Down Syndrome Awareness: Olivia

Down syndrome Awareness Month : Payton
Down syndrome Awareness Month : Payton
Down syndrome Awareness Month : Payton

Join us in October for Down Syndrome Awareness Month as families from our DSDN Birth support group share,
what they wish others knew about their child with Down syndrome.

The day Olivia Joy was born was one of the most incredible days of my life. She came swiftly and serenely in the stillness of the early morning. The moment I laid eyes on her, I knew in my heart that she was remarkably unique. As she peacefully rested on my chest, I was overwhelmed with unconditional love and gratitude.

Mere moments later, she was whisked across the room for evaluation. I intently watched every move of the medical staff. Their hushed whispers and the notable concern written on each of their faces were simultaneously puzzling and intriguing.

Shortly after the murmuring ended, our doctor came over and told us that Olivia had several of the physical markers for Down syndrome. The moment those words left her lips, a smile spread across mine. The presence of the Lord felt tangible at that moment. I had undoubtedly just witnessed and participated in a miracle. Olivia was the fulfillment of a desire the Lord had given me a decade prior.  She is a living, breathing testimony of the Lord’s goodness.

I have spent the last year and a half falling in love with Olivia every single day. It turns out that her extra chromosome makes her extra sweet, extra affectionate, and extra special. Her “extraness” is a good gift from the Lord that our family does not deserve. We celebrate His intentionality in making her EXACTLY how she is supposed to be. To wish away the diagnosis of Down syndrome is to wish away Olivia as we know her.

One of the things I pray for often is that Olivia will know that she is worthy. She is an equal daughter of the King. She is a treasure made in the image of God. Her worthiness is not contingent on the ability of others to see or acknowledge it. Man cannot take what God has given.

Down syndrome is a gift. Olivia is a gift. The fact that we get to have both in our family is an incredible blessing. To God be the glory, great things He hath done!

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Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27 NIV