Thursday, October 23, 2014

Alyssa's mom, Suzi, told us a little about Alyssa:

Alyssa is a good, kind and compassionate young woman. Whenever something makes her smile, she'll tell me: "This is the best day ever." We have a lot of "Best Days Ever." It helps me to stop and appreciate that it's not always the big things in life, but the little things that can make you happy. And Lys is a happy child, so I feel I am doing something right for her.


Monday, October 20, 2014

From Oliver's mom: "We found out Oliver had Down syndrome when he was 2 months old. We were so in love with our precious child and were overcome with fear and sadness when our pediatrician suggested we test him for Down syndrome. For three days all I could do was pray, “Please God, don’t let him have it.” I was overcome by fear and outdated stereotypes flooded my mind. After we got the positive diagnosis we contacted the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma. They sent the kindest and warmest individual to bring us a new parent packet. We received information about parent groups, updated resources and books. We met other parents and got to meet their children who also have Down syndrome. As time went on, we realized that having Down syndrome was not something to be sad about. Oliver would learn to walk, talk and make friends just like any other child. He may be a little slower but it just makes his success that much more anticipated and exciting. Our son Oliver has brought more happiness to our lives than we ever thought possible. He is the most affectionate, funny and loving little boy. He is 4.5 years old and so smart! He knows his ABC's, can recognize letters, count and can memorize whole books. He is so loving, every morning he climbs into our bed and says, "Good morning Mommy and Daddy." He gives the best hugs and kisses and now is teaching his 10 month old brother signs too! Each time I pray for Oliver now I remember to thank God for each and every chromosome. I know Oliver was fearfully and wonderfully created and am so thankful I get to be his mommy."