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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I couldn't resist...

... he is just too beautiful!

My little angel boy is becoming a big angel boy! Everyday I am amazed at how gentle and how loving he is with his brother (and everyone really...).

I keep looking at him and thinking to myself - how could I have cried? Little did I know that he would be the light of my life. Little did I know that I had no reason to cry, no reason to be sad.

Of course, I'm talking about the day Malakai was born and the utter devastation we felt at his diagnosis.

A little over 19 months ago, my life changed forever. I will never forget the short text message we sent all our family and friends when he was diagnosed. I was adament that there would be no rumers, no hurried whispers before we entered a room - no - we would announce his diagnosis to our world with confidence and positivity (even though I cried more that day than any other in my life).
Malakai, a true messenger from God, was born with Down syndrome. He is healthy, he is precious, he is the light of our lives. We thank you for your support and understanding as we start on this journey that Malakai has brought us.

How true - that Malakai has brought us closer to understanding the profound spiritual message that only a little boy, with a big smile and open arms, can bring us. How true - he really is the light of my life and through him my journey has become that much more rewarding, that much more amazing and that much more Hope-Filled (drenched in hope in fact...).


The Sanchez Family said...

LOVE him and all our special children. They are all so beautiful!

Ruby's Mom said...

Awwww!These are such sweet pictures!Beautiful post.

Elriza Paul said...

I remember that day so clearly. Crying when we got the sms, visiting you in hospital at 01h00 am for a good a cry. How silly we were? If only we knew then what we know now. Your "little" big man is truly such a blessing! He lights up the room when he enters and has one of the most calm, loving personalities I've ever seen in a toddler. What a wonderful journey it has been hey? So glad we can be part of it!

Deqlan said...

Loren, what GORGEOUS pictures, Kai you are to GORGEOUS for words and the love your mommy has for you just shines through in her beautiful words! You truly are a messenger from God and we are honored to call your our friend! Stay as GORGEOUS as you are and give your brother a love from us!

Lianna said...

I remember finding your blog and being awestruck by Malakai's beauty. Honestly, Loren, he is incredibly beautiful!

I have much regret over all the emotional time I invested in grieving and being sad over Gabriel having Down syndrome. I am trying hard to BE in the moment these days because I've learned my lesson. I'll never get those baby days back again...

Anyway, your Malakai is growing up!!! I can't wait to watch him on his big boy journey!

Lorraine said...

In retrospect... If only we knew:
The tears
– would have been from pure joy!
The fears
– would have been eager anticipation!

But, in this life, we go through retrospection
= Consider (question)
= Modify (adapt)
= Improve (progress)
= Correct (truth)

Full Circle to the obvious truth!
Our children are absolutely perfect
– Just the way they are!

Terry Family said...

What a beautiful son you have. These pictures are so sweet!!

calçats d'ondara said...

i love history