Happy World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD)!
We celebrated in our own little corner of the world this morning, as our family of 5.
Then we drove to the airport, and celebrated with a larger slice of our family and friends.
After that, I kissed my kiddos goodbye, cried over their sweet heads, wrapped my arms tightly around their little necks and showered enough love on them to last for the next 10 days.
And now I am off to Guatemala, decked out in my “321” shirt, excited and full of anxious anticipation for what this week has in store.
The image in my head today is represented so well by this photo:
Isn’t this the greatest picture?
Love. Security. Community. Family. Solidarity.
We are so blessed by our family and friends. The outpouring of love for Jake and for our family is amazing, and we do not take that for granted.
And that’s part of why I am going to Guatemala.
This picture stands in stark contrast to the lives of many people with disabilities in other countries; people who are not treated with dignity, respect, or equality in any way.
I have a vision.
A vision to bring reconciliation.
A vision to instill dignity.
A vision to see an outpouring of love and a new cultural perspective towards people with disabilities.
In Canada. In Guatemala. Worldwide.
One. Person. At. A. Time.
Won’t you join me?!