Today is March 21, often rendered as 3/21, which is a reminder of something called Trisomy 21 or Down Syndrome. Long story short, the 21st chromosome pair has three “chunks” (probably not the medical term) instead of two. This genetic mutation affects every strand of DNA in our little Lexi. We did not know this about her until after she was born. Now, over 11 years later, we are still learning to celebrate that which makes our daughter and so many others in the world so very unique. As of this writing, 100+ of our friends have celebrated with us by wearing their funky socks in honor of those affected by Trisomy 21. Emily and I are thankful. Lexi smiles.
About this time last year I started wearing funky socks almost everyday, and when I say funky, I mean by pattern, color, or stench. It’s a good reminder that life is full of surprises that bring unexpected challenges with corresponding joys. Lexi is this and more. We’ve learned so much, and we are so encouraged by the support we’ve received from family, friends, and the church. God has been faithful through it all. Amen.
Today, on March 21st, I am grateful for my family and for our daughter. I’m wearing the socks to prove it.