Lets try this again.


Recently I haven't been able to form enough words to blog. I've gotten on several times in attempt to post something new...but after minutes of trying I always gave up. I think I got in over my head with the 31 for 21. When I couldn't find something perfect to write about I got a little discouraged...then I couldn't find anything to say. I also had to take down my last post about Reece's Rainbow angel warriors because I didn't realize but I can't post pictures/blog about the child I'm praying for. After I found that out I immediately deleted my post. That was kind of silly because there was a lot of good information on it about the program...I should have just edited it. (That was onther thing I tried to (re)post about and gave up.) oh well. *
In other news...

Here's what you've been missing:

Pumpkin Palooza (and new friends:) This definately qualifies as College Adventure #8!
Fall Festival treats

lots of art projects

(black and white fan-inverse)
(prints from printmaking)

(my second project in Drawing 2 (I got an A!!!) It's about patience/waiting)

That's all for now...hopefully I'll start blogging more (especially since tomorrow's November(!) and I want to post my thankful things:)

*A quick overview of what I'm doing with Reeces Rainbow: I signed up to be a prayer warrior. Which basically means I am given the information about a child (with Down syndrome in another country) who is in the process of being adopted and I pray specifically for that child. While people can donate money to Reece's Rainbow, there is also an option of donating prayers (well, that's not exactly how they put it, but you get the idea:). You can sign up to do this as well here :)



:( I haven't blogged in a long time. I'm very dissapointed in myself, I really wanted to post every day of October for Ds Awareness...Things got busy and I got behind. I'd like to say I'll do better but I'm not sure if that's true. We'll see.



More pictures from the buddy walk!

Anna Rose :)

Anna Rose, Brianna, Micah, and Emma Cornish




(sorry I haven't posted recently...I was home and it was hard to get it done there)
The Buddy Walk was on Saturday! Here are some pictures :)

more to come :)

My Great Story.


I'm so excited! Today I'm heading home to visit my family :) Saturday is the Buddy Walk which is also very exciting!

I don't have much to say about Ds today, but here's a neat collection of stories (My Great Story)on the National Down Syndrome Society website:

Ximena's Story


Here's a short video about Ximena (the 1st student with special needs at a school in Panama).


Down Syndrome.


This makes me cry every time I read it. I was going to pick out a section to post, but I couldn't pick just one. (I possibly posted something from or about this before (it's from a while ago)...but it's still good).

The Importance of Trig Being By Michael Gerson

WASHINGTON -- In addition to Barack Obama making history as the first African-American to be nominated for president and Sarah Palin taking her shotgun to the glass ceiling, there was a third civil rights barrier broken at the political conventions this year.
Trig Paxson Van Palin -- pronounced by his mother "beautiful" and "perfect" and applauded at center stage of the Republican convention -- smashed the chromosomal barrier. And it was all the more moving for the innocence and indifference of this 4-month-old civil rights leader.

It was not always this way. When John F. Kennedy's younger sister Rosemary was born mentally disabled in 1918, it was treated as a family secret. For decades Rosemary was hidden as a "childhood victim of spinal meningitis." Joseph Kennedy subjected his daughter to a destructive lobotomy at age 23.

It was the remarkable Eunice Kennedy Shriver who talked openly of her sister's condition in 1962 and went on to found the Special Olympics as a summer camp in her backyard -- part of a great social movement of compassion and inclusion.

Trig's moment in the spotlight is a milestone of that movement. But it comes at a paradoxical time. Unlike African-Americans and women, civil rights protections for people with Down syndrome have rapidly eroded over the last few decades. Of the cases of Down syndrome diagnosed by pre-natal testing each year, about 90 percent are eliminated by abortion. Last year the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended universal, early testing for Down syndrome -- not just for older pregnant women. Some expect this increased screening to reduce the number of Down syndrome births far lower than the 5,500 we see today, perhaps to less than 1,000.
The wrenching diagnosis of 47 chromosomes must seem to parents like the end of a dream instead of the beginning of a life. But children born with Down syndrome -- who learn slowly but love deeply -- are generally not experienced by their parents as a curse but as a complex blessing. And when allowed to survive, men and women with an extra chromosome experience themselves as people with abilities, limits and rights. Yet when Down syndrome is detected through testing, many parents report that genetic counselors and physicians emphasize the difficulties of raising a disabled child and urge abortion.

This is properly called eugenic abortion -- the ending of "imperfect" lives to remove the social, economic and emotional costs of their existence. And this practice cannot be separated from the broader social treatment of the disabled. By eliminating less perfect humans, deformity and disability become more pronounced and less acceptable. Those who escape the net of screening are often viewed as mistakes or burdens. A tragic choice becomes a presumption -- "Didn't you get an amnio?" -- and then a prejudice. And this feeds a social Darwinism in which the stronger are regarded as better, the dependant are viewed as less valuable, and the weak must occasionally be culled.

The protest against these trends has come in interesting forms. Last year pro-choice Sen. Edward Kennedy joined with pro-life Sen. Sam Brownback to propose a bill that would have required medical professionals to tell expectant parents that genetic tests are sometimes inaccurate and to give them up-to-date information on the quality of life that people with Down syndrome can enjoy. The bill did not pass, but it was a principled gesture from Rosemary's brother.

Yet the pro-choice radicalism held by Kennedy and many others -- the absolute elevation of individual autonomy over the rights of the weak -- has enabled the new eugenics. It has also created a moral conflict at the heart of the Democratic Party. If traditional Democratic ideology means anything, it is the assertion that America is a single moral community that includes everyone. How can this vision possibly be reconciled with the elimination of Down syndrome children from American society? Are pro-choice Democrats really comfortable with this choice?
The family struggles of political leaders can be morally instructive.

Contrast the attitude of Joseph Kennedy with that of Charles de Gaulle, who treated his daughter Anne, born with Down syndrome in 1928, with great affection. The image of this arrogant officer rocking Anne in his arms at night speaks across the years. After her death and burial at the age of 20, de Gaulle turned to his wife and said, "Come. Now she is like the others."
And now we have met Trig, who is just like the others, in every way that matters.



Myths vs. Facts.


Myth: Children with Down syndrome must be placed in segregated special education programs.

Truth: Children with Down syndrome have been included in regular academic classrooms in schools across the country. In some instances they are integrated into specific courses, while in other situations students are fully included in the regular classroom for all subjects. The current trend in education is for full inclusion in the social and educational life of the community. Increasingly, individuals with Down syndrome graduate from high school with regular diplomas, participate in post-secondary academic and college experiences and, in some cases, receive college degrees.

Myth: Adults with Down syndrome are unemployable.

Truth: Businesses are seeking young adults with Down syndrome for a variety of positions. They are being employed in small- and medium-sized offices: by banks, corporations, nursing homes, hotels and restaurants. They work in the music and entertainment industry, in clerical positions, childcare, the sports field and in the computer industry. People with Down syndrome bring to their jobs enthusiasm, reliability and dedication.

Myth: People with Down syndrome are always happy.

Truth: People with Down syndrome have feelings just like everyone else in the population. They experience the full range of emotions. They respond to positive expressions of friendship and they are hurt and upset by inconsiderate behavior.



Here are some facts about Down syndrome:

(found here)

  • Researchers are making great strides in identifying the genes on Chromosome 21 that cause the characteristics of Down syndrome. Many feel strongly that it will be possible to improve, correct or prevent many of the problems associated with Down syndrome in the future
  • Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal abnormality. One in every 800 to 1,000 babies is born with Down syndrome.
  • There are more than 350,000 people living with Down syndrome in the United States.
  • Down syndrome affects people of all ages, races and economic levels.



It's been a busy day and I almost forgot to blog. I don't have much to say, so here are some pictures of my little sisters (including Anna Rose who has Down syndrome:) The first is from a couple years ago, then Christmas 2007, then a few months ago. :)

oh dear...

dear school,
you make me tired.

dear etsy,
you make me happy.

dear 7/11 slurpees,
I really miss you. A lot.

dear dead frog in the window,
you are kind of gross.

dear Theodore,
you're my favorite.

dear bed,
why are you so far away?

Fall Decorations.


Have I mentioned that I love Fall?


Happy October 1st!!! It's been super nice outside this week and I love it. :)

Well, October (as you may remember from last year) is Down Syndrome Awareness Month! So, I will (try to) write everyday this month and include something about Ds. :) Next weekend I'm going with my family to the annual Buddy Walk.* If you are interested in sponsoring my family (even just a couple dollars) let me know!

The Cornish Adoption Journey blog is doing the same thing (Ds Awareness month and the Buddy Walk) and they had a really good explanation of Ds... so I copied it. :)

"Non-disjunction, or regular T21 accounts for a majority of cases of Ds. I think the number is around 95%. A typical person has 46 chromosomes, which are found in 23 pairs. With T21 there are three (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome. In regular plain old T21 the person has three 21's in every cell of their body. There is no "mild case" or "severe case" of T21, because it is in every cell. It's actually an over-abundance of information that is sent to the body, not missing info. T21 is not a hereditary disorder- it's not handed down in families. It is an anomoly that occurrs during conception, or even is carried within the egg or sperm. Something neat I learned recently is that people with T21 tend not to get cancers other than Leukemia. Researchers are studying the 21st chromosome to see if they can find the cure for cancer!"
you can find out more about the other 2 kinds of Ds or read about the Cornish's journey here.

*The Buddy Walk is "to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome."