happy world down syndrome day!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Today marks the 8th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day. 3-21-13. It is on March 21 every year because Down syndrome is a triplication of the 21st chromosome. Hence the 3-21. Last year we went all out and made T-shirts and a video to spread awareness and to CELEBRATE. It was interesting to see a couple of different reactions to World Down Syndrome Day by people who had never heard of it before. Some of my friends shared the link to my blog post and captioned it, "Happy World Down Syndrome Day!" Then in response to their post, I saw a few comments like, "seems like a strange day to celebrate..." or "Isn't that like an oxymoron?" (Implying that Down syndrome was not a happy thing) and the last one, "I don't think that's how your supposed to say that.." (Meaning that you shouldn't be so happy or excited that it's Down syndrome day....as if it's supposed to be a sad thing).

Well, to those people I say:

Today is absolutely a day to celebrate. We celebrate our friends who rock the extra chromosome; The brand new babies with Ds in our lives and their amazing parents; The little ones from all over the world who were initially tossed aside and deemed worthless, who were given a second chance at life and are now in loving homes.

We celebrate our son. Without his extra chromosome, we would have never found him. And our lives would not be near as full as they are today. The joy that he brings to our family is truly indescribable.

I asked the kids the other day what they wanted to do to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day this year. And Ace let me know, "we just wanna dance." Archie agreed.

So dancing they did.

Happy World Down Syndrome Day from our family to yours!


Lauren E. said...

I love it! Your kids are the coolest!

Kelly said...

You've got one awesome family, Lisa. So blessed to know you and to have watched Archie grow this last year and a half. :)

Melinda said...

Omg, too cute!!!! Those 2 really have the moves!!

pinterestmakesmethinkimcrafty said...

Happy World Down Syndrome Day to your wonderful family! If anyone is having a bad day I suggest watching this video, it immediately put a huge smile on my face, they are great dancers!

MrsLissiJ said...

Happy WDSD to you too!!!! Your blog and family's story are so inspiring! I have been following your blog for over a year now and the love between your family always brings tears to my eyes and makes my day. Please keep the posts coming!

I have dedicated my post today on my blog to WDSD and my dear friend who has been blessed with a child who has DS. I would love for you to read it as well and if you feel so inclined would love to have you join.


MrsLissiJ said...

BTW, super sweet dance moves! Love it!

Jessie said...

I stumbled on your blog while I was searching videos to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. I found the video from last year with Ace introducing Archie. OMG, I love it. Brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful brother-sister relationship. My younger brother has DS, and I can relate to little Ace so well! Thank you for the awesome video and for this wonderful blog. Happy, Happy World Down Syndrome Day!!! :)

Jenny said...

Precious!!! I hope my son Preston (1) who has been blessed with DS and his Big Sister Kierstin (5) have as much fun as your two do when he gets a bit older! :)

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