Thursday, March 22, 2012

on my mind.

Just a quick post tonight. Yesterday was March 21st. 3/21, otherwise known as World Down Syndrome Day. 3/21 -- for three copies of the  21st chromosome. It was on my mind most of the day, and I was wishing we had planned some sort of celebration in honor of how much that tiny little extra chromosome has changed our lives, for the better. I couldn't have said it any better than this:

Right now, I am thinking that Down syndrome is the best thing that ever happened to our family. It is amazing what can happen when you open your eyes to the world around you. It is amazing to be afraid--to feel it, to acknowledge it, to face it head on. And oh, Good Lord, is it ever amazing to be transformed by love in a way that awakens parts of you that needed to come alive. -- Kelle Hampton, 3/21, 2012

So next year, dude? We're gonna rock it. I can't not rock it. This little chromosome has completely and utterly transformed me, helped me to see everyone as God sees us, as we are supposed to see--that there is beauty and light everywhere, that although there is still fear and uncertainty at times, it is outshone by the sheer volume of joy that pours forth from the love in and of these people.

If you are a local family, mama, friend, daddy, sister, brother, and so on... wanna join us next year? And we'll do up a beach celebration? Or a backyard lit with sparkles and eyes shining into the evening, and hot coffee and cold drinks on the porch as we relish the joy and beauty in all of us? Or a walk, hand in hand, arms linked, as we march to the beat of our hearts full of love?

It's gonna happen. I can do this. It's on my mind. And what can one person do? How about one small group of people?

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has. -- Margaret Mead

It doesn't take long to look around the world in which we live to see that there still many areas that need change. I want to be a part of the change. Let's set our calendars for next year, would you? March 21st, 2013. You and me, and whomever else will join us. 

i want to THINK again of DANGEROUS and NOBLE THINGS i want to be LIGHT and FROLICSOME i want to be IMPROBABLE BEAUTIFUL and afraid of NOTHING as though i had WINGS. -- Mary Oliver

For the love, let's change the world.


  1. When you were texting with me last night I was so annoyed with myself that I didn't try harder to celebrate this day. I was remorseful and mad at myself. We'll be with you next year, sparklers lit, arms linked, with almost three year olds! cannot wait!

  2. Ooh yeah! Make sure there is great cake too! We have so much to celebrate, don't we? X

  3. Right ON sister-friend! That sounds FANTASTIC!

  4. I would love to join any celebration you have next year! :)


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