It’s my birthday which is a time when I reflect and share gratitude for all of the gifts in my life.
For the gift of feeling this happy and healthy in my 50s.
For the incredible career, I get to share with you, Face Yogi.
For my family and friends who are my rock.
And so many more….
Today I want to focus my gratitude on my greatest gift of all, my daughter Nina.
You may have read some of my past blogs or seen her in my social media posts, she is a very special girl who has been one of my greatest teachers. She is confident, hilarious, charismatic and oh so sweet.
She has made my lessons as a mother so clear and so deep, that it’s impossible to ignore the transformational power of her role as my daughter.
It wasn’t always so easy. When we first heard that our baby has Down Syndrome while I was pregnant, we took the news hard.
We didn’t know what to expect, what this meant for our baby or for us- it was all a big shock and so unknown.
But I owe a great deal of credit to Down Syndrome Information Alliance (DSIA) who has been such a valued resource to my family. They are a tremendous resource for families with Down Syndrome and gave us the resources and support we needed to help us transition to parenting a child with this condition.
That’s why this month for my birthday, I am matching all donations for DSIA made by the FYM community!
DSIA provides support and resources to empower individuals with Down syndrome, their families, and our community and for our family, it continues to be a gift that keeps on giving. Not just for me and my family, but for thousands of other families with Down Syndrome.
You can make your tax-deductible donation in Nina’s name with the link below, and I’ll match it!
This means your donation will go twice as far.
Thank you for reading about Nina, and for your support of DSIA. It is such a gift to me on my birthday this year!