Monday, March 21, 2016

Mixed Up Blessings

Walker age 2 with his Dad

I was reminded yesterday by the ever so helpful folks on Facebook that today is Worldwide Down Syndrome Day, so named because 3/21 symbolizes that folks with DS have three copies of  the 21st chromosome, causing all the things about them that make them unique.

Well, my guy with DS is certainly that, and as I think back over forty years of life with Walker, I am so amazed at where we were then and where we are now.  I've come so far from, "I don't know how to do this, and I really don't want to know how." to...hey, "Look what we've done!" 

 A long time ago, when I first announced to our friends and family that Walker had Down Syndrome, I sent a note along with the birth announcements saying that we at long last had been blessed with a son, but that ours was a mixed blessing.  Eventually, I tweaked that phrase into what will eventually be the title of my "Walker Stories"...."Mixed Up Blessings".  Because that's exactly what Walker has been to us.  He has taught us to celebrate whatever comes along, because almost anything can turn out to be a blessing if you just look hard enough.

So, We'll celebrate this day along with others who have learned the same lesson, and I'll thank all of you who walk this path along with me and love my guy as much as I do.


Rocking out at Heartsong Church on a lovely gift from a church member

Technology for Sarah for Christmas

Associate of the Year 2015 with Molly and Owen Gooch and Katie Monaghan

God Bless the USA!

Walker and His Girlfriend, Caroline...pure JOY!

1 comment:

Adelaide Dupont said...

Dear Walker:

Only saw "Mixed up blessings" in recent times.

Catching up with the Heartsong guitar.

That was a thoughtful gift for Sarah.

God Bless America! You do keep that flag in tip-top condition.

Congratulations for being 2015's Associate of the Year.

[have seen my fair share of house and public flags over the years].