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October is Down syndrome Awareness Month – Get Involved!

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October is Down syndrome Awareness Month – Get Involved! I love the fall, for sure. But I also love a whole month dedicated to help educate the world about my two daughters with Down syndrome, Evie and Polly, and about so many individuals living in our communities who are amazing contributors to society. My CHALLENGE to you this month is to: –Share something about Down syndrome on social media (you can lift stuff from my blog at gillianmarchenko.com or from my Facebook page). Here’s a quick…

World Down Syndrome Day according to Polly, an 8 year old with Down syndrome

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World Down Syndrome Day is Saturday, March 21st Did you know that Saturday (3/21) is the 10th Anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day? People all over the world are doing their part: speaking in classes, passing out brochures, posting about it on Facebook, to make sure the word gets out. People with Down syndrome are more like the rest of us than different. My daughter Polly, 8 years old, explains Down syndrome… Polly and I put together a little video to help celebrate! We’d so appreciate…

Listen to me on ‘So Here’s the Thing’ podcast with Kathi Lipp

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Listen to me on ‘So Here’s the Thing’ podcast with Kathi Lipp Friends, today I am on a podcast called ‘So Here’s the Thing’ with Kathi Lipp about my book, what we do when life throws us curve balls, and what friends and family can say when someone they love has a child with a disability. I’d love for you to check it out and share it with others. Here’s what Kathi had to say about our exchange: “Just when you think you have this life…

I’m not crafty but I make Christmas ornaments… and books

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  I’m not crafty but I make Christmas ornaments… and books. The stockings are hung… The tree is up… The gifts are shipped. The wrapping paper is purchased to wrap the presents. And my Sun Shine Down Holiday Gift Sets are out the door. I made the Christmas ornaments here at home to go along with the book. The dough was easy: 1 cup salt, 2 cups flour, 1 cup water (or a little more if needed to for the dough to stick together). Spread…

Memoir holiday gift… Order yours today

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Memoir holiday gift… Order yours today Are you looking for that thoughtful, special, once in a lifetime gift for a friend, your mom, or another family member? I may have a nice solution for you. A lot of people love to read memoirs. I wrote Sun Shine Down about the birth of my daughter Polly and her diagnosis of Down syndrome in Ukraine. But it is not a sad book. It is a book of hope, honesty, and sunshine. For a limited time (until December…