Cathy_McMorris_Rodgers,_Official_Portrait,_112th_Congressby Kelli

Last night, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers delivered the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. points out some life-affirming comments made by the mother of three:

Like all parents, we have high hopes and dreams for our children, but we also know what it’s like to face challenges. Three days after we gave birth to our son, Cole, we got news no parent expects.

Cole was diagnosed with Down syndrome. The doctors told us he could have endless complications, heart defects, even early Alzheimer’s. They told us all the problems. But when we looked at our son, we saw only possibilities. We saw a gift from God.

Today we see a 6-year old boy who dances to Bruce Springsteen; who reads above grade level; and who is the best big brother in the world. We see all the things he can do, not those he can’t. Cole, and his sisters, Grace and Brynn, have only made me more determined to see the potential in every human life – that whether we are born with an extra twenty-first chromosome or without a dollar to our name – we are not defined by our limits, but by our potential….

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McMorris Rodgers’ official bio states that she is “the only Member of Congress in history to give birth three times while in office.”

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