Yo soy La Lay

adventures in family, faith, and Down syndrome

Lesson #1: We ain’t slowin’ down.

on October 1, 2014

I thought a lot about how I wanted to start my Blog 31 for 21 Challenge.  I have a list, you know.  Of course I do.

Instead of my awesome blog start, I got work, work, double work, paperwork, pick up kids, migraine starts, football game, potty break in locker room, drive through dinner, beer.  Pajamas, prayers, teeth brushed, stories read, lights out, Extra Strength Tylenol, crash on couch, Peppermint Patty.

I think it lends itself well to one of my first lessons after Tessa’s birth: life isn’t going to stop just because of this diagnosis.  Sure, we cram in a few therapy sessions, sometimes we get sidetracked by an illness or a doctor’s visit, and Lord knows, we are on a different pace than we may have planned, but the world has not stopped turning because of Down syndrome.

We take the kids to restaurants and ice cream parlors.  We throw them into the car for road trips and family functions.  We still work, they go to daycare.  We have our parties and bonfires and go out on dates without them so that we can complain about how crazy they make us and how much we miss them when they aren’t around.  They have sleepovers at Mimi’s house and we go to church when we can and all of the things that have always happened still happen.

Life doesn’t have to stop when Down syndrome enters.  It may adjust, but it still marches on and we can make of it whatever we choose.

Love this!  Belongs in my classroom somewhere....

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8 responses to “Lesson #1: We ain’t slowin’ down.

  1. Can’t wait to read your upcoming posts! I wish I had your ambition. 🙂

  2. I’m looking forward to seeing more posts from you in my reader this month. I love reading about your family. It’s weird how much you can feel you know people without meeting them!

    • Maggie says:

      That is so true!! My husband always laughs about my “online” friends, but it has been such a great support to read and hear from people all over the world.

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