We are the Stow Family and this is our story. Our lives are blessed by Love, Joy and Hope. Follow our sometimes interesting stories on loving our two boys, exploring parenthood, and celebrating a little extra - two parents, two boys and an extra chromosome!
Based in Pretoria, South Africa... My name is Loren, I am married to the LOVE of my life and on 08/08/08 we welcomed our first child into this world! Malakai is healthy, he is precious and he is the light of our lives... oh and he has a little something extra (commonly known as Down Syndrome).
On 29/01/2010 we had our second boy - Harlan. We are so excited that Malakai & Harlan will grow together as brothers and friends!
This is our journey into acceptance, love, the understanding that today is our greatest gift, and the celebration of our beautiful, perfect, amazing sons!
Please email me if you'd like to make contact. I am happy to discuss anything with regards to DS. If I can help I would be honoured! email@example.com
man of many talents - older brother... big flirt... super adventurous... all growed up no?
Making his feelings known... Harlan thinks that sleep is for the birds and much rather prefers to be 'in the know'...
Blessed are you who take the time to listen to difficult speech:
For you help us to know that if we persevere,
We can be understood.
Blessed are you who walk with us in public places,
And ignore the stares of strangers,
For in your companionship,
We find havens of peace.
Blessed are you who never bid us to "hurry up",
And more blessed are you
Who do not snatch tasks from our hands to do them for us,
For often we need time rather than help.
Blessed are you who stand beside us
As we enter new and untried ventures.
For our failures will be outweighed
By the times we surprise ourselves and you.
Blessed are you who ask for our help,
For our greatest need is to be needed.
Blessed are you when you assure us,
That the one thing that makes us individuals
Is not in our peculiar muscles,
Nor in our wounded nervous system,
Nor in our difficulties in learning,
Nor any exterior difference.
But is in our inner, personal, individual self
Which no affirmity can diminish or erase.
- Author Unknown
Monday, May 30, 2011
My sister has been gone (in Australia) for just over 4 weeks now... I do miss her terribly and will forever cherish our last weeks together. It was filled with so much love, chaos, fun, laughter and joy...