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The Love Chromosome
"I love my life"
"I love my life"
The Love Chromosome

My beautiful sister Julie is blessed with the "love chromosome." When she was five she was at the grocery store with our mom. A homeless man entered the door wearing a dirty, wrinkled, old trench coat. He was unshaven and disheveled. His hair was so greasy that it stuck in clumps. He probably smelled too, but Mom was not going to get close enough to find out. She thought how unnecessary this was as her town had one of the best Rescue Missions in the country. "At least get some clean clothes and take a shower!" she thought. While checking out Mom took Julie out of the cart. Julie took off like a shot towards the man with both both arms outstretched. He bent down and picked Julie up as she nestled into his disgustingly dirty neck. Mom panicked thinking he would harm Julie and rushed to the man grabbing Julie back and saying (not so nicely) "this is my child!" What happened next is burned into Mom's mind forever. The man looked at her with tears rolling down his filthy cheek. "Lady", he said, "I cant tell you the last time somebody wanted to hold me". You see, Mom saw a man and she judged him. Julie saw a need and she hugged it.

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Christine W., United States, KY
8/22/2012 10:31:45 AM
Just love this!!

Katy McCalla, United States, GA
8/22/2012 9:16:21 AM
so touching.

Jen DeYoung, United States, GA
8/22/2012 8:41:45 AM

Christa Harris, United States, GA
8/22/2012 7:10:17 AM
It was very uplifitng to see how this family turned what may have been a reason to be sad for others into something positive and encouraging!!

Shelley Nave, United States, HI
8/22/2012 5:52:17 AM
What a touching story. Thank you NDSS for all that you do!

Ernhie Salazar, United States, NM
2012-08-21 00:16
Our Grandson is only 6 months old and even though he gets a little frightened when I hold him, I can see unconditional love in his eyes. I think the tears he sheds are tears of anticipation for what he will share with his family and with the world. Thank you for sharing!

Sylvia Burke, United States, GA
2012-08-20 23:59

Kristen Salazar, United States, NM
2012-08-20 12:20
Thank you for sharing!

Ranjana Sharma, United States, GA
2012-08-20 12:15

Michelle Stone, United States, WA
2012-08-20 12:01
This story brought tears to my eyes. We can learn so much from the pure hearts of these wonderful people. Thankfully, they were born without that judgemental filter that those of us "normal" people can have. Julie is truly an inspiration to love unconditionally.

Mary O., United States, WA
2012-08-20 11:40
Julie is an inspiration

Donna Collett, United States, TX
2012-08-20 11:40
Go Julie!

Ashley, United States, TX
2012-08-20 11:37
Awesome Story!

Erika Larson, United States, WA
2012-08-20 11:36

Cheryl Causey, United States, OK
2012-08-20 11:33
Great reminder of God's love.

Amee, United States, TX
2012-08-20 11:32
Go Julie! Keeping passing it forward!

bob janssen, United States, FL
2012-08-17 18:23
what a wonderful story and the man's reponse to Julie. we all need those hugs no matter who and what we are.

Jennifer Friedersdorf, United States, IN
2012-08-17 16:35
I'm so glad that I have the privilege to know Julie. What a sweet blessing she is!

Candy Scaccia, United States, FL
2012-08-17 15:33
Beautiful story...beautiful family. May God's abundant Blessings rain down on you.

Martha Evans, United States, TN
2012-08-17 15:17
I love this story! Julie hasn't been five years old for a while, but she still has the same sweet, loving spirit. I'm so glad to know her!

Deborah Ellis, United States, GA
2012-08-17 13:52
It does not get more touching and inspiring then that. I have had the honor and pleasure to meet Julie and Derrick both. Julies outlook on life is so refreshing, positive, yet not sugar coated, she is the REAL DEAL. If you ever need to figure out the priorites in your life, spend sometime with Julie, she makes it so easy...

Jay Crossley, United States, MI
2012-08-17 12:53
this story show's the love that only an open hart can have ..

Chris Jetty, United States, NY
2012-08-17 11:20
So touching ............. Much love and prayers to you all.

Julie Peterson, United States, CA
2012-08-17 11:11
Beautiful story!

Carol Kramp, United States, VA
9/4/2012 11:39:07 AM
Wonderful story!

Andi, United States, AL
9/4/2012 11:48:23 AM
I had the privilege of meeting Julie about a year and a half ago - purely by chance - and heard this wonderful story then. She is one member of an amazing family!

Martha Griffett, United States, SC
9/4/2012 12:06:23 PM
Only if we all could have this kind of love.

Digna Diaz, United States, CA
9/4/2012 12:22:29 PM
I love that! The LOVE CHROMOSOME! They are all so special and see the good in people! These children are true BLESSINGS! Thank you LORD!

T.R. Nelson, United States, NV
9/4/2012 2:02:00 PM
The lesson comes after the action. Teach love and understanding and will come to you also. Sometimes we are the teach and sometimes we are the student no matter what age.

Carolyn Casselman, United States, NV
9/4/2012 4:18:12 PM
Beautiful story!

Leslie Castellanos, United States, CA
9/4/2012 8:57:41 PM
This is story inspired me to write a story of my own! Thank you and god bless!

Elizabeth Ervin, United States, CA
9/5/2012 12:29:59 PM

Deborah Lewis, United States, NY
9/9/2012 8:18:29 AM
This is so beautiful . My daughter also has the love chromosome . I can not Ty enough for sharing this story. Teaches us all so much. We are truly blessed by our blessings and the world needs to realize how blessed we REALY are. I would love for someone to just be happy for my daughter not say to me I'm sorry when they realize she has down syndrome.

Peggy Barber, United States, OR
9/10/2012 5:51:28 AM
Love this.

9/11/2012 12:46:03 PM

Mary Haworth, United States, MS
9/13/2012 9:03:33 AM
Lord, help me to see beyond the surface to the need! Thank you for sharing this story. We all need that love Chromosome!

Elaine Perry, United States, OH
9/13/2012 8:12:56 PM
Did Christ tell us that we should be like little children? This is what he meant. Her heart is so beautiful and pure. We all need love. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.

David Reit, United States, WI
1/22/2013 8:26:32 AM
It doesn't matter who or what you are God love's you. The kids we have be connected with that have Downs are the most loving and caring kids you can meet, they truly reflect Gods love for us.

Jennifer Stroud, United States, NY
1/13/2014 10:47:35 PM
wonderful story! Julie is such an inspiration.

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