By Laura Hickey

I knew as you grew in my belly you would be a sweet and special child and that you would touch the hearts of others.

We called you Rose before you were conceived, the one and only name on the list.

You arrived with such speed and strength but then slept and slept and slept. They told us you had T21 and we cried. We cried for ourselves, we cried for you, we cried because we didn’t understand .

You wake in the night and you babble and you smile. Your laugh is warm, generous and infectious. Your determination is admirable.

My heart is full of love and gratitude.
I am stronger and more compassionate, because of you my heart sings with joy.

Thank you Rose, my precious gift 🌹