Inspired by the birth of my beautiful daughter Tessa Jo who was blessed with an extra 21st chromosome, TRISOMY TWENTY-ONEderful was created in 2012. I have graduated from a make-shift webpage/”blog” where it all started. I was moved by Tessa [or Buggy, Bug, Silly Head, etc.–all of which are nicknames you will often hear me call her by] to share our story and invite others to follow. I want to tell people that an extra chromosome is anything but tragic.
My husband Dan and I met in 2006 and were married in 2010. We live in a small southwest Wisconsin community and that’s where we will always be. That day I married my best friend and also officially received a stepson, Casin, whom you will hear much about in the blog.
A great place to start on TRISOMY TWENTY-ONEderful is to visit Tessa’s Birth Story.
This blog is a vault of my thoughts and, of course, the daily adventures of life with Tessa and the rest of our family. Here you will read much about our life with Tessa and how her Down Syndome has made a big impact on all of us.
“Those who don’t perceive beauty in the face of a person with Down Syndrome are blind to all beauty or are so fearful of difference that they must at once turn away from every encounter with it. In every face there is some precious aspect of the divine image of which we are a reflection, and if you look with an open heart, you can see an awesome beauty, a glimpse of something so radiant that it gives you joy.”
~Dean R. Koontz