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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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The Pity Party by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I admit to feeling sorry for myself as I was again sitting in the room usually reserved for nursing mothers watching Bo play with blocks. When we returned to this church, ... Read on »
Haters in Disguise? by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I'm feeling discouraged and overwhelmed by the world around me. Do you ever feel that way?  The family is good. While it's the usual crazy and loud, it's not overwhelmi ... Read on »
An Apology by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I need to apologize.  In my last post, An Open Letter to Matt Walsh , I made an assumption. Nevermind that I simply parroted an assumption that Matt made first.  I ... Read on »
An Open Letter to Matt Walsh by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Dear Matt, Can I call you Matt? I feel like I can. I've been reading your blog for awhile now. So many of your posts make me want to stand up and cheer. One of my fav ... Read on »
The Day I Let Dave Down by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome It was bake sale day at the sub-acute rehab and long term care facility where I work as an occupational therapist. The facility was having a fundraiser to benefit the Nati ... Read on »
Happy Homecoming Day! And Thank You! by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome One year ago, three very exhausted people unboarded a plane late in the evening of a quiet airport. One never even woke up to meet those that met us at the airport with ba ... Read on »
Where is the Disconnect & How Do We Bridge the Gap? by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I don't fault her for her honesty, although I admit the words stung a bit when I first read them. She is dear to me and has been a wonderful support as a fellow adoptive m ... Read on »
The Pregnancy Scare by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I learned something about myself today. I like to think of myself as sure, as confident, as immune to the stares and whispers of others. You can't live as counter-cultural ... Read on »
But God... by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Setting off on our adoption journey, we were sure that we would be rescuing a child from one of those awful institutions we heard so much about. In fact, when we found out ... Read on »
Pox Parties by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I want to say this with humility and grace. A day or two ago, I wanted to come on here and say it with guns blazing. That's the problem with being a justice girl. Everythi ... Read on »
Not Taking on a Lot - I Serve with Joy by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome "You're taking on a lot, having two of them," she said in that matter-of-fact, almost accusatory way school teachers sometimes have.  One of the things I love most abou ... Read on »
Two Worlds by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome It's the middle of December and I find myself on the ride that has no working brakes. Careening along from one festive event to the next harried shopping trip with no time ... Read on »
Absolutely and Bologna by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome My boy's surgery was a complete success which was an odd reason to find myself sobbing all the way home from the hospital, but there I was. He will hear and, more importan ... Read on »
Easier by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Sometimes, I don't realize how hard things are until they get easier. And sometimes, I don't recognize they've gotten easier until they just have and I realize I have time ... Read on »
The Boots of Rememberance by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome He remembers. These boots that drew his attention to me, just one adult in a sea of many the first day we met, he remembers them. I wondered if he would when I zipped them ... Read on »
Dispelling Myths by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I was reading a book to Eon that paraphrased the Lord's prayer for children. As I was reading, we were discussing the pictures and the text. The drawing portrayed a lit ... Read on »
Different by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I originally wrote this post in March for World Down Syndrome Day, but forgot to publish it. Oops! So, Happy Down Syndrome Awareness Month, instead! The National Down S ... Read on »
Tough Questions by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I knew it was coming as soon as the words left my mouth. I opened a door and there was no closing it now. Six-year-old Zak asked me how come Bo's fingers are stuck togethe ... Read on »
All Mine by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome "Are they all yours?"This is, by far, the question I get the most when people learn I have eight kids. One day I will respond, "Okay, you got me. I threw in the neighbor k ... Read on »
Re-homing by Tara Lakes Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Twenty minutes of waiting and nothing to show for it, I realized not everyone who advertises on the internet is what they seem. I wish the parents highlighted in this arti ... Read on »