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advocacy is a privilege

I love advocacy. It is one of my strengths and one of my delights. It is important for me as a parent, as a teacher, as a sibling, and as a person with my own individual needs. We all need advocacy to some degree. We all need to stand up for ourselves, fight for what…

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.…

attached by a red thread

October is Down syndrome awareness month, and November is Adoption Awareness month. If I’m passionate about two things, these are them: down syndrome & adoption. Check the majority of the accounts I follow on Instagram – they are accounts of those who have adopted a child with Down syndrome. A crazy notion for those who…

caring over staring

  howdy. Sitting in my journal, I have a million and one titles for a series of stories that surround my sweet brother (and I am so excited about them!), but here is numero uno. If you’re new here, my younger brother M has Down syndrome. Next to Jesus, he’s been my whole world up…

what is up with all this?

That may be what you’re thinking, and because I promised transparency here, I suppose I should share the WHY behind all this crazy blog posting/Facebook page inviting/Instagram name changing madness. Reason one: I genuinely want my writing to R E A C H people. In part, I write for myself. It feels good, it’s fun,…