We recently ended our first term of homeschooling (I plan to post their first term “exams” later so they can show their grandparents all they’ve learned). My original plan had been to do a “Holiday Term” for the rest of the year where we would focus on holiday books, songs, activities, etc. I had also really wanted to get our family involved in a service project. Although we try to find ways to bless others throughout the year, I really wanted to do a project with the kids that would last throughout the holiday season to emphasize that Christmas/Jesus are not “all about me and making sure I get what I want”…..that instead it is about daily dying to what you personally really want and saying “not my will but Yours.”
I decided that we would become a Christmas Warrior on Reece’s Rainbow to a baby boy named Adam with Down Syndrome who is looking for a family. I chose this as our project because I wanted our kids to know 1) It doesn’t matter what you have going on in your own life; you can always find ways to bless other people and 2) Children with special needs are just as precious as any other child. In the last couple years I have become very interested in advocating for children with Down’s Syndrome because I believe what we see happening to many of them is a foreshadowing of what may happen in the future to children with Autism once testing for Autism becomes a part of the prenatal experience (and it’s coming….they’ve already started on it).
Irregardless of your personal beliefs, when 90% (in the USA) of a population is exterminated because they are different, doesn’t that sound an awful lot like what Hitler tried to do to the Jews, Gypsies, and many other lesser known groups including those with Down’s Syndrome (who were actually FIRST on his hit list)? Who will advocate for those that cannot advocate for themselves? How would you feel as a woman (for example) if you knew babies were being aborted late term strictly because they were girls and not boys (and yes, that DOES happen right here in the USA)? Are you any less valuable as a person because you are a woman? Of course not! Women are able to contribute unique things to the human population that men can’t….an obvious example would be the ability to bear and sustain children.
I believe that I (and my children) are valuable members of society not INSPITE of our disabilities but BECAUSE of our disabilities. Temple Grandin once said regarding Autism, “What would happen if the autism gene was eliminated from the gene pool? You would have a bunch of people standing around in a cave, chatting and socializing and not getting anything done.” Children with Down’s Syndrome are also just as valuable to society not INSPITE of their disabilities but BECAUSE of their disabilities. I believe that God created each of us to be unique because He wanted to place a little of Himself in each one of us, and it is through this unique palate of people that makes up the world that we are able to learn more about who God really is. But, it takes special people, called parents, to love and encourage a child with special needs in order for him to grow up to be all that he can be! Our goal as Adam’s Christmas Warrior is to pray for Adam, work to find Adam a family, and try to increase his funds available for adoption by $1,000.
I started out with big plans for our Christmas Warrior project. I planned for our family to make and sell bags of blocks on Etsy with all funds going to Adam’s adoption fund, to do a giveaway and fundraiser through Mommy and Me Giveaways, in addition to donating some of our own money. However, with the results from the allergy test last week, life for our family has changed dramatically. We will still continue to be Adam’s Christmas Warrior because no matter what you have going on in your own life God can still use you to bless to someone else…no matter how little you feel like you have to give. However, we probably won’t be able to do nearly as much as we had originally hoped. If there is anyone else out there that would like a Christmas project to do with your family this year, you are more than welcome to share ours….there is plenty of work to go around!