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Perfectly Imperfect
Perfectly Imperfect

My son Chandler was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth. The minute they put him in my arms and I saw those almond-shaped eyes I knew that he was special. I cried tears of joy and uncertainty three years ago, but now everyday he reassures me with those same eyes and bright smile. He hugs me and everything is right with the world, and there are more "ups" than "downs" to having "a little something extra."He inspires everyone he meets and has taught us all a valuable lesson. Even the best gifts may not have perfect wrapping on the outside. It is the gift inside that counts. My biggest blessing by far has been the smallest. He is truly a blessing. He was put in my life for a reason. It was destiny. When he laughs, it is like music; his smile, like sunshine and you feel as if you are wrapped up in the arms of angel when he hugs you. Everyone he meets falls in love with him instantly, just as I did the day he was born. He has taught me a lot about love and life, and that each one has value. His, is priceless.




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Reyna Ayala , United States, VA
7/18/2013 8:31:23 AM
He's the sweetest and the cutest!!!

rosa shepherdson, United States, VA
3/11/2013 7:42:33 PM
My grandson is the light of my life.He is truly a blessing... a part of my heart beating outside of my chest.He has taught me so much about unconditional love. He may not be perfect to the world,but he is the epitome of perfection in my eyes. Having him in my life is truly a blessing.He is my inspiration. He brightens my every day..even on the bad days.His smile makes it all go away and I forget my worries.His mere presence makes it all disappear.Him having "something extra"makes the world love him more,just as I do.Love you Chancy.....xxoo, Grandma

Taniseshepherdson, United States, VA
3/4/2013 8:59:23 PM
I vote for my cousin channy

Melinda, United States, VA
3/4/2013 7:47:52 PM
I vote for Chandler!

Lakesha Mealy, United States, VA
3/4/2013 3:52:40 PM
What a great story! Chandler IS a special little boy that brings joy to anyone that crosses his path!!

Sharisse D, United States, VA
3/4/2013 2:05:14 PM
Very inspirational story! Chandler is going to grow up to be a fine young man. Many. Blessings to you and the family.

stephanieshepherdson, United States, VA
3/4/2013 1:18:34 PM
Thanks so much for allowing me to share my story with the world.It has been an interesting journey and I am looking forward to what's to come:)

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