When our Ry guy came to us via an ambulance ride and emergency c-section followed by a post natal diagnosis of Trisomy 21, he immediately began to rock, change, and better our world.
His life has been just as exciting as its beginning, but I'm not going to lie to you. There have been times that it has been hard. HARD. It's hard when you don't hear your child say "I Love You, Momma" until after he's in school. It's hard when he sighs and quits talking because you don't understand him. It's hard when he's excluded. It's hard when others assume he can't learn or achieve. It's hard when he runs away. It's hard when going to the hospital is as routine as going to the doctor. It's hard when you feel like you've lost the balance of caring for his needs vs the needs of your three other children. It's hard when you hear the words "open heart surgery." Perhaps the hardest of all is when others think that he is less than or unworthy of every opportunity to live and love to his fullest potential.
Make no mistake, it is also wonderful. WONDER FULL. Having Ry in our world has shown us how to live with intention and how to discern what is important. We have witnessed first hand the meaning of and result of determination. We have learned how to slow down and prioritize. How to find our voice and use it for good. How to appreciate more, love deeper, and celebrate bigger. He has introduced us to a host of people who are on the same journey of different living, and we are forever grateful to know these people who were made better by living with, parenting, and advocating for a child with a disability or different learning style.
We knew from the beginning that he was going to be a world changer and that he is. If you have met Ry, you have been changed by him. He has made stoic doctors playful and emotional. He has turned educators into advocates, and he has turned fearful bystanders into friends.
It is our hope and prayer that knowing Ry through his pictures and stories will change you too. We want you to see that we are all more alike than different. We all have something to offer the world, and every single one of us can find our fullest potential if given the right environment.
Look around your world to find someone who is different than you are. Find someone who has a different accent, a different skin color, learning style, religion, or political view and take the time to be changed by knowing that person. Our world surely needs it.
We would love to hear your change story.
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