Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Have Enriched Their Lives (cover image) Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children With Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives (Woodbine House, 2007)
This award-winning, bestselling anthology includes sixty-three personal essays written by mothers of children with Down syndrome, describing the gifts of respect, strength, delight, perspective, and love which their children have brought into their lives.

Read the introduction, “Two Birth Stories.”

Acceptance, courage, friendship, awareness, and joy–these are the gifts recounted in more than seventy inspirational essays. This follow-up to the bestselling Gifts presents a broader perspective by including passionate stories by family members, friends, teachers, doctors, and coaches on the joys of knowing and caring for someone with Down syndrome.

Read the introduction, “Gifts to Open.”


Motherhood is one of the most transforming experiences of a woman’s life— an exhausting, exhilarating, extraordinary journey. This collection of writings celebrates the season of mothering young children, illustrating its unique challenges and delights, and revealing its deep significance.

Read the introduction, “Beginning.”



Dance with Them: 30 Stumbling Mothers Share Glimpses of Grace (Segullah Books, 2010)

Enjoyable as a sequel to The Mother in Me as well as a stand-alone volume, this anthology of personal essays and poetry begins on the first notes of middle childhood and concludes with the finale of high school graduation. With candor, insight, and the bittersweet inspiration Segullah writers are known for, its pages explore a wide variety of turning points that come in the outward motion of family life and the inward dynamics of personal growth.

Read the introduction.

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