I hope you've been enjoying all the guest bloggers this week on A Perfect Lily as much as I have. I'm jumping online briefly tonight to post this, and although I don't have any photos of Lily to include (I left my camera at home) I do want to remind you once again about our Baby Sent From the Stars Giveaway...it ends this Sunday night, and we're excited to see who wins the iPad2 and Nook and all the other amazing prizes people have donated!
Today's featured blogger is my dear friend, Penny. She has a wonderful blog called Penny's Peeps, and her little guy, Wyatt, is SUCH a doll! I have a long list of people I want to go visit some day, and Florida is at the top of that list because of Penny:)
If you were voting for Lily on the Circle of Moms Top 25 Most Inspiring Families list for two weeks, you probably noticed Penny's Peeps near the top! She is an inspiration in so many ways, and I am so blessed to call her friend.
I have been married to my best friend Tim for 22 years, and am a SAHM to 3 wonderful sons; Ethan, Forrest and Wyatt; a teenager, a cool kid and a baby who happens to have a little something extra, Down syndrome. My faith is the most important thing in my life; I am a Christian, desiring to honor God in every area of my life!
The Unexpected Blessing of Down Syndrome
Our family started the unexpected journey of Down syndrome 21 months ago when our youngest, surprise bonus baby Wyatt was born...
We did not know anyone who had Down syndrome, and had virtually no experience with anyone with special needs! We are so thankful that God knew what we needed when He blessed us with our precious Wyatt. Down syndrome has given me a greater compassion for differences in others, whether it be a disability, physical or mental illness, poverty, homelessness...the list goes on and on..
Mercy has never been my primary "gift," and God is stretching me in that area....oh how He's stretching me! Down syndrome has given me a greater capacity to love and understand others. It has also given me a greater appreciation for the little things in life. Wyatt's small daily accomplishments cause celebrations that probably were not celebrated with our older sons, who are now 18 and 10.
Down syndrome has given me friendships I never would have had, a bond that only parents of children with special needs can share. Just this week I was able to stay in the home of fellow Ds parents in Jacksonville who I never would have met, had we not been blessed with Wyatt. I have developed awesome relationships online and locally with those whose children share that little extra chromosome!
Down syndrome has shown me there's no room in my life for selfishness, self-centeredness. It's given me an intolerance for "foolish," unimportant "stuff..." Life's too short to waste. I need to make the most of every day that God has given me...to serve Him and fulfill His plan for my life.
This is just a tiny little bit of how Down syndrome has affected me..... ramblings....I was reminded at church a while back that I don't need to fear ....anything....including Wyatt's future as a baby/boy/man with Down syndrome. As I've said many times, God has a plan for us, for Wyatt; “For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”(Jeremiah 29:11) I know He IS and WILL equip us for that plan, I just need to seek and follow Him daily, hourly, minute by minute...WITH NO FEAR...."For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7