My life changed in April of 2008, when my husband of only 3 years and I decided to take my sister, 8-1/2 years my junior, into our home as our parents were no longer able to care for Vicki. I retired early from my job to stay home with Vicki, and am fortunate enough to be able to work from home. We have no children, having married later in life. Vicki is the epitome of grace and tolerance and continually demonstrates it when we are out among people. It is now 2016, Vicki is now 50 years young and even though our lives have been changed dramatically, we wouldn't have it any other way. Vicki is aging at an accelerated rate though as many with Down Syndrome do, and we are beginning to see the signs of Alzheimer's (she has osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and has had cataract surgeries years ago) and it breaks our hearts, but she is our little mascot and the love of our lives. Sunshine overload!