Down’s Syndrome.. and Bella

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That’s Bella ( Isabel the be proper) up there. ^ THAT would be the official “STOP TAKING PICTURES” face.

and It’s the one that makes me take them over and over again! 

Welcome…

I started this sub page because I certainly need a place to put the baby now don’t I? My daughter Isabel was born June of 2006. When she was born I was thrown into a struggle. What’s down’s syndrome? Is it awful?

I’m here to tell you it certainly IS NOT awful for us…

Here’s a post I love..

God Chooses Mom for Disabled Child 
Written by Erma Bombeck Published in the Today Newspaper Sept. 4th, 1993
Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures, and a couple by habit. This year, nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children.
Did you ever wonder how mothers of handicapped children are chosen? Somehow I visualize God hovering over Earth selecting his instruments forpropagation with great care and deliberation. As he observes, he instructs his angels to make notes in a giant ledger.
“Armstrong, Beth; son; patron saint, Matthew.
“Forrest, Marjorie; daughter; patron saint, Cecelia.
“Rudledge, Carrie; twins; patron saint…. give her Gerard. He’s used to profanity.
” Finally, he passes a name to an angel and smiles, “Give her a handicapped child.” 
The angel is curious. “Why this one, God? She’s so happy.”
“Exactly,” smiles God. “Could I give a handicapped child a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel.” 
“But has she patience?” asks the angel. 
“I don’t want her to have too much patience or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wears off, she’ll handle it.” 
“I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence. She’ll have to teach the child to live in her world and that’s not going to be easy.” 
“But, Lord, I don’t think she even believes in you.” 
God smiles. “No matter. I can fix that. This one is perfect. She has just enough selfishness.” The angel gasps, “Selfishness? Is that a virtue?” 
God nods. “If she can’t separate herself from the child occasionally, she’ll never survive. Yes, there is a woman I will bless with a child less then perfect. She doesn’t realize it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take for granted a spoken word. She will never consider a step ordinary. When her child says “Momma” for the first time, she will be present at a miracle and know it! When she describes a tree or a sunset to her blind child, she will see it as few people ever see my creations.” “I will permit her to see clearly the things I see—ignorance, cruelty, prejudice— and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life because she is doing my work as surely as she is here by my side.” 
“And what about her patron saint?” asks the angel, his pen poised in midair.
God smiles.  “A mirror will suffice.” 

Look at what the power above gave to me!!!

Now, About Isabel.

Bella was born June 28, 2006 and has been pretty much right on track for “normal” with a little low muscle tone. She is over 2 years old now..and she walks. ( Been walking for over a year now!) She communicates with us.. she laughes.. she smiles.. she POUTS. She’s a little girl first. I wish that people would realize that one little thing about down’s syndrome. 

Children with Down’s Syndrome are Children FIRST. Isabel doesn’t  live and breathe the words “down’s syndrome” .  She lives it.. it’s her normal. And I’ll have to tell you.. She teaches me something new every single day.

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11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joy
    Nov 14, 2007 @ 21:10:35

    Perfect Nature…she is
    She teachers with a glance,
    and uplifts with a smile.
    This child is
    Perfect nature!

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  2. Stephanie
    Nov 25, 2007 @ 14:42:30

    Your Bella is such a cutie pie, I love those big blue eyes!

    Reply

  3. Doreen
    Nov 27, 2007 @ 11:33:12

    Your daughter is beautiful! I saw the link to your blog on CoffeeTime chat this a.m. Bookmarked you in my favs.

    Reply

  4. Wendy
    Nov 29, 2007 @ 08:37:25

    Your story and your daughter are so beautiful. I am so glad I clcked on your link today in the forum.
    Many blessings to you & yours….

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  5. DeMarie Rossi
    Dec 06, 2007 @ 18:53:24

    I loved the story of how Mother’s are chosen. I also, love the picture of your precious Bella. It is so true that a special child is not what the world has labeled them – my son was born with severe bilateral talipes equovarious – slang word club feet – he spent many years in and out of a wheelchair.

    But he wasn’t a wheelchair he was a fun loving adorable little boy. Getting people to see beyond his “wheels” was difficult, but his acceptance of ignorance taught me to be patient, understanding and kind, even when I wanted to scream :). If he could accept teasing and stares so could I.

    Today he is a man of 28, with chldren of his own. The “labels” said he would never walk – they were wrong – he runs. He has 2 lovely girls of his own, one with the same beautiful blue eyes that Bella has.

    God is faithful and He will provide Bella with all the dreams you have for her, you can see it in the lovely sparkle of her eyes.
    Many Hugs!

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  6. sewphisticate
    Feb 02, 2008 @ 00:10:47

    beautiful Bella, beautiful mommy! thanks for sharing this with us in the forums. i came in late tonight and finished up reading the newbie’s welcome thread by jujuw and had to stay up a few more minutes to read this too. bless you and your little girl!

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  7. Lorissa Longfellow
    Feb 03, 2008 @ 13:09:29

    She is so cute. You have been blessed with a beautiful child and the understanding that it is just a part of life. All of us have limitations in one way or another. So many people are blind to that and fear anything that is different. In children with these types of disabilities that fear often takes the form of pity, and does not let them see all the beautiful things that the child has to offer to them and the world.

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  8. Barbe
    Feb 29, 2008 @ 21:15:58

    LOVE these photos! Bella is absolutely beautiful. Great blog!!!

    Peace & Light — Barbe 🙂

    Reply

  9. Cari
    Jun 10, 2008 @ 22:40:48

    What a beautiful story, a beautiful daughter, and a beautiful mother!

    Reply

  10. Debbie~
    Oct 04, 2008 @ 22:59:46

    She’s beautiful!!! All I can say , is that some of my favorite people in the world, have downs…and I truely believe I’m a better person to have known them and blessed to them in my life! I have a great job, I met them in their class!!! I believe that you were chosen
    for ‘EACH OTHER’!!! There are no limits, reach for the
    stars and she will be there!!! Debbie~

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  11. Greta
    Apr 27, 2010 @ 19:58:59

    See kellehampton.com
    She has Nella and she is wonderful!

    Reply

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