Men For Others

Monica is so excited that St. Ignatius High School is hosting a Dress Down for Downs Day again this year! The students are donating money to the Upside of Downs to help families that have a family member with Down Syndrome.

St. Ignatius HS Cleveland Dress Down for Downs October 30, 2015

St. Ignatius HS Cleveland Dress Down for Downs October 30, 2015

We started this blog to give encouragement to families who are new to Down Syndrome. It should give hope to see what a great life Monica has!

At St. Ignatius, the students live a motto of Men For Others. Like her brothers, Monica also gives service in many ways. She is also donating to the Upside of Downs. She will contribute one dollar for every person who views her blog the same day St. Ignatius has the Dress Down, October 30th.

Monica is also busily knitting baby hats as part of our St. Angela parish-wide day of service FIAT “Faith In Action Together.” Handmade baby items will be donated to Womankind, a maternal and prenatal care center. She continues to collect tabs from soda cans for Ronald McDonald House.

Thanks for reading!

Baby Hats

Baby Hats

Collecting tabs

Collecting tabs

I want to encourage others!

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!

New Baby!

New Baby!


Go Blue and Gold!

Go Blue and Gold!

For my valentine!

For my valentine!