My Perfect Family: Candle Dad

My Perfect Family: Candle Dad

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My. Morning routine will. Get the kids up and. Go. Back upstairs ten minutes later and get the kids up just, know. Little. Bacon sandwich. Yes. Okay. That's exciting. Then. Your whole day is always exciting isn't it. Nicky. Over here I, tend. To have to keep on so right you need to do this and then you need to do this and the newly produced I've kind of had to supervise that good morning we've seen a lot probably more than if you would with any other funny one I'm finished early well if just like tiny physical Tom Bergeron thing morning. Again. Emma. Emma. Did. You say good morning to me we Emma. Hi. Nikki ah. Morning. Emma, morning. Morning. Thank. You very much. Yes, it, was only 13 months between them was, really well planned. We. Had. To, wear four kids in, six. Years and three. Bakeries, all. At the same time during that period also we just bought. Our first house which, was a wreck and renovated. It from top to bottom while living in it so that's quite there was a busy sort of period. Right. Tell, us how we're doing for Time Warner, -. We've got 10. Minutes to, get, in the car and you. And I can go after work yeah, take, everybody's, helpful. The. Girls are actually really really different from each other so Niki is very vocal and talks all the time whereas. Emma. Doesn't, talk very much. We're. Just dealing with individuals, and, then the Down syndrome past sort of Emmons is very very secondary so there was good to be able to put that away really early in the face. We're. Ready to go and see your friends. You. Say that every day and then you love it when you go inside. Our. Commutes can take an hour each way in Auckland's, wonderful traffic firsts. We dropped Niki school and then mr an I head off to work. Niki's. Just turned 21 and she's, in her final year at some of all special school and they, can only stay in until their turn 21 and after. That it's, off to work if. They can find a job. Emma. And I we spend our work days at down lights candles it's a business we started just a few months ago. After. Emma, left schools I approached so, many employers to see if they'd give her a job and basically, got nowhere. So. I thought well how. Can self employed most of my life so why. Don't I just set up my own business and then she can work in that. We've. Always had candles at home and Emma really likes them so I thought let's, make candles, that'll. Be a piece of cake. How. Did you candles okay it's not piece of cake this apparently. Has got hidden depths and it's a lot more difficult than nerds and you would think. After. Only, a week, or so no, saint to these friends though I think. I need some advice about this and, my. Friends set up. Kennel, company that she lives just down the road I. Was. A little concerned about, the. Steps he was taking with the, business so I offered, him the opportunity to. Use. The, manufacturing.

Facility, At Illumina, so that it would save. Him, costs, at the beginning and to. Show, him a few tricks of the trade I. Was. Born in Canada. And I've lived in New Zealand for, 22, years I, fell, in love with New Zealand and I just had to stay I've, always, been, involved in something crafty, so making. Candles just seemed like a fun thing to do. Tony. Had a very small range a few fragrances, he did this market, and that. Led to 7:00. Sharp doing a story with Tim Wilson you probably don't know about candle, making as it happens a pretty, high temperature how warm. Is it it's. A secret. It's secretly, warm after, that we sold a candle, a minute for. Two days so we very quickly developed. A business, name a tagline. Ordered. New glassware developed. A logo all within, three. Or four days the. Name down lights oh definitely. Wanted to have a connection between Down, syndrome and the. Name of the company. Thank. You for, Jennifer. And Illumina, to basically, hand over her intellectual property so quickly to us four, or five years of worth of experience and really, really hard work which we haven't had to go through you, know your intentions. And goals with Emma were just so genuine, and I. Just really, wanted. You to succeed for, for. Emma so that she, would have something. In. Her life every, day and there. Was just no way I could have. Let. You flop. When. We first started everything was had to be supervised whereas now it's just a case of just point out that needs doing and, within. 30 seconds she's up and doing it and on, her own so once you learn how to do the jobs they're not set, the task walk. Away just right into it and it's really good. She's. Really, risen to the challenge of the fact of having to get up every, day and Travels. Work and spend the whole day at work but she's no she's really putting herself into a big-time. Yeah. You do that and. I'll get the wax. Since, we started doing this that prefer independence, has really blossomed it's been fantastic really, to see to see the changes in her. She. Feels, the treatment from what she's doing you know world through jobs and she'll. Be smiling away at the end of it when we've finished it you know she's obviously very proud, of herself and and, what we're doing. Her. Conference, just it's growing. And. What's. That. I. Think. Is is. Trophy. Trophy. World. When. They turn 21 that, is the biggest challenge because. Businesses. Often, don't take, on. People. With disabilities. We. Have a lot of opportunities, William to. Practice. The skills that they personally need for, when they finish school there, really flew unique step and, unfortunately. In a lot of cases that. Next step doesn't, happen and the. Disappearance that I talked to really struggle because, they would, like their. Child, to, continue going to work we. Need to do some stretches ready. To do so strict just kind of stand over here. Having. A job having, a role having a purpose, gives them a reason to get up in the morning. They'd, like to contribute to society what. Tony's, done is given em up an opportunity to, create, a life that she wants and I feel that will be the same for Nikki as well. Do. You know where that was what country was that hey it wasn't spying it was in France Paris, yeah, okay. Remember, going to Spain. Yeah. Food, was fantastic. What's. The next picture press about. Four. And a half years ago I sold the cafe that we had in Marathi and. We. Traveled. I'd. Been working seven. Days a week for 25-30, years so we decided that we were travel. And. So. We went to Europe Spain, and France a lot, of time in the UK to, eat do, you like it there no, no, hey, I was, really amazed you know that well I don't know why should be amazing because nothing they do amazes me anymore here they.

Hey. I'm travelling. Like, a duck to water. Okay. You. Love pictures of yourself. Who's. That girl. It's. Emma you're looking gorgeous there ever there's. Been Harrison Hey it was just a little boy he's, taller than me now first. In line Harrison, so he's our oldest seventeen, months later Claudia came along and, then Emma, was born undiagnosed. But was diagnosed at birth with Down syndrome. Which. At, the time was, really devastating, it wasn't something we'd considered. All. Those questions why me, what have I done to my family. All. The destructive Christians. That you do see yourself like what if what. If I just stayed with two I should have just stayed with two and then had. The weirdest dream and it was my grandmother saying it's good, okay and I woke up in the morning feeling like our. Weight would have been lifted off my shoulders that was quite bizarre I could see black-and-white television. Documentaries. Pictures, in my head of. Institutionalized. People. So, devastating. Really and it's like oh god that's. What we've got to look forward to Carolyn. Was the receptionist, at. A business where I went looking for a job and. Was. Very pleased to meet the receptionist. Our. Decision about having another, child after, Emma I think a lot of our friends probably cut the thought oh really. He want to have more kids the, initial thought was I let's. Have another baby when that will sort of push, Emma along from behind and, once. You've got three kids he lost anyway so might. As well have four will, have 40 doesn't make any difference you're. So immersed. In family. Nicky, was born 13. Months after Emma and, lo, and behold then she was born with Down syndrome as, well. We. Was even, more shocked than we were the first time around and. The. First the initial thought was slow it's. Just just disaster. The. Way it's actually turned out is completely the opposite, if Nicky had been born as, an average person she. Probably would have overtaken Emma and. Emma. Would have been left as the. One child sort of on her own in a way they'd, get on like a house on fire so it's fantastic they're gonna have a friend for, life I wouldn't, be without change. A thing if I had my time over my. Head I wish Theory come down and say I could change it all for you I just say no go away really. They're. Just amazing, kids. Yeah. So Carolyn. Was diagnosed, with breast cancer in. 2007. Basically. The option was a mastectomy and Karen said right booked me and tomorrow we're. Gonna do something about this, she. Had six months of chemo it, was pronounced. Fit and well there she'd she'd beaten it. Unfortunately. Cancer. Decided, it was gonna make a return visit. To Carolyn. Only a few years later. And. Then shoo so she was read I ignite again with her even. More serious. Cancer in 2010. And, this. This. Time they told us it was terminal, can you cut their place. After. She passed away I decided that her positive, attitude was something which I have to. Mimic. To start off but because of doesn't say it wasn't a particularly positive person, at the time. And. I, figured, that I. Live. By the mantra of attitude. Positive, which. Is something I actually ended. Up having it tattooed on my chest so that every morning when I woke up I could look at that and go, that's. How you're gonna be today and. You've only gonna do it for a day and. Then the next day you've only got to do it for another day and eventually. You keep on trying. To live like that and try to live like that and eventually you do and you actually start, becoming. That, way. I. Trust, you Nikki I. Think. The issues for, me at that time were practical, issues and, I was still running a business which, was a cafe, at the time seven, days a week starting. At 7 a.m. finishing, at 5 p.m. and had about 70 hours a week and look. After four kids at the same time so. Claudia, my, oldest, daughter was due. To go to university, at a particular point and I suggested, to her that maybe she delays. The.

University, For a year and she helped. Me look after Nikki and we. Talked about it and decided that's I would, take, him/her Nikki on kind. Of doing the school runs in the morning you know waking up getting. Them ready driving them to school and if. They, won't need it after, school activities, I would be in charge of that from. Her and Nikki it was great because it gave him. Someone. To focus on who was you, know consistent, every day drop in med school they had a routine that they could stick to it, was really good just to spend a lot of time with my sisters I got, to spend a lot of time with my dad and I did have to grow up a little bit you know I was 17, fresh. Out of school going, from hanging with my friends and doing school or day to being essentially. A full-time not, a parent but a caregiver, so, it did make me grow up a little bit faster than maybe I needed to if, that, wasn't the situation but I think ultimately I've, turned out a better person for it during, that period of time where she gave me that grace period I, reorganized. My. Business and. Took. On more stuff and sort, of extracted, myself from, the business so I didn't have to be there the whole time which, meant I couldn't step in and actually take. A more. Active role and being. With the girls or looking after the girls and. It's continued. From there in that way. We're. Eastridge shopping center in Mission. Bay so, we've got a Facebook event happening, so that people know we're here and, often. When we do these events that we get lots of people attempt, to see us you come to meet Emma. It's. Just got better, and better winners to be so outgoing and, so confident. In, herself, and, running. Around smiling and enjoying herself. Thank. You thanks, to your support thank you, she's. Stepped. Up as far as meeting, strangers. To. See her handle. All, these different environments, and, different experiences. And, the. Shyness is going slowly. I, think. I mentioned before you know they're having two. Kids went down to the same family so as you can see they got I think it on like a house on fire and, this. Is. Demonstrated. Constantly. I. Think. People. Respect. The fact that we're trying to do something for ourselves instead, of expecting. Other people to help us so no. It's it's always a great response. It's. About. 1450. Follows. Social. Medias it's. Gone, crazy it makes us feel what, we're doing is something, really worthwhile because so many people are coming. On board and telling, us that I think, I'm fortunate in that that's. Another that's another. Like. So. You're wearing all your plugs. Where. Are you going. Huh. Just. Somewhere you wanna go traveling again a journal. I'm. Gonna, go make some toast. The. Amount of exposure that we've had has been phenomenal, and. Disney. Digital network contacted. Us and said look we want to do an article on our digital. Network and got a fantastic response off that and then, there was a another company in the States who obviously. Had. Connections with Disney somehow or another it's a video production company called, ever hats and, they. In turn came to us and said we, love what you're doing them very really inspired by it and we want to make a promotional. Video so. Ever, hands came, to us and said after they finished. The video and said we've got a connection, with a very. Famous person George Takei, of Star, Trek fame turns. Out that he's got 10 million followers and the.

Bigger It gets the. Better it gets because, we. Will then have to step up production and then, we can start employing other people so the whole idea really is as we. Go further is, to create, a factory. Situation and get a much bigger so. That we can employ other people with dancer. The. Girls again. Hello. There. So. We're at the the Franklin Tap. House in bitch, lands which is our local pub. We. Only, come in twice a week and, because. Some now of course the support. And the following will get the downlights now we're getting people coming up to us and chatting to us when we're in the pub as well which is great that's really into it there. Was a really, big wall that's game on and we came down for that and we, met a couple of bikers who, were, so impressed, with the way that the girls were enjoying. The whole thing and they knew about our story as well so they knew what we were doing and. They were like. Oh. Blast t-shirts and then about a week later I, got a phone call from one of the guys come. And meet us in the pub this afternoon we've got those t-shirts for the girls, so. This, has been another outpouring, of generosity and, the. Way that people have been his support that's brilliant, they're. Just so, full of love like. They're just there to have. Fun and you know make, the most of their time they're just so open and friendly and. Sometimes. Too friendly you know when you go out and they just want to talk to everyone and I'm kind, of more reserved so I like to stay back a bit but they just, you know they love hugs they love laughing, a, couple. Years ago I, decided, every. Nikki's favorite band were in town so, we decided last minute that I would take them there and we, had a great time but I remember talking to this woman who was next to me and she, could obviously recognize, amore and Ikki both had Down syndrome and, so, she started asking me questions and I told her that you, know they're my sisters and the amount of praise that I got from her I found really unusual because she was saying you know you're an incredible sister. How amazing that you're doing this for them but, in my mind I was kind of taken aback a little bit because obviously you. Know did my sisters and I, don't really. Think that their depth that different, from other, people so it's kind of the same as if they didn't have Down syndrome as taking my sisters out I. Shouldn't. Have to stay home just because they have special needs you know they can go, out and have fun and like I probably didn't even need to be there they. Won't find it on their own dancing, and singing at a great time. Kind. Of a reality, check I suppose that you know they are different but, that's just who they are I. Hope. That they can be more. Independent. It. Big, for them to have dreams. And be able to follow those dreams and, actually, have something that they want to do instead of us you, know going cool. It's an idea let's go through with that and then they have a great time anyway but I'd love for them to think. Of stuff on their own to be like this is what I want to do. I. Hope. That they can have a future. Which is not dependent on me and that's really big.

Part Of what this is all about of trying to get, them on that path. I suppose. Practically, speaking that, I think they're gonna need some sort of help they're gonna need some sort of supervision, or just. A nudge here and there but then they've keep on surprising me as well as to how bloody, clever they are. If. Things keep moving as fast as they have in the last few months then. Yeah I think maybe they could be living on their own and just to maybe have someone could just come in and check on them occasionally make sure things okay. Whatever. Their independence, level is I want to get them up as. Far as they possibly can up that ladder I. Don't. Think I've sacrificed anything, I. Think. I've, just done, what. All parents do and I, mean okay you can call it sacrifice but it's not sacrifice, we choose but. How is that a sacrifice if you've chosen to do what you want to do just, not a sacrifice. Those. Started thinking more about the future then what, happens to my youngest tickets, as I, get older and as they get older I. Thought. Is that to sit. Down and write. Down some of my thoughts about, my. Family, the. Children, their. Lives and. Maybe. Their hopes and dreams and, my hopes and dreams for them. All. I just, want to say that I'm very very, lucky man I was. Blessed with the love and the company of a wonderful woman that. Was lucky enough to spend 25. Years with her I know, our greatest achievements, was all of you every. Day I'm. Really. Proud to be your dad. Every. Day I love. You more. Every. Day I worry for you I don't I know I shouldn't, you're, all gonna do great things every. Day I feel. Lucky, to have you in my life. Edda. Truth was made with funding from New Zealand on, air.

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Love this.

I wanna see the brother

these special people should be supported much more by government agencies. love respect and dedication. it is these things that really matter in our short stay on this beautiful planet

30 seconds in and I already adore this family! "... 10 minutes later I go back upstairs to wake up the kids..."

What a beautiful family. I love to see positive things and people.

Amazing inspirational story & I love it when us disabled community are living our dreams & for filling our lives

What an amazing amazing strong man and what lovely sweet girls.

Amazing story ❤️❤️

My husband is like this with our two girls sooo lucky with their dad

the scene at the end at the table where Emma and Nicki just start hugging each other is too much -, what a lovely story and family

What an amazing Dad.

I wish i could do something for my oldest daughter Alexis. She has asperger syndrome and want to do voice acting for cartoons. She is very self conscious and thinks because of her disability the producers won't give her a chance because she has issues with understanding or being comfortable with things. I deal with extreme anxiety and an so does my 17 year old and she wants to deal with make-up art like for movies maybe even learn how to do the camera. I think my kids will never get as far as they could because of me being so scared to do things. I am scared to push them or drive place to get them places that could be good for them. I am lucky i have even been able to get us all in taekwondo. I will be a blackblet in November if i pass. I think only because they are my crutch as much as i am theirs. i feel bad about that. Before my 12 years in the military i wasn't so scared to do things alone but just everything seems so hard now. I alwasy make excuses why we couldn't go somewhere as much as i really wanted to go. theoretically I would love to have my own business dealing with animals. I want an animal education center/ rescue zoo. I want people with disabilities are ex-military to have an area where they can go in a classroom relaxed setting away from crows and kids after school as well to get hands on. For me my fears seem to out way my dreams. Hope we can come together like u have with your girls.

I wish you the very best of luck! Life is about developing yourself, so take each day as progress!

Nicki and Emma are absolutely adorable. ❤ I'm so sorry for your loss Tony. Thank you so much for sharing your heartwarming story.

Adopt me, please!

May God Bless Ur Family and all ur dreams come true

what an amazing dad

It's weird being a Canadian and listening to that woman's accent because it's like 90% mine 90% kiwi. Lol.

It almost sounds Scottish hahaha

right?? i couldnt figure out where she was from before she said

Wow Claudia looks exactly like her mom

Wonderful family. Thanks for sharing

Wonderful family! The sky is the limit girls

I hope one day we all people around the world can live as happy as all down people live!! :D

Such encouraging stay positive much love

❤️ wonderful man...

Such a amazing and wonderful dad. This whole family is just amazing.

Yo quiero un papá así es lindo

Giving bacon to people who are already predisposed to obesity and heart problems is really insane. The young women are more overweight than people with Down’s syndrome of their generation usually are, as families generally have a better understanding of it these days. But good luck to them all, including but not limited to having a healthier diet.

So Lovely ❤

This dad is amazing ❤️

Great family

This exact story happened to my uncle! Great family!

Tony, you are a wonderful Father, husband and man! I love your wife’s name (it’s my name as well ☺️) great things are going to happen!☺️

the lives we live

Amazing beautiful family touched my heart

What sweet young ladies! I don’t think I could have came out of the depression this would have caused me. Thank you for showing this courageous family.

amazingly inspiring ❤️

What an amazing man. And handsome

Don't have the words to describe how proud I am of this man. He is tackling life head on every day.. and hes doing a great job. I am very sorry for the loss of his wife and children's mother.. rest in peace.

Hey my name is star brandenburgh. I have a learning disability and anxiety it hard to talk to people. I go to shawnee heights high school im a senior in high school. I'm doing the 21 program at shawnee heights high school.

an amazing family xxx

I enjoyed your story. Amazing that you created a business to employ your daughter.

What a wonderful family, you guys are amazing.

This family is beautiful as is the candle lady that helped him. I’m hoping they get together at the end but then I remember this isn’t a romcom, just a beautiful story that has sad parts and happy parts, there are multiple hero’s. I want to meet them, come to Los Angeles.

this makes me wanna fly there (i live in germany) just to go into the mall and buy a candle to meet them in person.

You sir have an amazing family, Emma and Nikki are beautiful! Sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing.


Such an amazing family

Amazing! I want to meet him! : )

Lovely girls. I wish this guy was my dad!

He's so proud you can tell. Hes like I'm no longer shocked at how well they do cause they are just achievers. He worded it weird but hes great. So strong.

I love the lady that taught them all about candles. So kind. Most ppl would be to afraid to lose money. I love this video.

I really enjoy this video. It shows that even thghgh you have a disability, you can still be a possitive impact in the world and lives of others. Way to go Tony!!!

Sorry. Dictation messed up. I meant that I love the fact that even though the girls have down syndrome, they inspire others to do the best they can, despite their current situation.

1 person who disliked has no life, only hatred in their heart.

Wow, I never heard of a family having two kids with Down syndrome without them being twins. I‘m wondering what’s the reason for this. But the girls are amazing and I have so much respect for their dad.

So beautiful!!!

Such a loving dad, keep what your doing best, been the best dad for your beutifull loving daughters ❤❤

if I were younger I would beg you to allow me the honour of working for your company.

So lovely. The ending made me cry!

Amazing dad ❤️

good job  emma

I heard something that Down Syndrome is the most loving people .. they are happy , loving , cheerful .... Look at his daughters ... So lovely

Lovely family. X

We have 2 autistic boys, both teenagers just got some great ideas. Great dad!

Such beautiful girls. An amazing family... their Mum would be so proud.


When Emma walks up to her Dad for hugs and kisses is the sweetest thing ever

What an Amazing beautiful Family ❤️

Amazing ❤

Just so very much love, tenderness, excitement, happiness & togetherness. Seems to be able to overcome any of life's unexpected nasty surprises. I have big respect for a man who knows how to be a true dad, a dad who makes things happen rather than sit back & wait for handouts.

All the best for you sweetheart

I know right!!!! You would think that would have already happened!

This makes me really happy. As someone who has a disability (Autism) and is young like Emma and Nicki (I'm 21 like Nicki), this is such a good thing for them. Schedules and consistency are essential but also they are learning to make their own income and have their own freedoms which is priceless!! When you are told by doctors and other people the things you can't do it feels so good to do things like working, starting a business, being creative, and traveling.

Yes yes yes!!!

Wow what an amazing family!! I’ve just sat an watched your program an your girls have melted my heart

I'm a mum of six my youngest has downs syndrome this made me cry happy tears . I'm so happy i saw this.

Awe claudia looks just like her mother .they are so beautiful an such a beautiful family as wellhes done and is still doing every thing he can to take care of his children thats so awesome ...a great dad it makes me miss mine so much more

Just beyond sweet, and amazing. Greatest father

A video which brings more light to the world .What a terrific family *

Lovely relationships.

Ilove this Dad! He put all his eggs in one basket so that his daughter could have a job because nobody would hire her. He knew how important it was for his children to feel like they belong in society. To start a candle company it's hard that lady teaching him how to do it so that he can better the lives of his daughters is just amazing! His daughters seem so happy! He is truly an amazing dad and he has two amazing girls and the lady that taught them is an amazing friend! How great this story is!!! Goin on to get DL candles after I'm finished watching this!

Loved your documentary about your family, and your first daughter was right, everybody is different.

Amazing father

All this Dad has gone through and he is still so joyful and loving....takes great care of his family and enjoys what God has given him! Amazing....instead of just putting his daughter in an institute or saying she has a disability she can’t do anything like a lot of people think he pushes his daughters to be the best they can and to be able to have something they can call their own! ❤️

What a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing!

Where can we buy these candles?? I'd like to buy a bunch just to support them! What a beautiful family ❤️

+Danielle Melli it's not letting me post certain things I guess! It keeps deleting my comments when I try to respond to you except if I rate generically like this. Yes we're in the u.s. in Nashville Tennessee

+Danielle Melli oh and p.s. my name is Sara. It's so nice to meet you!

I’m from Brazil

Do you live in America to?

Nope, I have not get the txt yet

Sorry! I keep trying to post and it's not showing up, can you see any of my replies about your family?

Mrs. B. Since today you are my sweet friend.

Mrs. B. I have 5 children’s. Phillipi is 36,Marcelli is 32, Kauê is 31, Isabella 27 and Lucca 20 years old. And I have 3 grandkids. I started very young I was 17 when I have my old son.

+Danielle Melli Of course, I love people. Especially kind ones like you!

Thanks,so kind of you

I'll be your friend!!

It's weird being a Canadian and listening to that woman's accent because it's like 90% mine 10% kiwi. Lol.

What a joy to watch! Wouldn't the world be an amazing place if every child had a father like Tony? In his eyes, I can see God.

Wow, what an amazing family those girls are immensely beautiful xx

Awesome family x

Wow, great story

Well done guys you're amazing. What a brilliant idea. Good luck for the future with the business. XXXX

This is wonderful. Good on them

I love this!

Such a beautiful story! It is a shame that some people think Down Syndrome is a terrible disability; I hope that stories like this one will raise awareness of the potential of a full life for someone with Down Syndrome. These girls are so loving and sweet, characteristics I have seen in others with DS. How much different would this world be if there were more people just like them and their dad and siblings. God bless you, Tony Sykes, you are an amazing dad.

The whole family is adorable ❤️

So ur telling me that downlights is a good name not because u dim the lights for a candle night.. But because.. Like ... The

The way she clapped at the begining of the video is what gives it away that she is

Full respect to this amazing man.

I swear everyone I've met with Down Syndrome have always been so loving. Its like they have more love in them than the usual human that it pushes out some of the things that "normal" humans take for granted. They are not DIS abled...they are DIFFERENTLY abled.

A remarkable person. Talk about manning up! He's beautifully courageous-- yet very, very tender. His eyes say it all!

Isn't he, though!!

Me, too!

She's beautiful.

Nothing but beautiful

What an amazing inspiration story I have aspbugers syndrome and love this story thank you for sharing this

Such a sweet story...lovely family

poor guy , i know love is a powerful thing but he has a tough road , they are so down , they will never be able to live alone , what a worry , prayers for them all

I wish my dad could be half as nice as this man..

That’s beautiful!

what an amazing dad and family the girls are beautiful so sorry that there mum past but the dad is doing such a great job .....

What a beautiful but heartbreaking story. I am so sad he lost his wife!!!! What a beautiful family!!!!!

This is a real father and a amazing man. Only such men should be allowed to have kids. My father was never there for my special needs brother. He just cut all contacts and doesn't care how my little brother is doing. Never showed any sympathy or empathy nor interest.

This happen when you are old and have kids .

Beautiful family

Oh my god . What a wonderful , strong , awesome dad !!!!!! Much respect !!! I feel so sad he lost his wife

What an incredible story and wonderful family ❤

This video made my day and had also made me cry my eyes out. Such a beautiful family with great spirit. I wish them all the best :")♡

You have a lovely family and I have enjoyed your video. 1st video I've seen and look forward to more

A nice way to end the day.

I absolutely love people with Down’s people! So very sweet and smart!!

I love this❤️

What an inspiration you and your family are Tony, thank you for sharing your story. It must have been so difficult losing your wonderful wife, but your children are blessed to have such an amazing Dad. Seeing the love you have for each other is heartwarming. My husband and I have 9 children, our youngest is 11 and has Down Syndrome. The joy she brings our family is hard to describe in words but I’m sure you understand!

there are still heroes in the world

This is such an inspirational video. Such a great dad, holding it all together after the tragic loss of his wife and he is doing a brilliant job of raising and taking care of his beautiful family. The world needs more men like this in it. Sending much love and an abundance of beautiful blessings to every single one of them! ❤

Great dad holding it all together after the tragic loss off his wife he is doing a great job of raising his beautiful girls Lovely loving family sending love to this lovely family

That older sister is so Nice to her little sisters and the dad to ❤❤

a beautiful family, God bless you all!

Ya'll are so blessed to have a good looking daddy who is good a father to you beautiful girls. I have my own down syndrome son who is 32 years old. He works. He's such a bright light. I would love to have a full house of down syndrome children in my home. They are true angels from God. Have fun sir with your girls. They grow up fast.

What an amazing dad, if only every man was like this x

Amazing Dad - Amazing man - his girls are loved. What a strong positive Dad - love from Scotland.

This restores my faith in humanity Amazing friend. . This dad is really a dad and a fabulous person who deserves all happiness in the world. Girls are cute. Loved it.

Thank you for sharing....sorry you lost your love....but so fortunate to have 4 great children...there going to do well because they have each other...and you...I know how hard it is to raise a child who's different. .my x was not a good parent he wanted a child like himself...we had a son who has full aspergers and it has been a great challenge and test of character and many hardships, loss of friends and family. in my older age I too worry about what will happen to my son who's stuck in a time warp..but is a very big 40 yr one wants to take him on when I'm gone ..unless. there's money there isn't. Your so lucky to have these loving wonderful children in your life...I know that you no they have made you a better person and a happy person....thanks for sharing your family with others , they need to see that not everyone is the same but we're all human and we all deserve love and a chance...

Kuddos dad beautiful family, my children are special needs as well and I'm raising them all alone by myself no help it assistance so I know how it feels, we seen all 3 daughters and would be nice to see the son too.

U r a blessed father n cograts may u never run dry of blessings

This is so touching, it brought tears to my eyes and joy at the same time. Good people is still ut there.

This was so amazing I loved this video God bless you all

Awesome awesome AWESOME

Differently-abled. I absolutely LOVE this!

+Mrs. B. Lol

+Monica Kraut brilliant! I have a hole in my brain, does that count as an excuse for being an airhead?

You're welcome. seems more like a website. I was able to find the company by Googling downlights candles and it came right up.

+Monica Kraut hey thanks so much!

Try going to

Star, what a great name! A way to meet new people would be to introduce yourself. "Hi, my name is Star. What's your name? ". Most likely they will start asking questions on how you got your name. There you've started a conversation.

I'm so sorry your family has hurt you☹ that's really sad

The lady is a bllsd soul

What a wonderful family

Sweet girls with a great dad.

Just beautiful. Thankyou ❤️❣️

I just shared THIS VIDEO ABOUT THIS AMAZINGLY AWESOME FAMILY~ I was SO TOUCHED by their story AND I WILL BE CHECKING OUT THEIR WEBSITE AND BUYING THEIR CANDLES if shipping to Florida isn't too expensive! Just a Lovely, Sweet And Loving Family DOING WHAT FAMILIES SHOULD, but too often don't, DO.

They all talk like they never heard about early alzheimer in ZD people.

Omg, I'm in love with this Dad! So inspiring, these girls are sent from God, & their sister has a beautiful spirit too:). How I would love to meet them all!

It’s amazing what a simple job can do for a person

their are apartments and not group homes where maybe wjem the girls get older can move into there is staff to assist depending on their needs and dependence please make them as independent as possible and they will thrive

To the big sister, not all sisters are like you. You are a wonderful big sister and a wonderful child to your dad.

God bless you Sir and your whole family and that lady who help you with your business. I just subscrbed.

What a bitter sweet story. I just love your family. Because that’s how family should really look and be. You Done a great job raising your family. Your wife was beautiful and sweet. We never know what tomorrow holds. But you have given your daughters a future forever. You’re a great father. I was happy to hear your story. you live in a beautiful area. Many blessings to your family.

You are a great dad!!

How inspirational. The beauty of unconditional love.

This is true goodness.

I cringe of the candle making as I do this and have been for over 15 years.


My sister has down syndrome and I love her unconditionally

Wonderful family

what a wonderful dad and wonderful children. God bless you

Love this family❤❤❤

What a beautiful family and a wonderful Father. I hope that the man I find to marry is half the man and loves me half as much as this guy clearly is and clearly loves his late wife.

This is an amazing family. I am so sorry for their loss. I wish them all the good in the world; that all their wishes will be fullfilled :) By their example you can see that a positive attitude attracts positive outcomes.

Aren't their "special-need companies" in NewZealand? Here in Austria we have different companies which only hire disabled people. The for example to catering or crafts :)

Amazing story and amazing family. I love what the dad said about assuming more positive attitude.

Such a great dad. Wonderful kids. I hope he has time for Himself.

They lost their mom god bless them all

What lucky daughters to have such a wonderful caring dad. They are precious girls, all 3 of them!

Wow....Amazing story.

Wow have I enjoyed watching this video. Yes your right Tony this is your family and wow what a great role model you are.

Beautiful family! Amazing Dad! God bless you!

Such amazing and a wonderful dad

Wow! What an uplifting story! He is one awesome dad!

This is so beautiful and those two girls are absolutely amazing, beautiful kind souls! I felt so much love and happiness watching this video and felt so much joy with how blessed those two girls are to have such an amazing dad supporting and encouraging them. I wish you all the happiness and joy in life! This was so beautiful to watch.

What an inspiration. Thank you!

This video was so heartfelt and heartwarming... ....


Dad of the century What a fantastic man An amazing family Real love

Amazing Dad and loving family. Congrats!

such a beautiful family. it’s families and people like this that make the world a much brighter place to live in

What an incredibly intelligent and awsome dad. God knew where to send these two girls, to the perfect father. How difficult it must be for him, though, to be without his dear wife and the mother for her children.

What a beautiful story❤️ I wish Carolyn was there to see what they have achieved

Because the candles are made by someone with downs syndrome

Do you have an outlet in Australia ?


I see hearts

Such a great man....I hope I meet someone like you...

Employer's should always give someone with a disability a chance to work ...can't judge a person's potential. .. they can be a Gem and a fun person and they try their best

I needed a nice story like this, today.

So much love in this family.

Aww, Emma still has her blanket

God bless you n your family. Your story is a blessing to others in the same situation.

love from denmark

The father reminded me of Elon Musk SOOOOO much, in appearance and attitude, scary, lol

This is amazing. I love how they took adversity and adapted for the girls. I wish more people like this.

My heart just melted when he said he feels lucky to have them in his life. They are so blessed to have him in their lives as well! What an incredible father. I’m lost for words. ❤️

God i love this channel and all the beautiful people that are in and contribute in any way to filming/creating these videos.

What an amazing man. Those are very lucky kids

Does this family have a youtube channel or Facebook page (non private) ? If you know this info please share it with me :)

You are truly amazing father and God going to bless you and your family.

I wish I have dad like you and also beautiful daughters . Really touch my heart .

The girls bond together the sweetest thing

This is a lovely video about lovely and amazing people in it. Thank you so much for posting it.

They are exceptionally lucky girls.

Super dad God bless

A beautiful family!

Love everything... It's beyond the word

Oh my gosh, I am crying over here! That moment when he dropped off his daughter to school, and she reached through the window to give her dad a hug and kiss. He is such an amazing dad! You can see the genuine love and appreciation he has for his little girls. They are so blessed to have him.

Amazing dad and man..u were God sent, bless you all..hugs from pa

This guy is STRONG

How handsome is that dad

I love stories like this - incredible family - inspirational. :) I wish them all the success in the world!

Boy I wish that was me getting all those hugs Nd kisses

Wow your an amazing Dad these girls have a bright future because of you

Amazing father and an amazing women to help Tony...your a kind spirit that came into his life, and Tony so sorry for your loss. Amazing story and I wish you all health, happiness and success from Australia :-)

What a truely gorgeous family xx

fully respect for the father and the family...very touch and inspire, bless all of you

My two first cousins (sisters) have Down syndrome and they are each other’s best friends. Initially it was rlly scary but now it’s so good that they have each other. They’re 19 and 18 now

Where is their brother?

This man is a saint! GOD bless him!


What a wonderful Dad and I love your girls and your family is extra special.

I would be on the next flight out from the US to help...This is just such a beautiful story and courageous father. I'm soon to be 45 and need a direction (purpose) in life. I was never able to have children, and when I fell ill 4 years ago I pretty much gave up on life. What an AMAZING selfless man, father and hero to his children! I sure wish I could find a man with a heart like him; )

I like this story line. Thank you.

I’m not some anti choice fanatic who thinks all fetus’s should be born, no matter what, but I really respect how much of a duty this dad feels to make his kids self sufficient. His whole life revolves around them. I recognize that in my own dad as well. Everyone deserves a father like that, who would do genuinely anything for his kids.

Beautiful family!

Such an inspirational video!! Special love to this family!!


When they held hands in the car I cried

What a beautiful family! And Dad's brilliant idea for a business that Emma and Nicki will have an income for life from is amazing. And the fact that they will hire workers with disabilities is awesome.

Like you r video

Dad. You are beautiful. You are amazing. I had a baby sister with down syndrome who passed away recently. I miss her dearly. Most people do not know what a true blessing it is to have someone with down syndrome in their life. They are so full of innocence and love. You have my love and respect!

Amazing Dad and such lovely ladies, Emma and Nikki! Wish all the best for their family. ❤❤❤

what a refreshing story of real family love...

Your down kids are the ones who bring you happiness and good fortune. This is the blessing in disguise.

My great aunt has down syndrome, she worked almost her whole life and was always super on top of it. I think her longest jobs were at grocery store, and in a hotel as a housekeeper. She even swam in the special Olympics back in the 80's and had an amazing perm lmao. She's retired now but she goes to art therapy a few times a week and makes really cool paintings and collages, she has a great eye for color. She even had a girlfriend named Grace who also had down syndrome. She doesn't judge, just loves people. I'm really glad she's lived around people that gave her guidance and freedom. She's in her 60's now and getting dementia so she doesn't really know who I am anymore but I'm not gonna forget my childhood with her, she's a sweetheart.

He deserves the best dad of New Zealand to me he's great with those girls & they r wonderful themselves a great big happy family & so sorry for the loss of their mother & wife .I'm sure she watches over them everyday .

He should get “Father of the year”! So sorry for the loss of their wife and mom!

What a wonderful family! I hope you take time for yourself, time goes so fast. Be happy

Why is this called 'Candle Dad'? Anyone else wondering??

Him and the girls make candles...?

Sorry about your loss. Love your family and beautiful connection. Only the best to you all♥️

Well done . Your story was one of strength.

Absolutely beautiful..!

greatest dad in the world!!!

The world would be a better place if we all had down syndrome

Nothing like a man with real balls. Yeah, so I've got a thing for those super-hero types. Even if they don't don Spandex. And kudos to the lovely eldest daughter, a truly honorable woman.

I watched this story on TV about two weeks ago and for me this was inspirational to watch the girls went to Somerville special school where my son is currently at in edge water college it doesn't matter if u have down syndrome or some other form of special needs with help u can do whatever u set ur mind too these girls lost there mum to cancer so for there sister to help there dad take care of the girls was a no brainer you do anything for family

This entire family is love and motivation personified

А где супруга?

What a lovely man,,his 2 daughter s are wonderful

Great dad

Yes, perfect!

What a lovely dad when I watch this video I cry

I LOVE this man! And he certainly has 3 beautiful daughters!

Wonderful inspirational story of a terrific family man....and his beautiful daughters! Oh how amazing the future looks amazing for them all! Its all about terrific attitudes and lots of love. Thanks for sharing your special love story.

Awesome job Emma

Way to go Niki

right attitude.

So wonderful. Loved watching this. Xo

I can't find your Facebook page. How can I support your business?

An amazingly beautiful family...a wonderful dad who loves his girls so them support and an ability to be a part of the wider world...he has the patience and a sense of giving to the greater community who are recipients of his compassion.

Wonderful !

Who's cutting onions?!

Having worked with mental health and learning disabilities I can honestly say that time was a rewarding time, real emotion real people, I think society has issues! and can learn so much about love/kindness/empathy from the so called special needs, for they are the truly enlightened. Great dad and dam you have had hard times, hope your family's journey has luck and love always x

Heart to heart video....fascinating....beautiful...positive. GOD BLESS YOU all with His perfect Peace and Love.

Perfect family. Far from perfect bacon:(

Kudos to this amazing and loving father. Your wife would be so proud. Your kids are beautiful.

Great idea. He needs to put these girls on a diet, both, especially Emma. They don't need that extra weight. These girls need something to allow them to survive after he moves on. Not easy with DS kids, but with patience, love and fortitude, may be doable, as long as there is someone that will run the business. They may manage the work, but could not handle business. Tricky but so far, he has done a fantastic job.

Awesome dad!! Awesome big sister too!! Great job family!!

You are a amazing and awesome dad what you do with your family it is amazing that your girls work with you we need mall dads like you in the world i am sorry that you and your kids lost a amazing wife and mother I love candles like that they are so awesome

A wonderful story!

EMMA you are doing Great as a Business Woman:) !!!

Thank you sharing your experience. Something similar happened to me. When my close friend died, I was not a particularly positive person myself, but after pondering over his life example, and he was a very positive person, my personality started to change, I took on his attitude on life. I thought, it is what he'd like me to be :)

God Bless You and your beautiful Children... You Got This DAD!!!:) Your Awesome!!! From USA:)

Make me so much cry and proud of the daddy who take care and support his beautiful twin daughters D. S ❤️

What an amazing family! This man deserves so much respect. Wishing them all the best for the future. Love and admiration from California.

God bless you all who help and do such good work for the disabled.

I watched the Attitude video of your story and you now have 4588 followers! :)

Best dad ever

Awww beautiful souls ❤️

What a wonderful human being!

This was beautiful we need more daddy’s like him

So much love in this family. This was beautiful to watch.

God bless you all family

Beautiful Family

Best scene: that warm genuine hug between the girls on the bench on a windy day,

Every child would be blessed with a great dad like this guy

Greatest daddy in the world , love this video , God bless you perfect familly

Although my heart hurts for the painful struggles this family has faced ,I also smile seeing how inspiring they are as a whole. Each a very important piece to make the whole family. Each precious, each important and the love that brings each through. Truly an amazing family. I'm sitting here smiling, tears running down my face watching these young ladies do such an amazing job at work and school. It's touching seeing how the father is doing so much to set both ladies up with a future, a self purpose that help them feel good about themselves. This has been a feel good video that has helped start my own day with a calm sense of thankfulness, endless possibilities and reminding myself of so many blessings I have.

Congratulations Emma, sending love and abundance to you.

Love love love this family. It was a beautiful blessing for me to watch this. This is what True Love looks like, from each family member. This helps remind me to be better for my children. Thank for your examples. May your family continue to be blessed, best wishes to you all.

These videos are very important to me. I have a brother with learning disabilities and I know how much a parent depends on the other siblings in these cases. Helping my brother grow has been my privilege. I'm honoured to be able to help him because he's so talented with his hands and I've seen him pick up skills without even being able to read so I believe he's a superhuman. Thank you for giving me the inspiration to keep going. And for giving so many others both the inspiration and the incentive to keep trying. ❤️

Beautiful young ladies love and blessings to you Emma and Nicki

This is not the stories of businesses. It's communities and families. ❤️

"This is what you call unconditional love

Yes he is an amazing Dad for sure , but not to be cruel but after 1 child with Downs syndrome especially when its the third child for the mom , might indicate that she has reached an age where she should consider not having more kids and then to proceed to have a fourth child which also has Downs clenches the fact that she was just too old to be having these last two ..its a little bit irresponsible in my opinion ...

I love the relationship you have with your daughters, they love you so much! You are a sweet man, God bless you and the girls! D

ı very tear flood ..... ı love you down syndrome - dad very just me dear from turkısh

Wunderschöne Geschichte. Seid gesegnet

They are so sweet, i work with the same population her in the US. I praise God for the parent not giving up on them.

What a fab idea, more folks should consider doing stuff like this. Having worked in care I know how important it is to keep busy and have what all of us equally want , a reason to get up in the morning and feel needed .

Just found this!!! Tony, you're an absolutely amazing Dad. Your wife must be looking from heaven and being so proud of how the man she married is taking care of their children. Beautiful family!

Good going, Dad! What a beautiful family!

What a gorgeous family Respect to the dad

Man, my eyes got really watery at the end of this video.

Awesome Job ,Awesome Dad! Beautiful story.... Wish it was longer....

Amazing dad! I really want to work with people with special needs! I had a neighbor with a daughter with special needs, I was her babysitter. I had to go back to school and so she had to find someone else. It didn't work out well at all! I ended up doing home school so I could continue watching her, she just took to me. To this day she stays with me once or twice a week and is family!! I just adore her.

This was easily the most positive and inspiration thing I have seen in a LONG time. Thank you for the reminder that we have a choice to be positive or negative...and I am going to choose to be positive! Tony are a an amazing Dad! Good on you!!!!

I love the woman who helped them with the candle business! What a kind soul! And what an amazing dad! What an amazing family! Much love to the staff and teachers at the special school! ❤️

The girl looks like twin with very different personalities lol

Beautiful. Just simply that. Beautiful.

Emma is so chill and Nicki is so outgoing, both beautiful. I hope their business makes lots of money for the girls. Lovely dad, sister, and candle lady - and community. We’re all in this together and they all get it. God bless them all.

There is so much love in this story,I cried thank you for being such a great dad!

So heart warming to watch. Thank you for the upload. What an amazing dad!! Tony, I am sure your lovely wife is looking down on you all with pride and love.

What a wonderful, loving family. So sad the wife/mother is no longer with them to see how great Dad & girls are doing, but I'm sure she's smiling down from Heaven. All families should be this tight.

What a beautiful family.

So cool that the father made his own business to work with his beautiful daughter

Is he gonna fall in love with the candle lady or what??

This made me cry I wish if I had a 1/4 of this man as a father you are a hero amazing dad of the century some of the father like mine can't even be around or be there as a father forget helping with disability even with no disability he was never being there and he never felt bad at all

אני נרגשת עד עומק נשמתי מסרטון, ישר כוח , האבא והאחות הגדולה של הבנות כל הכבוד.

great girls but thought there were 4 children not a single mention of the other child good luck with the candles

We as parents do what we have to because we have to. My son James has autism I would never have chosen this but I love my boy he is amazing and now I can say I am proud to be his mama.

Such a beautiful family this dad is amazing!!!!

Why didn't his wife do genetic testing after getting pregnant again after having a child with Downs'.

Very impressive dad especially after wife's death but he didn't give up sorry to say but I never like tatoos really first time I like his tattoo because he is using for good purpose his story makes me cry because of his greatness You are real Hero well done great dad Lots of best wishes and love for all of you.....

They are gods blessings as well

Yeah he is a good guy and the two girls are very lucky to have a good big sister lovely lucky family they have each other and they care about each other which is something you don't get these days

What a loving father.

Do people from the UK typically eat bacon undercooked like that?

May the Lord bless you and your family.

You’re an incredible man and father! I love what you’re doing. You’re daughters are so sweet! Can we order these candles in America?

You are a very good father, and the girls are lucky to have you. And, yes, you are lucky to have them, too. Meant to be. Love your tattoo, and while I’m too old to get tats, I need to remind myself when I wake up to keep a positive attitude also. Thanks!

Great Dad!

The love in this family is amazing

Absolutely, the ideal situation for such a family. Such a terrific father. An ideal father! I wish more people knew first hand what a blessing it is to be given children with that syndrome. They are all sweethearts.

You are a beautiful dad, and your other daughter is amazing we can all take a leaf out of your book on how you want so much to help your daughters more independent,great family love

This is a wonderful story. Thank you so much for sharing this. Nice loving people make the world a better place.

Where can we buy??!!

Love this story. What an amazing dad with beautiful daughters. ❤️❤️❤️ Do they ship to the US???

The greatest love..


They're always smiling and happy.

I won't forget this beautiful family. This man's strong attitude and enornous heart will live in my mind and inspire me.

Nicki and Emma are absolutely adorable! It's so nice to see how they flourish into young ladies. I love this video. Hugs to them both, God bless you all ❤

You are all amazing.

What a truly amazing family. All of them, so full of love. They will be in my prayers for ever. Those parents surly did a beautiful job with their oldest daughter...she is so kind, and so unselfish just like them. I am so sorry for the loss of Tony's wonderful wife, and the children's mom. But they have good lives, and will someday be all together again, in Heaven. Amen.

Daddy's Love, Daddy's girls❣

A special family has lived with me the last twenty years. They’ve taught me so much. This video has been such a highlight. Sir, you are truly an encourager!

amazing family!!!

These two beautiful girls were brought into the world and given to the most wonderful family. The girls are a gift as well as their family. They were put together for a reason. To show what love really is.....

I worked with Developmental Disabled Adults as a Job Trainer for 15 years. I started because I knew the challenges they had in life because I grew up with an Uncle that had Downs Syndrome. It takes a lot of Patience and he is doing a great job. Hooray for him to include his girls in on his travel.

What a beautiful family , work mate , father , sisters

I love this story. This dad and the lady who helped the dad with this candle company is "AWESOME". God Bless this family.

What an amazing beautiful family xx

Beautiful and strong reaction to a tough reality..thank you for sharing. Perfect example of how parents are to be for their children. Additionally, this should be a pause for those who think they're all that and more, just because they think they have a child... anything can happen when a woman becomes pregnant..and a real parent always rise to the challenge - for their child/ren, not pass them on to a facility or to others.

Wow, this is so beautiful. He is such a strong and loving man, when he asked to cut I cried

God Bless you Tony

Bless this man....and best of luck to him and his children.

What a great dad and man ...I salute you

This dad is amazing

Inspiring family, things got tough and you as a family got going. Thanks for posting!

Precious example of Fatherhood...

Wonderful father.

Waww hello hello such an amazing charismatic Dad :)

He is real hero.... Great man.... Grand salute

What an amazing father! ✨ The girls are so sweet! The candle lady is a great example of what we should do. It’s not about the money or always seeing everyone else as a competitor, but instead reach out and extend a hand. May God bless them all

What a beautiful man , in every sense of the word. Thank you for your story

Love the dad and his humor ! :D

Beautiful family. ❤️


Staying positive. One day at a time.....look how that attitude has blessed this dear family. I pray the light you shed abroad will touch many lives. May you continue to be the change you want to see in the world

Should have had interviews with Emma and Nicki.

AWESOME....DAD....AWESOME FAMILY....pulling together for the sake of each other... Wish there were 'more' people like them in the word SORRY for your loosing ...the love of your life.........God Bless..........( I'm drawn to the similarities with Rory the country singer : (

I cried

They get on like a house fire!! Lol i see such love,progress,hope and lot's of joy. I also have a special needs daughter. She just Graduated from High School. We're currently looking for employment for her.

These girls have a wonderful, loving dad and sister.

Watching this video really touch my heart. Tony is a wonderful father and a lovely family they are. I am very proud of Tony. It is all about LOVE.

I’ve had more in depth meaningful conversations with those with DS then people without DS. Dad is amazing also!!

Beautiful family

God bless this blessed dad and the wonderful girls,greetings from Brazil

Thank you for sharing your heartwarming and inspiring story. My hope is that it will have a great impact on all those fortunate enough to come to know about you. I am a teacher consultant in Richmond, BC Canada, where we work every day to help people understand the importance of celebrating diversity for ALL, ALL the time and in ALL places in our lives. In my community, I sit on a committee that works tirelessly to improve the lives or the students we support, their families and staff, by providing an approach that is person & family centered, strength based and reflective. I commend you for making a difference in the lives of your family and your community! I'd love to trade stories with you one day... You are all shining stars; may you continue to light up our universe!

Amazingly amazing, loving souls! #Heartwarminghappiness

If one has a family that needs them, he/she must realized God has offered a way to be there for them. We can reach a longer life by obeying Deut. 6:8-9. Reading to the end of the chapter, we see that He asks us to do this so He can preserve our lives. Then again, Jesus tells us His words are spirit and they are life. So by obeying God, loving Jesus, and doing as they say prolongs our lives. They add more life to what you were already given. That extra time with your loved ones may just get you and yours to the Day of our Lord. Buy time from God with the gifts He has already given you. Your life, time, mind, all that you have, serve Him and help yourself and your loved ones. Good decisions seem to add life, bad ones deteriorate what little life given us. We weren't given "Commandments" to harm us, but to help us in this journey. What parent would give rules to the children that would negatively impact their growth? Our Heavenly Father offers good wisdom, as does the prophets and The Son. Let's give our families all we know. Put them in the Law (Ten Commandments) and Testimony (Sermon on the Mount) and pray. May you and yours learn the full armour of God and work together for the full blessings from our Heavenly Father.

I love your family it reminds me of my brother, him and his wife adopted 3 girls with downs when they were babies and then when the youngest turned 14 my sister-in-law passed away from bladder cancer leaving my brother to raise 7 kids 5 with special needs.... when the oldest turned 21 and out of school he opened an envelope company so the kids would have a place to work, my 2 oldest nephews are their biological kids the other 5 are all adopted... my nieces parents didn't want them because they have downs all I can say it THEIR LOSE OUR GAIN...

what an amazing man and father beautiful bond he has with his girls this was awesome to watch ...loved it i live in hawkes bay nz ...god bless your lovely family xx

What a great video!

I love the name, "Downlights" fitting and so perfect! Such a great older sister...I was so proud of my sister too...she was such a light and had so much love for everyone.

I love the name, "Downlights" fitting and so perfect!

I love the name, "DownLights"...perfect and so fitting!

Down Syndrome children and adults can do far more, if people are patient with youngest sister was Down's also and she passed away one year ago at age 58, come the 8th of June 2019. After my father passed away in 2009, I wanted her to come and live with me, but it wasn't to be...instead she spent the last 6 years in a Nursing Home...she never belonged there to begin with, but my mother refused to go into one unless my sister went with her...and so it was...legally, there was nothing we could do to change that. My mother wasn't the easiest person to live with...the first year or so, they were in Assisted living together and they had to seperate them because my mother was disciplining my sister in a physical manner. My sister became a ward of the state...just so terribly sad, all that happened to her, during her's very hard to talk about. I am sooo glad, Tony that you are such a wonderful Dad and care about your daughters so much, as to want them to have something in their is so important for them to have that...a sense of being "worth" something is so important, because they are worth far more than most people know. I'm sorry too that you lost your wife...I, too, lost mine to was his third bout and it was to be his last...that was almost 25 years ago now. To Emma, Nicki and you, Tony...I wish you all beautiful Blessings and love.

Tony I appreciated you sharing yalls life with us. Thank you.

Everyone in this story has such a beautiful soul - so glad I watched this..

What a wonderful loving man with a fabulous family and attitude towards life! If only we could all live so openly and be able to show everyone exactly how we feel at any given time... Life is so short; we all need to open up and take a lesson in life from this amazing family!! I wish you all the Very Best Things that Life has to give! Peace, Love, Joy and Laughter ~ what could be better? Thank you for sharing your story with us!

I love you guys!!! I would love to go over and meet y'all. You are so inspiring and would love to spend time with y'all. Maybe you can help me write a couple books. I love you Emma!!I love you Nicky!!

I love you big sister!!!!

Apparently it only takes 25 minutes and 16 seconds to fall in love. I love this Dad, his late-wife, and his children. What a fabulous group of people. I think people with down syndrome are incredibly loving and sweet and I love them for that. I do not have a child or even a relative with down syndrome but I do know a couple of people with down syndrome in my personal life and they are some of the most loving sweet precious people I have ever met. They always seem happy and are quick to laughter and I think that they are a gift.

Love that Dad

Beautiful ❣️

Im watching this video what and AWESOME amazing family dad you are awesome father you teaching your to daughter's how to be ladys teaching them how to work and to be productive theres nothing wrong your 2 daughters are gods special children whatva blessing they have more compassion and love to give i am a special children also im conceited als a slow learner and my mother and father had to plac me in special education sobi could excel on a different level than a normal child but once they did my learning disabilities got so much better i have so challenging moments in my life but putting my mind to making it through i proved to my selfvthat i can make it and i did my family was so surportive and if your 2 daughters has that which i can see well the sky the limit well i wish you and your special daughters the best life can bring yall and the sky limit for yall to may god BLESS yall with many years of a long and happy life together dad dont sweat the big stuff dont strees out because in the end it always works out for the best

Touches my Heart So Much!!! Great Dad!!! And Great Family!! Dad, you are fulfilling your purpose!!

Wow....what an amazing family....beautiful and caring parents and such loving and amazing daughters!!!

Awesome positive you are amazing

This is so beautiful

Iv'e always been blown away by how affectionate people with Down Syndrome are... it really should be called "Up Syndrome" because being in their presence lifts people 'up'. Iv'e never thought of them as disabled... just joyous and affectionate and humorous and loving and knowing!!!

I hope people in Iceland are watching this.

My Whine-o-meter is PERMANENTLY adjusted. Bless this man with joy, no more pain & loss, please!!


Thank you

What a Dad

Sooooo moving.

Awesome family...

Amazing father!

What a lovely family!!

The USA is much more progressive about integrating people with disabilities into the workplace. But it hasn’t always been that way. New Zealand will come along,

Sunfish OutOfWater well where I live it is, I have been a counselor helping DD find work. Not only do we have jobs at large corporations such as McDonalds, Jack in the Box, KFC, Safeway, willing to take developmentally disabled people on, we have provocation which is financed by the State of Washington. Bay Liner Boats is another employer. The prevocational, would bus the kids in and they’d work doing the wiring for 1/2 the day. All supervised by a paid counselor not employed by the organization but a counselor working for prevocational.There were too many opportunities for me to List, This is Washington State, when I was in Maine similar situations existed through Maine Care support, I have also been able to get my clients work when I was living in Florida and Oregon. California is also another forerunner in helping people with disabilities to gain independence. However, there is and always will be a stigma and that’s where education comes in. I would educate my prospective employers on what to expect and creating a special task list or daily goal for my clients. If the state you live in isn’t progressive perhaps you can help by encouraging the owners, managers where you see a DD person employed or your serviced by a special needs person. Encouragement and praise goes a long way.

Paige Webber fellow American here, & while some with disabilities are readily integrated into various workplace settings, to state or imply that such integration is commonplace throughout the US &/ or that things are universally “more progressive” here in that regard is simply not true.

Your girls are awesome and you are an amazing dad ..your girls are so happy and loved and it shows all the time

Beautiful ❤️❤️❤️

They are so lucky to have this amazing dad! And he is lucky to have these beautiful girls!

What adorable girls. They couldn't be any more lovable. I do have a problem with news stories that say a Down Syndrome person started their own business. That is not what happened here or with any of thoes stories. It gives the public the wrong idea. The parents always start a business for them . They are not able to do this kind of project and need many supports in place. I know this because I live alone with my 22yr old Downs daughter and she is even more high functioning than Emma and Nicki. I don't have the means to start a business so that my daughter can have a job. This father is very lucky to have 2. It can be very lonely for them as they become adults.

An amazing journey for you and your family. Allot of growth here and positive things happening. Your children are amazing people. They are sweet and loving, we need the positive attitudes they have. So wonderful ♥️

Now this is a real man! Wow!

This is absolutely beautiful!

What a family full of love!!!~~~~~~~ God's greatest gift, Love❤️

Did 88 Leftist Pro Abortion Thumps down this Wonderful Family Love Inspiring Video..?

You sir are a Gentalman

Hey you guys are a very loving family. Wish you all well and good. Take care.

88 haters

I am still teary....beautiful girls and beautiful dad and sister. My angel was born with Down Syndrome 16 yrs ago. At 8.5 yrs old...Autism hit hard. She was high functioning Downs, spoke and was very independent. She regressed 6 yrs and had to be taught everything all over again. She never regained speech...and Autism is very debilitating...she needs 24/7 care. I remember those lovely times when she was just like the girls here Still trying to find out why this happened and if my girl can come back to me. Much love to this fantastic family

What an inspiration not only this dad is but the family as a whole. This man been through so much hardships and challenges yet persevered through it all. He has such a positive look at things and that's how it should be. I wish him and his family all the best and love ❤

You're right, it's not a sacrifice, you have given your daughters choices and chances for life. Good job you!


I LOVE LOVE LOVE this family. The father and the girls are amazing people and i wish them nothing but happiness and love in their lives

May Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep them.

How in the world can people put thumbs down??


what an awesome dad!! God bless him for not giving up when im sure it was difficult days. Love is what is does.

What a Great familie, so much love!!

I cannot wait to buy Downlights for gifts this Christmas!

He is adorable.

A remarkable family. God Bless ❣

sorry 4 that mammoth loss dad she was gorgeous .. you rock btw..

I'm in love with you SYKS family!!! You are blessed and obviously your amazing mum's spirit is looking after you!!! Great lady that helped the family and fantastic community!!! PROUD OF KIWIS & OZ !!! Lots of love from ISRAEL

Just a thought Essential oil candles not made from wax maybe nice to do as its a two in one a candle a skin massage oil. company here in uk makes them...thank u for sharing your lovely family with us

Great job Dad ❤️

God bless sorry for your devistation . You staid strong and delivered. Jo Jo in VT

A very nice story, thanks for sharing. Jo Jo in VT this

What an amazing father

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