AShley has been a faithful Buddy walker for the last several years. (Don't you love her new hairdo?)
If you asked any of the parents that have an "angel" with Down Syndrome, they would all tell you that raising a strong-willed child with DS is not easy at all. We worry about their futures, we worry that they are truly loved and accepted, we worry about their health, we just worry. It is our jobs to keep them safe and protected.
Then on the other hand, there is this understanding when you come together with other families with children that have DS that you are part of this amazing club where genuine love, acceptance, and kindness reigns. When I leave these Down Syndrome family events, I am always so thankful to God that he blessed us with David. God has used David to make me a more genuine person and to teach us as a family what it means to be "fearfully and wonderfully made."
The scripture that means the most to me is from John 9:1-3. As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, "Rabbi who sinned, this man or his parents, the he was born blind?" Jesus answered "It was not that this man sinned or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.
That scripture gets me everytime. Some would look at Angie, Emily, David, Caroline, Taylor, Jessica, and our other friends with DS and call them a "medical fluke." Because of Jesus and his perfect plan, this scripture melts my heart that Jesus is using David and his friends to display His glory. I could care less that David may never drive a car or learn how to do long division-he is here on this Earth to bring Glory to our God! I am just so thankful as a Mom and teacher that I get a front row seat to the glories that will be displayed through my son and his awesome friends.