Down Syndrome: The Unexpected Miracle

Today marks fourteen years since my oldest daughter, Addie entered this world. The day she was born brought me from the highest height to the lowest low. The unexpected diagnosis of Down Syndrome sucked all the air out of the room that day. In the moments that followed, I felt like my life was over. […]

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What’s So Wrong With A Special Needs Prom

The World Health Organization recently reported that children with special needs are among the world’s most marginalized and excluded children. That unsettling statistic hit close to my home. I am a parent of a twelve-year-old daughter named Addie, who has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. And while the current state of affairs described by World […]

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Thank God for Addie

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4 (NIV) Twelve years ago today, I cried. As I type these […]

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Three Things Down Syndrome Can Do For You

People with Down Syndrome are individuals of enormous, intrinsic worth. And in order to fully appreciate the value they can bring to your life, they must be included. You must actively invite a person with Down Syndrome into your life. I would like to believe that no one would intentionally exclude another person. I am […]

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Addie Has A Voice

Last night, two of my girls performed in their hip hop dance show. The original plan was that all three of my daughters would be “breakin’ it off” at the event. But Addie has a voice. As Addie’s parents, Marcus and I made the decision to have her fully included in just about every educational […]

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