Recently, I had the pleasure of taking pictures of Blake, Landon, and Connor, three precious boys who I will not ever forget. They signed up for a mini-session with me, and we had agreed to meet at the park behind one of our local elementary schools. Immediately, I could tell I was going to like this family.
Their mom hopped out of the car and told me she just wanted some pictures of her 3 boys. She let me know that Connor, her youngest child had Down syndrome, and they wanted pictures now because October is Down syndrome Awareness Month. How wonderful! I was so happy to get to be a part of this and meet these sweet boys.
The love shown between these three boys was heartwarming! Blake, the oldest, kept a tight hold on Connor, and sweet Landon kept stealing kisses from Connor throughout the entire shoot. Connor was all smiles watching his big brothers turning his head to look at each one of them. It was so fun to watch them interact together. What lucky boys they are to have each other.
Mom and Dad did not come to the photo shoot with plans to have their picture taken, but I convinced them to get in a few shots! I’m so happy I did, because watching all 5 of them interact was just as much fun as watching Blake, Landon and Connor. And getting to see how Connor responds to his Mom & Dad was so special. What a wonderful family.
When I got home, I logged onto my computer to see what I could find out about Down syndrome, and came across the National Association for Down Syndrome website (NADS). It has quite a bit of information on how you can donate and help in your community, as well as a calendar of events! Please take the time to check it out.
NADS is the oldest organization in the country serving individuals with Down syndrome and their families. It was founded in Chicago in 1961 by parents who chose to go against medical advice and raised their children with Down syndrome at home. Their pioneering efforts have made it easier for later generations of individuals with Down syndrome to be accepted by their families and communities, to develop their capabilities, and to work towards independence.
So as you are enjoying this cooler weather during the month of October, take the time to learn more about Down syndrome and consider making a donation to support NADS to celebrate Down syndrome Awareness Month!
Until next time…
Links to more Down syndrome information below: