This is the status message that I posted on Facebook the day Kate was born over 3 years ago:
I love looking back on this status message for many reasons.
One, look at that cutie patootie little smushy face. Two, it reminds me of how much I have learned (both about Down syndrome and about life). Even the small details of how I wrote “Downs Syndrome” — with a capital “S” for syndrome (technically “syndrome” is lower case) — and a plural “Downs” (which is a phrasing more appropriate in other countries, in the US, we say “Down” as singular).
I like looking back on that day because I realize it was the day my heart broke and then grew back together a thousand times stronger. Now, my heart sees not just people with Down syndrome — but all people — in a different light. Now my heart remembers, every day, that each of us has limitless potential to change the world for good simply by being who we were made to be: ourselves.
Our gifts may look different, may be only known to one or to a million, may be heard only in the whisper of our prayers — but none of us is without this potential. And the moment a baby is conceived in this world, a new light flickers with this same hope.
Every life matters. And though we are all too often focused on what we’re unable to do — so much bigger is all we are capable of.