26 responses

  1. Christina Berry
    March 20, 2014

    This is a most precious post. Thank you, Michael, for writing it and for sharing your experience. You have a beautiful family.

  2. sandi
    March 21, 2014

    This was awesome! The BEST I have ever read!!! It shows an entire “other” side to Michael!!! Michael? You are an awesome Daddy and Husband….and I am VERY PROUD to have YOU as my Son-In-Law!!!!

    We Love You!!

  3. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    March 21, 2014

    My cousin has downs and she’s actually almost 30. Back when she was born, it was still during the time when special needs kids were ushered to a special class which was separate from the rest of the kids. Her mom fought hard to have my cousin included with the “regular” kids and she won. I thought that was such a great way to get the other kids used to hanging out with someone with downs so that she wouldn’t be made to feel like she didn’t belong. Now my cousin is a highly functioning adult, who just got married to her hubby, who also has downs – and they just got their first apartment.

  4. Amy
    March 21, 2014

    Such a beautiful post. It is great hearing how you were feeling through her pregnancy. Jack is such an adorable lil boy. I love watching him grow up!

  5. Sarah B
    March 21, 2014

    What a wonderful post!! Jack is blessed to have such a loving father! Thank you for sharing your feelings and being so honest!

  6. Kimberly Grabinski
    March 21, 2014

    What a touching post! I was “advanced maternal age” with our daughter and we turned down all of the genetic testing. We knew it would be difficult either way but the bottom line is that she would be ours no matter what and we would just love whomever we were blessed with.

    I don’t have a lot of experience with Down Syndrome but I do know that they always being a smile to my face when I meet them. While most people are in a hurry or cranky or indifferent, people with Down Syndrome are always so welcoming and joyful. We could learn a lot from them.

  7. Francine @ Teresa’s Family Cleaning
    March 21, 2014

    Thank you for sharing your story. Beautiful.

  8. Lois Alter Mark
    March 21, 2014

    Beautiful post. Thanks for sharing this — I think it will make a difference to a lot of people.

  9. Jen Temcio @dapperhouse
    March 21, 2014

    Oh My goodness. I am crying. What beautiful love from a father :) YAY!!! Happy Down Syndrome day – I am glad that you have some one so miraculous to celebrate!!!

  10. Mary
    March 21, 2014

    Great post and a great Dad! It’s ok to have those feelings, we are human after all. But then god comes in and takes care of us and points us in the right direction. I am so happy there are many Jack’s in the world. They are the ones that teach us, not the other way around. Here is to wearing lots of crazy socks!

  11. Sandra
    March 21, 2014

    Beautiful, still have goose bumps and happy tears in my eyes.

  12. Robyn
    March 21, 2014

    Such a beautiful story. What a lucky Dad and little boy!

  13. Laurie – Steals and Deals for Kids
    March 21, 2014

    Wow! I have tears streaming down my face right now. What an awesome husband and daddy! God always has a plan – sometimes we don’t understand it – one day we will – but for now, embrace the day and love, love, love!! Jack is beautiful!

  14. Jennifer B
    March 21, 2014

    This is such a beautiful post! Jack is a beautiful little boy!

  15. Lisa Jones
    March 21, 2014

    What A Great Dad Kudos To Him!!Congrats!!

  16. Pam
    March 21, 2014

    What a wonderful post! I could feel your love for Jack. I have enjoyed watching him grow since I began reading your blog.

  17. Dawn Lopez
    March 21, 2014

    What an amazing story about Jack. Thanks for opening up to share this experience from your point of view… as a dad. Jack is beautiful, I love all of your photos (the one of the ultrasound is also absolutely the cutest ever!). Thanks for sharing the Lots Of Socks program, that sounds awesome!

  18. Lisa
    March 21, 2014

    This is such a great post. It made me cry.

  19. Brett
    March 21, 2014


    Thanks for sharing your journey with is. We love jack from all the way in connecticut <3

  20. Aly Mashrah
    March 21, 2014

    Awh, this is such a heart-warming post. I loved hearing about Jack from his sister and now from his daddy too. Your family is awesome!

  21. christine jessamine
    March 21, 2014

    I love this story, what a cutie you have in your family. I have an Aunt with Down Syndrome. She is in her 40s now and is one of the most talented people I know. I did not know about today being national Down Syndrome day, I am putting on socks now (-:

  22. Liz Mays
    March 21, 2014

    The daddy love here is so touching and brought tears to my eyes. I love how you described your feelings!

  23. Tess
    March 21, 2014

    What beautiful photos! I just found out about the ock program too.

  24. Mama to 5 BLessings
    March 22, 2014

    I wish I could reach through this computer and hug your family. I have been reading this series from you and even though I do not know what it’s like to have a child with Downs Syndrome I would think it would be a blessing. Praise God that you did not listen to the doctors and their suggestions. Your family appears to be giving this sweet boy and awesome home and a loving atmosphere.

  25. Debbie Denny
    March 22, 2014

    Beautiful and amazing story. Honest and loving!

  26. Debi@ The Spring Mount 6 Pack
    March 23, 2014

    A very beautiful story. I love hearing it from a dad’s point of view.

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