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Finding Community on the Road

Finding Community on the Road

A trip can leave a lasting impression on you. Back in June, I had one of those trips. I attended the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability for the first time. I knew: I would lead a workshop on Wednesday afternoon. The list of speakers and topics intrigued me. I...

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Stretching Limits to the Sky

Stretching Limits to the Sky

Sunday night I went to a fun event at church with my friend Leah. She asked me that morning if I wanted to go. "Yes! Do you want to go early for the helicopter ride?" Leah hesitated, "I will IF you go with me." We had a general plan, but I didn't fully know how it'd...

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I’m only your aunt, part two

I’m only your aunt, part two

We met your teacher and saw a bunch of other kids in your classroom. I filled out the paperwork. You were done. You wanted to go. We ran by your house to pick up a couple of items. I had the spontaneous idea for the three of us to go out to lunch before heading back...

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I’m only your aunt, part one

I’m only your aunt, part one

You were the first to be born in the family. I've been around friends' kids for years, but you are family. Of course, I saw and see you more often. You've spent an occasional night at my house since you were months old. You are so aware of what my days look like, how...

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The Last Season

The Last Season

Slowly I am catching up to the fact that we are in a new season. Fall. When temperatures go down and calendars fill up. New routines are set. No matter what, every season signals a transition. Maybe you're...back on the school schedule. Starting a new job. Building...

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This is how I…text!

This is how I…text!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnyV1erQJ8A Friends have asked, how do you text? Do you need help replying to that message? Do you use Siri? People don't always see me in action, but texting is another task I can do on my own. And I don't choose to use speech...

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This is how I…get in the van

This is how I…get in the van

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb3zbCi4D-A How do I go somewhere once I'm in my wheelchair? Today's video answers that question. This is how I...get in the van!

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This is how I…get in my wheelchair

This is how I…get in my wheelchair

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-NO2aV-6Fo This is how I...get in my wheelchair. In my house, I have a parking spot (and a fun sign, see it hiding on the right side of the screen?). After someone helps me, I'm all ready to go!

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This is how I…read

This is how I…read

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BnwnSMgKTU I need a little help before I start a task, such as getting myself and my stuff in the right position. Then I'm usually good to go (for a time) and can do some things on my own. Today let's talk about reading. I always have...

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Behind the Scenes: Arthrogryposis Awareness Day

Behind the Scenes: Arthrogryposis Awareness Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCQR2C4rwo4 June 30 was Arthrogryposis Awareness Day. I celebrated by making a video to honor a person who helps me to thrive in the day-to-day. Watch the video as I interview Rachel about what she thought in the beginning versus what...

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