One of the greatest presents we could give and receive is endless love.
Baby Tripp was born into a world where people like him are treated in a different way. But love and affection are all the infant knows. Each and every single member of his family sees him as the true miracle he is — in particular his big brothers, Jayce and Rayce.
JJ Grieves and Nicole Powell of Arkansas found out that their third son had Down syndrome while he was still inside of the womb. Doctors told the expecting parents their baby’s quality of life would suffer. They recommended terminating the pregnancy. Neither JJ or Nicole took it under consideration for a second.
“He’s the same as the rest of us,” JJ said. “He just takes a little longer to learn, a little more caring, a little bit more loving, but isn’t that what the world needs?”
The couple’s other sons shared the feelings they had when they heard about Tripp’s diagnosis. Both older boys proudly repeat (and wear) their family’s new favorite phrase: “Love doesn’t count chromosomes.”
And they also tend to show it with their actions as well. Jayce drew his own Down syndrome ribbon honoring his baby brother, which his parents turned into stickers for his bike. They said, “Ride for Tripp.”
When it comes to Rayce, he even sings it! Back in December, Nicole uploaded a video online of the sweet boy cradling Tripp and softly singing, “10,000 Hours” by Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber. Their adorable interaction went viral, makinf more than a few viewers to wipe away happy tears.
“This is how Rayce bonds with Tripp. He sings to him all the time. He swears this song is about him and his brother,” Nicole wrote.
While Rayce is looking at his brother and sings along to the lyrics, it’s more than clear that he means every single word:
“I’d spend 10,000 hours, and 10,000 more if that’s what it takes to learn that sweet heart of yours. I might never get there but I’m going to try if it’s 10,000 hours or the rest of my life, I’m going to love you.”
Life is not going to be easy at all for Tripp, but with big brothers as caring and protective as his, it will undoubtedly be full of love and joy. They’re both such amazing role models in their own unique ways.
This is how Rayce bonds with Tripp. He sings to him all the time. He swear this song is about him and his brother. He’s singing, “I’d spend 10,000 hours, and 10,000 more if that’s what it takes to learn that sweet heart of yours. I might never get there but I’m going to try if it’s 10,000 hours or the rest of my life, I’m going to love you.” Love doesn’t count chromosomes, or as Rayce says, “Aren’t we all different?”🥰💙💛#DownSyndrome #NothingDownAboutIt #Brotherlylove #ProudMomma
Posted by Nicole Powell on Monday, December 30, 2019