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Apr 27, 2021

The Joy of Parenting a Child with Down Syndrome (with Erin Thielman)

Danielle Bean


My guest this week is Erin Thielman, a disabled veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force before and after 9/11. She later met her husband Jason and they have been married for almost 13 years. Together, they have three children- Alexander, Abby and Andrew. Erin was a teacher until her youngest child, Andrew was prenatally diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Erin is a Down syndrome advocate, a pro-life advocate and especially enjoys speaking to youth and young adults.

Snippet from the Show

A child with Down Syndrome is a precious gift from God that softens the heart of humanity.


Shownotes

Happy Easter (it lasts 50 days, you know)!

Erin shares about her experience with Andrew’s diagnosis, how she felt unsupported by many in the medical field, and how she finds joy living her calling as Andrew’s mom. Erin also shares some touching stories and tells us about Down Syndrome Awareness Day (March 21).. You can learn more about Erin by visiting her website at ErinThielman.com.

At the end of today’s show, I read the introduction to my new book, Whisper: Finding God in the Everyday, which is still available for pre-order. We will be hosting a mini book club, right here in the podcast, beginning in June. I hope you will join us!

I have received so much feedback from all of you about my book and the first chapter that I shared with you at the end of episode 210Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood is a book in which I share from my heart about the very real changes, challenges, triumphs, and joys of being a mom in an “emptying nest.” You can read that sample chapter at Ave Maria Press. (Use the coupon code BEAN20 to get 20% off your order!)

My book, You Are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth, is available for order! Use the code, GIRLFRIENDS to receive ten percent off your order. Don’t miss out on this special available exclusively to listeners of the Girlfriends podcast. 

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Meet Your Host:
Danielle Bean

A writer, speaker, wife, and mother, Danielle helps women from all walks of life discover their dignity and worth so they can find peace, balance, and joy in family living. Danielle has been married to her husband Dan for 23 years, and together they have eight amazing children. Currently, Danielle serves as brand manager at CatholicMom.com and host of The Gist, a talk show for women on CatholicTV.

Danielle’s books include, You Are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth and Momnipotent: The Not-so Perfect Guide to Catholic Motherhood, as well as her latest book, Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood.

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