Monday, January 5, 2009

Road Map

A couple of weeks after Dylan was born, my dad, a man of few words, left the book, Road Map to Holland by Jennifer Graf Groneberg, on my kitchen counter. I believe it was his way of reassuring me that everything was going to be o.k. That I did not need to worry as much as I was. That I would get through this.

I do not think I am able to put into words just how much this book has impacted me and my life with Dylan. It literally set the scene for how our new life with Down syndrome began.

I watched this today. It was posted by Jennifer Graf Groneberg on her blog Pinwheels.

I found it truly amazing how watching it brought me back to the place I was in 6 months ago. So many emotions...

Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing your story.

7 comments:

Kimberly said...

You have certinly come along way L!
Love you!

Cleo said...

That’s so beautiful what your Dad did for your Laurie, to give you the best gift you most needed in those early days. You have being doing a remarkable job for the last 6 months!!!. I highly recommend Road Map to Holland to any parent, family member or friend. This wonderful book touched my heart deeply too. The love, honesty, acceptance and kindness, shown by Jennifer, again and again as a human being and mother is truly amazing. Their story is as inspiring as yours. Regarding their video, I love it. :}

jennifergrafgroneberg said...

Say, there was a Dad who wrote to me about his daughter, and how they had a baby with DS, and how he'd bought the book for her, but had read it first. He was such a sweet man, obviously concerned and very caring...

I wonder if it was YOUR Dad?

xo

Karly said...

I love her too. We are lucky to have such a kind guide to start our journey.

Derek, Kenzee and Gage! said...

That is a great little clip. Honestly, I have never seen that book! I have only heard the short story of Welcome to Holland. It sounds like something I would love to read, I'm going to have to look into it. You are a great mom, never forget it!

Nicole said...

I agree 100% about this book! Emily was born on October 29th and I immediately started doing research. I found the book online and took it out of the library...it helped me alot.

Cathy said...

The book helped me a lot too. it showed me that "it's gonna be OK".

How sweet of your father to leave Roadmap for you!!! My Dad, who never reads anything but the Bible, read the book Gifts. It's such a blessing to have such unconditional love not only for our children but for us too!