|Joey is quick! He managed to get a bite of one leaf before I could get it away!|
One of the coolest parts of this month was hearing from some of the people I wrote about. As a wanna-be writer and relatively new blogger, you write and you think that no one out there is reading what you have to say. The awesome people I heard from included George Estreich who wrote The Shape of the Eye. I heard from Amy Julia Becker who wrote A Good and Perfect Gift. Rian of Trach Ties sent me a note and I love following her journey. IDSC for Life and I connected and I am so grateful for their advocacy for people who have Down syndrome. Mama Lewis wrote and we bonded across the ocean via the world wide web. I also connected with Doozeedad and now I'm going to lobby to set Joey up with her beautiful Moxie (what a gorgeous little girl and her name--LOVE!!!). Finally, today I corresponded with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation after writing about their Be Beautiful Be Yourself Fashion Show that took place in Denver. These connections and all of the insightful and awesome comments that the readers left are what have made this such a great October.
A couple of years ago I did not pay attention to what Down syndrome was. I didn't know what it meant to have it. I was blissfully unaware. Now I am grateful to the world that Down syndrome has opened up to me and my family. I am humbled by the incredible experiences and stories that I have learned. I am humbled by my baby boy's progress and spirit. I used to think that I would never be able to slow down, to make it to all the doctor's appointments, to do all the therapies, but I was so wrong. It's just our day to day. It is truly our normal. Instead of wanting to be normal or wanting to be like anyone else anymore, I'm just enjoying what is our version of it, Down syndrome and all.
Thank you for celebrating National Down Syndrome Awareness Month with Cowgirl Up!
Last drawing will be announced tomorrow for who wins the final $10 Starbucks Gift Card.