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Jonathon's First Flight
Jonathon's First Flight

My youngest child Jonathon was born 11 years ago with Down syndrome. He was almost 6 months old before he was diagnosed. At first my husband and I were devastated. We were unsure of what this meant, and were fearful of the many medical problems associated with Down syndrome. Thankfully our fears were for not as Jonathon has been blessed with good health, and he is a blessing to his whole family. When we meet new people and they hear our son has Down syndrome the usual response is "I am so sorry"! This makes me laugh, and I assure them there is no reason to be sorry. Jonathon is the love of my life and is as smart and funny as any other 11 year old boy. He is helpful, and kind, truly one of God's angels on earth. He enjoys softball, swimming, flying with his Grandad, and watching his cartoons. He is also the Uncle of three nephews who he loves to run and play with. One of those nephews is a year older then he is and they are best buddies. Jonathon has been such a blessing, I could not imagine my life without him in it. God sent me my very own angel and I will forever be thankful for him. He is my inspiration and has taught me so much. He has inspired my to return to school as an older adult. I plan on using my education to advocate for other special needs children. I thank God every day for Jonathon and will spend the rest of my life loving him.

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Becky Jennings, United States, OK
6/6/2011 12:33:40 AM
great writing, and Debbie Jonathan is blessed to have you as a mom. He is truly a delight.

Janice Waring, United States, CO
6/2/2011 2:13:08 PM
Touching, beautiful! You are blessed by Jonathon and Jonathon is blessed to have such a loving mother as you, Debbie!

Hollie Tooley, United States, KY
6/2/2011 10:21:45 AM
Jonathan is my nephew, I am truly blessed that i have been lucky enough to watch him grow to be the smart, caring and handsome young man that he is. He is truely one of a kid and I love him very much!!

Kathy Kittredge, United States, OK
6/1/2011 6:42:39 PM
Beautiful story, Deb!

Kathy McKittrick, United States, OK
5/31/2011 2:25:20 PM
Wonderful story of Jonathon and his family!

debbie.j.kilgore, United States, OK
3/7/2011 2:18:00 PM
the love of my life

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