Sunday, September 14, 2008

18 Reasons to Celebrate

Today Wes and I attended a birthday party for a very special person, Aaron. He was born 18 years ago and soon after birth, he was discovered to have Trisomy 13. His parents brought him home to love him and it was predicted his life would be a brief one. So, this was quite the celebration 18 years later! Wes and his brass group, The Swedish Fermata, played "Hail to the Chief" as Aaron was wheeled down a hallway to the cheers and flag waving of the attendees.
This is one of my favorite pictures. The smile on Aaron's face is radiant. Aaron couldn't wait to get to his cake! I took home more than just a camera filled with pictures, but also the way God works in mysterious ways beyond our comprehension. Here's a young man who can't walk and talk, can't cast a vote for any candidate, can't even blow out his birthday candles, yet he has made a mark in the world far greater than most anyone I know. His parents and sister are people you would love to know, and they have embraced Aaron arms wide open. Reread the list at the top and be humbled by this person...I know I have been in the company of an angel today.


Melissa said...

Geh! I got teary-eyed just reading the first few sentences of your post. What a special young man, and what a meaningful party!

simplicity said...

How neat that you were able to celebrate such a special birthday. It is very humbling.

Jed and Anne said...

Sweet post, mom! Aaron really has grown and defied all odds, hasn't he? I loved that list that you posted about the "18 things they said I'd never do" How fun that you could celebrate that occasion with them on Sunday!

Timi + Andrew said...

very heartfelt story, it really makes you appreciate every little moment in life :)

(By the way Deb, have you received the little package yet? Andrew sent it to you last Wednesday it should be there by now... )

The Lindahl News said...

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