Saturday, October 23, 2010

Meet Jill

Today some friends threw a shower for our new sons, Zhen and Theo. Isn't that sweet? There was a come-and-go brunch at my friend Nancy's lovely home.

Nancy is a talented photographer and very thoughtfully decorated with photos that she had taken of the boys. She also made photo prints with scripture verses printed on them and asked people to write a note on the back to encourage our family. They were simply beautiful.

When we arrived, my friend Jill was providing the entertainment. I met Jill 11 years ago. I became friends with her mother when I joined a quilting group at church. Jill has Down Syndrome and is 46 years old. We have the same birthday!

She loved holding Theo. When he got cranky she loved sitting next to him and looking at him while he sat in his car seat. We chatted about her upcoming trip to Branson, MO and Silver Dollar City. We talked about the Mannheim Steamroller concert, her favorite music group.

Thank you Lord that Jill's mother did not take the advice of the many doctors who recommended institutionalization for her. Look at just one of the many things that Jill has accomplished! I'm so proud to call her my friend.

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6 comments:

Amy L said...

I'm in tears, Jill plays beautifully! I loved it! Let her know that I am so honored to watch her play the piano. She's amazing!

Sally said...

I'm so sorry we missed the shower today. We've got a nasty cold bug in our house, and it's knocked me on my booty. I'm glad you had such a great time! The picture idea sounds awesome! And Jill is very talented.

Ruby's Mom said...

Thank you for sharing Jill with us.Watching and hearing her play the piano just touched my heart.I have watched it several times with tears in my eyes.She plays so beautifuly! I'm so glad her mother didn't put her in an institution.

Mel said...

SO beautiful!!! She was playing one of my favorite songs too!!

Julie said...

That was beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this.

TherExtras said...

Pleased to meet her! Thanks for introducing her! I am so happy to read about the shower! Wish I could have attended. Barbara