Thursday, October 02, 2008

31 for 21

Emma Sage and Nini [Katrina]

Growing up, there have been many people who have had a strong impact on my life. I have had lots of role models and people to look up too, but the one person who has had the biggest impact on my life and who has helped make me the person I am today is my seven year old sister, Emma Sage.

The life lessons I have learned while growing up with her as my sister have helped me; choose a career path, made me more accepting of others, and opened up my eyes to a whole new world. I was never once upset at the fact that my sister had Down syndrome, but I was upset that she was going to grow up in a world that is not always accepting of differences or kind to people who have disabilities. If people would take the time to get to know someone who has a disability they would find out that they are some of the greatest people they will ever meet.

My sister has opened up so many doors for me, and I find myself learning something new from her everyday. I have met some of my greatest friends because of her, and have had some of my fondest memories because of her. Every summer I am a counselor at Camp PALS, which is a camp for teenagers with Down syndrome. I can honestly say that this is not only the highlight of my summer, but also the highlight of my year. Although it is only a weeklong camp, the memories, friendships and lessons I take away are ones that will stay with me forever. Being around all the campers changes your perception on life, you see how they live each day to its fullest, laughing and being care free and you realize that this is how we should all live our lives. I don’t think my sister will ever realize the impact she has had on my life, but I know I would not be the person I am today without her.

Thank you Emma Sage, you are such a wonderful and inspiring little sister.

I love you soooooooo much!!!


My name is Sarah said...

Such beautiful sisters!!! You are an amazing family.

Traci said...

Katrina you rock!

Cleo said...

OMG!!!. Thank you so much Katrina for this beautiful and loving post about Emma Sage!!!, LOVE it. :)

Chris said...

Ok, that made me cry. I can picture one of my girls writing very similar words about their little brother one day.

Katrina is beautiful! Those eyes.

Anonymous said...

That was so sweet! Emma Sage is equally lucky to have you and the rest of the siblings, Katrina.


JennyH said...

Beautiful girls!! That is a awesome photo!

Emily said...

Thank you for sharing the sibling perspective! When my daughter was first born with DS I kind of worried that she would it would negatively impact my 2 sons. But hearing about the real experiences and love from sibs like you always reassures me that not only will my daughter be a great addition to my sons lives but has the potential to help them become wiser and more compassionate adults.

You are certainly a beautiful pair of sisters! Awesome post!

Bernadette said...

Katrina you are beautiful inside and out.. and you made me cry.
would you all pray for my percious Robert ( I am Roberts advocate and have been for the last 27 years Robert has DS) He had bowel surgery yesterday and has a colapsed lung. He is in ICU on life supports. He needs lots of prayers. My heart is broken.
I love you all Bernadette

Cheri said...

What a beautiful post...and such BEAUTIFUL sisters!! I see how my youngest son (21 months) with Ds has already impacted his big brother. I hope one day he can verbalize as you have so eloquently, how his baby brother has opened his eyes to a whole new world.

Katrina, I love that part of your summer is spent as a counselor at Camp great! I am curious now what career path you have chosen?!? :) You can tell you have an amazing heart!

Raj said...

An amazing and brilliant post. RB