A must-read book and a proud mom

My all-time most read post was, almost six hundred “reads” in one day.

Now I’m proud to say that my daughter’s account of that same time period has been selected to appear in this book to be published February 28. It’s on Amazon now for pre-ordering. It is a compilation of over fifty stories of parents with Down syndrome children. Essays were submitted from all over the world and we are so proud that hers was one of the ones selected. (It’s Down without the “s”.)

Reasons to smile

Reasons to smile

Our little Lukey , who is now four, has brought us so much joy. We can’t imagine life without him. He makes us smile and every time we see him we are impressed with what he can do. This picture was taken his first day of preschool. He loves school.


He’s a little urchin and is constantly exploring. He tries hard to communicate. He can be mischievous and show his temper just like any other child.

He and his older brother have an unbelievable bond. Their eyes light up when they see each other after a day of school. His older brother doesn’t really know Lukey has Down syndrome. He only knows that it takes his younger brother a little longer to learn things.

When he was born and we learned of his diagnosis my husband and I thought our hearts would break. This happened on our way to the hospital after our son-in-law called and said that Lukey  “had markers for Down syndrome”. But when we walked into the hospital room and saw him for the first time, he had our hearts. It was overwhelming.

Just tonight he “face-timed” us. He had just eaten yogurt and it was all over his face. He kept putting his face up to the phone thinking he could get it all over us. We hung up after a while and received another call that he had made all by himself. This is not the first time he’s made a call on his own.

He can handle the phone, the I-pad, the DVD player. He loves books and going to the library. He plays with all ages of other children and never misses a beat.

The number of children born with Down syndrome has steadily decreased. Oh, not because there have been any cures, but because genetic testing can now determine that possibility so there are more abortions.

To think that a child has been killed because of this disability breaks my heart. What a blessing these parents have missed.

I hope you take the chance to read the book. I’m certainly not suggesting you purchase it unless you want to. But I hope you’ll read the book when it comes to your library.

Hope you don’t think I’m bragging.winkwink

God bless and have a good day.



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4 replies »

  1. You said “was”. Why is that.? Boy, it’s a small world, isn’t it? You know exactly what I’m experiencing then. How’s your granddaughter doing?

  2. People are so quick to judge those with disabilities. I have more than one disability, but I consider myself ‘differently-abled.” I discovered I could write poetry, and that it is the best way that I can express my feelings. I discovered I had skill in various adaptive sports, for persons in wheelchairs, and participate in several events throughout the summer and autumn. I don’t like labels. I grew up with a label glued to my back and it made for a miserable childhood. I vowed I would never have children myself, for fear of treating them the same way that I was. I wouldn’t want that for and child.

  3. My youngest brother was born with Down’s Syndrome. He was very lovable and affectionate. My grand daughter is autistic. My daughter and son-in-law are very positive. Wish you all happiness and peace.