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 job at a nursing home. She likes writing letters to friends at college and sending 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. Of course, she would rather play Christmas carols or songs from ‘Sound of Music’ than her lesson! With her job earnings, she buys her own clothes, birthday gifts and bowling on Saturdays. 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!