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Emma's Smile
Emma's Smile

When I think of my little sister, Emma, I immediately think of her smile. Smiling, laughing, and hugging are three of Emma’s favorite activities. Hands down, the best moment when I arrive at my parents’ house is when I see Emma’s face light up and that big smile emerge. When I was five years old, Emma was born with Down syndrome. As a five year old, you don’t really understand what Down syndrome is. In my eyes, Emma was my extra special sister who had a great big smile. During my sophomore year of high school, I remember I was having a particularly bad day. I was trying to hide the fact that I was crying, but Emma knew that I was upset. She reached up, gave me a hug, and started singing the song, “God Will Take Care of You.” I looked at her, saw that grin, and I knew that at five years old I had gotten it right … God blessed me with the most special sister I could ever imagine.




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j Selby, United States, TX
3/6/2013 6:40:31 PM
We know and love Emma. I hope others are allowed to read this and appreciate the wonderful people God puts in our lives!

Penny J. Larson, United States, TX
2/27/2013 11:22:40 PM
What a sweet, loving story of love and faith. Precious!! This is what life is all about!! Emma's face and smile reflects her feelings, and gives everyone around her a happy, sparkling feeling!! She truly is an angel!!

Rachel Irby, United States, TX
2/27/2013 1:55:03 PM
In May, Emma is finishing 15 years of education in the Cy Fair School District. Thank you to all the teaching and support staff and students who brought smiles to her face everyday. Every child and teenager should be so blessed.

Susan Ragsdale , United States, TN
2/27/2013 12:12:51 PM
Emma is an angel in disguise. Our lives ( her family ) are enriched by knowing and loving her. Every special kid should have a fierce Mother like Rachel Irby who never thought inside the box and a lion of a Dad like Rob Irby who never took "no" for an answer. Aunt Susan

John P. McCartney, United States, OH
2/25/2013 10:26:27 PM
Powerful and inspiring story ...

Katie Whittiker, United States, TX
2/25/2013 9:10:53 PM
You are right Sarah, Emma's smile is unforgettable!

Sue Lewis, United States, FL
2/25/2013 8:59:45 PM
These 2 ladies are very special, lovely people!!

Jamie Valentine, United States, TX
2/25/2013 8:07:46 PM
Sarah, I couldn't agree with you more! Her smile is contagious. I always thought she was our little bit of sunshine in kindergarten. Thanks for sharing Emma!

Mary Melissa Khattak, United States, TX
2/25/2013 6:20:10 PM
I've known Emma for several years. You can't meet Emma and not leave without a smile and a hug!

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