Growing up, I read the story, “Footprints”, about a faithful man coming to the end of his life and finally having the opportunity to meet Jesus at the gates of heaven. Throughout his life he’d been promised that Jesus would always walk with him if he believed. As he reviewed his life, he saw there were two sets of footprints in the sand — one set his own and one set belonging to Jesus who walked beside him as promised. But, he noted, during the most stressful times in his life there was only one set of footprints in the sand. He asked Jesus, “Why would you abandon me during the most trying times of my life?” And Jesus answered, “It was during those times, that I carried you!”

I see the footprints in the sand… and I know that I am NEVER alone! I am surrounded by the footprints of those God sent to help me, love me, save me… Including the unique footprints of my beautiful children who happen to have been born with an extra 21st chromosome. And I know that through my most stressful times, it is THIS gift especially — my amazing children and their undying, unconditional and all-encompassing love… for me, for life, for all — that will carry me through my most stressful times. I believe and I thank God for them every single day!

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About Maggie

I'm a stay-at-home mother of 3 children including a 15-year-old daughter, the Old Soul, and 11-year-old identical twin boys who've been blessed with an extra 21st chromosome (aka: Down Syndrome). I happily spend my time doing all that I can do -- breaking the proverbial box wide open -- to foster my children's development and then sharing what I learn with you through this blog.
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10 Responses to Footprints

  1. The Henrys says:

    Beautiful, truly beautiful.

  2. Kelly says:

    BEAUTIFUL, your words and those boys of yours:)

  3. Lovely. Thank you. What a gorgeous family.

  4. VMI says:

    I am familiar with that story – my grandma had it hanging in her home. It is a good reminder to read it again.

  5. Coley says:

    Inspiring and beautiful.

  6. Sharlene T. says:

    It's one of my favorites sources of strength and, like you, I've been on the shoulders of Jesus far more than I've been able to walk on my own… He's still carrying me but it's easier to talk with Him, now…Twitter: SolarChief

  7. TUC says:

    unconditional and all-encompassing love… yes, in some ways our children are Christ-like, which is a beautiful thing.

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