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In 2001 my wife was expecting our first child, along with our joy came the news that Abby had Down syndrome. I was immediately consumed with the thought of her future. Just four days after her birth we rushed her to the hospital where we spent the following four days in the I.C.U. It was there I realized that it didn't really matter to know it would take Abby a little longer to learn the things we sometimes take for granted. The only thought that really mattered was bringing Abby home. Days later someone said "she'll be a burden for the rest of your'll never accomplish anything..." For them it was the end, for us a new beginning with new challenges and uncertainty but above all we had faith, hope and unconditional love... When Abby was two years old, my wife gave birth to our second child. Upon leaving the hospital, we sat them together, Abby immediately wacked him twice and we had to separate them. Upon arriving home I placed Junior in Abby's crib, she then grabbed the sheet and was trying to pull him out. She realized she was no longer the center of attention. That evening I desperately ran to Walmart and found a crib that read "no tools required for assembly." On another occasion I was in bed and I began to snore, I then took a peek and observed Abby looking around as if to make sure no one was watching and she proceeded to cover my mouth. One day I was sitting at the kitchen table preparing her lunch. I had to barricade Abby in the kitchen. As I continued, she sat on the floor with opened arms. I kept saying, "un momento porfavor" to no avail. I had no choice but to sit her on the table in front of me. She began throwing little pieces of potato, left and right, when she was done, she went through my mail and did the same. By the time she was all said and done, I only had one concern. I hope I can clean up this mess before my wife returns. I guess she was right when she said one night "you let her get away with everything!" At the age of three I began to take Abby for a walk. In the beginning she would refuse sitting on the ground with her arms crossed. Today she enjoys walking and is able to do two miles per day. Abby also enjoys going to school, if she had it her way, she'd be going 365 days a year, rain or shine. Sometimes she teases me on the weekend repeating the word "school" many times. It may be true that children like Abby are different in some ways, it's also true, they are so much like the rest of the kids! My family and friends have always known Abby as the little girl with Down syndrome, my wife and I have always known her as Abigail our wonderful daughter. I am proud to say Abby is a happy and vibrant nine year old, who loves her family. She is truly a blessing!

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Mike Rolfe, United States, MA
8/15/2011 9:31:04 PM
Such a Beautiful and Inspiring Story = ) There is a lot of love with-in your family.

Pablo Fuentes, Honduras,
3/17/2011 9:59:57 AM
Love you Abby!!!

Bonnie Lynn Waterhouse, United States, MA
3/12/2011 6:47:37 PM
Wonderful story!

Daneyda Fuentes, United States, NY
2/9/2011 11:57:22 AM
Amazing story! It touches my heart! Blessings to Aby, siblings and parents!

Sean Baker, United States, MD
2/9/2011 2:40:14 PM
What an inspiring story, She will only know she is different if the world points it out or "excludes" her. In actuality shes is just like every other 3 yr old girl, playful, charismatic and eager. I think she has a bright future.

Joann Coste, United States, NY
2/9/2011 9:35:28 AM
Keep your head up..

charmaine Parker, United States, NC
2/9/2011 8:18:06 AM

Elena Vasquez, United States, MA
2/9/2011 7:24:18 AM
Very nice story and keep up the good job!

dalis garcia, United States, MA
2/9/2011 6:42:55 AM
Love it!

Bonnie Keaveny, United States, MA
3/2/2011 4:20:58 PM
I have only known Eddie Vargas for a short time and have never met his daughter Abby, but I can tell you, when Eddie talks about his daughter, his whole spirit glows. By what Eddie has shared about her, I can tell she is a very sweet child

Fernando Catalina, United States, MA
3/1/2011 5:32:17 PM
Eddie, thank you for sharing such wonderful moments. It gives me a peek at the rewards, challenges and wonders of raising Abby. I feel fortunate to be involved with you and your beautiful family!

Joan Withington, United States, MA
3/12/011 3:34:49 PM
What a wonderful story! Abby is a beautiful little girl.

Carmen Radillo, Honduras,
2/28/2011 5:10:58 PM

Rebecca Columbus, United States, MA
2/27/2011 11:58:56 PM
Eddie, you are a good father, and Abby is clearly a great little girl!!! Thanks for sharing this with me!

chrystal forcier, United States, MA
2/27/2011 12:47:33 PM
May she continue to bless your lives each and every day. She is an angel sent in disguise.

Wanda Goodwin, United States, MA
2/25/2011 11:58:16 AM
A truely wonderful story, well written and from the heart. God bless you and your family Eddie.

Carmen Gabriela Bertrand Calderon, Honduras,
2/25/2011 9:30:17 AM
Be faithfull, God is with you and all children, we are all his creation. God bless people who do good things for other and aven more for a child, because they are angels he send to this world.

Barbara Sibley, United States, MA
2/23/2011 4:10:03 PM
Wonderful story and such a beautiful little girl, God Bless your family.

Libny Vargas, United States, MA
2/13/2011 11:51:36 PM
Your daughter is beautiful, may God continue to bless you and your family.

Carmen, United States, MA
2/13/2011 8:32:15 PM
God bless this child.

phyllis mckoon, United States, NH
2/13/2011 12:59:21 PM
great story

Muturi Irungu, United States, MA
2/13/2011 7:58:07 AM
i vote for her.

rosalind velez, United States, MA
2/13/2011 6:56:23 AM
abby is the cuties thing ever, she very smart in her own ways, very bright young girl, nd beaitful.. god bless her an amazin person .... love her friend roz!

Guy, United States, MN
2/12/2011 8:18:34 PM
All children are a blessing! Thank you for sharing your story.

karla anderson, United States, NC
2/10/2011 4:39:04 AM
Dios solo le da hijos especiales a padres especiales y ustedes fueron elegidos por DIOS PARA Q LE CUIDEN UNO DE SUS ANJELITOS.........BENDICIONES PARA SU FAMILIA E HIJOS

jose estevez, United States, NC
2/10/2011 3:40:42 AM

veronica vasquez mendoza, United States, FL
2/9/2011 7:08:32 PM
i love the story....

ana gonzalez, United States, NJ
2/9/2011 4:42:14 PM

sherryl anderson , United States, NC
2/10/2011 4:47:51 AM

sharon licona , United States, NC
2/10/2011 4:43:59 AM
...........BENDICIONES ...........

anjelica licona, United States, NC
2/10/2011 4:41:01 AM
................BENDICIONES ..................

shelsea anderson, United States, NC
2/10/2011 5:06:54 AM

justin bustillo , United States, NC
2/10/2011 5:04:23 AM
nos unimos toda la tribu

Virginia, United States, CA
2/10/2011 8:12:56 PM
Love it!!! Ur Abby!! God bless you!!!

Ruth Garrity, United States, MA
2/16/2011 8:26:03 PM
Abby sounds like she has a wonderful family bringing her up gl and god bless you

Karina Bermeo, United States, NY
2/17/2011 1:51:00 PM
This is a very touching story because down syndrome in children is very tough and I am so glad to hear such a positive insight on how well one family is handling the "burden" that many said they would handle. All power to the Vargas family.

Tania Silverio, United States, CT
2/11/2011 4:05:39 AM
God Bless Abby!

Elizabeth LeBlanc, United States, MA
2/14/2011 11:42:35 AM
What a beautiful story!

Paola Alvarado, Honduras,
2/18/2011 5:07:53 PM
GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! KISS

Hazel C, Canada,
2/18/2011 3:14:04 PM
Aww, such a touching story, she seems so smart. Love the picture, what a cutie! God bless!

Sar, United States, LA
2/18/2011 11:31:54 AM
god bless you for your joy

maribel b bulnes, United States, NC
2/10/2011 5:01:37 AM

patricia anderson, United States, NC
2/10/2011 4:59:05 AM

brenda mendoza , United States, NC
2/10/2011 4:57:02 AM

xiomara bustillo , United States, NC
2/10/2011 4:53:29 AM
hola a todos

elin licona, United States, NC
2/10/2011 4:50:56 AM
.......DIOS LOS BENDIGA ............

Bianca Pacheco, United States, NY
2/10/2011 5:40:32 AM

Charles C Parrilla, United States, MA
2/10/2011 6:55:05 PM
Great Story Eddie & Dalis awesome family

Mariela R. Velasquez, Honduras,
2/11/2011 4:32:10 PM
What a wonderful story! Miracles happen in our daily lives if we allow God to act through us, especially parents like Abbys.

Heriberto Cruz, United States, NY
2/10/2011 3:45:48 PM
cuando miramos a nuestro derredor los problemas crecen.Cuando miramos a JESUS los problemas se desvanecen.En las manos de DIOS estamos seguros y libres de tiempos dificiles.

Gisele Shepherd, United States, MA
2/14/2011 11:18:40 AM
I loved reading this story. Abby is so fortunate to have patient and loving parents and teachers.

Tasha Gamble, United States, MA
2/14/2011 11:12:16 AM
I love her spunk! Go Abby!

Corey Tawczynski, United States, MA
2/14/2011 11:08:52 AM
I hope people smiled reading this story, because I know I did :)

Usman Suglatwala, United States, NY
2/17/2011 1:50:55 PM
Great story! This is a good learning lesson for us all to take things positively no matter what others say, and God willing, the good times will follow thereafter.

nellie escalante, United States, NY
2/11/2011 3:18:06 PM
I loved this story!

fanny velasquez, Honduras,
2/11/2011 5:15:48 PM
i loved t his story

Smiths, United States, AR
2/11/2011 9:12:44 PM
The day I met Abby, she greeted me wit a beautiful smile & welcomed me to her sweet life. She is breathtaking sweet. So proud of u guys!!!

Mario Jesus Raudales Garcia, Honduras,
2/16/2011 10:05:48 PM
Apoyemos todos a este angel de amor que Diosito nos mando a cada uno de nuestras Familia.

Jeff Swedberg, United States, VT
2/14/2011 9:12:19 AM
Go abby!

Grace Swedberg, United States, MA
2/14/2011 9:47:17 AM
Go Abby!

Eric Swedberg, United States, MA
2/14/2011 9:47:17 AM
Go Abby!

Jennifer , United States, MA
2/14/2011 9:34:11 AM
Yay Abby!!

Alice Heckley, United States, MA
2/14/2011 12:56:41 PM
Way to go Abby!

Paul Guerin, United States, MA
2/14/2011 12:52:48 PM
Go abby!!!

Lillian Johnson, United States, GA
2/14/2011 9:59:52 PM
I am so happy that children like Abigail bring happiness and harmony to the family. Reading her story it touched me to see that way she fights for life with so much energy that I should learn to do the same or better. Parents like hers need our encouragement

Deborah Desmarais, United States, MA
2/14/2011 7:41:40 PM
Abby is so cute!!! What a great girl always tries her hardest!! Good job Abby!!!!

Tammi, United States, MA
2/14/2011 6:49:00 PM
Cute story!!!

c. dora, United States, MA
2/14/2011 6:33:26 PM
that was a very sweet story, touched my heart....

karen lizeth fernandez siu, Honduras,
2/17/2011 8:05:40 PM
Totally love this story!.Is so amazing when you see them acting in such creative ways to show people how much love they can give!

Gloria Urrutia, United States, TX
2/17/2011 6:28:17 PM
Wonderful story, thanks God for special children and special parents.

2/12/2011 12:03:38 PM
This is a beautiful touching story.....

Amy King, United States, NH
2/12/2011 7:44:58 PM
A beautiful little girl, a beautiful family.May God Bless you all.

Naomi F., United States, NY
2/12/2011 4:57:54 PM
Go Abby!

Linda, United States, MA
2/14/2011 12:41:44 PM
Go Abby.. ;-)

Adelina Bianco, United States, MA
2/14/2011 12:13:31 PM
Abby you are a blessing!!

Ann-Marie Ouellet, United States, MA
2/14/2011 11:43:17 AM

Kimberly Avery, United States, MA
2/15/2011 1:45:22 PM
Your story brought tears to my eyes but warmed my heart at the same time What a wonderful story you have shared with us all.

Carlos Hernandez, United States, MA
2/15/2011 9:57:24 AM
I am Abby dentist and I always enjoy working with, because she never complaine and she likes to have her teeth clean. Wonderful story god bless her family. Dr H.

Samantha, United States, MA
2/15/2011 6:36:02 AM
Abby is a beautiful girl inside and out!

Nancy, United States, MA
2/16/2011 9:58:57 AM
I love reading about Abby. She visits me in the neighborhood, during her two mile "boot camp" walks. She steals my heart every time.

2/16/2011 11:05:51 PM
Estoy conciente de que todos y cada una de las personas en este mundo meresemos la oportunidad de ser tomados en cuenta, la vida es un bello don de Dios y aun aquellos que tienen problemas o enfermedades, son seres humanos y meresen todo el respeto del mu

Donna Brennan-Barnett, United States, NY
2/17/2011 9:12:55 AM
What an awesome and fun loving girl; she has a great following of supportive peopler, from her parents, family, friends and on line supporters.

Susan Romero, Honduras,
2/17/2011 12:00:57 AM
Ojala y ganen...

gabriela vasquez, Honduras,
2/16/2011 11:07:39 PM
su historia es muy alentadora... espero que todas las personas se sientan alentadas a tomar decisiones correctas porque al final es lo mejor que pueden hacer aunque sea un poco complicado.. espero que su historia gane

michy guty, Honduras,
2/17/2011 6:18:14 PM
wow this is awsome...... :D

Alexander Fiallos , Honduras,
2/17/2011 2:09:13 PM
Me gusta

Denise Fielding, United States, MA
4/8/2011 5:42:37 PM
What a wonderful story! It proves that when God brings a child like Abby into the world, the perfection He seeks is in not in what she can or can't do, but rather in the way people react to her. Abby sounds like a child that brings out the very best

Leslie Caponigro, United States, MA
2/20/2011 5:39:25 PM
You have been blessed with a beautiful little girl, and she had been blessed with two parents who love and care for her, and realize that she is just like any other little girl, she just learns a bit differently as all children do.

Eric Rios, United States, NY
2/18/2011 8:21:56 AM
May God bless u Abigail..

Jose Miguel Madera, United States, FL
2/22/2011 9:37:05 PM

Luis Torres, United States, MA
2/23/2011 12:37:29 PM
Best wishes to a beautiful child.

Michael Ginsberg, United States, NH
2/15/2011 9:54:27 PM
Thats great. You are blessed to have such a beautiful girl.

zabdiel carrasco, United States, NY
2/15/2011 7:11:13 PM
very beautiful...

Donna LeBlanc, United States, MA
2/16/2011 4:59:54 AM
I was one of the lucky pepole to meet Abby over the summer when her Dad would bring her lunch, and so enjoyed her during the summer school program. She is a beautiful , smart, young lady who brightened our days during the summer.

Julissa, United States, MA
2/16/2011 12:54:03 AM
Amazing story!!! God bless you

shahnaz Gravel, United States, MA
2/16/2011 10:18:19 AM
touching story, children are never burden on parents hey bring ther own destiny.

Rosamaria Villalobos, United States, MA
2/16/2011 9:15:18 PM

George, United States, MA
2/16/2011 8:31:51 PM
gg dad

Martha Martinez, United States, MA
2/24/2011 10:49:36 PM
I enjoyed reading your story about your daughter Abby, you have truly been blessed with her. She truly was a gift to you guys. I got into the field of working with special needs kids, because I truly enojoyed working with them.

Rogelio Garc­a H., Honduras,
2/24/2011 10:49:36 PM
Beautiful story!

Johanna Viteri, United States, MA
2/17/2011 10:29:43 AM
I have known Abigail since she was little and can attest to how special she is. I remember her sitting beside me at church while we enjoyed a nice potluck lunch and how much she loves her brother Junior. I truly believe that God sends us these special a

Brenda Conlon, United States, MA
2/17/2011 9:36:29 AM
That was a touching story and you deserve a lot of credit as does Abbey for all you have accomplished thus far. The future will be a bright one now that she has two parents willing to go the extra mile for her. Continue to use all your resources to help

Xiomara Bustillo, Honduras,
2/17/2011 9:36:29 AM
vote for Abby

Penny, United States, MA
3/6/2011 5:44:45 PM
She is a beautiful child. I have had the pleasure of meeting her. It takes special parents to raise a child with so many life challenges. God Bless yiu and your family.

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