today is world down syndrome day. a day to celebrate miss maggie rae and all of the other sweet souls who also share that magical extra chromosome.
when i look at our girl i see her long eyelashes that frame her bambi-like eyes that are like windows straight to heaven. i see her smile that comes from deep down in her soul that can light up the room. i see her cute little rosebud-shaped lips that kiss anything and EVERYTHING they are in kissing distance of....feet, chairs, toys, her sisters, her daddy and me.
i see her sweet little hands and the way that they gently stroke my cheek while she says 'eassssh'... maggie talk for 'easy' . and i think of how her little fingers smell like a mixture of brown sugar and pineapple because she chews on them and she is just that sweet ;)
i see the way she laughs from deep down in her belly and makes it impossible not to laugh with her. i see the way she claps and says 'ayyy' for every little thing....and has made our whole family do the same. she has taught us to truly celebrate and take nothing for granted.
i see her little tushy that wiggles when she is crawling so fast chasing her sisters around the table. i see her tiny little legs that have to work so hard to do what she wants them to do. i see her cute little pigtails that remind me so much of her sisters.
and most importantly i see how she has changed our family. she has stretched our hearts and our faith. i see many things...but i don't see down syndrome. it is a part of maggie, but just a small part of many. it does not define her. so my prayer is that oneday everyone sees what we see....our perfect little girl who is HIS creation.
'i praise you because i am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, i know that full well. Psalm 139:14