Hi, this blog is created to give others encouragement about living with Down syndrome. Our daughter has Down syndrome and is very happy to be alive. In fact, our family has a wonderful life and Monica brings so much joy to us. I hope that this blog will help families have hope and courage when they are surprised by a child with Down syndrome. We were shocked and a little scared when we found out, but we took one day at a time and kept up our hope. We love Monica very much and thank God for her every day. (Maybe because she brings us coffee in the morning!) What does Monica like to do? She really likes camping and hiking with her family. She loved high school every day through her graduation! Now she really enjoys her jobs include working on a cleaning crew and in a copier and mail company. She especially likes being a mother’s helper for a family of six(!) little boys, she does this once a week on Thursday mornings. Every day she writes in her journal, writes letters to friends at college and writes cards to sick people in our parish. She enjoys knitting and knits hats and scarves for anyone who wants one! Choose your colors! She really enjoys piano and take lessons at Baldwin Wallace College. As I write she is playing “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow” from Annie! Right now with her job earnings she is taking sewing classes. She just started so she has not made anything just yet. She is a wiz on her ipad. (It’s amazing how intuitive this tool is.) We can honestly say that Monica is a great gift, we would be very much poorer in joy, adventure, personal growth without her. Enjoy!