CS Lewis once said that "grief is like the sky, it covers everything." In recent weeks, our family has found that this is so very true. It seems that there is no right or wrong way to travel this path of grief. I have created this blog in hopes that some day we will be able to look back on our journey and see written proof that our great God never leaves us. God is good all the time.

Celebrating Laynee

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Love This

A while back,  a friend sent this picture to me.  It was taken on a camping trip with a few other families.  I positively melted when I saw it.  Above all else, the thing that made Laynee so..........Laynee, was the fact that she had Down Syndrome.  Laynee's physical features of having an extra 21st chromosome were not always very evident, especially when she was really little.  Often when people would see her, they would have no idea and would be shocked when I would explain that she has DS.  People liked to say "She must have very mild DS."  Well, in truth, this is a very incorrect statement.  There  is no such  thing as "mild" Down Syndrome.  One either has it or they don't, there is no in between.

When we looked at Laynee, we did not see Down Syndrome.  We saw a beatiful little girl with lots of spunk and more energy than anyone I ever knew.  A little girl who brought joy and sunshine and laughter to every single day of our life. 

Now, as I look back at pictures.  I find that my favorites are those in which the look of Down Syndrome
is clearly evident.  This picture is one of those and I adore it.
I would give everything I own to kiss those chubby cheeks, just one more time.


  1. This picture is absolutely precious.Your beautiful Laynee.

    It is those unmistakable features that connect us all,even strangers.The features that form a family of sorts.A family that would also give all they own,for you to have your little girl back.We would.We really would.

  2. What a great picture! Such a beauty. And from the sweet round face to the eyes to the adorable little nose and ears... precious.

  3. I hear you Karol...I'd give just about anything to kiss my son again. God bless you. :o)

  4. wouldn't change those features for NOTHING! Beautiful girl! Beautiful picture! I'm with you, I'd give ANYTHING to have Carly's little arms wrapped around me again and kiss up her cute little face.

  5. Karol,

    I LOVE the picture!!!!!!!!!
    She was sooooo precious.
    I think of you often ... and keep you in my thoughts & prayers.

  6. Karol
    Awww - I miss that little round face, and I do
    believe that it is my lap she was sitting on.
    I can just fell her squishy little body.