“It looks like you’ve had a hard year”. Reflection on 2015.

What an astonishingly beautiful blog, portraying the love of parents and a sibling for a new family member with Down syndrome!

I am not one for New Years resolutions, however this year I have set myself one.  One blog post per week, published on Sunday night, commencing today.  So, without further ado:

Christmas is now over, the new year is upon us and Elva’s first birthday is just around the corner.  The past year was incredible, amazing, wonderful, exhausting, overwhelming, heartbreaking, healing, filled with love and joy, and the most intense and possibly greatest year of my life.  We learned and grew, broke and re-formed.  It is a year that I hold dear in my heart, and never want to live through again.

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Just before Christmas we were out finalising gift shopping and Elva became frantic for a feed.  I flopped down on the nearest seat and proceeded to nurse.  Sharing the seat with us were a grandmother and her grandson.  Rory and the boy (who was maybe 4 or 5)…

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These Syrian Girls Have Big Dreams

http://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/when-i-grow-up#.vnQzNrN85

Dreams are powerful things, and so is photography. These Syrian girls show such strength and hope.  Photographer Meredith Hutchison, in a project called Vision Not Victim, sponsored by the International Rescue Committee, invited Syrian refugee girls to dress in the roles they dreamed of one day taking on.  And, yes, each girl received a copy of the photo to remind her and inspire family.

 

Malala Speaks Up (Again) for Syrian Children

 

In this powerful video, Malala has hope that the Syrian child refugees will survive and one day be able to return home.  That hope, however, is dampened by the grave concerns she has for what may be the irreparable damage that has been done to these young lives.  The statistics are as staggering as they are frightening.

Malala tells their story for the world to hear.

It doesn’t have to be that way!  Syrian children need money for an education.  Let’s help them come home and rebuild their country.