Sunday, December 26, 2010
A Little Bit of Downs! (X post)
I finally came clean with my mom about Gracie. You see it is hard enough to tell an 80 year old momma that her daughter is adopting her TENTH child when she was the mother of a mere two girls, so I told myself that I was preserving her aging heart by casually forgetting to mention that Gracie has an extra designer gene.
Well, that was until she brought it up on Christmas. I mean come on isn't Christmas Day when you spill the beans on your family???
Anyhoo, I was at the stove cooking and mom was talking to me as Bryson walked in and face-planted on the floor (he falls often when he walks). I picked him up to give him some loving and then sent him on his way. My mom proceeds to tell me that Bryson is going to be with us for a long time. Honestly, that has NEVER crossed my mind with him, but I guess for her 80 year old eyes she sees him more disabled than I.
Like I said SHE brought it up, so I said in reply, "Well, it is a good thing that we are getting Gracie then so he will have company when they are older. You do know mom that Gracie has Down Syndrome, right?"
"Oh, mom I thought I told you or you could tell in her photos!" wink wink
"No, you never told me!" Not knowing what else to say she says, "Well, she will be loving and she will be loved in your home."
I told her that Gracie appears to be very high functioning and we plan on her attending the same school as her brothers and sister. I reassured her that Gracie is amazing and perfectly made in the image of our God and we love her just as she is.
Conversation ended, we talk a bit longer and then she goes into the other room with my dad. She gets out Gracie's picture and proceeds to whisper to my dad as Robert overhears, "She has a little bit of Downs!"
Yes, mom Gracie has a little bit of Downs and a HUGE family with ALOT of love waiting for her to come home!!!