March 21st was World Down Syndrome Day!

Hi there! I’m so thrilled to be here today, because as we all know, the lovely and talented Anna is honeymooning with her beloved in the Dominican Republic! I wish them nothing but the best and may they live a life full of laughter, happiness, adventure, and love!

Before we go on, allow me to formally introduce myself. 
I’m Lauren and you can find me over at Loving with Lauren. I am a twenty-three year old college student pursuing my M.S. in Psychology at the University of Tennessee. I am a kind-hearted, stubborn, ambitious, fun-loving, and impulsive kind of girl. I take pride in the fact that I don’t hold back when it comes to the things I am most passionate about. I laugh often and smile as much as I can, because I know that I live a very blessed life. Journey with me as I illustrate the ups and downs through a mixture of writing, pictures, randomness, and snark.

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I figure with it being March and all, I would share with you a day this month that holds a special place in my heart. March the 21st was first declared World Down Syndrome Day in 2006. It was appointed World Down Syndrome Day because people with Down Syndrome (also known as Trisomy 21) are born with three copies of the 21st chromosome. Just a few years ago I would have never given March 21 another thought. Today, however, everything is different.

I’m lucky enough to know an exceptional little boy with Down Syndrome. He goes by the name of Austin and he just so happens to be my kid brother. Austin was born when I was fourteen years old; and extremely ill-tempered I might add. Still to this day, I hate to admit the fact that I was utterly pissed off when my mom told us she was having another child. My sister and I already fought like cats and dogs, so why on Earth would I want another sibling to ruin my life? I was the epitome of a brat. I was also the epitome of selfish.

Nine years later, that little boy has me wrapped around his finger. He has greatly impacted my life in ways that I can and cannot see. He is smart, and outgoing, and always full of surprises. But hands down, the best thing about Austin is his power to love unconditionally.

I wrote a letter to Austin, you can read that here
You can also see Austin through his many paces here.
And don’t forget to stop by my blog and say hi!

“God doesn’t give children with special needs to strong people. He gives children with special needs to ordinary, weak people and then gives them strength. Raising a child with Down Syndrome doesn’t take a special family, it makes a special family.”
Thanks, Lauren! You’re the best.
You guys, I seriously adore Lauren and love reading her blog. Go say hi.
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Stay tuned for more guests posts this week to keep you happy while I’m busy beaching it in the Dominican Republic with my Hubcap!

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