It’s here…World Down Syndrome Day is March 21st! We’re celebrating as a family that has lived with Down syndrome and we’re thankful for the opportunity to bring awareness of this naturally occurring condition in which a person is born with an extra chromosome. Most individuals have 23 pairs of chromosomes for a total of 46. People with Down syndrome have one extra chromosome for a total of 47 chromosomes.
We’re fortunate to have two daughters, one with 46 and another with 47 chromosomes. The world sometimes views this as a distinct difference with a number of challenges. We want to share with you the beauty of our daughters’ similarities that brings joy to us each day.
I have to say that my husband, Merle, spoils all of his girls. I watch him with our daughters and I simply love how he cultivates a unique bond that teaches them how a girl should be treated with mutual respect. He is a constant for them with the best advice and coaching that only a dad can give. They can always count on him for date night at the movies.
Extroverted Lovers of Fun Time
I am a self-professed introvert who can enjoy my weekend at home and happily emerge on Monday morning. My girls are polar opposites. They love the company of friends and extended family. They enjoy socializing and spreading their wings. Ultimately, they are always willing to try a new restaurant or activity together.
Thick as Thieves
You may have heard the quote “Sisters are like cookies and milk….Whether things are sweet or crummy, they’re better together.” Due to COVID-19, our oldest Christina has been with us at home for nearly a year and she has been a tremendous lift for Catherine. She’s supported her with online learning and defends her when she gets into trouble. Catherine in turn entertains Christina with her love of music and is the official human alarm clock. More importantly, they are friends, loving critics and one another’s biggest fans.
The world may focus on that extra chromosome and assume that variance as a trial. However, for us, that variance helped us rise to the challenge of being a Down Syndrome family. The condition didn’t just impact one daughter. It impacted each member of our family. We’ve had the privilege of living out this variance in our daily lives and appreciate the joy an extra chromosome brings to our home.
Come on and celebrate with us!