jonathan- a little extra

In February of 2010 on Season 9 of American Idol, it was hard to miss a young, 16 year old contestant with an incredible spark. But the moments when that spark really lit up was when Maddy Curtis spoke about her family. Maddy is from a family of 12 and has 4 brothers with Down Syndrome! “Those four boys bring out the best in every person they meet.  They see the world in colors, and we need to see the world that way," Maddy said in an interview on the show. Her mom first told her about the high abortion rate of babies with Down Syndrome just one year earlier, “I couldn't stop crying because ...[Read more]

jean-more than I could imagine

A dear friend recently sent an email, sharing with me how her week serving at a Family Retreat had touched and changed her life. I asked Jean if I could share her experience with our readers because it shows how deeply someone can be affected by a little boy who happens to have a disability. More Than I Could Imagine Written by Jean Bilang Edited by Kara Ferris It’s been over a week since I returned from camp. This was my 4th time to serve as a Short Term Missionary (STM) with Joni and Friends Family Retreat at Missions Springs in Scotts Valley, California. These camps are designed ...[Read more]

joey’s smile

Written by Joey's sister Jasmine - I didn't meet my brother, Joey, till he was five years old, and I was eleven. When I first met him he had already been through numerous surgeries, been taken into the custody of the State of Texas and had been residing in a foster home for several years. Some people might say we rescued Joey, that we chose to bless him. But I believe that God chose Joey. Just as God chooses to give us salvation, to adopt us as His children, He chose to bless us with Joey and allowed my parents to adopt him. From the very start, God's hand was evident in Joey's ...[Read more]