“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together.. there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart.. I'll always be with you.”
~A.A. Milne, from "Winnie the Pooh"

Monday, August 22, 2011


Dearest Liddy,

I want this world to be a beautiful place for you to grow up in. I want so much for you to never experience the ignorance and prejudice that surround us all. I wish with all of my heart that you would never have your feelings hurt by someone who called you a nasty name, or made fun of you because of something that you can't control. I would love to wave a magic wand and see all the people in this big old world live in peace and harmony. No cruelty. No abuse. No neglect. Just love. Call me a dreamer.....

Unfortunately, humans are, well, human. And the reality is that true ignorance will never be changed. That doesn't mean that we should all stop trying. But it seems as if for every one mind and heart that is changed, 10 more pop up. It's impossible to change someone who sees nothing wrong within themselves. And all of the words in the world don't make one bit of difference.....
I have my beliefs. I believe that you are an amazing gift, one that makes us the lucky ones, the blessed ones. I believe that you will take on this world head on, and probably with that huge smile on your face. I believe that you have more strength in your tiny body than anyone (even me!) gives you credit for. I believe that you will meet any hatred you encounter with sheer, unadulterated love. I believe that, yes, sometime in your life you will be made fun of, but I also believe that you will be tough enough and smart enough to see it for what it is. The misguided beliefs of someone who doesn't matter. The ones that truly matter will love you for you and will support you, no matter what. 

 Do I want to change the world for you? Without a doubt. But there are definite limits to what my beliefs are able to do. 

I promise that I will keep trying. And even though I may never change the world, I will continue hoping, praying and waiting.......
Waiting on the world to change.

Instead of trying to change the minds of all the ignorant in this world, I will simply teach you that you are special, unique, amazing, and beautiful. Their words can't hurt if you don't allow them to. You, my sweet angel, are not less because of Down's Syndrome. You are more. And any one who can't see that isn't worth your tears, your worries, your time. 

I love you, baby girl. 


  1. this is awesome... and so are you and that baby girl too.

  2. Amen sister. People often pity us, you can sometimes see it in their eyes when they don't say a word, but if they only knew what we knew - they would never pity us, but they would want it with all their heart too. We are definitely lucky to have our children. What gifts God surprised us with - gifts that we never would have asked for, but now that we have them we wouldn't ask for anything else :)

  3. I often find myself wishing we lived in a different world, one that was kinder and more patient and peaceful. I wish kids didn't grow up so fast. I wish a lot of things for the world our children are growing up in.
    I love that photo of Liddy sitting on your lap. She is so adorable. :-)

  4. Lovely. And that little girlie looks so beautiful. You'd never know what she's overcome to look at her. A blessing indeed.


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