A Paxton family's love surrounds a special girl

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 04:42 PM.

Despite her disabilities, in many ways Katie is just one more child in a big family. Over Thanksgiving break, the older girls entertained themselves with face painting. Katie got a flower on her cheek, too.

“I’ve learned a lot,” says 13-year-old Megan of having Katie as a sister. “I have learned how to cope with things.

“When we see other people like her, we actually know how they feel.”

The family takes Katie wherever they go, but have never gotten accustomed to the way strangers respond to their little girl.

A few are kind; most stare. Some make comments that hurt.

Danial says when they go out he puts up an imaginary line around him and his family, and hopes no one crosses it.

“Kids are cruel,” he says. “And it ain’t only kids. It’s just hard.

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