College Acceptance

Sorry to bug you twice in one day!  But I had to share this amazing video I found online.  Meet Rachel Grace!  Two years ago she watched her older brother head of to college and dreamed one day she would be able to do the same.

Watch her reaction!!



Mom helping children with Down Syndrome find homes

I know I just posted, but I saw this article online and had to share it.  First of all, dear friends of our adopted their beautiful daughter through Bethany Christian Services.  They are a Christian organization that not only helps provide homes for children but also offers counseling for the birth parents.

This article however is about a woman who is helping children from China who have Down’s find homes.  As many of you know children with special needs in China are often put up for adoption.  Also, it is usually very difficult to adopt an international child with special needs.  In fact, her son is one of the first children adopted from China with Downs!

Check out the article here : Mom helping children with Down Syndrome find homes

I love that this has opened doors, however we cannot forget that there are tons of children with special needs who are waiting for homes here in the US.  Check out this link for info National Down Syndrome Adoption


Girl with Down syndrome changing face of modeling

Day 19 of 21 day challenge…

I’m so excited that so many companies are starting to see that difference is beautiful!!!  Companies are starting to use children with disabilities in their publications and adds.  My hope is that one day Jana will pick up a leading magazine, and sees someone just like her on the cover!  We need to embrace differences and see the true beauty in all of God’s creations!

Driscoll said 100 brands, big and small, have made the pledge with her non-profit to feature people with disabilities in their advertising images.

Read the full article here:
Girl with Down syndrome changing face of modeling


Just Jessica

Day 14 of 21 day challenge… (I almost missed it!)

This article was released today on Yahoo…a dad has been illustrating his daughter Jessica who has Down Syndrome.  These cartoons show her as a “normal” teen just like everyone else.  I think its awesome that this dad found a special way to pay tribute to his daughter and bring awareness to the community!Dad-Just-Jessica-Cartoons-Daughter-Down-Syndrome

Read the full article and check out his wonderful cartoons here:
Dad’s Just Jessica Cartoon


Down Syndrome Life Expectancy

Day 11 of 21 day challengedowns

I almost missed today!!  Maybe it was on purpose though because this article was just posted 2 hours ago.  Its sad to see that just within my lifetime, the treatment of individuals with Down Syndrome has changed so dramatically.  Just within the last 30 years the thought of institutionalizing these amazing kids finally changed.  At one point children born with Down’s were considered a waste of life.  There was no hope for any positive life in their future.  How many children grew up feeling so worthless because of this!?  I’m so proud that my Jana is growing in a time where acceptance and awareness isn’t hard to see.  Yes, so much more can be changed.  I myself hardly knew anything about Down’s prior to Jana joining us.  This all needs to change!  With new advancements I pray society welcomes these kids with open arms!  We have so much to learn from their lives.

Our society has also changed the way individuals with disabilities were treated overall. At the same time, medical technology has been advanced, which paved the way in making the life expectancy of those with Down Syndrome

Read the full article here:

Down Syndrome Life Expectancy Today Has Increased


God Doesn’t Make Mistakes

Day 5 of 21 Day Post…

I’m feeling slightly under the weather today.  Here is an article I found that I felt was absolutely perfect!!

What God Says About Me
Jenny the Jewel


I was born with Down syndrome over 30 years ago. This makes some things very difficult for me. When I was younger, I spent a lot of time asking God, Why did you make me with Down Syndrome? Why can’t I be normal like other people?

I told Him all the time that I didn’t like having Down syndrome. I kept thinking that if only I didn’t have Down syndrome I would be happy. I thought that somehow God made a mistake when He made me. My Mom and Dad always told me they loved me so deeply, and that they could not love me any more, but somehow down deep in my heart I always wondered if they would love me more if I didn’t have Down Syndrome. 

When I was in high school, the kids on the school bus were very mean to me. They laughed at me, and mocked me and they called me all kinds of bad names, and told me that even my parents couldn’t love me. That hurt me so deeply!   

When I got off the school bus in the afternoon, I would be crying. My Mom met me at the door, and we would talk and pray every day. She told me that people used to say bad things about Jesus and call Him names too, so He understood exactly how I felt. 

She told me that real truth is only found in God’s Word, and not in what other people say about you. She told me that if I could find anywhere in the Bible where God calls me bad names, or said I was a mistake; she would pay me $5,000. I spent a lot of time reading in the Bible to find out what God said about me. All the Scriptures I found said just the opposite, so I never did get the $5,000!  

Some of my favorite Scriptures are: Psalm 139:14 where God says,“I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” God tells me in Psalm 17, “I am the apple of His eye.” In Deuteronomy 7:6, God tells me that I am “His treasured possession.” In Philippians 4:8, God tells me to think about whatever is “true, noble, right, pure, and lovely.” I like to think about the truth that God tells me and spend my time thinking about what God says is true. The last Scripture I want to share is Psalm 119:114, “You are my refuge and my shield. I have put my hope in your Word.” My confidence and hope is in God. I know now that instead of being a mistake, I am the Lord’s treasured possession.

I like to memorize Scripture and fill my mind with the truth of who God says I am. This understanding has made all the difference in my life. Now I recognize that God has a plan for my life, and He created me just the way I am for His special purpose. I may still have Down syndrome, but now instead of saying “if only” I didn’t have Down syndrome, I say, “So what, I will glorify God just the way He made me.” I know He loves me and cares for me with His whole heart. 

The Lord showed me that I am not a mistake, but I am a precious gift…His treasured possession. We have a choice to believe and fill our minds with God’s truth, which will change our hearts, or listen to what other people say and be sad. It is a choice we must each make. In Exodus 4:10, Moses tells God that he can’t do what God told him to do because he was slow of speech and tongue. In verse 11, the Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go. I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” He made me just the way He made me for just the special purpose I was created for. There is special work He has for me to do that can only be done by me, just the way He created me.

If I spend my time wishing I was different, I will never get around to doing those things God wants me to do. Sometimes Satan tries to put thoughts into my head and tell me that I am no good and stuff like that. That’s when I remember the Scripture in John 10:10 that says, “The thief comes only to steal, and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life and have it to the fullest.”

When Satan tries to put lies into my head, I beat him over the head with the truth of God. I do it over and over again as long as I have to. I know God  has given me special gifts and talents, and my desire is to use them for His glory. I say it often and I mean it…I love my life!   

God does not make any mistakes, and that’s the truth… no matter what we sometime may think. As Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.” Jesus is my best friend, and I love Him with all my heart, and I am fully His.There is nothing more important in my life than pleasing Him, spending time loving Him and reading His Word, talking to Him, and sharing His love with other people. His joy fills my heart!

If your heart is sad because you wish God had made you different, read in His Word the truth of what He says about you, believe it, and let Him change your heart. Nothing is impossible with God. He certainly did change my heart.

Lord, I pray for each person, that you will fill their heart with Your truth of who they really are and how much you love them. AMEN!