People who are born with Down Syndrome have 3 copies of the 21st chromosome. So the world celebrates on March 21st!
I was 23 when Beth was born and we didn't know she had Down Syndrome. No one did, even the doctor was surprised by the diagnoses.
Some babies are born with a hole in their heart and they have to have surgery when they're still very tiny but Beth didn't have that. Her heart was completely healthy. Still is.
She sat up at one year and learned to walk at two.
Two years old
She was a part of the Missionette group at our church, it's like Girl Scouts where you go on adventures and earn badges. She was in it from 1st through 6th grade, where she 'Crowned', the highest honor.
Beth is 5th from the left
She graduated from high school...
And lives a pretty basic life.
Her sisters think she's spoiled and her parents get frustrated with her at times. We yell, we slam doors, we laugh and have fun together. We're just a typical family.
Touring the US Capital in 2004
Living with special needs really is more normal than you think