March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day.
This is especially dear to us since we have a daughter who has Down Syndrome. Erin will be 36 on March 21st. Just recently she has come home to live with us. She was living in a facility in the Midwest that has been her home for the last 13 1/2 years. She is enjoying being home. We have started a coffee roasting business out of our home. Very small scale. We need to start making some money, but she is really enjoying the whole process. She is our oldest and we love her dearly. We have been reading an awesome book titled: Mental Wellness in Adults with Down Syndrome: A Guide to Emotional and Behavioral Strengths and Challenges by Dennis McGuire and Brian Chicoine. We have found that these unique individuals have common character traits and strengths that are not found in the rest of us. They really can make a profound difference in the lives of those around them. If you don’t know someone with Down Syndrome I would encourage you to take the time to do that.
The image to the left is from the www.reecesrainbow.org site. This organization has a passion to see children with Down Syndrome become adopted. Perhaps you can help in their cause. What a great ministry they have to these little ones and the families they adopt.
Here’s a photo of two of our daughters. Erin and Mandy in Wisconsin last year. Erin can operate a commercial grade dishwasher. She is better at word searches than I am and loves watching movies. We are so thankful she’s a part of our family.
Celebrate with us this year’s Down Syndrome Day. It’s worth the time you take celebrating. Better yet get to know someone with Down’s.