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Alex's Grace
Alex's Grace

Alex was desired, waited for, sought after, and chosen by her family. She was adopted and brought home on her 10th day of life. I named my new baby sister, Alexandria Grace. And oh yes, she has Down syndrome. She grew up the youngest of 5 children, smiling and singing her way to everyone's hearts. God's love for us all, vividly shining through this gorgeous girl. She was at the very least, an active child, and as she grew into a beautiful young lady, she used that energy in sports and acting. She excels in basketball, plays in Special Olympics, and performs in several theatrical productions. These hobbies have become her passion. She is always happy, always smiling, always optimistic, in everything she does. But at the heart of it all, her first love is her family. Alex adores her family. Mom: her staple, her stronghold, that person in her life that holds everything together. And Dad: her best bud, her fellow basketball enthusiast, her friend. Brothers and sisters: her comrades, her pals, always hanging out together and having fun. Her love for her family is tremendous, surpassing all ordinary affection, her life is consumed by the warmth she gives and receives for her family members. But, in 2008, Alex's life got turned upside down when our mom had a debilitating stroke that left her left side completely paralyzed. Her stronghold was gone. Mom needed to be cared for now, so Alex learned to help. She and Dad held everything together, collectively caring for Mom and the house. And they went on, the 3 of them, enjoying life, supporting each other in love. Then, a year later, Dad passed away. Alex lost her beloved buddy. She wept, smiled through it and said, "he's in no more pain now." She always looks for good. But, in mourning for Dad, decisions needed to be made. Who would care for Mom and Alex? Her precious family talked about group homes, nursing homes'independence would be lost. But Alex's strength and optimism made it all apparent what was to be done. Alex knew what God had planned for her. God had designed her to not only give and receive great love throughout her life but to give her mom a stronghold. It was Alex's turn to be the one to hold everything together. Her cheerful, courageous attitude was everything she and Mom needed to prove independence was possible for both of them. And she succeeded. They are both thriving together now, living independently together. They care physically and emotionally for each other, serving each other in love. Alex blesses my family's life in so many ways, her cheerful attitude is overwhelmingly enriching. But I know now, that Alex finds her self enrichment in serving others. She is as happy now as she's ever been. She finds fullness in service. She loves to be needed and finds joy in it. She is the epitome of her name: Alexandria GRACE.

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Kathrine Dodge, United States, CA
8/30/2011 6:24:52 PM
I know Alex, and her story is completly true. She is a shining light in the dark to all that know and love her. She always has a beautiful smile and a hug for everyone. She knows no strangers.. God Bless you dear Alex..

Donna Boughner, United States, CA
8/30/2011 4:37:26 PM
Alex Grace is a great story - written by someone who truly cares and loves her. Alex is a loving and caring individual. Keep it up Kiddo!

Ellie Brooke, United States, CA
8/30/2011 4:14:42 PM
Alex is a wonderful person, a great gift to the family and a heroine to all who know her. She is full of fun, life and adventure. We always have enjoyed hearing of her exceptional and creative life. What she has become has a lot to do with LOVING & CARING PARENTS

Doris Sapp, United States, CA
8/30/2011 3:34:31 PM
I have known and respected and LOVED this family for a long time- her Mom was not even 6 months 0ld, when she came into our lives. Alex is a great young lady and has worked very hard to help her Mom. She is like a rose blooming and has touched so many others

Lynda Newman, United States, CA
8/30/2011 1:27:38 PM
I've known Alex for quite a fewyears -- she is an absolute delight. Thanks Riccelle for writing her story.

Merry Mahan, United States, CA
8/30/2011 12:26:07 AM
Alex is a ray of sunshine. Knowing her (and her Mom) have been a real inspiration in my life.

Howard Joseph, United States, CA
8/29/2011 8:13:38 PM
Alex is an incredible adult. She is very adaptable to whatever life circumstances unfold. She never has a need to forgive anyone since she never condemns or judges anyone. She has a simple, open, kind heart.

Kathleen Fisher, United States, PA
8/29/2011 4:53:10 PM
My Alex is named Stephen. Thank you so much for blessing us by sharing.

Chrissie Jasperson, United States, CA
8/29/2011 2:50:15 PM
Very beautifuly written and I can\'t lie that it brought tears to my eyes. I love my family even though I don\'t get to see them very often but you are all always in my heart and prayers!

Wendy Zentner, United States, CA
8/29/2011 2:04:45 PM
Despite all the trials in Alex\'s life she remains a happy and positive young lady. Truly an inspiration and example!

Cathy Kingham, United States, CA
8/29/2011 1:22:58 PM
This is a beautiful story about beautiful people, beautifully written. And it\'s all true. Thank you, Riccelle. Love to you!

Tom Horgan, United States, CA
8/29/2011 1:21:02 PM
Alex is an inspiration. Keep up the good work, Alex.

Donna Horgan, United States, CA
8/29/2011 1:06:09 PM
I have known Alex since this story began. I continue to be blessed and amazed by her sense of real love and goodness. She inspires ME!

Tei Huffman, United States, CA
8/29/2011 1:06:09 PM
Sometimes we entertain angels when we are unaware... I know that God has used Alex as an Angel in our lives! She is amazing and so is this family! God is seen and Glorified in all your lives! Much Love to you all!

Tiffany Gonzalez, United States, PA
8/13/2011 2:59:29 AM
Love you aunt Alex!!

JUNE E WILLIAMS, United States, CA
8/5/2011 5:23:32 PM

Harry Huff, United States, TX
8/5/2011 2:06:07 PM
A family that has seen adversity now has a young lady that has defeated her own physical problems to become her family's strength.

Adam Gothard, United States, CA
8/5/2011 12:45:42 PM
Ricci's words so beautifully portray Alex's spirit. Alex is such a wonderful person to be around and she always makes me smile.

Charles Shipman, United States, CA
8/5/2011 12:32:01 PM
Tearing up now. Love you dweeb.

Tracy Notman, United States, VA
8/3/2011 8:11:15 PM
When Aunt Melinda and Uncle Ricci brought her home, our hearts were captured and she holds them to this day. Riccille, sweetheart, how precious is the love between you and Alex.

melinda shipman, United States, CA
8/3/2011 6:31:29 PM
Alexandria Grace, God's gift of love.

Annabelle Lewis, United States, CA
8/3/2011 5:06:44 PM
Well written bio and so true! Alex touches the heart of everyone she meets.

Carol Von Brandt, United States, CA
8/3/2011 5:06:44 PM
Well written bio and so true! Alex touches the heart of everyone she meets.

Hallie Carpenter, United States, OR
8/3/2011 5:05:17 PM
What a beautiful inspirational story. Thank you.

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