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Sunday, July 10, 2005


Michael (Mikey) Rempel

Does it help any to know that you have inspired me? You see I have the same name as your Mikey, and I really needed to hear your message. I am not a downs syndrome child, I am a full grown 45 year old adult. I have been the go to guy for a lot of the world's problems. I am a software engineer, and a fortune 500 consultant. I have spent my whole life trying to live up to your vision for your Mikey, and my inner Mikey has always felt inadequate despite my many successes. Bless you for making me see how the simplicity of a deep and simple blessing can make a profound difference. I am going to read this inspiration to my inner Mikey often. The joy of such a simple and powerful vision is something I have been missing.

Thank you again,

Michael Rempel
and Mikey!


Thank you Michael for taking the time to write a response to my vision for my Mikey. He has taught me much in my life... simplicity really is what the fiber of life appears to be all about from this side of things. I'm glad that your inner Mikey radiates the same beauty as that of my son :).

Kristine Brewer

What a loving woman you are. Your dedication and understanding of motherhood is inspiring. Your beauty shines!
I have 5 children who have special needs in this sometimes hard world, I know your Mikey will find his path the blessing he has been given in you.
I don't always know which way to turn, I did't have much role modeling, but when I read how you felt about your son and what you wanted for him it touched my heart.

I am a Christian so I will pray God continue to bless you and your son with His love and protection.

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About the Title "Red Lights"

  • So many times in this journey of life, I have been frustrated as the light has turned red and I've been forced to stop and wait. As time has gone on, I've come to realize that it is the time spent waiting at these lights that makes up the very essence of what life is supposed to be about!

    Mikey had just had his first birthday and we were on our way to Kindermusik class in the car. It had been a busy day with me at work and him at his dayhome all day. We had shared a quick supper and then gotten in the car to drive to his class. When we hit a red light, I turned to check that he was doing okay in his car seat and his face instantly lit up and his little fingers came together to make the motion used when the spider climbs up the spout in the "Itsy-Bitsy Spider". I took his cue and began singing and acting out the song with him and was all too soon interupted by the driver behind me honking his horn to get me to respond to the light that had turned green. As I began pulling forward I had a flashback to a time before Mikey when a red light would have frustrated me simply because of the "wasted time" that took place while trying to get somewhere. The moment and thoughts became frozen in my heart and soul and mind as I knew there was a lesson much larger in it all then just what was on the surface. And so it began...

About Us

  • I am Monica, single adoptive mommy to 10 year old Mikey who happens to have trisomy 21 (aka Down syndrome). I am currently hoping to add one more to our family through adoption sometime in the next little while (fingers crossed). I teach in a self-contained special education classroom in a small city in southern Alberta. Life is busy, full and wonderful! I have a dream to someday be a published author. One of the books that I would like to publish is a book of the lessons I've learned since I've become a mother. My blog "Red Lights" is meant to be a place for me to begin to organize the thoughts that I would like to someday put in this book as well as a place for me to just post about my day to day life!

    I welcome your comments and/or responses to any of the things that I've written. Feel free to use the comment links that follow each of my posts. I would love to know who is all lurking out there!

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More About Us

  • 100 Things About Me
    A "me-me" that at first seemed easy but gets to be quite the task as you work on it!
  • My Vision for Mikey
    A statement of what I dream for Mikey as well as a promise to him to help him to achieve his dreams!
  • Our Adoption Story
    The story of how we became a family!

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