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Siblings With Down Syndrome and God's Love
Siblings With Down Syndrome and God's Love

In April 2004, I received a call from our doctor informing me there was a good chance that our son would have Down syndrome. I remember I was driving at the time and tears started streaming from my eyes yet I was not visibly crying. God why? As a Christian I'd given my life to Jesus and believed that a loving God would never allow something like this. While listening to my favorite music by Bach I would immediately just lose it. Sunglasses were now mandatory. I also started praying all the time. What happened Lord? I know the bible tells us all things work together for good yet... I recall In elementary school (1970's) there was a child with Down syndrome. He had seizures in school and everyone mocked him. This is how I pictured my son's life to be. It also would cause me to look at his parents and wonder what was wrong with them too. An answer to prayer! God actually spoke to my heart in prayer one day. He said, "this is My perfect will for you John." A peace came over me and I was able to embrace my future. I told my wife we knew that it would be okay. Noah was born 08-10-2004. There was such a joy in delivery. Angels were there singing in our room. My wife's face set the room aglow. Dr. Cross, yes that is her real name, put little Noah on the scale display beamed 7.0 lbs. God's number of perfection. I laughed as I read it and said oh Jesus you said this was your perfect will! Noah is the most precious loving boy. He is always happy. Always giving joy to others. He is 6 now and reminds me buckle up. Yesterday he hugged me and said, "thank you dad Mc Donalds." I never notice if anyone stares or notices my son since to me he's flawless. Another surprise in early 2007. My wife, pregnant again and this time we were all happy thinking that when my wife and I are gone there will be a sibling to take care of Noah. YEA! Not so fast though as I received the same familiar call from Dr. Cross. Another baby with Down syndrome. We already knew her name would be Genev'e meaning to "gush forth". How could we not be overflowing with joy at God's love. When Genev'e was born they put her on the scale guess how much child number two weighed? She weighed 7.7 Lbs. I see my children in the light of the love of Jesus for me and now Noah and Genev'e are a daily reminder of His ways not being my ways. My wife was diagnosed with M.S. a few years back. If you were to meet her you would say she is an angel. She never complains. She just retains that beautiful glow. Its never left her face. www.sandiegodownsyndrome.org and Facebook page "San Diego Down Syndrome" and twitter page "SandiegoDownSyn".




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Andrea Graves, United States, OK
6/9/2011 3:23:00 PM
Beautiful. Ha the number thing made me laugh. How true it is so many times in The Bible! Much love to you and your family. (:

mark, United States, CA
6/4/2011 7:54:15 PM
beautiful story

maria ruhle, United States, CA
5/27/2011 1:01:36 PM
Like the story, love the picture. Those kids are indeed a joy and a Blessing from our Lord God Jesus

Terri Podlenski, United States, CA
5/27/2011 12:37:43 PM
This is a beautiful story and it is all about love. God always has a perfect plan and when we live in light of that, embrace it and totally trust Him, we can rest in that plan. John, you and your family are a true inspiration. Bless you! -Terri

Linda Higgins, United States, CA
5/16/2011 5:26:23 PM
Yay Leslie Family!

Mary Eckel, United States, IL
5/21/2011 12:27:15 AM
This story gave me shivers. I recently read somewhere, "If you don't believe in miracles, expect a coincidence." Blessings to your family!

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