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Tara Lakes

I am the proud momma of a beautiful baby boy who happens to have brought an extra chromosome to the party. He is the youngest of six fabulous children. Down syndrome is teaching us much about life, love, faith, and fear, and we are blessed to be part of his journey.
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Dear Conservatives by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Dear Conservatives, I used to be one of you, exclusively. In the interest of objectivity, I’ll throw out my bias here and let you know, politically speaking, I have no id ... Read on »
Coveting Freedom by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I turned off the computer and went to bed, completely green with envy. Sleep wouldn’t come. One of my friends was jetting off to an exotic land on a missions trip with her ... Read on »
About Church Criticism by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Someone linked this  Open Letter to All the People Writing (And Sharing) Open Letters About What’s Wrong with The Church  on Facebook and received a lot of positive feedba ... Read on »
Two Years My Son by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Two years ago, we did what, at the time, seemed like the bravest, craziest, scariest thing. We left our seven children in the care of various people, flew across the world ... Read on »
Forty-Five, and What Remains by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome So, I turn forty-five on the fifth of next month. FORTY-FIVE! How the heck did that happen?!? I very clearly remember being in my twenties. Wasn’t that just last week? I r ... Read on »
What Faith Is Not by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:11. I memorized it in the second grade at the little Baptist school I attended, bu ... Read on »
Hospital Jesus by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome The radio preacher’s words echoed back to me, “Without Jesus in our Christmas season, we have no reason to celebrate.” I knew he was right and I was ashamed that in my has ... Read on »
Change is in the Air by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I started blogging here shortly after the birth of Eon as a way of processing my feelings and experiences, as well as connecting with others on a similar journey. I added ... Read on »
Blessing The Special Needs Mom by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I was asked to speak at a MOPS group on the topic of "encouraging, supporting, and loving moms of kids with special needs." Of course, I was thrilled to be asked and even ... Read on »
Be the One by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome We did not attend church today as several of our crew are fighting the upper respiratory infection I brought home from work and we decided not to spread it around.  A f ... Read on »
That by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome We were talking about adoption. She admitted that she's not open to special needs. "Not everyone can do that," she said. I didn't hear the rest of the conversation, so ... Read on »
I Don't Have My Sh*t Together by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome One of my co-workers made a crack the other day that hurt my feelings. While she said it in a joking way, she basically called me out on my slacker tendencies. I ruminated ... Read on »
Disability and Friendship by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome "So proud of my daughter," she gushed. "Out of all the kids in her class, she chose to befriend the child with a disability and now even wants to have a play date with her ... Read on »
In Living Color by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome When Eon was born five years ago, someone said to me of the special needs journey, "The highs are higher and the lows are lower." They were right.  I see it in color ... Read on »
To the Woman Who Gave Birth to My Son... by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Dear Bogdan's birthmother, Five years ago today, your dream of motherhood became a reality. I imagine your trek to the hospital. After ten long years of infertility, th ... Read on »
The Dawn Breaks by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome What's the expression? It's always darkest before the dawn? I can certainly relate to that saying.  My posts have been dark as of late, full of worry tinged with despai ... Read on »
First Day of Kindergarten PANIC! by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Tomorrow, I put a kindergartner on a bus for the first time. While he is my sixth child, he is my first ever to attend public school. All the rest are homeschooled.  Ho ... Read on »
Trapped in Church: An Update of Sorts by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Three weeks ago, I wrote a blog post documenting our experience visiting a church for the first time and feeling trapped in the middle of a row, wrestling Bo to keep the o ... Read on »
Special Needs And The Church, Revisited by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Yesterday, I wrote  a post on what the church can do to help those families dealing with special needs. It was a good post. I made some valid points. Today, I want to d ... Read on »
What Is The Church To Do? by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome A blogger friend of mine posted a letter she received from her church informing her of the new policy in the children's ministry department and how it will affect her fami ... Read on »