Wednesday, March 21, 2018

World Down Syndrome Day

-Today is a special day!-

March 21 is the day set apart each year to especially honor, support, and celebrate 
some of the most beautiful people God has created

Here are some of my favorite people in the whole world!

A few facts about Down syndrome...

1. People with Down syndrome have 47 chromosomes rather than the typical 46.
They have an extra copy of the 21st chromosome, resulting in three - thus the significance of March 21st (3/21) being World Down Syndrome Day.

2. Down syndrome is the most common genetic condition. About one in every 700 babies is born with Down syndrome. 

3. People don’t have “mild” Down syndrome, or “severe” Down syndrome. Their ability is not dependent on their condition, but rather on the individual.

4. Down syndrome occurs in people of all races and economic levels equally. 

5. Regardless of what others may think, people with Down syndrome are not always happy. They experience the same emotion as everyone else.
  -They have feelings; it hurts them when they are left out or ridiculed, just as it would hurt you.

6. People with Down syndrome may accomplish some things in a different way or at a slower pace, but they are by no means "disabled"!  We all have different abilities and strong points, and these precious individuals stand out for their unwavering acceptance and unconditional love, which is of far more value than the abilities or skills most of us admire! 

7. Most families who are blessed to have a member born with Down syndrome are loving their life, and experiencing the goodness and joy of the Lord each day, as they witness a pure love and forgiveness that most of us lack.

If you don’t know someone with Down syndrome,
you are missing out!


Friday, March 2, 2018

The Lewis Edition: February Fun!

Squash and cucumber seedlings!

We've had a lot of activity at our bird feeders.

Time to make Valentines!!!

My favorite

I enjoyed making cupcakes for our piano and violin students.

Packaged and ready to be distributed!

This was "The Month of Visits from Family" for us!
We enjoyed every minute of it, and didn't want it to end!

First, we hosted Deborah, Daniel and Caitlyn.

Caitlyn was just starting to pull up on things.
Look at this girl!

Happy baby!


Next, Steven, Anna, Eva and Hudson visited for several days!

Sleepy early morning smiles ...

and yawns! :)
(Pictures taken to text to Aunt Rebekah)

Eva working on a beaded monkey

Russell and Hudson engrossed in a new book

Eva and Hudson made chocolate covered strawberries!

They did a great job!

Enjoying the fruits of their labors! ;)

On Sunday afternoon we all attended one of Russell's concerts.
(Sadly, Steven wasn't nearby when we thought to snap a picture.)

Baroque Music Concert with the Marshall Symphony

And, last but not least, we had Daddy and Mama for a few days!

Daddy and Mama at the East Texas Oil Museum.
We thoroughly enjoyed touring it!

Printing Press at the Museum

And thus ended a very enjoyable month!!!