October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month...

Happy Down Syndrome Awareness Month! Many of my blogging friends are participating in 31 for 21, where you pledge to blog every day in October for Down Syndrome Awareness. (31 days in October, 21 for the extra copy of the 21st chromosome present in individuals with Down syndrome.)

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I would not be able to keep that pledge so I'm not going to make it.

What I am going to do is to help spread awareness in other ways. I am writing an article on Down Syndrome awareness that will be published in the monthly e-newsletter for our women's club and in Lila's public school newsletter. I am hopeful that I will be able to publish the article in a few other places- a monthly Mom's publication in our area, my old hometown newspaper and the DEA World Newsletter. I will be attaching pictures of Lila and a few of her friends (with permission) to these articles.

I realize that I'm not the best writer around and my pictures are not that great but that is not important. What matters is getting the words out.

That we are all more alike than different.

That we all have value.

That we are all fearfully and wonderfully made.

In honor of Lila and all individuals with Down Syndrome, I changed my Facebook profile picture to this:

And Tiffani used Picnik to create this for profile picture:

And then her brother wanted one too:

So she decided to make one for me too! Love it!

When I put Lila to bed- either for a nap or for the night I always tell her how precious she is. And what a blessing she is to our family. That I'm proud of her. That I'm thankful for her.
And I am. I'm so thankful for the gift of her life. I have no doubt that she is exactly as God intended her to be.

It's Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Spread the word.

Honoring my princess with T21~



  1. How can I get one of those buttons love it. Look forward to this month

  2. Very sweet, Linda. You have great kids. Blessed, you are.

  3. Love it. And I agree, she is just as God intended her to be... a blessing to so many.

    I love the pics Tiff did! Great job, Tiff.

    And I hope I get to read your article.

    I love you and I say the same to you- you are precious, a blessing to our family. I'm proud of you. I'm thankful for you. I have no doubt that you are exactly as God intended you to be. As a daughter, a sister, a wife, a mother, an advocate and a friend.

  4. Your daughter is so fortunate to have such acceptance and love in your family. She is a sweetie ...love the saying 'princesses can have Down Syndrome too." Lorna d'Entremont