them – my heart for the nation of China – and I stated that I…

no tears left to cry

I was told that after childbirth, your body changes. Like your actual DNA shifts to produce differences beyond the size and shape of your tummy. I think that’s really remarkable. You literally will not be the same after having a baby. One of the first things I noticed post-birth was my hair color had darkened.…

arch flat // name Matt

HAPPY DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH! Who doesn’t love October?! DS awareness is just one more reason for this month to be your favorite. I am the sibling of an individual with Down syndrome, and the future adoptive mama of another. Friend to some, teacher to others, jiejie to others still. Down syndrome blesses me daily.…