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  • Down syndrome Awareness

     

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  • Island Girls

  • Gloria Jr dancing to the Song "The Prayer"

  • She is truly a blessing in my life

                 

     

  • Holland and Miracles

  • In God's Eyes We are All The Same

  • Please Enjoy These Journals of Hope & Love

    Wind Beneath My Wings -

    by lightsoflove posted at 8:02 AM on Feb. 25 , 2011

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    I'm Down With You: An Inspired Journey

    by lightsoflove posted at 6:51 PM on Feb. 22 , 2011

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    Will The Down syndrome Children Disappear?

    by lightsoflove posted at 7:22 AM on Jan. 22 , 2011

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    If people with Down syndrome ruled the world:

    by lightsoflove posted at 10:23 AM on Jan. 20 , 2011

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  • BELONG

  • Coping With A Down Syndrome Child

     

    If you or someone you know has a child with Down Syndrome we're here to help. Dealing with something of this magnitude can literally change every aspect of someone's life and those around them. It's like a whirlwind of emotions sweeping across you day in and day out. We understand that turning to a friend or family member can sometimes be hard when it has to do with your child. So, we're here to pass along some great information about coping with a child who has Down Syndrome.
     

    Dealing with the Emotions

    When it comes to an issue like Down Syndrome, the best thing to do is seek out experts. They can give you the proper education on what Down Syndrome is and what you can do to deal with it. Most importantly, all the myths will be explained. For instance if you've heard about your child possibly having to go to a special school it's not true. Think they'll have to be put in an institution when they get older? Not true. There are many misconceptions related to Down Syndrome so be sure to keep an open mind about the situation.
     

    Get Into Support Groups

    This is one of the hardest decisions to make for any family dealing with Down Syndrome. Why? Well, if your doctor has given you a pre-status from tests and analysis it's easy to go into denial. We aren't telling you this to upset you in any way, but the realization is that it's very common. When you first go to a support group there is a sense that you are giving in to all the speculation and admitting your child has Down Syndrome. However, this is a crucial step for anyone wanting better ways to cope.

    Support groups can offer you the opportunity to converse and build relationships with others who understand what you are dealing with on a daily basis. Discussions will revolve around different actions you can take to put your mind at ease. There are also many groups that pass around phone numbers. This way if you are having a tough day you can call someone and explain your situation. They may be able to give you sound advice on what routes to take to make it better.

    There are several benefits to being involved with support groups. In the end you will make several new friends built around your children and their future. You never know, your child may grow up having several friends that come from the support groups as well. While things may be different in society for them, having others by their side in the future will be a monumental accomplishment.

     

    Explaining the Situation to Your Family

    When it's all said and done family members are the most difficult to tell. While they will want to support you whole heartedly, the lack of knowledge about Down Syndrome can be hard for you to explain to them. It's very common for several questions to be thrust your way and all this does is create more stress on you. Answering the same things over and over again becomes overwhelming and it's not good for your current situation.

    One of the best ways to handle family members is by telling them you don't want to talk about it. In addition, be sure to tell them why. If they are planning to learn more about Down Syndrome to help you then offer them places to go for information. If you're up to it ask them to go along with you to a support group meeting. This way they can get a feel for what others have been dealing with for years.

     

    The Most Important Coping Method

    If you take one thing from this article, just remember to have patience. Don't sell you or your child short on all the things that life has to offer. Remember that there are going to be frustrating days ahead, but nothing is impossible. You have a loving child right there to hold, teach, and be a parent to forever. The only difference is you have to take a different route to get there. We wish you the best of luck and hope you pass along this information to anyone that needs it. They'll thank you for it later.

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  • Grace: A Story of a Family and Down Syndrome

  • Powered By An Extra Chromosome

  • Have You Met Karen Gaffney?......Come And Be Inspired

  • Having fun dancing together at a Luau

  • I Have A Voice

  • 3 SPECIAL BLESSINGS

    Discover at least 3 SPECIAL BLESSINGS other families will never experience...

    Some Downs Syndrome individuals have succeeded in living independently with minimal supervision - others have become actors or even lecturers.

    Babies and children with Downs Syndrome children are more similar than different when compared with other children.
     

    Downs Syndrome can be identified during pregnancy or at birth.

    Most parents after first learning about their child’s difficulty are naturally scared and devastated, they immediately begin thinking the worst. Others can accept the child but cannot accept how they feel about the problem.
     

    IS ABORTION A SOUND ADVICE?

    Are you faced with the decision about whether to give your unborn child’s life? If so, read on and explore how Downs Syndrome children benefit families and the society in more areas than just one.
     

    A’ Ds’ CHILD CAN BE A RARE GIFT...

    ...These very special little children can make you feel lucky and proud.

    Our culture today puts a high amount of value on productivity and on personal looks. If you don’t fit the mold you could be considered an outsider even an outcast if there are incapacitating factors involved. However, what may appear at first glance to be a curse on family could turn into a blessing.

    While there are many challenges and those must not be dismissed or minimized: they are valid and real and they will impact your family for years to come.

    Yet, families with Downs Syndrome children receive many special, heart warming blessings when caring for a child so challenged including:     

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    BLESSING #1: Unconditional Love...

    As fickle as members of the human race can be, individuals with Downs Syndrome are often described as the most unconditionally loving people on the planet.

    Some people believe that God’s unconditional love for mankind is evidenced through the lives of such children and they even feel honoured to have children with such challenges.

                        angel

    BLESSING #2: It makes YOU and YOUR family grow...

    Committed families find that raising a child with Downs Syndrome has actually benefited the entire family as they learn to socialize with other people of different nationality, skin colour or backgrounds.

    Downs Syndrome knows no barriers as families of every tribe, tongue, and persuasion are affected. This gives family members an opportunity to interact with people well beyond their own social structure.

                       angel

    BLESSING #3: You can make a MONUMENTAL DIFFERENCE to the society...

    Perhaps you sat on the sidelines when an advocacy issue arose in the past. But with a ‘special needs child’ you will soon learn that you are your child’s chief advocate. You can positively impact your child’s development and help the society to understand that Downs Syndrome children are part of the ‘tapestry’ of the world’s community.

    Soon, you will find yourself deeply involved with your local school district and speaking to other parents carrying a similar load. Yes, you can ease the burden of others who are facing a similar challenge!

    Downs Syndrome children are a special blessing and a hidden treasure for a society that must see that beauty is not skin deep. Your journey won’t be easy, but try to cross each bridge as it comes, not forgetting about your child’s unique potential to make a positive contribution to your family and the society.

    Life is beautiful in every form and every child is a blessing - not always by what the child is capable of, but by how the child makes us grow.

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  • Acceptance

  • Gloria's 21st celebration of life as she dances Samaon Style

  • Wherever You Are

  • "Kids with Down Syndrome"

  • God's Ordinary Miracle - A Down Syndrome Journey

  • DOWN SYNDROME!? not MY baby!!

  • Raising Angela: My Down's Syndrome Angel

  • God Doesn't Make Mistakes

  • Life is a celebration

  • Unconditional Love

                                           

     

                                    

     

     

     

  • Downs syndrome is word for Angel

  • You Are So Amazing!!!!!

  • Down syndrome Awareness

  • Gloria Jr Serving The Lord Faithfully At A Food Outreach

  • Welcoming Babies with Down Syndrome

     
    If you are welcoming a new baby with Down Syndrome into your family, you probably have many questions and concerns, as do your extended family, friends, and neighbors. I am sharing this information keeping in mind our own diverse experiences when our children were born with Down Syndrome. Congratulations on the birth of your baby.  
    Your child will have more opportunities than a child born with Down Syndrome five years ago. As young people with DS show what they can do with the support of their communities as they integrate mainstream programs, more doors open for others. We have seen a TV series starring a talented actor and actress with DS enlighten the general public about the potential of all our children.

    Thousands of young people with Down Syndrome across the country are quietly going on with their lives without fame or fanfare and transforming their communities by just being there. They have dreams and the determination to reach their goals. They learn in regular classrooms in their neighborhood schools with the children who will one day be their coworkers, neighbors and adult friends. Young adults hold diverse and meaningful jobs, maintain their own households, and make significant contributions to their communities every day.

    I am a mother of 3 grown daughters my youngest is a 26 year old young lady with Ds.
    Grandmother of 5. Single and very happy and at peace with where I am at in life. I love Jesus and his saving grace for me!! And thank him for choosing me to be her mom.
  • Gloria Jr. loves to dance in front of a crowd

  • She does many dances from different Islands

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    Extreme1519 wrote at 11:39 AM on Mar. 10 , 2011

    Extreme1519

    THANKS MY DEAR FRIEND. I WILL CALL YOU WHEN I CAN SO WE CAN SET UP A TIME. LOVE TO YOU AND GLORIA JR.

    KIM

    kimsardo wrote at 11:15 PM on Jan. 29 , 2011

    kimsardo

    I live in the Los Angeles area.

    mcqueenmom2 wrote at 4:41 PM on Jan. 15 , 2011

    mcqueenmom2

    great post

    SIS213 wrote at 10:42 PM on Oct. 12 , 2010

    SIS213

    THANKS MY FRIEND !

    Extreme1519 wrote at 11:44 AM on Oct. 7 , 2010

    Extreme1519

    Hi Gloria~ I got your message. Thanks. I need to talk with you. I forgot I cannot call long distance (Out of State). I hate to bother you. I will e-mail you my phone # if you want to call or if you have time. I know how busy you are. Thanks. Kim

  • Lovely Hula Girl

  • Celebrating Gloria's 25th Birthday on the Islands

  • Beautiful Wahine

  • Dear Mom

                           

    YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO RECEIVED A VERY SPECIAL AND WONDERFUL GIFT

                      

    YOU WILL BE BLESSED MORE THAN EVER BEFORE WITH SO MANY WONDERFUL THINGS THAT MOST PEOPLE TAKE FOR GRANTED

               

    EACH DAY YOU WILL FIND TINY SURPRISES THROUGHT THE EYES OF YOUR CHILD

                

    YOUR LIFE WILL BE FILLED WITH MANY WONDERFUL FRIENDS AND YOU MAY COUNT ME AS ONE OF THEM

                                

    God Bless you always        

                                     GLORIA

                         

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    What My Daughter with Down Syndrome Has Taught Me

                   

    I have known God now like never before,                         

    because of her. 

                      

    I have change for the betterment of this world

    because of her.

                    

    I have thought less of self and more of others,

    because of her

                     

    I have forgiven more, and fight less,

    because of her.

                    

    I have made more friendships that will last a long time,  

    because of her

                    

    I judge less and less and look at them from her eyes,

    because of her.

           

    I believe that Jesus died for me so

    we will all one day be in Heaven,

    because of her.

                        

    I learn more about what is important in life,

    because of her.

                          

    She has set an example of what it truly

    means to be a child of God

                         

    I LOVE YOU MORE, 

    Mom,

                          

    is what she always says to me when I tell her

    I love her.

                          

     

  • Gloria Jr. (aka; Michael Jackson)

  • This is My Boyfriend Michael

  • Hanging Out With My Best Friend

  • Celebrating CHRIST-mas

  • My Hula Girl

  • Ms. Gloria, Miss Gloria Jr and Grandpa

  • ALOHA TO ALL OF YOU!!

  • Getting ready to do her dance preformance