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I Love You Mommy
The joy of dance
The joy of dance
I Love You Mommy

When my daughter Lorren was about 2 years old we were sitting at a local store eating lunch when a man approached us. Because Lorren was always smiling at people and they always responded I assumed he was approaching to comment about how sweet she was (no I am not just a proud parent, that was and still is a very common response to Lorren). Instead his first words were "there is tremendous power in prayer." "Yes" I said, "I happen to be Christian and believe very strongly in prayer and my faith, thank you," thinking now he will go away, his conversion is unnecessary. Well he didn't stop, he said something to the effect of no, she could be healed through prayer. Stunned, I looked at him and responded that I happen to believe God made her exactly the way he wanted her to be, that we consider her extra chromosome to be a love chromosome because she gives it unconditionally and Down syndrome isn't an illness, it is part of how she was created. Anyhow, this went on for a brief period before he finally left saying consider it. Obviously I was furious and as Lorren and I proceeded through the store I was fuming and muttering under my breath. All of a sudden Lorren reached her little arms up, wrapped them around my neck, looked me in the eyes and said "I love you Mommy" for the first time, clear as day. My heart melted, and I started to cry. My beautiful, wonderful little girl felt my pain and just knew what to do. Thus proving my point'that extra chromosome truly is the "Love" chromosome. Lorren is 9 now, and that ability to know exactly when to reach out to another person is still what makes her hugs so very special. There is no such thing as a bad day when she is around. She make you laugh or just give a huge hug and say "I love you," and everything is all of a sudden better. Yes, there is tremendous power in prayer, I believe God answered my prayers and gave me a very special gift.

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Tammy, United States, AK
1/18/2012 7:23:18 PM
Lorren does give wonderful hugs!!!! I have personally experienced them myself. Love you both!!!!

Wendi Nordstrand, United States, AK
1/18/2012 7:38:54 PM
Lorren is the sweetest little girl, her momma is right that extra chromosome is the love chromosome, I have also experienced Lorren's hugs they are awesome!

Karen Ann Boster, United States, AK
1/18/2012 11:20:44 PM
What a wonderful story. I was all chocked up reading it. I have worked with Lorren at school and she truly is a special girl. She is very intune with how others are feeling and wants everybody to be happy. She will do her best to put a smile on your face

Lisa Kocab, United States, WI
1/26/2012 11:03:47 AM
I can't wait for the day when my little PJ says I LOVE YOU MOM!!! How powerful!

Andrea del Valle, United States, WA
2/23/2012 9:03:52 PM
This story made me cry. What a beautiful little love! God doesn't make mistakes when he blesses some children with the "love chromosome".

Laura Wilson, United States, AK
1/30/2012 12:45:52 PM
This is my sweet Granddaughter that is always ready for a hug. She amazes me and tackles most everything while giving it her best, When she comes to my house there is aways her bowl of gold fish crackers and a glass of milk waiting for her. Love our car

Rachel Oldfield, United States, AK
1/30/2012 1:34:09 PM
Lorren is the most special girl I\'ve ever known! It is truly impossible to have a bad day when Lorren is around and her hugs make you feel amazing! I am so honored and lucky to be apart of her life.

Judy Accola, United States, WI
1/31/2012 7:24:43 PM
Lorren is such a special little girl. who is also my niece. I don\'t get to see her very often but when I have she is full of hugs and smiles. She has talked to me on the phone now and then and loves to carry on a conversation. She is a little sweetheart.

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