An Ode to My Brother With Down Syndrome

There you are right there.  Brother of mine.  Standing near; full of support and love.  Forgive me for the times I have taken you for granted.  I can’t imagine life without you bro.  You are gracious, kind, and we are proud of the man you are.  You light up a room with your presence.  You are loyal and fun, and easily amused by our antics.  You are handsome.  Your life is ordained by God and you are here to live for His glory and purposes.  You matter.

I like to watch you and Hubby together; your bro-in-law, both sporting glasses and a goatee (well Hubby has a full beard at this point in time).  Sharing a love for sports, for the Lord, and for me!


As Hubby’s shirt says you know how to really, “Live Strong” Brian.  You have braved surgeries, changes, and difficult things in your life.  You make the most of your life by loving the Lord, caring for others, and being you (to quote Mary Poppins, ‘practically perfect in every way”)!

Deep Breaths:  Take a quiet moment and thank God for this day.  This day He has made; to live and move and love; and make a difference.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

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Katie Reid
Katie M. Reid is a tightly wound woman who fumbles to receive and extend grace in everyday moments. She delights in her hubby, four children (and one on the way) and their life in ministry. Hot or iced tea and cut-to-the-chase conversations are a few of her favorite things. Through writing, singing, speaking and photography, Katie encourages others to find grace in the unraveling of life. She has published articles via Focus on the Family, and MOPS. She has a memoir piece, about her brother with Down Syndrome, Extra Salt on the Fries, published in Tales of Our Lives: Reflection Pond and has recorded an album, Echoes of My Heart (both are available on Amazon).