Our culture wants to tell us that people with 3 copies of the 21st chromosome have less inherent value than those who do not. It’s the same with other genetic disorders, chronic illness, and, dare I say it, race.
The truth is: we are all created in the image of God. There is something of God’s nature that only you can reflect perfectly, sweet Lydia
Last week I played with you on a playground. I lost you for a split second after you climbed some steps and before you got to a slide. And when I found you, you were comforting a little boy probably one year your junior who was sitting just out of his mama’s reach likely pitching an “I don’t want to leave fit.” You hugged him tight and kissed his forehead and he visibly softened before you headed down the slide.
And I teared up a bit (I know… rare for me), because you’ve done the same to me. Your life gave mine purpose and hope and encouragement.
Baby girl, I’m so proud to be called your “No mommy”/Aunt.
Keep changing the world.
This 22 year old young man loves watching typical boy movies such as The Fast and the Furious, Rocky, and The Avengers. He can play them non stop for long periods of time just enjoying the plot lines.
When he’s not watching his favorite films, Zac is hanging out with his amazing girlfriend Kelly. They like to go on lunch dates, bowling, and out to play putt-putt. They also spend lots of time enjoying each other’s company through Facetime.
Zac’s tender and empathetic heart is toldly sold out for Jesus. He loves being at church and hugging everyone present. Worship music makes him come alive. His mama often finds him praying and while she can’t always understand his prayers, she knows that the Lord does.
Zac’s smile and tender heart proves what his mama would most like to tell a mother expecting a child with Down syndrome.
That there will be times when things are hard but that just makes every milestone that much more special. They give so much more than they take.
They give so much more than they take.
Zac, thank you for giving some of your time to let me get to know you. Your laughter and joy made my cheeks hurt from smiling.
In my two years of work with people in the Down syndrome community, one of the most common refrains that I have heard is:
I wish people would just look at me/my child as a person and not a diagnosis.
Can you imagine being labeled and limited because of an extra chromosome that you had no control over?
Kelly is 27 years old. She is active in a job that she has enjoyed for 10 years as well as the YMCA Recess program. Kelly has a boyfriend named Zac who absolutely adores her. You can see how special their bond is below.
Her mama Peggy adores Kelly and has walked alongside her helping her achieve her dreams. Their relationship shows just how much a gift Kelly has been to her mama… and how much a gift Peggy is to Kelly.
Kelly also aspires to become a professional photographer. These images are from two separate sessions in our studio. Both times I handed over the camera to Kelly. The first time she took a few snaps of me, but the second time she wowed me by getting these beautiful images of her boyfriend Zac. The eye contact and the joyous moments she caught… breath taking.
Kelly, I am proud to have met you and can’t wait to continue watching you flourish as you pursue your dreams.
This vibrant 16 year old adores the color pink. She came dressed to the hilt in her “Night to Shine” dress from a recent event. She won me over instantly with her shy demeanor coupled with her fabulous 50s style and shoes. How amazing is this dress?
I seriously wanted to steal the shoes so much that I had to take a picture of just the shoes!
Anya also loves singing loudly to her favorite tunes behind closed doors. She also enjoys watching movies on her iPad and fighting bad guys with her imaginary friends.
Anya, your shy smile made my day. I’m so glad that I was able to meet you and make you feel like the princess that you truly are.
Meet Zane who came for Newborn Pictures Greenville SC. This little bundle won the award for best hair in the history of all newborns here at Quiet Graces. We didn’t style it or anything. It just stuck up like this! We called it “baby Elvis hair.” And it’s to die for!
Zane has a remarkable story. His adoptive mom Randi always wanted to adopt a little one with Down Syndrome. It had been her dream since just 12 years old. When the time was right, Randi connected with the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network. Randi’s little girl dream was coming true!
After a year of waiting, Randi was matched with Zane’s amazing birth Mom. Their relationship is beautiful. Gifts and goodies are mailed to Zane. Beautiful words are spoken between both of them to encourage and support. Their match was clearly a miracle of grace.
Zane came to see us at 1 month old which is the perfect age for newborns with low trunk tone or hypotonia. All children with Down syndrome have hypotonia which make them super flexible but also very difficult to keep in a pose. Their little bodies just don’t stay put in the same way as other newborns.
Zane’s mama Randi and I are very passionate about Down syndrome awareness. Did you know that between 75-90% of babies diagnosed in utero with Down syndrome in the USA are aborted? The list of those ready to adopt are around 100 strong, but most expecting mamas don’t know about the beautiful mamas ready to adopt. If you’re an expecting mama, please feel free to contact me here and I can put you in touch with Randi or Amanda to hear their stories. Down syndrome isn’t scary, but it can seem overwhelming at diagnosis.
Do you have or are expecting a special needs newborn? We’d love to help you plan your custom session with us. We want to help you show just how beautiful your baby really is. Contact us today!