He is beautiful and so is your video!!
simply beautiful, very touching. i am a new mom and our newborn son has down syndrome. i stumbled across this and my heart went "yes!" i will share this with friends. thank you for putting your joy into photos and words of inspiration for new moms like me.
Awesome Video. Children Are What Life Is All About And I Mean All Children
Awesome video. He is a beautiful baby boy and you are a very wonderful mom :)
I received the book "Gifts" from Children's Mercy in Kansas City at the Down Syndrome Clinic. I found the link there, I also forwarded it to everyone. Thank you.
Thank you so much, children are what life is all about, all of the children. Mary
AMEN!! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful blessing. I'm also the mother of a son with DS and I couldn't have put it better how we feel about him.
That was absolutely incredible, Thank-you so much for sharing your precious blessing with me, he is gorgeous, beautiful! God made each and every one of us special. Your video brought beauty to my life, and warmed my heart, Thank-you!
I was really blown away. Thank you for sharing that. I've forwarded it to every person I could think of! My favorite part was "I am special and it has nothing to do with having DS"....
You and your son are so beautiful! Every word you have written in your montage is eloquent and true. All things that I see and love in my own son every day. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!
Fabulous! My 3rd child was born with ds and is a delight to our family. She is a sweet, tough little girl. I read about your montage in "Gifts" and was wondering if you sent all the stuff to Oprah. Did you get a response? You can email me at email@example.com.
I didn't see all of the videos yet, but the first one with the Cranberrie's song, was absolutely emotional. I cried the whole time. I loved it. I have a 19mth old little girl with Down's and she's the joy of my life along with my 7 mth old son. We are indeed lucky and blessed. People tell me it takes special people to have special children. I say thank you to them, and go on with my day with a smile.
I am hosting the first ever Down syndrome carnival at http:??cause-of-our-joy.blogspot.com and would like permission to link to your lovely video. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I think this is the best montage I've ever seen. It's very quotable and having 3 children with disabilites (my little babe has ds) and was weeping at your comments and shared so many of your sentiments (I wrote some similar ones of 1 of my montages but not so eloquently!). Your son is beautiful - I'm not surprised you're so proud!
With every good wish for you and your family in the future
That was beautiful :) He is adorable. I love the message you had in your montage. My son is almost 11 months and he was born with a cleft hand, I truly believe we are the lucky ones. God bless you and your family.
this is so beautiful
so true as well =]
This is so beautyful!!
I just love this!!
I also have a montage with my little boy who also have ds...
I am really blessed with him and he is my everything, a gift like every child is..
All my love to all of you, Maria from Sweden
WHAT A BEAUTIFUL VIDEO. I WAS RAISED WITH AN UNCLE WHO
WAS BORN WITH DOWNS AND THEN GOT POLIO TWICE. I THOUGHT OF HIM AS MY BIG BROTHER AND HIS WHEELCHAIR
NEVER BOTHERED ME AND HE LOVED US AND PROTECTED ME
AND MY SIBLINGS. PEOPLE THAT HAVE ABORTIONS BECAUSE
THEY FIND OUT THE CHILD HAS DOWNS DON'T KNOW WHAT
THEY ARE MISSING. I THINK PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL CHILDREN
ARE SPECIAL PEOPLE AND GOD TRULY BLESSES YOU. GOD
BLESS YOU AND YOUR PRECIOUS CHILD.
Nolen is so cute, this video is AMAZING i love it!
Just absolutely beautiful!!! After I saw the video I ran into Ragen's bedroom, grabbed her and held her like I never held her before. Your words were so perfect. What a blessing these children are. We are the lucky ones, we really are!! Thanks for sharing.
WOW is all I got to say. I've got a disabled child as well. This is very moving. God Bless.
One Dad to another... I know what you feel... Your family is beautiful, you are the bond that hold it together!
Your Montage is fabulous as is your wonderful little boy, you are truly lucky to have him in your life.
I am a nurse and I work with special children, your video is truly inspiring as are all the children who touch my life.
My best wishes to you and your family
What a delightful video! My 2yr old princess was also born 'genetically enhanced' :) We love your spirit and adore your baby. God bless you and your family.
Catherine, these videos are just so beautiful to watch. it brings such a smile to my face when Nolen smiles and laughs. You can HEAR the love for your little man in every word you say !! I have three kids and being a 59yr old father there the love of my life. You & Nolen are an Insperation too all! Blessed Be
Share it with anyone and everyone! Thanks!
How beautiful. This video is truly inspireing. I have a 9mos old son who was born with a rare cancer and he has shown us that God can give you the most precious gifts. Your lil guy is an insperation to us all.
Hi Cathrine..Congratulations ..what an amazing and inspiring video is this.. I have one son with CP.. One of the yahoo group member has addressed this clip and if you do not mind i would like to share it with some other groups..I am deeply impressed.. Please give a big kiss to him and a big hug..Derya (mom to Emir)
Donations for what? I don't know anything about that. I have bought several copies myself and never heard about that. Maybe you can ask them to clarify. Sorry, I am no help to you.
Someone mentioned donations. If we buy a video, do you get a portion of that? Or, how do we make donations?
This is TRULY BEAUTIFUL!!! It should be on TV. I am passing it along to all of my support groups. Thanks for sharing with us. Susan
What a sweet boy! My darling son will be 14 on the 20th (if he doesn't drive me to distraction between now and then). His antics are pretty amazing. He made lunch today...5 tablespoons of mayo and mustard on two pieces of bread with one piece of bologna...and a solid inch of muenster cheese!
The ride gets better every day!
Thank you for all of your comments. They are very touching. I am honored that my montage has touched so many people. Nolan is my inspiration and my guiding light. I feel so blessed. What an amazing journey this is!
Side note: Nicole do you know about http://www.livingwithtrisomy13.org ? I was asked to pass that info along to you. You can find great support there.
I loved your video and applaud you for it! Hooray someone else standing up for our special little children. It is also wonderful for me to see another child with Trisomy still living. Unfortunately here in Colorado I have not met anyone, yet, that has a living child with Trisomy. My daughter Emily has Trisomy 13 and we were blown away with the news at her birth that she would not have long to live. Emily will be 12 on January 11th. Amazing? She lived twelve years longer than anyone expected. These children are God's special messengers be their lives short or long. Take care and God bless. Nicole
This was AWSOME.Disability is natural!People say things like that to us all the time.
He looks "normal" or "oh how sad"
God has a plan.Thesse kids are Special and can teach us :)
I LOVED YOUR SITE I ALSO HAD DAUGTHER WITH TRISOMY AND EVERY TIME I SEE YOUR SITE I WISH SHE WOULD STILL BE IN MY ARMS BECAUSE NOT LIKE U I DID NOT ACCEPT GOD GAVE ME THIS BABY FOR A REASON BUT KNOW SHE IS GONE AND I MISS HER !!!!!!!!!!!
What a wonderful video! I have just passed it on to the Web-master of the Swedish Down Syndrome Association, hoping she will post it on our web-site.
Thank you, Catherine.
Malin (another proud mother)
From one March 05 mommy to another, Catherine you are an inspiration and make me want to be a better mom and woman.
I can be contacted at email@example.com
Thank you for sharing this, it's beautiful.
I would like to contact Catherine, does anyone know how I can go about this?
Catherine, thank you for this video. I would like to borrow your idea and make a similar video for in-service trainings that I plan on giving to health care professionals. Is that ok? Your words on the black frames are so powerful. You are just as beautiful as your son. Thanks for putting so many emotions into a tangible form!!!! Jane - firstname.lastname@example.org
Your son is beautiful! What an amazing story your video tells of how great your love for him is. And your faith that God does not make mistakes. My son has DS and he is 12. He is a joy in our lives. I would not trade our experiences with him for anything in the world. I look at him and see the meaning of God's love in our lives. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for this beautiful video!! I am going to give this link to all new parents I meet!!!
I have a son with Down syndrome that is 5 months old. AND BEAUTIFUL!
Thank you again
It all makes me think of a slogan I just saw on a t-shirt at Cafe Press today: "Love doesn't count chromosomes."
This is so beautiful...and so moving...I'll post and link to it from our trisomy 13 support site.
we are in perth western australia.our lil princess samantha-lee has DS.is 28mths and is an absolute priceless member of our family.having 2 older brothers she knows how to hold her own.was walking@19mths and doing everything very much the norm.thnks for this montage it is gorgeous.made me smile&cry.proud to be a mum of a DS toddler.
I posted this on my blog, and I hope you get the donations that you need to reach your goal. Nolan is truely a Miracle, and a very special child. Watching your video brings tears to my eyes, but not out of sadness, but joy for you and your family. You are truely blessed, but then again you already know that. !!!!
What a loving tribute to sweet, sweet Nolan. Every time I see this, it brings a happy tear to my eyes. Catherine, I posted this on my blogs and I hope that many more people can see the miracle that is Nolan.
Sindoor Desai, Mom to Sujeet Desai ,a musician born with Down Syndrome who has shown the world with his achivements that " Nothing is Impossible" if you are loved and accepted as you are. And Catherine , your viddeo with Nolan just proves that. Each photo slide is beautiful and the added quotes make its just perfect for readers to rrealize how beautiful Angles like Nolan 's to Sujeet's generation make difference in the world . Good Luck.!!
I was forwarded the link to this video... I don't know you or your baby but it was absolutely beautiful. My mom was told at 19 when she had her first child, that he had DS and she needed to put him in a home and forget that she even had a child. This video is helping to change that old mind-set. My mom didn't listen and my oldest brother is now 37 and a huge part of our family.
Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for sharing your precious video with me, I was overwhelmed by how beautiful you and your son are. I am priveledged to run a home for children with severe learning disabilities who cannot live with their families any longer and live with the pleasures they bring every day.
Your video is beautiful. We are truely blessed with our children Down Syndrome or not. Our 4 month old son has Down Syndrome and everything you said touched our hearts. Thank You.
Your son is absolutly BEAUTIFUL~
THANK YOU SO VERY MUSH FOR THIS VIDEO, IT IS GREAT. I HAVE A 23 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER WITH DOWNS AND YOU ARE SO RIGHT. SHE IS SPECIAL, SHE HAS TAUGHT US SO MUCH. APRIL IS A TRUE BLESSING FROM GOD.
you will always give unconditional love and you are beautiful .we have the privelege of caring for a young man who has angelmanns syndrome and he may be a little difficult at times but always manages to cancel the bad stuff with one look or hug all the love in the world to you all xxxxxxxxxxx
Thank you so much! your video was very inspiring. My son is 3 and is a great joy in my life. He has completely revolutionized it !!!
OMG--That was beautiful--it really made me appreciate the simple little things in my life that I may take for granted. After watching your video, I cried because of how much I love my 2 month old son. That doesn't change for ANYBODY!! I know you will enjoy him, just as you would enjoy any other child, because he's a part of you and hubby and he's your baby!
This is video is absolutely beautiful I will share your joy with everyone I know. What an insporation.
addendum to below: My son is 3 yrs old, not 31. Just a typographical error. oh well.
I LOVE this video. Nolan is a gorgeous boy!!! Have a 3 1/2 yr old boy with DS and he is amazing. Every child is special,DS or not. As long as kids are loved, they will do their best. We have all been given "gifts". This video should be a "Down Syndrome Awareness" commercial. It says it all so perfectly!!! Enjoy him.
How wonderful! My daughter Taylor is 14 with DS and all of what you say is so true...stubborn? I like headstrong better...won't spit or bite? NOT TRUE of Taylor ! She did - and it took FOREVER to get past that! Grocery bagger? NOPE...HOOTERS GIRL! That's her dream job! But they say at school she should be able to work a desk job...or with her loving, caring and compassionate nature, work in a profession caring for others...take care of this precious gem, he's truly God's gift and you are very blessed! Thanks for sharing him!
You have the most beautiful son I have ever seen! He is going to touch so many lives!
You and your son are beautiful. Your video was very touching.
why couldn't i have seen this the day after stan was born...would have helped so much.
Amazing. you must be very proud of Nolan.
I loved this montage. I see your family's love and pride in every frame. You go Nolan!
I love the video. I adopted a son with Down Syndrome at 2 months old. He is now 13 years old and he is beautiful and the love in my life. Thank you for sharing.
Awesome, that is a beautiful testament to true life, love and God. Your son is beautiful and it looks as if he could not have asked for better parents.
Wow. Bought back some strong emotions, My son is now 20 years old has Down syndrome. What pleasure he has given us in all those years. Thank you for sharing your video. I hope the next 20 years for you is as fun and exciting as ours has been. We have learnt so much from our son. He truly is special to us and everyone who knows him.
absolutely gorgeous and truly wonderful, we have a gorgeous 14day old daughter with Down syndrome, thanks so much for sharing that special video
Wow! Thank you so very, very much...... I have a 19 year old son with Downs and autistm...... I cried all the way through the video and shared the site with many friends.. God bless your precious little one and your whole family. Terry
My sister sent me this, my son Brandon has a disablity, and you took the words right out of my mouth. It's beautiful! Thank you for sharing!
My son, who has a son with Down's, sent this to me. I'm going to pass it on to an e-mail friend who has just had a baby with Down's. The comment about being stubborn reminds me so much of Thomas!
Thank you for sharing your video. My best friend just found out that her baby (she is pregnant) has down syndrome. I am researching all I can for her because she is not sure whether to have the baby or abort the baby. I will make sure she sees your video and is aware that these babies are wonderful! You have a beautiful child. Thank you for sharing the joy of having him with us!
Although I can't seem to get the video to work (computer issues) I also wanted to to say that having a son with DS has been an honor and a great blessing. He just turned 1 and every day, he continues to just shine! I feel like I won the lottery! The fact that God entrusted me with John is such a wonder. I hope I can live up to the blessings he has given us. Thank you for sharing your story.
Catherine, I know your joy. My daughter, Madeline, has brought me into this ... true love you celebrate in your video. I want to thank you for sharing this -- it is a ministry to others. And, more importantly, I want to encourage mothers who have received a diagnosis that this joy is real...not some positive way of coping with a "bad" situation. I read comments posted here -- like those from a precious woman named Neva who is carrying a child they suspect might have DS-- and I remember my fear and concerns as I carried Madeline. She did not have a heart defect, but I was riddled with other concerns. Be encouraged, Neva, that when you hold your precious daughter in your arms, she will be perfect -- fit for God's purpose for her. Bless you, Catherine, and bless your family!
Thank you for reminding those of us with children with DS that they are more of a joy than not. My Rebecca just turned 3 and whe gives the most heart warming hugs and smiles-and she's so forgiving when we mess up. Your Nolan is lucky to have you as a mom.
This is a truly inspiring video & I hope that with it you will encourage and educate many. Having a child with Down syndrome is not a bad thing, it is just a different thing. And, like any child,they are a true blessing from God! THE ONLY HANDICAP A PERSON HAS ARE THE PEOPLE AROUND THEM! 'TM'
Thanks for reminding me that our children are opportunities for us all to do better in our lives. Sweet, sweet boy.
Absolutely breathtaking. Thank you for sharing this with the world, your message is so true and powerful. I can't imagine someone NOT welcoming your beautiful son in their life. My "enhanced" son is the love of our life, and I can see your son has brought you just as much happiness and fullfillment as mine has brought me. I hope and pray all of your family embraces your child.
That should be a book! What an excellent job you did in making that!!!! Here is mine if you are interested! My daughter Megan is 30 months and has 47 chromosomes too!
That is a terrific video. :) Our Jack, 33 mos., has Down Syndrome. He's such a gift too. Let's pray that peoples eyes will continue to open to the value of all souls. They have so much to give. Here's a great site for info. on helping a child with Down's to be healthier. http://www.einstein-syndrome.com/site_map.htm God bless. xo Jackster's Mom xo
this is a very cute baby! and also a very cute mom, i must say!
I have recently been informed that the baby I am 36 wks Pg with has AV Canal. I also was informed of the risk of her having down syndrome due to the AV Canal. I opted to continue my preg and have been concerned every since. You gave me the strength to push on. I watched your montage and fell in love with what I saw. I hope that whether my little girl has DS or not I am as good a mommy as you appear to be. Thank you for sharing your video.
This video has touched me so deeply I'm drawn to view it repeatedly and am filled with incredible emtion each time. Thank you for sharing! I will be sharing this beautiful video with others with every opportunity.
Thank you so much for sharing. My daughter is now 14 and there are continual challenges every day. It has been a long time since I cried with joy about having a child with Down Syndrome. Thank you for reminding me about all the positives. I will remember your montage for a long time. Please remember it also when tough times face you in the future. You are really grounded.
What a BEAUTIFUL baby! His eyes are happy in every picture. God blessed you with each other, a perfect match, how lucky your baby boy is to be loved so much!
Watched this thru the Feb. 2006 babycenter board and I have to say WOW you did such a wonderful job and you baby is a doll he's adorable it brought tears to my eyes even encouaged me to finally make one of my own. Thanks
The montage of your son is just beautiful! I cried a bucket after seeing it. He is such a blessing and a gift from heaven! I'm from BBC July 05 board. God bless!!
Hey! What a great montage, by baby is now 3 weeks old, Gabby Grace, she was also born with Down's. She is the love of my life, and I your montage really pulled me out of the dull drums! I was feeling so sad and terrible and I saw this and it has totally changed my perspective! THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!
Your video montage is very inspiring. I too have a disABILITY caused from birth. Brachial Plexus Palsy & I can understand the scrutiny your son can go through from uninformed people. He's got a wonderful mother & you have a gorgeous little guy. His smile just melts my heart. I too saw your video from the BBC Feb 06 board.
Amen. Well said. Our granddaughter, Kyndra, is a blessing is so many ways.
HI, my name is Veronica. I saw your montage on BBC Feb 06 board. I want you to know it is absolutely beautiful as well as, you and your son. Thank you for shareing.
You don't have to explain yourself to me Bucko, your on my desktop photo darn near every week. Looking forward to the future...
Hi, my name is Kim. My husband and I have a beautiful 13 yr old daughter, Carolyn. We feel truely blessed to be her parents. Not a day goes by that she does not fill my heart with love and laughter. Your son is awesome. He will never cease to amase you. Everyday will be an adventure. You (we) are truely blessed, we have something special in our lives.
Hi, your post on babycenter has been passed around to our birth club (Nove 05). I watched your video montage and just wanted to say that you have an absolutely beautiful son. The love you have for him and him for you is obvious and AWESOME.
Thanks so much for sharing,
I was invited to your montage by a friend who knows that I've faced many of the same thoughts and feelings as you. I am "Momma" to Emma, 6 years old with DS. Your son is beautiful and you've been given a wonderful gift. My husband summed up our situation to our then 10 and 13 year old sons when Emma was born ~ "There are only 1 in 900 or so babies born with Down Syndrome and God chose us to give this baby to. He must think we're a pretty good family to trust us to raise her."
God must think you're pretty special too!
Absolutely beautiful. And your montage is too.
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