Shortly after we found out about Joaquin's diagnosis I read an article in the Sacramento Bee about Trig's birth to Governor Sarah Palin in Alaska and I told Jen to send her a note with our support. A few weeks later we got an email from Palin's mother, who was helping her handle her mail, thanking us for our kind note and congratulating us as well. As you can imagine, we were very surprised and elated when we heard the news about McCain's pick for his VP running mate.
We know that talking about politics is a sure way to stir up emotions and make some enemies but we have been wanting to write something about this since the news broke but we didn't want to use this blog as a media to express our political views. Nevertheless, last night Jen and I watched Sarah Palin's speech and were touched and excited to hear her talk about families with special needs.
Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge. And children with special needs inspire a very, very special love.
To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message for you: For years, you've sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters. And I pledge to you that, if we're elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House.
So politics aside, you have to agree that as a family with a baby boy with Down syndrome those words are a breath of fresh air and if nothing else give us hope of a better future for Joaquin and all children with special needs.