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Down Syndrome Awareness Month… Why?

I've been wanting to write this post for awhile, but as is usual for me, I struggled putting words to my thoughts! Part of why I struggle to write, is that there are so many ways my brain wants to go and I have trouble figuring out how to organize it all! Please bear with me… Continue reading Down Syndrome Awareness Month… Why?

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My Story

I am one of those people who had her life planned out at age ten. Become a teacher, get married, have kids. And life pretty much followed. I went to Hope College, became a teacher in Allendale, married Sam, and had two kids - Zoe and Eli. Last summer, Sam and I decided it was… Continue reading My Story

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Birth Story – Part 2

"For you created my inmost being;  you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful,  I know that full well." Psalm 139:13-14 Ivy came with one push at 1:19 pm on July 5th, 2018. She cried immediately and was able to be put right on my chest. After… Continue reading Birth Story – Part 2

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Birth Story – Part 1

It's been awhile since I've had time to write... I'll blame that on the newborn currently sleeping on my chest! As you're all aware, our sweet Ivy is here and as I'm a sucker for a good birth story, I thought I'd write hers here. I'm including all the details (mostly for myself), so feel… Continue reading Birth Story – Part 1

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Seek the Planner, Not the Plans

"'For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be… Continue reading Seek the Planner, Not the Plans

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How are you doing?

"God when You choose to leave mountains unmovable... Give me the strength to be able to say it is well with my soul. I know you're able and I know you can, save through the fire with your mighty hand but even if you don't, my hope is you alone. I know the sorrow and… Continue reading How are you doing?

Down syndrome, faith, God, grief, Ivy Joy, loss, miscarriage, prenatal diagnosis, tribe, twin loss

Hands and Feet

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger… Continue reading Hands and Feet