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Boy With Down Syndrome Is Melting Hearts All Over After Landing A Modeling Contract

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Boy With Down Syndrome Is Melting Hearts All Over After Landing A Modeling Contract

Even though, Riley was born with down syndrome, that hasn’t stopped him from sharing his amazing charm and good looks with the world.

When couple Stuart and Kirsty Baxter found out they were expecting, they were filled with joy and anxiety as well. They were anxious as they had lost their first child in 2013, just 19 weeks into the pregnancy.

Fortunately, Kirsty gave birth to Riley full term and with no complications. However, the doctors informed the couple that their little boy was born with down syndrome.

 

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Initially, Stuart and Kirsty were scared knowing about Riley’s condition. They were worried Riley might become a victim of bullies due to the Down syndrome. “After we were told he had Down syndrome I cried, not because I would love him any less, but just knowing how cruel the world can be,” Dad Stuart said.

“That was the first thing that went through my mind but obviously my perceptions were wrong and how wrong I was,” he added.

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Contrary to the parents’ worries, Riley grew up to possess such a charming personality that continues to win over the hearts of all the people he meets. What’s more, he has a radiant smile to match! Thanks to his personality, he even got a nickname that now everyone addresses him by, ‘Smiley Riley’!

“We have called him ‘Smiley Riley’ from a young age because he makes people really happy, and seeing his smile gives people a pick-me-up on a bad day,” Stuart said.

At just 4 years old, Smiley Riley caught the attention of model scouts and landed himself a modeling contract!

Riley has already appeared in ads for big UK brand Mothercare and the kids at school absolutely adore him and treat him like a star.

Boy With Down Syndrome Is Melting Hearts All Over After Landing A Modeling Contract

Boy With Down Syndrome Is Melting Hearts All Over After Landing A Modeling Contract

“There was the fear of the unknown and why this had happened to us, but if I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have been upset at all,” proud dad Stuart said.

Riley’s muscles are not as strong as kids his age and he is mostly non-verbal. However, he continues to conquer his battles as he learns how to walk and use Makaton sign language as a way to communicate.

Riley’s parents couldn’t be more prouder of their little boy! His resilience and determination to conquer it all is an inspiration to many.

Smiley Riley was born with down syndrome, but that hasn’t stopped him from sharing his amazing charm and good looks with the world after landing a modeling contract

Smiley Riley was born with down syndrome, but that hasn’t stopped him from sharing his amazing charm and good looks with the world after landing a modeling contract

“Riley is getting so much out of life and whenever he accomplishes something it seems that little bit extra special knowing how much harder he had to work for it. We were so delighted to have him, our little boy to love and bring up.” Stuart said.

Remember to share this beautiful story with friends and family to celebrate our differences and encourage others to embrace them just as Riley’s are being embraced.

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Porn Star’s Amazing Testimony on Escaping Sexual Abuse to Become a Pastor

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Porn Star’s Amazing Testimony on Escaping Sexual Abuse to Become a Pastor

Crystal Bassette used to make $250,000 a year. She owned sports cars, a huge mansion in Malibu, a luxurious life with workers at her beck and call. She practically had everything money could buy, but she was very unhappy. She made her money from starring in adult films, but the shame she felt drove her into self-destructive lifestyle.

However, after finding Jesus, Crystal not only turned her life around, but she also became a pastor. This former porn star has an amazing testimony you just have to hear.

After finding Jesus, Crystal not only turned her life around, but she also became a pastor. This former porn star has an amazing testimony

After finding Jesus, Crystal not only turned her life around, but she also became a pastor. This former porn star has an amazing testimony

Crystal never had any plans of joining the sex industry. She was an honor roll student and varsity cheerleader. But the sexual abuse she experienced as a child left her in a troubled state of mind that eventually led her to fall into pornography.

“I was sexually abused when I was a child by two different people. So I went through a lot of stuff as a kid. It’s wordless. I’m alright now but it took me a long time. I went through a few years of therapy and stuff and so I realised why I was choosing the life that I did.” She said.

At just 16, Crystal got pregnant and desperately wanted to give her son the best life possible. Having grown up in a struggling background, Crystal thought that meant possessions.

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Determined to be able to provide for her son, she left for California, with the dream of becoming a model or movie star. But living in California turned out to be very expensive. While trying to pursue her acting and modeling career, Crystal was forced to begin stripping to make ends meet. While stripping, an agent recommended she try adult films. The money offered enticed Crystal into giving it a shot.

After the first shoot, Crystal was given a hefty paycheck, but was tormented by shame. “I remember after the scene, I sat in the shower for about two hours crying. Then I stopped after that shoot and didn’t go back for about one month. I ended up going back to it again and that’s when I was numbing myself through taking pain medicine and drinking alcohol to get through the scene.”

That marked the beginning of a cycle of alcohol abuse and a destructive habits that became Crystal’s life for the next ten years.

Crystal never had any plans of joining the sex industry. She was an honor roll student and varsity cheerleader.

Crystal never had any plans of joining the sex industry. She was an honor roll student and varsity cheerleader.

Crystal credits her reunification with Christ to several life-changing events. She was involved in a horrifying car accident in 2014 when she got behind the wheel drunk.

Thanks to God she survived the crash, but she was left with a broken nose, stitches down the side of her face, and a totaled Escalade. That crash turned out to be an eye-opener for Crystal, she could no longer ignore how out of control her life had become.

She decided to start going to church with her sister, that’s where her heart truly encountered God. “The day I was saved, I felt like the preacher was just speaking to me directly. It was like he was preaching to only me and you know that day I felt God was talking to me through his preaching and everything he said felt right. I got down on my knees and was just praying to God to just release me from everything and my mom was there and my sister came over and were just all crying.” she said

Crystal made the decision to leave the porn industry for good. She left that whole lifestyle behind and became a completely changed woman.

Crystal met her husband, David who is a pastor and the two got married in 2014.

Crystal met her husband, David who is a pastor and the two got married in 2014.

Soon afterwards, she met her husband, David who is a pastor and the two got married in 2014. Crystal went back to school and earned her degree and also trained to become a pastor. However, finding a job was a struggle. Most employers turned her away because of her previous job.

Even at church, Crystal received so much criticism and negative attention that she and David were forced to leave. But that did not discourage Crystal. “It’s like if I grew up as a teacher, I probably wouldn’t be helping people now. I probably would be completely different. My past made me who I am today and God has changed my life completely.” She explained.

Crystal eventually became a paralegal, and together with her husband, David, heeded God’s call and started their own church. And God is using Crystal’s past in a special way.

Crystal’s story is inspiring to say the least. It is evidence that however far away you stray from God, He still love s you very much and will welcome you back with open arms when you seek Him out.

Watch her incredible story in the video below, but please be aware that it contains some images and clips from her past that could be considered offensive.

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When A Person Asks Me Why I Still Believe In Jesus, I Read Them These Lyrics

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When A Person Asks Me Why I Still Believe In Jesus, I Read Them These Lyrics

Does your life sometimes get a little too hard, it feels like everything is going wrong and you feel like no one can help you? I know a Man that can!

His name is Jesus Christ, and He is only a prayer away. All you have to do is believe and ask, and everything will be given to you as is clearly written in the book of Matthew 7:7.

The next time all of life troubles seem to weight you down, here is beautiful powerful song that will remind you of a person who can do it all for you, change any situation you are facing and grant you peace.

When A Person Asks Me Why I Still Believe In Jesus, I Read Them These Lyrics

When A Person Asks Me Why I Still Believe In Jesus, I Read Them These Lyrics

I can’t take a heart that’s broken, Make it over again
But I know a man who can

And I can’t take a soul that’s sinful, And make it white, whiter than snow
But I know a man who can

Some call Him Savior, the Redeemer of all men
I call Him Jesus, for He’s my dearest friend

If you feel, no one can help you, And your life is out of hand
Well, I know a man who can

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I can’t walk upon the waters, Or calm a raging sea
But I know a man who can

And I can’t cause blind eyes to open, Make the lame to rise up and walk again
But I know a man who can

Some call Him Savior, the Redeemer of all men
I call Him Jesus, for He’s my dearest friend

If you feel, no one can help you, And your life is out of hand
Well, I know a man who can

Some call Him Savior, the Redeemer of all men
I call Him Jesus, for He’s my dearest friend

If you feel, no one can help you, And your life is out of hand
Well, I know a man
Yes, I know a man who can

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Loving Dad Gets A Matching Tattoo Of His Son’s Chest Scar After Life-Saving Open Heart Surgery

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Loving Dad Gets A Matching Tattoo Of His Son's Chest Scar After Life-Saving Open Heart Surgery

Six-year-old Joey Watts, from Beverley, East Yorkshire, underwent an eight-hour operation at Leeds Children’s Hospital to widen the blood vessel just last month.

The procedure which came with a one-in-10 chance of survival was successful but it left Joey with a 9cm scar down the center of his chest.

“When Joey saw the scar, he just said, ‘Is this where they have cut me to fix my heart?'” Mrs Watts said.

“We’ve told him it should be something to be proud of and he shouldn’t be ashamed by what has happened to him. All of these warriors should be proud of their scars and all they achieve in life.” She added.

Joey Watts underwent life-saving open heart surgery that left him with a 9cm scar down the center of his chest. (with his father Martin, showing off his tattoo)

Joey Watts underwent life-saving open heart surgery that left him with a 9cm scar down the center of his chest. (with his father Martin, showing off his tattoo)

On the day after Joey was discharged from hospital, his father, Martin Watts, went to a local tattoo parlor to have a replica of his son’s scar tattooed on his chest to show Joey it is nothing to be ashamed of. Mr Watts also had his son’s heartbeat tattooed on his chest to the right of the scar design.

Joey’s brother, seven-year-old Harley, was also diagnosed with the same condition, supravalvular aortic stenosis, when he was 14 weeks old. SVAS is a congenital disorder that narrows the large vessel carrying blood from the heart to the rest of the body.

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“We have another little boy called Harley with the same condition who will also be having surgery in the near future. So to us this is an amazing thing to do to spread awareness, and maybe encourage a few more people help to fund-raise for such a fantastic cause.” Mrs. Watts said.

The Watts family are supporting the “#ScarSelfie” campaign being promoted by the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund (CHSF), which hopes to inspire, encourage and enlighten others about the plight of those with heart diseases.

#ScarSelfie celebrates patients with congenital heart diseases and encourages them to share intimate photos of their scars. The campaign also encourages donations to CHSF, which provides aid to the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

Joey underwent the procedure to widen his aorta at Leeds Children's Hospital last month

Joey underwent the procedure to widen his aorta at Leeds Children’s Hospital last month

Sharon Milner, CEO of CHSF, said, “We fully understand that showing a scar picture is a very personal decision and not for everyone. We are blown away by the bravery and resilience of the hundreds of CHD patients who undergo open-heart surgery and life-saving procedures at the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit every day – like Joey.”

“This campaign is one way of celebrating the incredible stories of these heart warriors. Please do take part if you can, and support our wonderful cause by way of donations.” She added.

Joey will require three more operations to widen his pulmonary branches and stretch his blood vessels.

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