I'd love to be able to say that I've decided that I am called to do something amazing with what I've learned like my friend, Krista, from Adele's Over the Rainbow Baskets- Down syndrome LOVIN'. But that's just not my journey.
Or that I've done some incredible organizing like this beautiful family, by bringing Sunshine to others in need of it. But that, also, is not a story that I can share. (Please do visit their pages and if you can help out, that would be AWESOME.)
I will tell you, however, that what I do is the "everyday", and we try to do it well. We do therapy. We do lots of pictures. We go out and enjoy field trips to the museum and the aquarium. We go to the store and smile at people who look at us with curiosity, or cranky old ladies who frown at us because we might be a little different.
We do family time. We learn from each other. We try to be better than we were yesterday. I want my kids to be nice people. Caring people. Compassionate people. It's simple. I want to make the world a better place...by raising my kids to be good people! I think we are doing ok. My oldest son turned twelve a few weeks ago, and today at church he scooted close and wrapped his arm around my shoulder, and he hugged me close. At this age, in this day and age, I think that's pretty incredible. I feel so blessed!
Some days, I feel like I should be doing something more...something bigger like these other amazing and beautiful people that have been blessed with a sweet little one like mine. But I think, perhaps, that just maybe living this quiet ordinary life, and teaching my little ones the value each of us has in the world may be just what our journey is all about. We need more kindness, and compassion, and protectors in the world after all.
I don't have vocabulary eloquent enough to explain how happy she makes me, how she has filled our whole family with so much more of a capacity to love. I feel so blessed, and I wish I could bottle up the feeling and share it with you so that you can know it just as I do. Hard days? Why yes, I do have them. I have lots of them. Who doesn't have hard days? It's part of the human experience. Isn't the point to grow through it, though! Let's keep growing and loving and learning. It's a beautiful journey.