Monday, May 2, 2011

Thinking back...

Tonight I was a guest on a Mother The World podcast, discussing parenting children with Down Syndrome. The hosts, Deanna and Carolyn, were great about asking the right questions. But, how do you cover a subject like that? It's HUGE!

Then Carolyn brought out her new daughter who is sporting designer genes, and it took me back to when Ralphie was a baby. Ahhh. Memories.

Let me just say that I love babies, and children and grown ups with Down Syndrome. I think they are a great gift to the world. That said, Ralph's first year was downright frightening. Even so, I never considered that we would have been better off without him. Never once. I loved him with ferocity from day one.

In order to communicate with a large number of people who were praying for Ralph's health, I started experimenting with websites and blogging. I had never heard of a blog until 4 years ago! I'm not sure I would had anything interesting to share until he came along anyway, right?

Ralph at three months.

The original website is gone, but our second attempt is still live on the internet. If you want to go back in time, check it out HERE. I started Ralphcrew a little bit later.

1st birthday party - a little late because he had been in the hospital. :(

I feel like I came out of the fog when Ralph was born. I started to see things more clearly. He's the reason I started a blog. He's the reason we adopted two additional boys with Down Syndrome. He's brought some folks back to the Lord. He was, and is not, a mistake or a burden in any way.

I'm pleased to answer any specific questions that you might have about parenting a child with Down Syndrome. I sometimes forget what life was like before Ralph, so I don't remember what I would have wanted to know, ya know?

I haven't begged for comments in a long time, but here goes: Leave me some love and questions in the comment section. Please?


Julia said...

Leaving a comment for you sweet friend. I get lonely on my blog for comments too. I READ YOUR BLOGS EVERY SINGLE DAY!! Got to get my Ralphie, Theo and Zhen fix..

Anonymous said...

And what an awesome blessing you have been to many other kids with RR!

Regina said...

I love this post! Isn't it funny how after having a child or in your case children with ds, our perspectives change? I think I have realized more and more everyday what is really important. I feel sorry for people who don't have our "perspective." Thanks for sharing!

Sherrie said...

I read your blog constantly. We are just starting our journey but with so many similar health issues I find so much encouragement for Daniel in how well Ralph is doing.