Amanda & Jonathan
From the day the children first laid eyes on Jonathan they all fell in love. A love that I'm not sure I've ever seen them have before or since. Jonathan was in NICU, and covered in wires....it was a little scary for the children. I think the first thing I saw in each of their eyes was compassion, and a desire to keep Jonathan safe. Over the past 9 almost 10 years this hasn't changed. They have each seen the struggles Jonathan has faced daily, they have pushed, encouraged, and been his cheering squad. Jonathan has brought out in our children a love and understanding that some adults never seem to tap into. Jonathan has forced each of us to see with our hearts, like Christ, and not with the our eyes like the world. Now when we see others with all kinds of disabilities we don't look at the outside wrapper that shows their limitations. We look at what is beneath the outside wrapper. If, you slow down and take the time to look inside you'll see the many talents and gifts those with disabilities have to offer.
When I was 16 weeks pregnant with Jonathan we found out he would have DS. At the time I was one of those people who only saw the wrapper, blind not being able to see what was in the wrapper. On October 9, 1998 when Jonathan was born and placed in my arms, I wasn't just blessed with a son who had DS but.....I was given my sight. We have never questioned why God gave us Jonathan. We often wondered why God thought we were good enough to have a child like Jonathan, because he is so very special. A few years ago I felt God speaking to my heart as I watched our children working and playing with Jonathan. I felt Him say Jonathan doesn't just have his parents to be his advocate, but his siblings.....ALL of you are to help others see with their hearts too.