21 Reasons ~ Down Syndrome Happiness

Jennifer is 34, she has Down Syndrome.  Down Syndrome does not define her.  Can life be difficult for people who live with Down Syndrome?

Each of her brothers and sisters will tell you “Yes”, probably with a smirk on their face.

Should the United States government be in the business of ridding our country of people who have Down Syndrome?  Should people who have disabilies be put to death before they are born?

Here are 21 reasons why people diagnosed with disabilities should be embraced, supported, and nurtured.

Not killed.

Reason #1 – They are first, babies.  Babies who explore their world, just like other babies.IMG_3119

 

Reason #2 – They have to put up with a lot of idiotic stuff inflicted on them by others, like trying to give them curly hair.

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Reason #3 – Birthdays mean the world to them.  Just like you and me.IMG_3166

 

Reason #4 – Holidays give them GREAT joy.  Just like you and me.IMG_3164

 

Reason #5 – They take ADORABLE pics with Santa Claus.  Just like our other children.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

 

Reason #6 –  They cannot wait to open presents Christmas morning.  Just like their brothers and sisters.  (Well, one year, she opened every single one while we slept.)Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

 

 

Reason #7 – They will go outside to play, swing, swim, sled.  Just like all children do.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

 

Reason #8 – They will be adored by their grandparents, and great grandparents, just like every child.  Jen and Maggie with Great Grandmother, “Gigi”.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

 

Reason #9 – They can be helpers and bakers, enjoying the fun of the every day.IMG_3133

 

Reason #10 – They will start to love clothing,  even dressing in the same dress as a sister.  How the heck did I pull that off when they were all little anyway? Geesh!Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

 

Reason #11 – Every once in a while, God will let someone get a shot that shows their deep beauty and dignity.  Just like all our other children.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

 

Reason #12 – There will be the photo shoots when everyone wants to just be silly.  Laughter fills a room with joy.  The laughter of ALL children, not just able bodied children.  Processed with VSCO with f2 preset

 

Reason #13 – They are just part of the crew.  Just like all siblings in all families.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

 

Reason #14 – They will pick every flower in the garden.  Because every family has one child who does.  Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

 

Reason #15 – Some days they will be naughty.  Some days they will be like beautiful flower fairies.  Because that is the nature of a child.IMG_3178

 

Reason #16 – They will find joy in discovering new talents, like being in a play with great friends, and an incredible director who sees you as just one of the crew! Singing and dancing is good for the soul.       Something we all need more of!                                                  JEN 526086_341714165893431_313960920_n   JEN THREE 523173_340301676034680_842616822_n

 

Reason #17 –  Experiences with friends and community will give them joy, just like our other children. JEN FIVE 535210_340041009394080_2125325089_n

 

#18 – Beautiful people will come into their lives to teach them.  People you would have never known so well if it were not for “this child”.   Blessings we don’t want to miss.IMG_3147

 

Reason #19 – Their siblings will rejoice in their achievements.  Because it is in the family where a child learns to be happy for the other.IMG_3149

 

Reason #19 – It gives others opportunities of grace, of doing for others in a way that can light the whole world on fire.  This was a birthday party that friends threw for Jen, with Laura baking a cake from scratch, and all the girls taking Jen shopping to Claires.  For we have the words of Jesus, “Every time you did this for the least, you did it for Me.” Nuf said. Amen.JEN TWO 560031_373321456066035_181901621_n

 

Reason #20 – They are just as beautiful in a wedding party as every other bridesmaid. Sniff.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

 

Reason #21 – They are blessed by so many very special people who give so much, to help them grow, even as adults.  With the love and nurturing of special mentors, teachers and friends.  Their light will continue to grow, and they teach us how learning is life long, and continue to bless us all.JEN SEVEN 15941104_10210395838665984_6378777886148397850_n

So, if you happen to read this page, especially if a doctor has offered to “terminate” the life of your unborn child because they have 3 of the 21st Chromosome, think of these 21 reasons to say “Yes” to life.  I hope you can see how rich this baby’s life can be.  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  We would never tell an athlete training for the Olympics that all the work isn’t worth it, would we?  People who have disabilities face incredible challenges, and they give great joy.  Just like YOU and ME.

 

Love from Jen, our nailpolish, jewelry thieving, fashion loving, shopping expert! Who knows how to be silly too. Just like………Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

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