March 21st was World Down Syndrome Day. This time last year we were still sitting with Julia Grace's diagnosis when we heard about the day that celebrates those living with DS by wearing crazy, mismatched socks. I've always loved crazy socks and have maybe only one pair of "normal" socks in my entire sock drawer so this seemed like a "holiday" tailor made for me. We decided to announce the diagnosis on Facebook and asked our friends and family to show their support for the baby we were expecting. We were truly overwhelmed by the number and diversity of people who participated and posted photos of their feet to our Facebook wall. It was the first moment where I truly understood the power of community and realized that this child would be loved and accepted no matter her differences.
This year was no different and we had dozens of people participate in honor of Julia Grace and others living with Down syndrome. It is always so awesome to see the community of families with Down syndrome planning and preparing by creating educational materials for their children's classroom, making blue and yellow treats for coworkers, inspiring others to kindness in the name of their loved one with DS, etc. But, perhaps it's even more inspiring to see how others respond by being open, accepting, and loving. People with Down syndrome have contributed in so many meaningful ways to their families, schools, and workplaces that it is an honor to celebrate them in this way. Can't wait to see what next year brings!