I was welcomed into the world by a big sister with Down syndrome. I credit her as the single most influential person in my life. She had such a positive influence on me, that ten (almost 11!) years ago, my husband and I decided to start our family by adopting a baby with Down syndrome. We now all live together under one roof and it is a blessing to see these two interact daily. They enrich our lives with their authenticity, candor, humor, and an abundant outpouring of love.
Today was Leanne's first day back in her Eucharistic Minister role at church. She's now fully vaccinated and ready to serve God and her fellow parishioners. It was the perfect way to start our World Down Syndrome Day. I know our mom is watching her from heaven with so much pride.
I wish everyone in the world were lucky enough to have an individual with Down syndrome in their lives. It's part of the reason we share our lives on the blog and on Instagram. Because knowing Josie and Leanne offers a beautiful reason to celebrate this holiday.
Happy World Down Syndrome Day!