Thursday, August 13, 2009

The 3rd (and last) day of the Convention

My mom attended a grandparents sharing session on the first day of the convention and met a father whose daughter is pregnant and just found out that her baby has Down syndrome. We had seen him a couple of times during the weekend, but had never met his daughter. Just before we were getting ready to leave for the airport, a few of us got our kids together to take some pictures. As I was taking the picture below, the grandfather-to-be and his daughter walked up to talk to my mom. I didn't see them walk up since I was taking pictures, but I heard the mom say "this gives me so much hope." Here she was watching four adorable kids smiling, sitting, crawling and being totally adored by their parents and others passing by. What comfort this must have given her as she could now picture her baby as unbelievably cute and full of personality instead of just as a diagnosis. To make this moment even better - she is from the same area as the other three kids in this picture - so she was able to make connections at that moment that will last a lifetime. What a gift.


Ria said...

Aww. that brought a happy tear to my eye. I'm so glad she found you all at the convention and connected. What a gift indeed!

Shauna Yule Brasseur said...

Thinking about that story just gives me the shivers. Amazing!