Jaida is a blessing we never saw coming and we are so grateful for. As a daycare owner and parents of a 20+ year old, my husband and I knew we were done having children. Or so we thought. One day, this beautiful child was brought to our in-home daycare and after a couple of weeks of enrollment, was left! What was supposed to be a temporary home situation became a permanent situation. How could a mom not call, check on or visit their child? This was unimaginable and unacceptable to us and we knew without hesitation that we would not turn our backs on this child.
My husband, daughter and I loved Jaida upon first sight and immediately began studying up on Down syndrome, signing Jaida up for therapy visits and other social activities. We also began working with her one on one to help her adapt to her new home and a totally new lifestyle. What a joy this was…and a challenge. We were already parents to a special needs child but knew that not only did Jaida need us, we needed her!
Tantrums, crying, feelings of insecurity, and a major need for love were apparent in Jaida. There was much to learn and grow accustomed to! But we did, because we loved her so much.
She has taught my family loads of patience and has given us a while new spectrum to study when it comes to Down Syndrome Awareness. We happily share our story and accomplishments with other people and we really love being a part of GiGi’s Playhouse! This gives all of us an opportunity to meet with other parents and family members whom can relate to what we go through on a daily basis. What a blessing the playhouse has been!
Jaida has changed our lives in ways we could not have imagined and made us really appreciate what we have even more. What a blessing it was for God to pick us to be Jaida’s parents and what a blessing Jaida is to be a part of our lives.
~ Deidra Robinson
Jaida’s Mom and #1 fan