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ChristineChristine wrote on November 2, 2016 at 3:07 pm:
Sophie - I am SO impressed with your blog! I saw your mom this weekend in Ohio and it reminded me to visit it and see all you're accomplishing - we are so proud of you. I especially loved the post about swimming! I admire your love for life and your perseverance, and I must say you are very blessed to have such a dedicated and loving mother (and father!) who have so helped nurture those qualities. We miss you very much in the Baltimore area, and hope you visit soon! You still have not met our newest addition to the family - Colette. She would really love you!
LisaLisa wrote on May 21, 2016 at 5:32 pm:
Maria, you make me VERY proud to be your aunt! Love you babe!
MariaMaria wrote on May 21, 2016 at 3:51 pm:
Sophie Elise. Where do I begin?! She is the best cousin in the world and I love her so much. I am so blessed to be her cousin and to watch her grow. Ever since Sophie could talk she has been learning and moving forward in her education. Lots of this is made possible by her mom, my aunt, Lisa. Growing up I would always spend days at their house helping Sophie with her schooling. We would do vocabulary flashcards together, speech and audio activities, physical exercises, and more. This education is also made possible by Sophie herself, because of what a dedicated girl she is. She is the sweetest girl and has so much energy and passion for the things she loves doing such as playing piano, cooking, exercising, playing outdoors, and being with her family. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that Sophie is a gift from God. She has taught us that anything is possible, and Down Syndrome doesn't get in the way of that. I truly mean it when I say she is a blessing to our entire family. I love you Sophie Elise!
Megan, former student volunteerMegan, former student volunteer wrote on May 16, 2016 at 2:20 pm:
Sophie is a special girl in more ways than one. With the help of her devoted family, she defies all expectations for the growth and development of a child with Down syndrome. I often forget that, biologically, Sophie has a developmental disability. Her energy is infectious. From her dancing to Selena Gomez, to her hearty laughter in silly situations, to her dazzling smile, Sophie's presence invigorates those around her. One quality that shines through Sophie, is her ability to love unconditionally. Sophie cannot hold grudges against or malice toward anyone, and this is a truly inspiring and humbling thing to behold.
Tori, former student volunteerTori, former student volunteer wrote on May 9, 2016 at 5:58 pm:
I have had the pleasure of knowing Sophie's family for almost six years now. While in high school, I spent a few hours a week one summer tutoring Sophie. Spending time with Sophie taught me a lot about her. For one, she is extremely smart. While she sometimes learns at a slower pace than other children her age, having Down Syndrome has not hindered her ability to expand her knowledge. She works hard and shows great determination. Sophie is a bright, fun-loving girl with a big heart. She truly embodies the characteristics we should all strive to have - kindness and compassion towards others without judgement. Many people may look at Sophie and only see that she was born with Down Syndrome, but I know God has truly given her family a blessing in Sophie.
Emil, Sophie's godfatherEmil, Sophie's godfather wrote on May 4, 2016 at 8:51 pm:
Sophie is my Goddaughter. God has truly blessed Sophie through the dedication of Lisa and Sophie's entire family. I hope that people around the world get to see what is possible through the eyes of Sophie. I am proud to be her Godfather.
Alexandria, former student volunteerAlexandria, former student volunteer wrote on May 4, 2016 at 7:56 pm:
Written December 2004: "My Thoughts"

"In deepest sincerity I am grateful for the opportunity to work with an amazing little girl named Sophie. She is a joy to be around and a true blessing. Sophie is affected by Down Syndrome and, like many other children, is brought up in a Catholic family. Going into my ninth year at St. Matthew's I have experienced the firm foundation of a strong and greatly meaningful faith. Growing up in a Catholic school has impacted me immensely. It has taught me countless lessons on being a devoted disciple of Jesus. I have learned I am part of a diverse community united in Christ. Welcoming Sophie into my life has given me a greater appreciation of how vital an education is, especially a Catholic one. It is my fervent desire that Sophie and children like are are able to fully benefit from a learning experience that not only allows progression in academics but in religion and spirituality. Understanding and gaining knowledge of our faith can leave an extremely significant impact on a child's development. I believe that everyone is deserving of a school environment that is filled with morals and virtues that a Catholic school teaches and exemplifies. I am proud and honored to receive such a privilege to attend a Catholic school and greatly hope that Sophie and all children like her are invited into our family of believers with accepting and loving hearts."
Jordan, former student volunteerJordan, former student volunteer wrote on May 4, 2016 at 7:50 pm:
Written January 2005

The following is an excerpt from my letter to Father Paul asking for his consent to be confirmed (in the Catholic Church):

"In September 2004, I was given the opportunity to volunteer with a young child who was born with Down Syndrome. On the first day that I met Sophie, I knew in my heart that she was a special child of God. I have created a special bond with Sophie as well as participated weekly in a neurodevelopmental program with her. When I began working with Sophie, she had just learned to crawl correctly. Throughout the past months, she has grown to achieve much. Sophie is a very determined little girl. When she has an obstacle to overcome, she works so hard to get there. Working with Sophie is so rewarding to me. I feel that I am making a difference in someone's life. I look forward to working with Sophie for well into my high school years."
From Christian, age 10From Christian, age 10 wrote on May 4, 2016 at 7:50 pm:
Originally written in February 2004: "My Sister Sophie"


"Sophie has changed my life in many ways. She has taught me that everyone is important. We shouldn't ever treat people differently because of how they may look on the outside. What counts is the love they have inside their heart. Sophie sure has a lot of love to give. Just looking at her brings a smile to my face. She never stops trying to meet her goals. she is the best baby sister a brother could ever have. Learning new things sometimes takes longer for Sophie, but by working together as a family, we help her to grow and learn. Sophie is blessed for success."
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