Did I ever think I’d be overwhelmingly proud of Jordan Grace when I was told of her diagnosis? I’m ashamed to say no. I imagined that we would hide from the world. The way the doctor delivered the news made me feel like our only choice was termination. He didn’t value her life and we left there thinking about what life would be like, he pictured a hard and miserable life in our future.
Needless to say, I fell into a deep dark hole…it was difficult to picture anything but a life of hardship, especially since I had never known anyone with Down syndrome (DS). Maybe families felt like they had to hide their children and they weren’t integrated into society. The truth is, I was just unlucky to never had been in the presence of beautiful people like my daughter.
After months of prayer and leaning on those who told us they would love our baby just the way she was, peace surrounded the delivery room. When Jordan Grace was placed in my arms seconds after the most beautiful delivery, she looked up at me and I knew that life would be better than I had ever expected.
We have been blessed with Jordan Grace for seven years, she brings our family so much joy and teaches us how to live life to the fullest. Her love for others no matter who they are, is angelic, her determination and belief in herself is so inspiring. She loves with her entire soul, she enjoys the journey as much as the destination, making the most out of life.
I was wrong. Not sure if I can forgive myself quite yet, but one day I will…like I always say, this is a secret society even today, a society I never thought I’d want to belong to, but I’m so very glad I do! It’s truly a blessing to be a part of this beautiful community.
We are so incredibly proud of her not only for all she can do, but for who she is! We love her with our entire being.