Down Syndrome Awareness Month

This month, hopefully, you will be reading and hearing more about Down syndrome. October is Ds awareness month. I am going to play my part in spreading the word about Down syndrome by participating in Get it Down: 31 for 21, in which many bloggers with ties to the Ds community will be logging in and writing. I am also going to do my best to get some of my fellow bloggers links up in the next few days so that if interested you can check them out too.

So, that's my goal. To share about our lives with Wil over the course of the next (okay, let me stop right here and tell you that my 'x' key does not work too well because a certain 2.5 year old removed it from the computer last week! so if in my haste to type you find I have missed an 'x' where there should be one you will know why) month - how he entered the world, his first weeks and months, his impact, his siblings, and more. Stay tuned. . . One down, 30 to go.

Off and Running

We - Columbia Crossroads Downtown Church - have officially launched! Tonight at 5pm we met for our first service followed by a meal together. It was a great time of celebration after many months of prayer and work in reaching this day. Though we could not meet there tonight we also have a facility downtown that we will begin meeting in next week. It is a great location just blocks from the capital building, the University, some of the more popular retail and dining areas in town, as well as residential areas - both low income and upper/middle income. Our desire is to impact our city for Christ; this location puts us within arms reach of so many and will allow us greater opportunity to get involved with those
around us. We covet your prayers as we seek to honor God in this calling.

new things

New climbing apparatus. After a couple of months in our home our built-in bookshelves are now in place and James can unload the boxes and boxes of books that have been stacked in our guest room. He will also find out how many received water damage from being stored in the garage of the rental house during the great plumbing disaster. But before any books go on the shelves the boys must test out their strength and experiment with the sound of their own voices in this particular spot.

And Wil has a new sign - "cold". His whole body gets into this one!

New appreciation. Luke is evolving in his role as big brother and developing in his understand-ing of Down syndrome and how that impacts Wil and makes him special. Luke had "show and tell" at school last week and said he wanted to take a picture of his brothers and tell his classmates all about them and about how Wil is going to do everything other kids do - that it will just take him a little longer. I was so proud.
And then the four year old emerged with a loud belch and an explanation of the various flavors that accompany his burps. In the end he decided a plastic elephant would be more interesting for "show and tell". :)

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