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Down Syndrome Quotes

Updated on October 14, 2014

Inspiring Quotes about Down Syndrome or Trisomy 21

As I began my journey down the path of raising a child with Down syndrome, I recall reading a poem that is still precious to me today. It is, "Welcome to Holland," by Emily Perl Kingsley. Because those words meant so much to me as a mom facing the unknown, I've started this webpage. It is a collection of quotes about Down syndrome. The quotes have been gathered from parents, professionals, family members, and anyone else whose life has been touched by a person with Down syndrome. I am hoping that in some way they can be of help to others in the future.

~HS Schulte

Chris Burke
Chris Burke

"Having Down syndrome is like being born normal. I am just like you and you are just like me. We are all born in different ways, that is the way I can describe it. I have a normal life."

~ Chris Burke

"I hope to have as many friends as all the stars in the sky. I think that I am getting very close to my wish."

~ Annie Forts

Having a child with DS has changed my life...

my life is brighter

my life is more wonderful

my life is filled with love

~ Lorene Kay

Abortion and Down Syndrome

Termination rates were highest following a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome ranging from 91-93 percent among 3 groups. - from PubMed

"I am so lucky I get to do so many things. I just want you to know, even though I have Down syndrome, it is O.K."

~ Sarah Itoh

"I LOVE MY LIFE!"

~ Annie Forts

Down Syndrome Creed
Down Syndrome Creed

Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.

~ Elizabeth Stone

Sam's mannerisms of saying "Hi" to everyone, hugging often, smiling and laughing through even the worst of times, his purity and innocence and his lack of worry, anxiety, stress and doubt seem like something we should all strive for....We have so much to learn from these individuals if we allow ourselves to see.

~ Susan Mayer

Down Syndrome Creed

Down syndrome creed
Down syndrome creed

"I can't change that I have Down syndrome, but one thing I would change is how people think of me. I'd tell them: Judge me as a whole person, not just the person you see. Treat me with respect, and accept me for who I am. Most important, just be my friend. After all, I would do the same for you."

~ "Know Me Before You Judge Me"

"I would not have her any other way. Because of her, I have basked in love, joy, kindness, gentleness, peace, and goodness. Nothing about my daughter is a mistake. God does not make mistakes. "

~ Ellen Armendariz Stumbo

"My 2 year old was diagnosed at birth. When I saw those beautiful almond-shaped eyes I knew he was truly a gift....but with a different wrapping. He has taught me unconditional love and patience...and what it is to be humble. I am truly blessed."

~ Stephanie S.

Count Us In!

A book about growing up with Down syndrome. Two very successful young men with Down syndrome tell their story. It is a story of friendship, challenges, accomplishments, love and support.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I think these quotes are soo beautiful! I have a brother with down syndrome and i know he is a gift from GOD!! I love all down syndrome kids because they make our world sooo much brighter!!!

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Judy,

      I couldn't agree more! Thanks for visiting.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My daughter is doing a research paper on Down syndrome, and I found myself on this website. I love these quotes. God bless you for taking the time to help educate us and inspire us. Thank you.

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      Wonderful and loving lens. Favorited.

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Much love is here. Great idea for a lens. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My Grandson has DS and just turned two. What a blessing he is to our family!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      how can i add a photo?

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      priscillab 6 years ago

      A child is a blessing- no matter what. I believe the innocence of a DS child is a gift to those around him/her. It reminds us of the simple joys in life.

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Karleen,

      Click the dashboard button at the top left of the screen. Then just above your picture box, there is a link to change your photo, or edit your bio. Thanks for visiting and contributing!!

      ~Heather

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Nicely showcased! This should be very convenient for anyone looking for quotations on this topic.

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      @hsschulte: Or choose the sign up button, if you aren't a member of the site, so that you may add a photo.

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      Bekers 6 years ago

      I have a sister with Downs...she just had her 18th birthday in January. Of all the people i've ever met in my lifetime she is the one who has made the biggest impact on my life. I've never met someone before who had such bright and inspiring outlooks on life even when things in their life were never really great. She's truly my hero!

      I don't know if any of you have heard the song called " Don't laugh at me" by Mark Willis...but this is her favorite song! She says " All these people pick on me and i don't like it. They tell me i'm different and i look funny. I thought i was normal. Do they know they are different and they look funny too"? When she says these things it only makes me wish i could see life from her point of view! If she's "so different" then why is it she has more understanding of the life around us, that most people are oblivious too?

      I agree with her and the song..."In God's eyes we're all the same, someday we'll have perfect wings,Don't laugh at me."

      Thanks for the page! It's wonderful!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My baby brother has Down Syndrome and he will be turning four in August (: We adopted him only two years ago and I completely worship him. He is the most adorable child I have ever met, and I don't regret my familys choice about adopting him. He is my beautiful angel<3

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I have a little sister that has Down Syndrome that we also adopted at the age of two. I completely agree with what you say, my life would be totally different without her :) your parents are super amazing people

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      tandemonimom lm 6 years ago

      I have a cousin, just a few years older than I, who has Down syndrome. Kudos to you for these fabulous quotes honoring these very special people!

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      annieoram 6 years ago

      Hi everyone. This page is so uplifting. My beautiful evie is 3mths old. i was told she had down syndrome when she was born. She is my life. Her smile can lighten the darkest day and my love for her is all consuming. I'm so excited about our future together as i know she will teach me so many things. I feel so incredibly lucky to have such a perfect daughter.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for providing this information about Down syndrome.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Absolutely precious...I feel the love and the joy!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Attractively presented and an excellent topic. Blessed by a squid angel and featured on You've Been Blessed.

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      This lens hits home. Our daughter is now 15 and a high school freshman. She has taught us patience, fortitude and unconditional love -- just by being herself. After I wipe away a few tears, I may send you a quote from our family.

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      E L Seaton 5 years ago from Virginia

      Well done. I have not walked in your shoes but I feel that you opened a family book and allowed me to enjoy pictures of your life with you. Thanks for sharing.

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I always loved that Welcome to Holland. My sister was autistic, and as you read, my son is ADHD. It's a different journey for us too. Well done.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These quotes are very inspirational. I look forward to reading more.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Wonderful quotes and so full of love.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      its very touching. I understand how you feel and the word R is not for them but it is for those who say it.

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      grannysage 5 years ago

      I have a tear in my eye, these quotes are so beautiful. Thank you for helping to raise awareness about the beautiful spirits that inhabit these bodies.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love it. I have a 5 year old daughter with Downs, and I can't imagine life without her!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My best friend has a daughter with Down's Syndrome. She is the light of his life. Thank you for sharing this wonderful lens with all of us.

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      Incredible lens. What a sweet way to keep others informed of the syndrome and the most loving people in the world. My cousin was DS and we are all better people having her in our lives 35 years. Blessings rolling your way.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hello all. I appreciate finding this link as I had been checking more for my continuous effort to be informed and educated by heart about down syndrome. I became and decided to be an advocate for the next years of my life when my baby tower was born and diagnosed with ds. I wholeheartedly accepted her with my wife but life wasn't long for her and enough for us to enjoy. She died five days after. Now that she is an angel, my heart flies with her and I did promise that she will always be in my life full of love. As my personal simple campaign I created a group in facebook with same purpose and advocacy for people and families with ds and who are ds themselves. I would like to solicit support for whoever to be with me in my link. Thank you so much for this link and opportunity for me to share.

      http://www.facebook.com/groups/down.syndrome.suppo...

      With respect!

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      AnnieKelleher 5 years ago

      wonderful content.. please check out my new lens about my newest novel about a young man with DownSyndrome who falls in love with a young woman with autism. its called How David Met Sarah and was inspired by and written for my own brother with DS.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There very nice :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I need to know more about Rett syndrom

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      "Look at our society. We're hateful, we judge, we make others feel terrible about their own self image, and we create this idea of what's 'normal', so no one feels good enough. Now take a look at a child wi...th down syndrome. Always smiling, laughing, and encouraging. It makes me wonder if, in actuality, they don't have one too many chromosomes...but if we're actually one short of a full set needed to be beautiful human beings ((Does anyone know who said this))

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning with angel dust for this love!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      A beautiful tribute and reminder about the essence of loving each individual for who he or she is. Every child is a gift... a miracle. I volunteered for several years in a residential home for Down Syndrome adults. It was a joy and a privilege to make so many deep friendships with these precious individuals. They taught me what was most important in life. I will always treasure those memories. Thank you for sharing Blake with us.

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you for introducing us to Blake. My daughter Taylor is now 16 and a freshman in high school. She never ceases to surprise us. This year, after participating in a unified sports program, one of the girls invited her to try out for the cheer leading team. To our delight (and fear), she joined the team and does wonderfully. In one of the stunts, she is at the top of the pyramid!

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 5 years ago

      If every individual were to be surveyed for

      all qualities required to live a life complete;

      Everyone will be found deficient in one or

      more of them; the ideal an impossible feat.

      To call someone retarded, it is blasphemy indeed;

      By doing so, our own retarded-ness we concede.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Heaven's Very Special Child

      A meeting was held quite far from Earth

      It was time again for another birth.

      Said the Angels to the Lord above --

      "This special child will need much love.

      "Her progress may be very slow

      "Accomplishment she may not show.

      "And she'll require extra care

      "From the folks she meets down there.

      "She may not run or laugh or play

      "Her thoughts may seem quite far away

      "So many times she will be labeled

      "'different,' 'helpless' and disabled.

      "So, let's be careful where she's sent.

      "We want her life to be content.

      "Please, Lord, find the parents who

      "Will do a special job for you.

      "They will not realize right away

      "The leading role they are asked to play.

      "But with this child sent from above

      "Comes stronger faith, and richer love.

      "And soon they'll know the privilege given

      "In caring for their gift from heaven.

      "Their precious charge, so meek and mild

      "Is heaven's very special child."

      by Edna Massimilla

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      KReneeC 5 years ago

      I love your lens! I work with many people including some that have down syndrome. They are some of the greatest people, so full of life and are incredible inside and out! I adore this lens!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I love this lens. In China children with down's are often called "International face" children. I found that a little puzzling, but it is also a nice idea, because international children have love and joy in common, even if they don't speak the same language. Thank you for this beautiful page. your quotes are perfect.

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      DrIntrepid 5 years ago

      As the adopted father of a beautiful teenage daughter with autism and developmental delays, this lens means a lot. Thank you for the hard work.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My son is 2 yrs old and has DS and he is the light of our lives. He makes us smile everyday and life would not be the same without him. Thanks for this quotes..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great quotes!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My brother died at the age of 32 years old. he was downsyndrome, I really love your quotes and as well i love these kids and people.. there such a blessing.. god bless yous. : )

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      I love this lens. Such good quotes! I added you to my featured lenses under the section called "Down Syndrome" on my support circle for amazing moms and dads blessed with special children lens. Thank you so much for sharing

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      As many children that I have taught with Special Needs, my heart swells with love for the Down Syndrome children. I teach disabled children of all variations and I truly enjoy each moment with them, but there is just something about DS children that brightens my life.

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      What_to_Know 5 years ago

      Being disabled I have been in special needs class rooms all my life my best friend is DS. She has never judged me for things I cannot do and I have done the same for her. We are not slow or different we are simply just us

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      potovanja 4 years ago

      Thank you for having so courage to share this story with us. Great lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Really nice and i love this quotes

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have a 6 yr old brother here in ghana who has downs syndrome...........i need him to learn how to write and read.please can any one help me.......

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing all these wonerful and inspiring words. I have a son that is 4 and he was blessed with downs!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is beautiful and inspiring...my 2 year old was diagnosed at birth.When I saw those beautiful almond-shaped eyes I knew he was truly a gift....but

      with a different wrapping.He has taught me unconditional love and patience...and what it is to be humble.I am truly blessed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My daughter has Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, and even though these quotes are for Downs Syndrome the meaning to me is very much the same. Thank you for posting these beautiful quotes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my daughter was diagnosed with downs at birth and i never thought twice about keeping her. she is a gift and has taught me so much about patience that i never had before. the quotes i read on here are wonderful and great to let people know that downs kids as well as adults are just as likely to succeed as any other kids. I LOVE MY BABY GIRL and thank a higher power everyday for giving her to me

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Write the alphabet on a piece of paper with a pen or pencil and have him trace it with a marker or crayons. Leapfrog has a learning device that does that and I got it for my son who has Downs and it worked wonders. Hope this helped and hope it works for him. Goodluck! :)

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      The one thing about down syndrome children is the joy they bring to a classroom. They are a gift. Yes, they require lots of help, but with love they can become productive members of the community. They are much more knowing than we tend to give them credit for.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my little boy was diagnosed with downs at birth, i wouldn't change him for the world :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi i gave i birth to my little girl "alice" on 4th december she has given me so much joy n love, im blessed with an angel and only special mommies have special babies, god bless you all. Helen xx

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a little boy Colton who is 2 with DS. I can not even describe the joy that that boy has brought into my heart! I would change him for the world!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My baby brother is now 17 years old and i feel so blessed to have had him in my life for so long. i have never met someone with so much love and happiness. he has made me into a better person and i am so blessed because if everyone knew how special these children are they too would be changed for better. all you have to do is give my brother is a cheeseburger and he will forever be your friend, he will love you and care for you to the best of his ability... now how many people do you know that would do that, just for a cheese burger?

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      balkis-mulla 4 years ago

      I have a 21 years old DownSyndrom he is a joy but I always worry about his future God bless him and bless all families with any disabled

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      Antoniana 4 years ago

      Our little devil just became 2 years old.

      Even writing this about him just give me a smile and a warm feeling.

      The first 3 month of his life he was just a regular baby, and than someone at the medial center noticed a special line in the palm of his hand.

      People were shocked by the news, but somehow the next day our son was just the same as the day before.

      Somehow he is special now, had a lot of tests in the hospital, and we were waiting for news that there is something different about him, or that he has bad health.

      But still it did not come.

      So off course we understand that he has down and by now we know what it means.

      But somehow i do not see it, He walks, he dances, he brings us kisses and hugs with a big smile on his face, he loves to go to babyswim.

      But most of all, he loves to love us, and we love to love him back.

      And that does feel special about him.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My son was diagnosed with ds when I was 3 months pregnant and was told not to have him by the Doctors. He is now 5 and his name is Chance, because he is the best chance I have ever taken in life. Truly a delightful little man.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My brother has Downs - he is not 19.. the sweetest most beautiful boy ever.. the heart as big as the galaxy.. He is so kind and tender... Love him to pieces

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      these quotes are good! I know someone who has down syndrome and he is the funniest and nicest person i have ever met.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Down Syndrome is nothing to laugh about it is serious. Some people make fun of down syndrome people but it is not right they are just like you and me.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Everyone says people with Down Syndrome look the same. I can never see that.

      It could be because I'm legally blind

      But I think it's because I choose not to see anything "wrong."

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 10yr old with Down Syndrome. wow! there is no word to describe how much I love him. He has completed my life and my soul. He is my ANGEL but only I can see his wings. He's taught me to see the world with colors not just black and white. I love you my ANGEL.

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      What a wonderful and inspiring lens. And even though I no longer have my wings I pinned this great lens to "Squidoo Lenses worth Blessing."

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      My grandson is 2 1/2 and was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at birth. My husband and I have custody of him, and he is the most lovable little boy. he taught us that every word is precious and don't take it for granted, i cried for days after he was born, and wondered why god would have given this special little boy down Syndrome, then I got up one morning and said, god gave Kayden to us because he knew that we had the love and joy to take care of him, and we would love him more then life itself. Kayden has taught us about love, and the joys of having a little boy like him will bring to your life. signed a very lucky grandma to have Kayden

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      Evana Rahman 2 years ago

      My angle,my unique child, Sarrinah taught me about unconditional love. She brings colours in my life. Now I am living in her tiny soul. Thanks God for choosing me to be the mother of this angle.

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