Today, March 21, is World Down Syndrome Day. Down Syndrome is also known as Trisomy 21, which means people with Down Syndrome have an extra 21st chromosome. March 21 is Down Syndrome Day (3/21…get it?).
Down Syndrome changed our lives a few years ago.
Our youngest son, Myles, is packing that extra 21st chromosome. It’s a pretty long story, but we found out something was “wrong” with him when he was still in the womb. Ultrasounds and tests later, (may share that story at some time) we found out the official diagnosis was Trisomy 21. Down Syndrome.
Down Syndrome changed our lives. For the better. Challenging? Yes. Confusing at times? Yes. Uncertain here and there? Yes. Frustrating now and then? Yes. Would we trade our journey of Myles for any other way of life? Absolutely not.
God has used Down Syndrome to teach us about ourselves. He has taught us about one another. He has taught us about other people. He has taught us about the church. Most importantly, He has taught us about His all-sufficient grace as He lavishes this grace upon us in a myriad of ways. He is our loving Father. And He’s still teaching us. And a lot of times, He uses Down Syndrome.