The Fun House had a great time during Spring break visiting people we love. We started with my big brother Marty and his wonderful family. Aunty Mandy outdid herself with gourmet dinner and breakfast the next morning! She is a wonderful cook and terrific mother to their two sons, Taylor and Tate. We got to celebrate Tate’s birthday a few days early, and I enjoyed playing basketball with Taylor. We played several games outside with Marty, and then Taylor beat me in basketball on the Wii.
After our visit there we enjoyed some quality time with Great Granny who just had her 92nd birthday. She was so excited to see the kids. The kids really enjoyed our lunch and the photo shoot that followed. We are thankful for Granny and my Aunt Cuba.
Finally, we spent a few nights with Noah, Rick, and Abbie from noahsdad.com. Rick started this blog after their son Noah was born with Down syndrome. Rick is a tech wiz, seminary student, and entrepreneur at heart, and Abbie is a wise and compassionate pediatrician. Between the two of them, you get a high quality reference site for understanding more about Down syndrome and seeing the types of therapy that help our kids get to cognitive, verbal, and physical milestones. God has blessed Rick and Abbie’s efforts and people have been benefited in seeing that Down syndrome isn’t a sickness, but rather, it’s an unique genetic condition that God has given our children. As a result, these children might need special care and extra help, but they are people who give and receive love like all of us, and more fundamentally, are image bearers of our Creator God and deserve to be valued as such. In caring for our children with DS, we are challenged to be more unselfish, caring, and steadfast in trial.
As for the visit, we spent lots of time playing with Seth, Ella, Kyle, and Noah. We visited the zoo, caught up on technology, and ate some good food. The zoo was about as packed as I’ve ever seen a zoo. It was pretty wild moving multiple strollers and four small children under six years through the maze of people. We are thankful for our friendship with Rick and Abbie. What a blessing our they are to us! We are benefited as we share our thoughts and experiences regarding Down syndrome, but more than this we are encouraged to be friends with people who also see the glory of God’s grace and sovereignty in all of our circumstances.