Tuesday, November 19, 2013

DSAH Buddy Walk 2013

Part of the reason Kaitlin and the boys had come to Texas when they did was to participate in Buddy Walk on November 9th.  Kaitlin’s warrior of a Secondborn was born with Down syndrome in November of last year, and he has spent the first year of his life conquering statistic after statistic and odd after odd.  Part of his birthday celebration was joining other kiddos with Down syndrome and their families and friends at Buddy Walk.  

I was able to join Kaitlin, the boys, her in-laws, and her mom, sister, and brother-in-law at Minute Maid for a beautiful time of cheering, walking, and celebrating life in all its shapes and sizes.  Buddy Walk volunteers lined the route to yell out participants’ names and encourage their progress.  One little guy decided Secondborn was his new best friend and just loved and loved on him.  Melt my heart and find the waterproof mascara!!  I loved visiting with the Allen ladies and pushing along Firstborn as he took in the sights and sounds of such a happy crowd.

Kaitlin has blown me away this year as she has adjusted to being the mom of a sweet boy with special needs.  She is raw and honest and strong and brave, and Buddy Walk was as much to honor her achievements as it was Secondborn’s.  I am so proud of my dear friend and her amazing family!

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