We would like you to meet our 5th little darling, that many call Emmy. I think she has more nick names than all of my children put together!
Emmy was born nearly three years ago, on March 17. For Catholics this is an amazing day. For some Irish Catholics, this is more than amazing, this is the only day that matters. For us, it would be a day that we would never forget. After her birth, we would find out that Emmy had a cluster of features that would lead doctors to suspect that she had Trisomy 21.
On the day Emmy was born, we had more questions than we did answers. What did we know? We knew we would be okay. We knew that we loved her beyond words. We knew that this was indeed part of the plan for our lives. No doubt about it. What didn't we know? We did not know she had a heart defect. We did not know enough about Down syndrome, Trisomy 21, or the fact that people called it by two different names. We did not know if this would affect our other children, (thank God it did, it has been such an amazing gift to them). We did not know if she would be able to do the things that other children do. I would say we did not know more than we did know. We turned to people who had gone before us to learn what we did not know. We turned to God to help us to continue to have the strength to help Emmy develop to her best potential. We read a lot, we prayed a lot. There were many resources that came from perspectives that were different from who we are. We are a Catholic family. We read about families who were of all different faiths. They told their stories, with their traditions woven in and through them. They were beautiful. So while these stories were absolutely wonderful, they were missing something for us. They were missing our faith journey. We could not fully "see" our family in the many books, web sites, and other resources. They could not answer the questions we had whirling through our heads. Would our daughter make her First Holy Communion? What about her faith would she understand? Along with the questions we had, many authors would share with us how their faith helped them to understand the diagnosis that their children were given. We looked for our faith in their stories. But struggled to find it.
We hope that we can give that gift to other families who are new to Trisomy 21. Our beautiful faith reminds us of the dignity of all life. We pray that our stories will share our journeys, with the Catholic faith woven through them. We hope that what ever your faith is, you will find hope here, and see the joy that our children have brought us. We would like you to meet the families who have chosen to participate in welcoming you to the world of Trisomy 21. From Emmy, her siblings, and her parents, welcome...to Holland.
Hidden Treasures Video Montage
We hope you took the time to click the above montage!
We believe you will be blessed by meeting our children.
Individuals who happen to have T21~ in the news!
- Brad~Basketball Player!AMAZING!
- Bridget Brown~ Pro life self advocate! Amazing!
- Business women who happen to have T21! WONDERFUL!
- Carson! What an inspiration!
- Cheerleaders with Spirit!~Be sure to watch the video!
- Karen Gaffney!!
- Melissa Riggio Beautiful website!
- Melissa Riggio National Geographic
- Micheal Jurogue Johnson~ Artist
- Paintings by Bernadette Resha