Should I?

September 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm 14 comments


I wrote a lot after Polly was born.  I have the whole tearful, devastating, beautiful story of my first year as Polly’s mom smudged into a couple of journals.  I read through them from time to time to convince myself that everything really did happen.  Then, during our sabbatical year in Michigan, I wrote almost daily about how it felt to go through the grief process of having a child with special needs.  At the time I had high hopes to write a book about it someday.  And maybe I will.

October is Down syndrome Awareness month.  There is a challenge for bloggers who are touched by Down syndrome to write every day for the month of October.  It’s called 31 for 21. 

I’d like to do it.  But you all know just how sporadic my posting is.  Then I thought about my story.  The pages that live inside my head and in my computer hard drive.  What if I post my story of having Polly in Ukraine on my blog in daily installments?

I don’t know.  There’s a lot of things about my story that aren’t things I’d like to admit to the world (or to the small collective who actually follow this blog).  And if I do it, I have to be honest. 

I definitely have enough material to last 31 days and knowing me I would probably end up adding on and omitting, you know, I’d probably play around with my playdough of pages until it looked like something completely different anyway.

What do you think?  Should I take on the challenge to blog for 31 days straight about Trisomy 21, a.k.a. Down syndrome?  Specifically, should I retell my story of delivering Polly in Ukraine here on Pocket Lint?

I’m looking for opinions here.  Drop me a line and let me know what you think.  I have until October 1st to decide.

If you’d like to take up the challenge, go here for the rules and details.


Entry filed under: 31 for 21, Blogging, Books and Writing, Comments, Down syndrome, Grief, Hospital stays, Mothering, Special Needs, Ukraine.

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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jennifer  |  September 29, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Simply, YES!

  • 2. Lisa  |  September 29, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    YES, please!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • 3. qdawg  |  September 29, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    do it !!!!!!!!!do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 4. Ecki  |  September 29, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    yes, I think you should. Even the dark times, because it’s honest.

  • 5. sue  |  September 29, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    YES!! JUST DO IT!!!

  • 6. joannmski  |  September 29, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    I think you should, because if many people do this it will be a very LOUD voice for downs.

  • 7. jooleebrooks  |  September 29, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Yes, I so often thought of you during that year (and since, of course!) and wondered how you were doing.

  • 8. ThereseAnn  |  September 29, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    YES! There are so many more JOYS than sorrows with having a special needs child. Share with the world.
    mom to a Patau Syndrome child… living with Trisomy 13 🙂


  • 9. Sarah  |  September 29, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    I remember the Carlsons with your family shortly after you returned to MI. A beautiful afternoon where we danced with our respective pain–trying hard to ask questions without ruining that Sunday. Now I read your blog and see what God has done in you through Polly, and I hear the healing, wholeness and the joy she brings to you and your family. When I read Pocket Lint, I sit in gratitude for God’s grace because I saw glimpses of the darkness and no I watch as you rejoice in your children. Because I see what He does in our lives through you. What about God’s Fingerprints for 31 for 21?

  • 10. crickl's nest  |  September 30, 2008 at 1:54 am

    I would love to hear your story because you’re my friend. I would be honored to know what you’ve gone through.

    Others though, searching ‘Down Syndrome” because they’ve just found out they are having a DS baby, will gain something far better….understanding and empathy, to know what they’re going through is normal for this situation.

    Yay G! You’re very brave.

  • 11. theramblinghousewife  |  September 30, 2008 at 2:48 am

    I think you should because its such a great cause. (But also knowing, how I’ve become such a sporadic blogger as well–its a lot of pressure . . .)

  • 12. Kathy Ratkiewicz  |  September 30, 2008 at 3:10 am

    I got a notice from ‘google’ about your blog..and as soon as i saw ‘Polly’ and “Ukraine’ , I KNEW it had to be you;-)
    Nice work on the blog…very interesting stuff
    How are you doing?
    Kathy from the South Bend support group

  • 13. Tanya  |  October 1, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Go for it. It’s perfectly fine to edit out anything you want, and to add to it. And it may be the next draft of your book.

  • 14. Deanne  |  October 2, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    I’m so glad you decided to go through with it! I know your journey has been difficult and I appreciate you being real about it. It truly shows how the Lord is alive and active in your lives in a real, true to life way. We Christians are not perfect (yet, here on earth) and we shouldn’t try to reflect anything other than the unvarnished process of our growth in Him. Thank you for your vulnerability as you show us through your journal how the Lord has touched your life through Polly.


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