Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Kate's Song

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Kate's Song

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These pages feature the pictures and words of artist Michelle White. Michelle has used her considerable artistic talents to chronicle the life of her daughter Kate, who has Down syndrome. If a picture is worth a thousand words, these images speak volumes.

Birth Cry

Kate was born on November 1, 1989. I had refused to have an amniocentesis, so we did not know before Kate was born that she had Down syndrome. I don't regret my decision.

The Promise

Katie was a planned pregnancy. Both my husband and I believed that God wanted us to have a third child. It was very hard to understand when Kate was born with Down syndrome. After the grief and the tears, we came to peace with God and recognized Kate as a blessing, hence this drawing's title.


Kate delights in blowing bubbles. We first worked with her on blowing bubbles as part of her speech therapy; it was intended to help her mouth muscles develop. …

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