A Miracle Named Ricky
The title describes a long story--
so long that it’s hard to put onto this page.
The story does not begin with Ricky, my brother, who
is now about eight months. It begins with another wonderful
story about my uncle. “Uncle Greg,” my dad’s
brother, was the first “special” person
in my dad’s life. Greg could do many things that
other kids could do. He wrestled, played with his brothers
and sister, loved ice cream and pizza, and the “Fonz”
was his favorite character. Still, there was one little
thing that was different about Greg. He had Down Syndrome.
If you ask anyone that knew him, they would tell you
that that difference was not a bad thing. Greg must
have known the day he went to meet Jesus, face to face,
at the age of eighteen, what else God had in plan. From
that time on, Greg has been (and will be) watching over
our family very carefully, maybe even more so now.
After our parents went to Italy
this past June (2006), Greg must have been in my dad’s
mind. It must have been him who inspired my dad to suggest
to Mom that we should adopt a little girl (Yes, girl)
with Down Syndrome. My mom later called an adoption
agency. Amazingly, they had just heard about a baby
boy with that “little difference” that Uncle
Greg had. He had not been born yet, and there was actually
a waiting list. Uncle Greg comes to the rescue (again).
God had chosen us from the beginning to be Ricky’s
family, but He then chose to let us know it. Richard
Luke was brought to us on September 1st, 2006. He has
red hair, icy blue eyes, and a belly that’s big
enough to make him look like Santa when he wore his
bright red Santa outfit. He also has a smile that’s
big just like Elmo (because he opens his mouth really
wide). His name means “strong light”. He
has been and always will be the “strong light”
in my life and the lives of all the people that he will
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