Generation by Generation.....

It pains me to think of what Pip's life would be like if she was born generations ago..The hardships, the struggles, the unacceptance and the ignorance. I can't imagine as a momma what those mothers went through giving up their children to institutions or adoption because of the pressures of society. And I'm so very thankful for the generations of mommas that proudly fought for the acceptance and inclusion we now have.

I realize it's an ongoing fight and I gladly pick up my piece in it, for the next generation to come. Because it really is the next generation that makes all the difference. It really is about how their going to see differences and what will come from that.

So whenever I can preach our #differentisbeautiful message to a school, that's when I truly feel, I'm taking it to church...That's when I feel it's mattering the most - because these kids are the kids that are going to be accepting my daughter as she is.

These kids are going to be the ones to shatter the stigma around disability.

These kids are going to be the ones to accept people for who they are, not the disability they have.

These kids are going to celebrate differences, whether that's freckles, one arm, diabetes or Down syndrome.

These kids are who are going to change the world.

Last year to celebrate World Down syndrome Day, I was invited to a school that celebrated this beautiful little girl named Emma. It did my momma heart good, seeing inclusion first hand and also seeing the love from Emma's classmates, teachers and her mom.

It was an honour to chat with these kids this year and tell them that they can indeed change the world...That they in fact, already are.

Happy World Down syndrome Day,

All photos by the ever talented Eden Grove Photography

This part of her....

If you told me two years ago I'd be celebrating World Down syndrome Day with thousands of people cheering on my little girl, I'd laugh and tell ya to "beat it"...Two years ago I barely knew this day even existed. Two years ago Pip was in heart failure and I was just starting to wrap my head around this part of her called "Down syndrome".

This part of her that scared me oh so much and had me in such devastation thinking about what it would mean to our lives.

This part of her that I was so unsure of, simply because I unintentionally was unaware.

This part of her that invests hours upon hours, days upon days of extra care; Doc appts, therapies, speech, etc. etc. etc.

This part of her who caused other complications with her eyes & heart and left me breathless in fear and trusting in hope, surgery after surgery.

This part of her who needed braces to help her walk, glasses to let her see, tubes to allow her to hear and medicine daily to keep her thyroid functioning.

This part of her when you look at in black in white on paper seems like such a negative thing. But this part of her is now something I so fiercely celebrate and love because she wouldn't be my little Pip, without it.

On Friday thousands upon thousands of people will be celebrating this part of her...And I can't even tell you what that does for this momma's heart. 

Happy World Down syndrome Day friends...

Big thank you to the Kingston Frontenacs for helping us celebrate World Down syndrome Day and the beauty in differences....Please join us if you can. And once again the ever talented Eden Grove Photography captured Pip perfectly in all of these shots.