A Perfect Lily


Letters from a mother of ten to her youngest child, who has Down syndrome.

How does blogging help you deal with challenges?

What's a book or song that has inspired you?

After a particularly rough day, how do you raise your spirits?

What is your favorite holiday family tradition and how did you start it?


Our holidays are rich with family traditions, probably just like any other family: gingerbread decorating, attending the Nutcracker, going out to see Christmas lights, and drinking hot cocoa from our favorite snowman mugs. But last year we started a tradition that will be one we keep for years to come, and one that changed our family forever. Because our tenth child was born with Down syndrome, there is a special place in our hearts for all children who share her extra chromosome. Last year we discovered Reece's Rainbow, an organization that helps find families and provide grants for orphans with Down syndrome in Eastern European nations. Our family ran a giveaway for two of these orphans on our blog- as a result almost $17,000 was raised, and two families were able to commit to adopting these little girls. The amazing thing is, that was the hardest Christmas ever for us financially... but turning our focus on others- whose needs far surpass our own- turned it into the best Christmas we've ever had. Our family can't wait to see what will happen in years to come!
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