World Down Syndrome Day is on March 21 each year. This was the first time that I was able to participate and do something special for those families that have a child that has DS. I wanted to do something very special and had to think long and hard about what I would do. After thinking on it for a while, I decided that I would give three families a free 21 minute session that included the CD of edited images. There happened to be so much interest, that I included a fourth family that had asked about the sessions as well, I didn’t want to turn anyone away. I didn’t want to do this for any reason other than to give back and do something nice for those that may not be able to do family pictures very often.
So what does Down Syndrome mean to me and my family? This guy…This is my awesome and sweet Uncle Royce. He is the light of my family and everyone just flocks to him. He’s spoiled rotten and loves every minute that we all dote on him. Royce loves to go to school and do his homework everyday. He absolutely LOVES John Deere and cutting the grass with his lawn mower. And he loves all his “babies” aka his great-nieces and nephews. He’s very special to me, he is the reason that my parents called me Sis or Baby Doll. His speech my not be the best, but after spending time with him you can understand him really well, just as you can your own small children. What’s even more special about Royce is that he turned 40 this year. We all just love him so much that it hurts.
So… it’s because of Royce that I wanted to pass on the love I have for him to other families that have children with DS, to let them know that their babies are truly loved by others as well. I hope to be able to continue this special every year and help to impact other families.
Without further ado… Here are the awesome families that I was so blessed to meet and work with in honor of World Down Syndrome Day! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!