Happy World Down Syndrome Day!
We feel blessed beyond measure today, as we stop and evaluate our lives, our family, and the blessing that Jake has been to us. 3 years ago, as we were eagerly anticipating the arrival of Jake, our firstborn son, we had no idea what kind of story was about to unfold for us. Today, almost 3 years later, I can honestly say that while the journey has looked much different than we had originally anticipated it, we would not change it for the world!
In the lead-up to today, I asked for some help!
I was hoping to be able to capture a picture, using words, that would cause people to have a better glimpse into the personality and character of our son. The response I got was overwhelming, so thank you, thank you, thank you for your input!
The word picture works in the following way: when you put all your text in, the picture that is generated is based on the number of times that certain words were used. The more times they were used as descriptions, the bigger the words appear in the picture. So as you can see below, the word “Jake” was the most used word, and so appears as the largest. I love this concept though, because while all of the words in the picture were used multiple times, you can see the ones that really stand out, such as “love” and “joy”. What a testament to the impact that Jake is having on those around him!
“…Jake has captured my heart and forever changed who I am…”
“…He is a child who loves life, lives for his family and most of all shows ME how to understand difference and love it…”
“…Jake has that special ability to bring people together and light up a room when he is around…”
“…Jake is a regular old kid. He plays, he laughs, he picks on his brother, and he gets into trouble. Jake is resilient. He is charming and charismatic and sometimes stubborn…”
“…He has more strength and determination then any one I know…”
“…The way he approaches life, play, people, amazes me. He is joy…”
“…Jake is unconditional love. He is unpretentious, genuine and unrestrained in his expressions of love…”
So today, as we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day, and the life of my oldest son Jake, let’s wear blue and yellow and stand in solidarity. Let’s celebrate our similarities, the things that draw us together regardless of who we are, where we are from, or how many chromosomes we possess. Let’s concentrate on the things that bind us together as humanity and allow us to cultivate mutual respect, acceptance, and love for all.