Monday, September 28, 2009

Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World

It's on my Christmas list!

Shortly after Anna was born, my sister-in-law gave me a copy of Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children With Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives . I don't know if I ever thanked her, but I should have many times over. It is such a book of inspiration and hope...especially for a mother (or father) who is struggling with the diagnosis of Down syndrome in her new baby. It was such a relief to read real-life stories about children with Ds, as opposed the scare-you-to-death clinical type reference books. I cried my way through most stories, and laughed through the rest. But, in each story, I could feel the love that these mothers had for their chromosomally enhanced children. And, with each story, I could feel the hope for Anna's future and ours.

Now they have come out with Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World. I am sooooo looking forward to reading it and rejoicing(and laughing, and crying) with each story. As an added bonus for me, I feel like I have come to know some of the contributors through the blogging and online world.

If you haven't read either of the Gifts books...pick one up today and be inspired!


  1. They should have asked you to write a chapter in the new book. You are such a good writer. I know how much Anna has enriched our lives...What a story we could tell :)

  2. Gifts (#1) is the best thing for brand new moms who have a baby diagnosed w/ Ds. I've just started reading Gifts 2 which is cool, since I recognize so many families in it.