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The Smile that Changed My Life...
Rosie's 19th Birthday
Rosie's 19th Birthday
The Smile that Changed My Life...

From the huge hugs, to the eye watering laughs, to the 3 phone calls I receive each day, I realize that my life is truly special. I was one of the lucky ones chosen to have a younger sister who was born with Down syndrome. When I was younger, I didn't understand that she was any different, to me she was just a younger sibling that I could share my toys with and maybe boss around a little. When I fully began to realize that Rosie was born with a condition that would affect her whole life, it saddened me. I couldn't wrap my head around the idea that she had to live with this syndrome forever; I thought it wasn't fair. Currently Rosie is 19 and I am going on 22. As I write this, I can't help but smile and think about how truly blessed I am. Rosie has changed my life forever. She inspires me each day and reminds that life is a gift and we need to treasure it. Seeing the excitement on her face when I tell her I am coming home for dinner, after the 3 voicemails she left me reminding me that she misses me and they are making my favorite meal, I am reminded by how much love she has to give. Whether I'm in a great mood or not, I can look to Rosie to make me laugh. There isn't a day that goes by where she doesn't have my sisters and I laughing so hard that we are crying. I'm not sure if it's her quick remarks or silly dance moves that get me, but I know I can count on her to put a smile on my face. As we are rounding the corner of her graduating High School and turning 20, I am amazed by how much she has grown into a young lady. I can't wait to see what God has in store for her as she has so much to give. Rosie is truly the glue of our family. She holds us together through the hard times and is an inspiration to everyone she meets. From the second you meet her, I guarantee that you will fall in love with her just as my family and I do everyday.




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Mary Bouwer, United States, MI
10/27/2011 12:46:25 PM
Rosie is a beautiful girl with a pure soul. Everyone loves Rose.

Nicole P, United States, MI
10/27/2011 12:51:04 PM
This story brought the tears to my eyes. Loved it.

Michelle Slagter, United States, MI
10/28/2011 11:08:33 AM
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Julie A. Meerman, United States, MI
1/12/2011 8:25:11 PM
Good Luck

Lyn Smithgall, United States, MI
1/13/2011 5:23:03 AM
I was blessed to have Rosie live right down the street. She was so funny and sure knew how to put a smile on your face. This entire family is so special!

Darla Francis, United States, MI
1/13/2011 12:50:43 PM
Love the love from one special sister to another. Sometimes we learn the most from the simple things.

Sara Curry, United States, MI
1/15/2011 6:08:20 PM
Love you Rosie!!!!

Sheila Hyde, United States, MI
1/18/2011 6:06:39 PM
Rosie has always held a special place in my heart!! I am so thankful for her every day and look forward to the big loving hug!! Mrs. Hyde

Doug Zandstra, United States, MI
1/11/2011 6:49:54 PM
Rosie is an amazing person. It seems that whenever anyone gets the opportunity to meet Rosie and speaks with her she end up touching their life. She is an inspiration and she is always giving and loving to others. She is a selfless and very caring individual

Rita Dunn, United States, MI
1/11/2011 7:49:19 PM
:)

Deb Stuart, United States, MI
1/11/2011 8:13:51 PM
I love this story. I happen to know Rosie. I drive a school bus and was lucky enough to have Rosie on my bus for a couple of years. This story is so true. I always said Rosie was the sunshine in my day. This is a well written story and so true. What a awesome story.

Judy Rozeveld, United States, MI
1/11/2011 8:49:39 PM
Love it!

Kayla Foley, United States, MI
1/11/2011 9:26:52 PM
Go rosy!!!

Patti Eldred, United States, MI
1/11/2011 11:10:39 PM
As I read the above story, my eyes fill up with tears as my niece writes about her fun loving sister. Our family has been blessed with Rosie!!!

Kristina Hemstreet, United States, MI
1/12/2011 7:14:47 AM
I am very blessed to have Rosie as her cousin! ~MsTina!

Melissa Werkman, United States, MI
1/22/2011 11:28:51 AM
What a beautiful story, Heather! You so eloquently conveyed what every one of our families would tell you. Thank you for submitting this. -The Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan

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