A pair of Arkansas-based parents hearts’ are full of pride after getting a chance to witness just how big their son’s heart is. Nicole Powell and her husband, JJ Grieve have raised all five of their children to respect people for who they are. While every parent hopes that what they teach their children will take hold, they don’t always get to see it in action. Their son Rayce, though, is showing them just how much of a difference it makes every day when he sings to his baby brother.
Rayce’s baby brother, Tripp, was born with Downs Syndrome and his big brother wants him to know that it only makes him that much more lovable.
The way he sings to his little brother is so touching that Nicole decided it was something the world could benefit from seeing. So, she took out her camera one day and recorded her son singing 10,000 Hours to Tripp. Though she figured it would be well received, she had no idea that it was going to go so viral.
The special moment becomes all that much more beautiful when you learn their story.
JJ and Nicole were beside themselves with excitement when they learned they were bringing yet another little life in the world. Unfortunately, that excitement would soon be stained with some heartwrenching news. While at an appointment, doctors ran a routine scan on Nicole’s swelling belly. Sadly, the scan seemed to reveal signs of poor health in the unborn baby.
Believing that the child’s quality of life would be severely affected, doctors had the gall to suggest Nicole terminate her pregnancy.
Though the doctors were quick to give up hope, Nicole and JJ exercised their faith. In an interview with THV11, JJ tells of how he instantly refused to let the doctors put an expiration date on his son.
“They recommended we terminate the pregnancy, and I said absolutely not,” he recalls.
Within a matter of weeks, the baby brother to be started to gain his health back.
Soon enough, the family was welcoming baby Tripp into the world with open arms. He had already proven inside the womb that he was a special baby, and when he came out with an extra chromosome his parents knew that just meant there was even more to love.
Nicole and JJ have four other sons. When they brought baby Tripp back home, they decided to have a sit-down with his brothers to explain the differences of having an extra chromosome.
“I didn’t want our boys to be ashamed of him because he’s still their little brother regardless of what he has,” Nicole explains.
The moment the parents heard Tripp’s brother’s response, though, they knew they never had anything to worry about.
“Rayce popped up real quick and said ‘aren’t we all different?’ And at that moment, I knew he’d be accepted,” Nicole continues.
The family’s lives have been filled with love, laughter, and joy ever since they brought Tripp back home. All of JJ and Nicole’s children have nothing but love for their baby brother.
It’s one big brother in particular, though, that seems to feel especially bonded to Tripp, and that’s Rayce.
Rayce loves to sing to his baby brother. They can be found cuddling every single day as Rayce sings soft, sweet words to Tripp. The video of him singing Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber’s hit, 10,000 Hours, is particularly touching.
“This is how Rayce bonds with Tripp. He sings to him all the time. He swear this song is about him and his brother. He’s singing, “I’d spend 10,000 hours, and 10,000 more if that’s what it takes to learn that sweet heart of yours. I might never get there but I’m going to try if it’s 10,000 hours or the rest of my life, I’m going to love you,” Nicole wrote in a caption to the Facebook video.
She concluded her caption with a sentiment that has deeply resonated with viewers:
“Love doesn’t count chromosomes, or as Rayce says, “Aren’t we all different?”🥰💙💛#DownSyndrome #NothingDownAboutIt #Brotherlylove #ProudMomma“
It’s only been roughly two weeks since Nicole posted the powerful video of her tenderhearted son singing to his baby brother. Within that time it’s gone insanely viral, garnering over 2.7 million views and tens of thousands of shares.
We’re thankful for Rayce and the love-songs he sings to his baby brother. Lord knows the world could use more hearts like his. To see the full interview with Tripp’s parents, watch the video below.
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Source: Nicole Powell