When Ashley Schaus started dating her boyfriend Will Seaton seven years ago, she told him that she and her little sister were a package deal.
Her little sister, Hannah (who is eight years younger than Ashley) has Down syndrome, and the two of them are the best of friends.
"We've done everything together," Ashley said. "I told Will that Hannah and I are the package deal. You had to accept her, love her and include her in everything because she and I would be attached at the hip forever."
She said Hannah will even share vows with Will on the wedding day
"They will make promises to each other to always care for one another, share secrets, make jokes and go fishing, as that's one of their favorite things to do together," Ashley said. "Will and I will share our vows and we all three will walk out down the aisle together."
Ashley said that when Hannah was born, her parents told her she would be extra special because she has Down syndrome. "They were letting me know that I'm going to need to look out for her and protect her," she said.
Ashley said she doesn't know what the future holds for Hannah, but she hopes someday she'll be able to find her very own sweet boy.
"But for now, I am so thankful she got to enjoy that moment that every girl dreams about," she said.
Ashley said that when Hannah was born, she never would have imagined sharing her wedding day, engagement and whole life with her.
"But now, under all the circumstances, I wouldn't have it any other way," Ashley said. "I want Hannah right by my side throughout everything and someday in the future, whenever Will and I start a family, I know that Hannah will be a big part of helping raise our child. She will be a great aunt."
Emily Brady is a member of the FamilyShare content team. She studied Communication with an emphasis in journalism. She loves photography and finding a good book to read in her hammock on a sunny, breezy day.