You probably know that I don't think anything happens by chance. I believe God has a specific purpose for each of us on this Earth and although some days I have no idea what he is calling me to do (probably because I don't get quiet enough to listen) some days it is made completely clear.
Alayna & I took a trip to one of our great local parks this week and immediately were welcomed by another mom and her son.
This mom was very friendly and completely taken with Alayna. She watched Alayna, wanted to know if we knew prenatally about the ds, commented on her, was intrigued by her sign language and continued to ask questions about her.
After about 15 minutes I was starting to wonder where the conversation was going to lead.
This mom was pregnant with baby number 2 and explained to me that they had been pregnant after their son and miscarried a baby that they found out had down syndrome. She confided in me that she didn't really know much about ds and was praying for a healthy baby this time.
All the questions, the loving way she looked at Alayna, the inquisitiveness of her wanting to know all about Alayna and down syndrome was explained in that moment.
I was thankful that I didn't assume that this woman meant harm in her intrusion of our park date and afterwards was so very thankful that God put us at this park to enable us to further down syndrome awareness by answering this woman's questions.
I hope after meeting Alayna that any negative stereotypes about ds that she had were erased. I pray that if the baby she is carrying does have an extra chromosome that she will remember Alayna and all the information about ds that I gave her and that she will be a little more prepared to meet this blessing.