and I am totally missing the boat. I had plans to blog every day in October about Down syndrome. I wanted to tweet about it and post facts every day in my facebook status.
But instead, so far in October, I haven't done a thing to advance awareness about Down syndrome. Instead, I've spent the last three days in and out of bed. I've been crying for no reason. I've been too overwhelmed to think about raising awareness.
I've been too overwhelmed to brush my teeth.
Two nights ago, at bed time, Sergei brought Polly up to me in my room. She crawled up onto the bed, placed her cup of water on the side table, and leaned in to nuzzle her cheek to mine.
"Mom, you know what?" she asked, looking me square in the face with her beautiful, large doe-like eyes.
"What, honey?" I whispered, tired from the dark blanket that had been inexplicably thrown over my head for the last few days.
"You're my best friend."
"Thank you, Polly." I started to cry. "I needed to hear that."
Even in the midst of the ups and downs in my life, I am profoundly aware of the gift God has given to me in my children. All four of my daughters bring light to a life that is often in the dark. But Polly and Evie, especially, brighten my days with simple things: a hug, a smile, words of love and adoration.
It is important to know the facts about Down syndrome.
But I believe it's even more important to testify to the fact that my daughters with Down syndrome are living, breathing anti-depressants in my life.
I am so thankful to have them. What a privilege to get to live day by day with that kind of awareness.