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To the Church that Includes

To the Church that Includes

Dear Church, Please don't be distracted by disability or afraid to approach. Look at me. See me as a person. I want to belong for who I am. Sadly, this doesn't always happen. Back in the fall, I was away for a month. I had never really left the Church of my childhood....

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To the Friends that Embrace

To the Friends that Embrace

Dear friends, I became friends with most of you in the past few years. We met at church. From the beginning, you were different. You stood out to me. At the time, I was in a rough season. I didn't have to question what you thought or if my disability was an obstacle....

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To the Parents that Empower

To the Parents that Empower

Dear mom and dad, You didn't just raise me as your daughter with a disability. You saw much more from the beginning. I was your fourth child. In your eyes, I have always been "normal." You were the first to teach me determination. Giving up was not an option. We...

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One Word, One Theme for 2018

One Word, One Theme for 2018

Before the new year arrived, I started pondering, "what should my new word be: Fullness...Trust...Faith...Impossible?" All these words felt important to me, things I pray, themes I hope to see in my life. One day last month, it finally became clear -- FAITH. The verse...

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How 2017 was the Year Full of Impossible Things

How 2017 was the Year Full of Impossible Things

As I mentioned last week, 2017 was full of impossible things. Here are 10 examples + links to accompanying photos or blog posts: I spent a whole day at Panera. Twice actually. Two friends made this happen. I wrote about love. Not just one week, but four. I shared my...

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Revisiting 2017: the Top Seven Posts

Revisiting 2017: the Top Seven Posts

I've been thinking about all the things that happened in 2017. My one word was fill. As we begin a new year, I can definitely say that 2017 was a year... Filled with lots of moments. Full of impossible things. And the prayer I invited you to pray with me was answered....

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Exploring Italy From a Wheelchair User’s Perspective

Exploring Italy From a Wheelchair User’s Perspective

Today we welcome Jasmine from The Globe on Wheels to the traveling conversation! My love of ancient cultures and civilizations began when I took a Greek and Roman mythology course as an elective for one of the programs I was studying at the time. As soon as I finished...

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Accessitrip: an Adventure with Accessible Tourism

Accessitrip: an Adventure with Accessible Tourism

The travel series continues with the story behind Accessitrip. Welcome, Irina! Hello, my name is Irina. I'm a travel lover, and I love to discover accessible places around the world for people with disabilities. I have a relative with reduced mobility and she is the...

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3 Tips to Know When Flying with a Disability

3 Tips to Know When Flying with a Disability

Today we have the first of several guest writers. We are returning to the topic of traveling with a disability. Each week someone will share their travel story and things they've learned along the way. Welcome to the blog, Daniel and Valerie Pitaluga! (You can...

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This is how I…eat!

This is how I…eat!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nv4UzO7Geo8 This is how I...eat! Yes, I need help with eating, but it may surprise you that I can reach some food on my own too. How do I do that when my arms don't bend? Watch the video to find out!

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