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Check Out Our Top Posts of 2017

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It’s hard to believe we’re just a few hours away from the end of 2017. For our family, this year was definitely a mix of hard times and good times…with the birth of our 3rd son being one of the highlights of the year. I’ve also been blogging much more frequently on Noah’s Dad this year, which I really enjoy. I also started a new personal blog as well!

With that being said I wanted to share the top five posts that I published on our blog in 2017. If you missed any of them, be sure to check them out.

Our Top Blog Posts of 2017

1. People With Down Syndrome Don’t Have “Special Needs” – In this post I shared a video that Lauren Potter, who played Becky on the television show, “Glee”, appeared in. This was a humous video that explained why people who have Down syndrome don’t have “special needs.” If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check it out!

2. A Letter to Noah’s First Grade Teacher On His First Day of School – Noah started the 1st grade this year! In this blog post I shared a letter that my wife wrote to his teacher on the first day of school. The goal of the letter was to help the teacher get to know Noah, as well as share a few of the unique challenges that Noah faces as a child with Down syndrome. Feel free to use this letter as a template for your own child if you’d like.

3. 10 Things to Never to Say to a Parent of a Child with Down Syndrome – If you’re a parent of a child with Down syndrome you may have heard phrases such as; “I’m so sorry.”, “Is he ok?”, and many others. In this blog post I share the top 10 things to never say to a parent of a child with Down syndrome. Feel free to pass it along to a friend if you need to. 🙂

4. Ice, Ice, (We’re Having a) Baby!– In this blog post we shared with everyone that we were having a third child. We also shared a super fun video of us creatively sharing the news with my wife’s mom! Her reaction was priceless.

5. How a Chick-Fil-A Employee Changed My Idea of “Meaningful” Work – In this blog post I shared a story of a girl with Down syndrome I saw working at Chick-Fil-A that changed my idea of what “meaningful” work means.

Thank You

To everyone that follows our story on Noah’s dad, our Facebook page, Instagram feed, etc. I want to say thank you. We’ve been sharing our story for close to seven years now! We’ve met some great people, and are very encouraged by your comments, emails, messages, etc. I hope we encourage you as we share our story, as much as you guys encourage me!

I’m looking forward to 2018. We have an exciting announcement to make when the time is right! So stay tuned!

To all of our readers, here’s to an awesome 2018! Let’s change the world together!

– Rick

(Noah’s Dad)

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It’s Been a While!


It’s been a while since I’ve posted here, but I wanted to let you know about some posts we’ve shared on Noah’s Dad that you may enjoy!

Check ’em out!

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#321 DAY: The Pressure to Abort, Just in Case.


March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day…#321 Day.  As ‘no exceptions’ prolifers, we are to love them all; the sidewalk is not segregated. We are determined to defeat the scourge of abortion and bring better awareness that all of God’s children are GOD’s, right on the sidewalk of abortion facilities everywhere.

FACT: 92% of diagnosed preborn Down syndrome babies are aborted.

KEEPLIFELEGALIn 1997, I was 35 years old…and surprised with pregnancy I did not expect. I was married, had two sons, my youngest was 5 years old. Since I was ‘old’ regarding child bearing, the doctors tried to prescribe an amniocentesis to check for Down syndrome and other ‘defects’. I gave a resounding NO. I was already post-abortive and knew exactly what it was like to live with it. I said that I do not want to know if something was wrong – I would be his/her mother, no…

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October Is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Here’s How You Can Get Involved!


The month of October is National Down Syndrome awareness month which is a time set apart to help show the world that what it’s like raising a child born with Down syndrome.

We encourage you to check out these 16 Ideas To Help You Create Awareness For Down Syndrome Awareness Month, as well as this list of Down syndrome blogs to help you make an impact, and “meet” some new people!

What are yo doing this month for Down Syndrome Awareness Month?


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Check Out Noah’s Milestones!

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Check out Noah’s developmental milestones!

It’s hard to believe we’re closely approaching Noah’s third birthday! It seems like only yesterday we were learning the news that Noah was born with Down syndrome. We’ve learned a lot these past (almost) three years that’s for sure!

Not only have we learned a lot, but Noah has achieved a lot. We put together this list of his developmental millstones just to keep track. Feel free to check out the link and look at all the things this little kid has accomplished in his few years on earth!

By the way, in case you haven’t heard, Noah is going to be a big brother! We are so excited!!! (Be sure to check out this great article Life News did about Noah’s story, and our announcement on him becoming a big brother.)

In other exciting news, Noah’s Dad Facebook page passed the 50,000 mark this weekend! It’s been so much fun getting to know everyone through that page!

What has been going on in your child’s life? Leave a comment and tell us about it.


Noah Visits The Porch At Watermark, And Hangs With His Friend JP!

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Noah,and his buddy JP. Hanging out before The Porch!

It’s true that our son likes to make friends everywhere he goes. In fact, on occasion he likes to swing by a young adult ministry in Dallas called the Porch and hang out with his friends, eat some free food, and of course, give away lots of free hugs!

I can’t express how great it is to work at place where there are so many people who love on my son. As a parent it’s important to me to have as many positive role models in my child’s life as posable; this is true of any child, Down syndrome or not. As you can see from the picture, not only do my co-workers / friends love Noah, but he loves them as well. #EpicWin

As I’ve said a million times, I love being Noah’s dad!

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My (2nd) Favorite Valentine!


I love this little boy so much! He makes every day 1 million times better. 

By the way, in case you were wondering who my first favorite Valentine is a superhero!

One last thing, I recently left a comment on our Facebook page asking people if they ever felt  like they somehow caused their child to be born with Down syndrome which generated a lot of responses! If you ever feel that way, I would encourage you to check out a post my wife wrote called “What causes Down syndrome.” We would love to hear you feedback!

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Check Out These Down Syndrome Blogs!

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Are you looking for some Down Syndrome blogs that are both encouraging and updated on a regular basis? We’ve got you covered!

Click on the link above to check out an ever growing list of blogs about Down syndrome, and if you are a blogger be sure to fill out the form and add your blog to the list as well!

We looking forward to learning more about your story, and helping you connect with other families raising children born with Down syndrome!

By the way, Noah’s Dad is on Pinterest! So if you’re a pinner (or repinner!) be sure to follow us to be one of the first to know when we publish a new post.


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Noah likes the beach!

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This was Noah’s first trip to the beach, and let me just tell you….he is a fan!

By the way, be sure to check out this great list of Down syndrome blogs! There are lots of other parents out there sharing their story, and we’d love for you to connect with some of their stories as well. 🙂

I love being Noahs Dad!


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Baby Noah, Just A Few Days Old

baby down syndromeI snapped this picture when Noah was just few days old. Heck, I was still googling “what is Down syndrome?” ha,ha!

We’ve come a long way since than, that’s for sure. Every day I fall more and more in love with this little guy. By the way, if you’re a new parent, but sure to check out our new parent’s guide to Down syndrome. It’s a work in progress, but if your new to this journey, like we were 22 months ago, there’s lots of great info there for you to check out.

I love being Noah’s Dad!

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