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An Uncomplicated Life - A Father's Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter

Paul Daugherty

A father’s exhilarating and funny love letter to his daughter with Down syndrome whose vibrant and infectious approach to life has something to teach all of us about how we can better live our own. Jillian Daugherty was born with Down syndrome. The day they brought her home from the hospital, her parents, Paul and Kerry, were flooded with worry and uncertainty, but also overwhelming love, which they channeled to “the job of building the better Jillian.” While their daughter had special needs, they refused to allow her to grow up needy—“Expect, Don’t Accept” became their mantra. Little did they know how ready Jillian was to meet their challenge. Paul tells stories from Jillian’s mischievous childhood and moves to her early adulthood, tracing her journey to find happiness and purpose in her adult life, sharing endearing anecdotes as well as stories about her inspiring triumphs. Having graduated from high school and college, Jillian now works to support herself, and has met the love of her life and her husband-to-be, Ryan. In An Uncomplicated Life, the parent learns as much about life from the child as the child does from the parent. Through her unmitigated love for others, her sparkling charisma, and her boundless capacity for joy, Jillian has inspired those around her to live better and more fully. The day Jillian was born, Paul says, was the last bad day. As he lovingly writes, “Jillian is a soul map of our best intentions”—a model of grace, boundless joy, and love for all of us.

A father’s exhilarating and funny love letter to his daughter with Down syndrome whose vibrant and infectious approach to life has something to teach all of us about how we can better live our own. Jillian Daugherty was born with Down syndrome. The day they brought her home from the hospital, her parents, Paul and Kerry, were flooded with worry and uncertainty, but also overwhelming love, which they channeled to “the job of building the better Jillian.” While their daughter had special needs, they refused to allow her to grow up needy—“Expect, Don’t Accept” became their mantra. Little did they know how ready Jillian was to meet their challenge. Paul tells stories from Jillian’s mischievous childhood and moves to her early adulthood, tracing her journey to find happiness and purpose in her adult life, sharing endearing anecdotes as well as stories about her inspiring triumphs. Having graduated from high school and college, Jillian now works to support herself, and has met the love of her life and her husband-to-be, Ryan. In An Uncomplicated Life, the parent learns as much about life from the child as the child does from the parent. Through her unmitigated love for others, her sparkling charisma, and her boundless capacity for joy, Jillian has inspired those around her to live better and more fully. The day Jillian was born, Paul says, was the last bad day. As he lovingly writes, “Jillian is a soul map of our best intentions”—a model of grace, boundless joy, and love for all of us.
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A father’s exhilarating and funny love letter to his daughter with Down syndrome whose vibrant and infectious approach to life has something to teach all of us about how we can better live our own. Jillian Daugherty was born with Down syndrome. The day they brought her home from the hospital, her parents, Paul and Kerry, were flooded with worry and uncertainty, but also overwhelming love, which they channeled to “the job of building the better Jillian.” While their daughter had special needs, they refused to allow her to grow up needy—“Expect, Don’t Accept” became their mantra. Little did they know how ready Jillian was to meet their challenge. Paul tells stories from Jillian’s mischievous childhood and moves to her early adulthood, tracing her journey to find happiness and purpose in her adult life, sharing endearing anecdotes as well as stories about her inspiring triumphs. Having graduated from high school and college, Jillian now works to support herself, and has met the love of her life and her husband-to-be, Ryan. In An Uncomplicated Life, the parent learns as much about life from the child as the child does from the parent. Through her unmitigated love for others, her sparkling charisma, and her boundless capacity for joy, Jillian has inspired those around her to live better and more fully. The day Jillian was born, Paul says, was the last bad day. As he lovingly writes, “Jillian is a soul map of our best intentions”—a model of grace, boundless joy, and love for all of us.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert McCollum

Length:

9h 36m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:38


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

23:47


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

26:36


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

14:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

16:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

11:58


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

12:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:10


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

22:14


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

18:55


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

20:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

16:01


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

16:41


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

17:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

00:12


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

23:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

20:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

09:05


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

21:40


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

20:00


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

14:23


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:21


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:49


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

21:27


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:23


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

15:23


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

18:41


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:18


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

18:41


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:20


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:51


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:35


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

00:53