My Links

I have recently added a lot of links to my sidebar, so I thought I would let you know what they are, and why they are on my site!  (It feels like I’m introducing you to my new friends, and in some cases, I am!)

By the way, anything that is written in red anywhere on this blog is a link you can click on.  It’s not the conventional underlined-in-blue, but that’s the way this blog design does links.

Favorite Related Links

  • Blessings and Glory – Formally labeled “Charlie’s blog,” this is the blog of Libby, Alex, Henry and Charlie.  They are good friends of ours, and Libby writes about many issues,  but particularly about the blessing of their son Charlie, who has Down syndrome.
  • Days with Dylan – A story of a beautiful little boy, Dylan, who also has Down syndrome.  He has a complete AV canal heart defect, just like Matthew did, and will be having surgery November 4th.  Please keep Dylan and his family in your prayers as they get ready for and go through the surgery!
  • GiftsMothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives.  It’s a wonderful book, an encouraging website, and a fun collection of blogs dedicated to life with Down syndrome.  Our blog has recently been added to their collection of posts.
  • Mommy Life – Barbara is a mother of 12 children.  Nine are biologically hers, including Jonny, who has Down syndrome.  She and her husband then adopted 3 more children with Down syndrome.  She calls her blog a “smorgasbord of parenting, cultural, political, and spiritual wisdom,” and I enjoy reading it.  Her political posts lately have been excellent.
  • Penny Becker – Penny’s mom, Amy, is the first mother of a child with Down syndrome that I contacted online.  My dad wrote to her after reading her article, Evidence-Based Standard of Care, which echoed so many of my own feelings regarding Mattehw.  This is Penny’s blog.
  • Pinwheels – Jennifer Graf Groenburg is the author of Road Map to Holland.  The book is about her first two years with her son, Avery, who has Down syndrome.  Her book is excellent, and I appreciate her continuing the story on her blog.
  • Thin Places, by Amy Julia Becker – On this blog, Amy often uses stories about her children, Penny and William, to illustrate a point or teach a lesson in becoming more Christ-like.  It’s amazing how often our children take us to “thin places,” where the gap between heaven and earth narrows.
  • Walk in Lily’s Garden – Lily is a beautiful little one who is recovering from a complete AV canal repair (9/22/08).  She is doing pretty well, but please keep Lily, her mom, Cathy, and the rest of her family in your prayers as the recovery road is not always smooth.


  • This section is a list of blogs that are by friends of mine, mainly from high school or college.  It is mainly a place for me to keep all the addresses in one place, and an easy way for me to keep in touch with friends.  If you have a blog that I don’t know about, please let me know so I can add it to the list!

Interesting articles and links

  • Complete Atrioventricular Canal Defect Informationdetailed information about complete AV canal heart defects and repair
  • Defiant Birth – an article, which mentions our story, about women who resist medical eugenics – who continue pregnancies when pressured to do otherwise.
  • Dr. Ray clinical psychologist, father of 10, author, public speaker, (comedian??), and parenting expert.  We enjoy him and his advice.
  • Evidence-Based Standard of Care, by Amy Julia Becker – aforementioned article, well worth reading.
  • Mama says . . . – A blog I really enjoy reading.  A devoted Catholic mother to 7 children, age 9 and under, shares stories, practical tips, advice for living-on-a-budget, and has some wonderful things to say about current political issues as well.
  • Perona Designs – Holly Perona is the talented, kind, and incredibly generous photographer who took pictures of Matthew in the NICU, then gave us another family portrait session later.  (The second session just happened to be on the day we learned Matthew was going to live!)  She literally gave us all of the portraits, not charging us a cent for any of her work.  Our portraits can still be viewed on her website by clicking on “client area,” then typing in the passwords, “matthew” or “vawterfamily.”  We can’t thank her enough for all she’s done for us!

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