Saturday, October 3, 2015


My husband and I are privileged to be the parents of a beautiful daughter with Down Syndrome. God placed Ashley in our care over 40 years ago to love, protect, guide, and teach. Today, I look back over those years and question who exactly taught whom.

Ashley exhibits more unconditional love and grace for life's journey than most of us can begin to comprehend. Although she chooses not  to converse a lot, I stand amazed at the impact she continues to have on the lives of those who know her and witness her sweet spirit and winning smile. Regardless of how our day has gone, Ashley continues to give us reasons to smile.

Last year, I submitted two stories and photos of Ashley as a child to be published in a book called Reasons to Smile: Celebrating People Living with Down Syndrome. I am beyond thrilled that my stories were accepted and will be published along with 50+ others in this beautiful photo/gift book. The release date for Reasons to Smile is January 2016.

The editors of the book are excited and want to build a website where they can continue sharing inspiring stories about life with special needs individuals. Please take a moment to check out the video and consider supporting this project to make this hope become a reality. No gift is too small. Please click on the blue link to donate!

Thank you! Starr

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