This beautiful little girl is named Giselle. You wouldn’t know it from this picture, but Down Syndrome left her shy and non-verbal. That all changed when her mom, Kristina Bewley, began sewing costumes for her and taking the family to Disney. The magic she found there had an amazing impact on her life.
Kristina, who professionally photographs special needs children, has been able to capture each precious moment. Her Facebook page is a beautiful album of each costume and smile, with a little sparkle added in:
“She is non-verbal but you can see the way she lights up when we arrive. Each time we go, Giselle becomes more and more confident. She speaks what little words she has more, she isn’t as shy. It’s not just amazing photo ops for us, but watching her bloom is worth the trip.”
Giselle has taught Kristina how “to slow down and really enjoy the little things in life.” With most families rushing around the park to get to the next attraction, Giselle is taking time to smell the flowers, look at the ducks and truly enjoy life. The family uses their season pass to visit Disney every month, and each visit comes with a new costume and new opportunities for Giselle to blossom.
“I don’t want people to not see her Down syndrome, because it’s a part of who she is. But it’s not all that’s there, she is so much more.”
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