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Being a Mom Has Its Own Limitations, part one

Being a Mom Has Its Own Limitations, part one

Today I am excited to share my space and introduce you to fellow blogger and writer, Jordan Fortenboher. We connected in recent years as we both were learning to chase dreams and move forward in obedience to what God had (and has) for our lives. Her words have...

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Understanding Arthrogryposis and A New Normal, part four

Understanding Arthrogryposis and A New Normal, part four

When I was little, I didn't really know what mainstream inclusion meant. Those words weren't in my vocabulary and I don't remember hearing them from my parents. But I lived it. Public schools were just beginning to adopt mainstream inclusion for students with...

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Understanding Arthrogryposis and A New Normal, part three

Understanding Arthrogryposis and A New Normal, part three

My first day of school came sooner than what's considered normal. I was only 2. My oldest brother headed to kindergarten and I headed to preschool. Different schools, but I love the fact that we started school the same year. One of the local schools offered a special...

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Understanding Arthrogryposis and A New Normal, part two

Understanding Arthrogryposis and A New Normal, part two

Normal would always be a word I redefined with my life. There is nothing normal about looking like a pretzel when you're born. But I did. My parents immediately knew something was off the night I was born. I was breach. I was blue and coded. I looked like the human...

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Understanding Arthrogryposis and A New Normal, part one

Understanding Arthrogryposis and A New Normal, part one

We went to physical therapy that day. And the therapist had been working on your balance and standing for a while. Probably months. We had been trying to get you to walk independently. All of a sudden you walked from the PT to me. It was about 4 steps. Unassisted. So...

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The Me Before You Dilemma: What Makes Life Worth Living

The Me Before You Dilemma: What Makes Life Worth Living

When I first bought the Me Before You book, I didn't know it came with controversy. I didn't realize I was entering a story full of dilemma and debate centered around an unnamed question: Is life in a wheelchair worth living? The movie version of Me Before...

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The Real Rest We Need

The Real Rest We Need

I thought I would take a break from writing today. Just rest. Not quit or really pause the blogging, but give myself a day off. I have had a lot on my mind as I'm pondering ideas for the blog’s future, looking at the piles I've left on my desk for too many days now,...

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Two Reasons to Lose Track of Time

Two Reasons to Lose Track of Time

I lose track of time when I'm writing. It can take a while for me to get started, but once I'm there, once I'm in the zone, I can't really stop until that task that day feels "done." I will barely eat lunch or delay dinner. I will ponder words all night and quickly...

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Breaking Through Barriers: When Expectations Affect Hope

Breaking Through Barriers: When Expectations Affect Hope

I had a favorite verse in high school. It was Proverbs 19:21 -- "Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand." I knew what was going to happen next. I was going to college. Just like my brothers. Just like many of my...

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Finding a Way to Something You Want

Finding a Way to Something You Want

She smiled at me and I couldn't resist wanting to hold her. There is something special when they are still small. I can find a way to easily hold a baby, before they are too wiggly and before they are too big. But even then, I have thought through my options and found...

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