A Special Delivery

A Special Delivery

Hi. I’m Starr Ayers. And I’m the mother of a child with Down syndrome.


Our daughter was born with Down syndrome forty years ago. Yes, I said forty years ago. It’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the amount of time that has passed since her birth. When we were told that our child had a disability, it was impossible to imagine the next moment much less the next four decades. But I’m here to tell you we survived, and you will too. There is life after the birth of a special needs child, and it’s a good one. Trust me; your child will give you a multitude of reasons to smile again.


When our daughter was born, I was more anxious to know if she had ten fingers and ten toes than whether or not our baby was a boy or a girl. Counting all of her plump little fingers and toes, I breathed a sigh of relief and a silent prayer dedicating her to God and his will for her life. There was no way for me to realize the significance my prayer would have hours later when we were told our daughter had Down syndrome or know that I would want to retract my words of courage and submission.


Though I cringe to recall it, I hurled an internal defiant fist of hopeless accusation and resentment at God: “It would’ve been better for our child to have died than for her to live with the challenges she’ll face. What sort of God allows the affliction of one so innocent? Doesn’t Scripture say that God is the giver of all good and perfect gifts?”


In time, my answer came and the message of hope I grabbed hold of in Romans 8:28 became my lifeline.


“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good,for those who are called according to his purpose.”


The promise of all things, even the birth of a Down syndrome child, reveals the ability of a Sovereign God to take what we perceive as tragic and transform it into a beautiful gift―a gift that will change the lives of those who receive it.


Within our tiny parcel wrapped in pink came a contagious love, tied with our growing awareness of God’s enduring presence and his overwhelming desire for us to know him and experience his ways.


Yes! The birth of our special needs daughter was a "special delivery" indeed!


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Starr Ayers has a story featured in the new book Reasons to Smile: Celebrating People Living with Down Syndrome


04 January 2016


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Reasons to Smile is web and book series consisting of inspiring stories, by and about people living with special needs.


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