Saturday, 21 March 2015

To my daughter on World Down Syndrome Day

I have no doubt that when you’re older you’ll think this day is all about you. Right now it seems you think the world revolves around you J But this day is about so much more than you – it’s about me, your father, your family that love you so and everyone else that your life touches.

Down Syndrome has taught me to open my eyes wider, to accept everyone as valued and purpose-filled.

We know that Down Syndrome means some challenging realities for us and you, but we also know that you are an incredible blessing to us and we are completely madly in love with you [how did you get us so wrapped around your little finger???]. I was nervous to love you when I heard of your diagnosis yet now I am fiercely and proudly in love with you.

So…it’s almost your birthday…that day is all about you – but today is celebrating all that Down Syndrome has brought to me and many others.

Friday, 6 March 2015


Katelyn is a big sister. Little sister Jessica, is having to learn really quickly how to handle her overly enthusiastic, come overly emotional older sister prodding, poking, pulling...I'll leave it there!

early days...
As I watch them together, I pray for a very special relationship. Its been a real answer to prayer having another child. I hold this little one each day with an extra squeeze acknowledging this incredible gift we've been given. Then I hold Katelyn with an even bigger squeeze - wishing I could talk things through with her, chat to her in detail about what Jessica is doing, asking her what she's thinking - but instead, we have lots of deep hugs and simple words and I'm trusting that that is just what she needs right now.  

so sweet getting onto her level

Katelyns' new way of smiling ;)