Trailblazers for Down Syndrome

Last week, I attended the Women in the World event at the St. Anthony Hotel. It was a morning of inspirational stories told by women from all over the globe. These were powerful discussions of issues affecting women's lives today. I was fortunate enough to meet one of these women who was being honored for her contribution to helping those with special needs. Maria Dellapina, is the founder and inventor of Specs4Us, which is an eye frame line designed for children and adults with Down syndrome. The optician and single mother of four, designed and created the frames after failing to find … [Read more...]

Double Digits

Ten. One and a Zero. Diez. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and now 10. It went that fast. I will never forget looking up at the monitor in the doctor's office and seeing not one, but two bright heartbeats. And then hearing the news that there would two girls. I wanted you to be just alike. I dressed you up in matching clothes for years and years. I wanted everyone to treat you the same. Silly me. You are both so marvelous in your own special way. And exactly as God meant you to be. I marvel in the love that you share so effortlessly with your brother. I know that … [Read more...]

Just the Cutest Brownies Ever

My twins participated in the Girl Scouts Investiture tonight. They were pinned at the ceremony. I guess this is the official date that they start their Girl Scout career! I didn't know how my daughter Catherine would do. As with everything I have learned  having one twin with special needs, you just try and hope for the best. And the best it is! She loves it and so does her twin, Savannah. I couldn't have been any happier about the whole experience. Well, maybe if my Mom was still here so she could share in my joy. I don't post very many pictures on the blog of my children; mostly … [Read more...]

2012 Buddy Walk-South Texas Style

I first became associated with the Down Syndrome Association of South Texas (formerly called the Down Syndrome Association of San Antonio) when I received confirmation that one of my twin daughters would be born with Trisomy 21, more commonly known as Down Syndrome.           Having received this news in the maternal fetal specialist’s office, we were given a pamphlet and offered apologies for having to be given such negative results of the amniocentesis.             After a few hours of hugs and … [Read more...]

Motherhood Isn’t Always Black and White

Today is an extra special Mother’s Day. It is also our twin’s 7th Birthday. I never dreamed that I would ever be the mother of 3 children, especially twins. After experiencing the picture perfect pregnancy and delivery with our son; it was very hard accepting the realization that our son would be an only child. We finally decided that our family would consist of being just the 3 of us after suffering through numerous miscarriages. The stress was just too much. We had a very healthy and lively little boy and he would be just fine as an only child. Or so we thought. I soon went back to … [Read more...]

Defining Faith

I could probably write 100 different inspirational stories about the people that I have met since first getting the news that one of our twins would be born with Down Syndrome. There are so many examples of courage, faith and determination in our local San Antonio support group. One  person that I feel very compelled to tell you about is the first person I met in this large group of parents. I remember being scared to death of not knowing what to expect when walking into the  Down Syndrome Association of San Antonio's support group (DSASA). Five months pregnant with twins, I thought I would … [Read more...]

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