HAPPY BIRTHDAY AARON!!! In just 34 years you have easily changed the lives of each person who has had the privilege of crossing your path. Your birthday has always been an emotional day for our family, the most beautiful kind of emotional. Maybe it’s your infectious self love that insists on recognizing the entire month… Read More The Courage to be Aaron
This week’s story comes from Aaron’s youngest sibling, his sister, Mary Kate! These two have the most special tradition and I am thrilled that she was open to sharing about it here on The Heart Ability! ENJOY! In many households the word kidnapped is frightening. In the Trofholz house it’s a word that brings excitement… Read More The Slumber Party
This week’s story is from Joe Landfair, one of my dad’s buddies. From the moment Joe met Aaron, he treated him as the human being he is and with the utmost respect. He recognized Aaron’s humanness over any other label placed upon him. He placed Aaron’s humanness at the forefront of their relationship. Therefore, he… Read More Your Humanness is Showing
The Untold Story of Thanksgiving On Thanksgiving, I shared a story about how special Thanksgiving is in our home along with how Aaron brings that sparkle of gratitude into his everyday living. However, something was left out. Not intentionally, it came about during the evening of Thanksgiving. More specifically, over the dinner, the importance of… Read More The Untold Story of Thanksgiving
GRATITUDE. A feeling so many of us become overfilled with on this special Thanksgiving Day. Gratitude is not just the word we see thrown all over social media, it is the feeling we experience when we’re connected with love. Today and everyday is Thanksgiving in Aaron’s heart. He does not necessarily express it with words… Read More Thanksgiving
The following post was contributed by Aaron’s Uncle Jim and Aunt Mary… Or as Aaron so lovingly refers to them as “Uncle Jimmaaaay and Aunt Maryaaaaaay”. Jim and Mary were so kind to share a recent and favorite memory of Aaron. They so beautifully were able to put words to an experience anyone that knows… Read More The Lighthouse
TODAY IS AARON’S BIRTHDAY! Rather than attempt to narrow down a single ability he has taught the world over his lifetime, I have asked the people who know him best to contribute to a special birthday post. If a picture is worth a thousand words, how do you measure the emotions behind this picture? The… Read More From us, to you.
“People with Down Syndrome are Always Happy”. Wouldn’t that be wild if that were the case? Individuals with Down Syndrome are not always happy. (insert gasp) really?? Try to take a guess as to why this is not true, go ahead I dare ya. This week’s ability is the ability to not be okay. Why… Read More It’s Ok Not To Be Ok!
I have never once heard Aaron say, “oh man, I should have done XYZ” OR “I could have done XYZ better”. The man has the most beautiful confidence, not the egotistical type of confidence. The confidence that stems from faith in his abilities and his choices. I have never witnessed the man live in fear or… Read More Don’t Should All Over Yourself
Aaron’s impact on this world seizes to amaze me. Upon reading what I am about to share with you all, I was immediately covered in goosebumps and moved to tears . Joy “Lynette” Gibson is one of my mother’s dear friends who without a doubt has struck up a special bond with Aaron. They immediately clicked… it… Read More The Unconditional Heart