Today is Thursday, June 16th, 2005; Karen's Korner #569

A classmate of our younger daughter's became a mom in July of 2004. Not just any mom, she and her husband are parents of a Down Syndrome child.
I was handed an article at Sunday School last Sunday, written by mom, about baby Ava for a day care publication.
I am going to include a portion of what mom wrote:
"The thought of having a child with special needs was pretty frightening during the first few weeks after her birth. All of the insecurities and 'what ifs' were overwhelming. Very quickly, however, the joy, happiness, pride, and love that Ava brought to our lives virtually erased our fears. Our family and friends were extremely supportive and we were able to extend our system of support by getting involved with the Down Syndrome Guild....
"Ava has continued to blossom into a wonderful daughter that we are extremely proud of. Every day she reminds us of how lucky we are to have her in our lives. Her happiness and endless smiles can turn around the darkest mood. Every milestone is a cause for celebration, and every day we get to spend with her makes us stronger, wiser and more caring people.
"People told us now lucky we were to be blessed with such a special child. Others told us that only special people are chosen to have special children. Although it was nice to hear, I originally thought that this was something that people said to make new parents feel better. I no longer think that way. Not only does everything happen for a reason, we are truly lucky to be given a chance to raise such an amazing child. Every day we get to spend with Ava it is clear that she was meant to be a part of our family. Even though we were not expecting a child like Ava, I believe that Ava was expecting us."