Can't/Won't to Can/Will...

October is coming to an end, as is Down Syndrome Awareness month.  I want to share a little with you about Sara and her journey, and how I overcame the "can't/won't" syndrome.

When Sara was born I remember sitting on the sofa and crying to my mother about the proms she'd never attend, school she'd never know, boyfriend she'd never have, and the graduation that wouldn't be.

Remember the scene from the movie Moonstruck where Cher slaps someone and says, "Snap out of it!"  Yeah, my mom did just that for me.  But inside I still felt as if all those things were out of Sara's reach.

Boy, was I ever wrong. Over the past 21 years I have witnessed firsthand my "cant's" turn into "can" and my "wont's" turn into "will".  Over, and over, and over again.

This kid has been to prom.  FIVE times.  She can rock prom like nobody's business.

She is VERY involved in Special Olympics- both swimming and bowling.  She even lettered in it...

Boyfriend?  Check.  We adore this kid!

One of the happiest days of my life was watching Sara walk the stage...

This is Sara's last year of public school  At 22 she will age out of the system.  What's next?  No idea.  But I can promise you one thing, her future is FULL of Can and Will.


  1. Brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Amen! God will lay that path out for her/you. Good for her and good for you! Life certainly throws us some curves sometimes but I do believe that he gives us what we can handle. Sara needed a special Mom and she got you! xo Diana

  3. Way to go, Sara (and family!)

  4. Girlie, I have goose bumps
    reading this. Praying that Sara's
    horizons continue to be full of
    amazing things. Here's to many
    more CANS and WILLS in her

    xo Suzanne

  5. I adore your post. Your daughter is a beatiful girl. Cheers!
    (Sorry about my english), Silvana


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