For it is with the equipment that I have been given that I am to glorify God. It is this job, not that one, that He gave me.

Elisabeth Elliot

Hey there, friends! I’m Laura Robb. My hope is to give you a glimpse of the path I’ve traveled and share stories of who I am today. There is much to be told. And in the telling, I hope you find new courage to live beyond your limits.

The beginning of my story.

I was your typical child in one sense…I cried, I refused to nap, I fought with my brothers, I didn’t like every food put on my plate. (I still don’t like meatloaf!) And I did things most kids who grew up in the ’80s did, such as rock the side ponytail, wear a scrunchy on my shirt, and I even wore stirrup pants for a brief time. Yes, they were cool.

Yet I was “different” in a very concrete way. I was born with a physical disability. Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita, to be exact. This means a lack of muscle mass. So I looked like a pretzel. Fingers touched wrists, toes touched ankles; arms and legs crossed over my body. My muscles were too tight for my limbs to be unfolded for a little while. I started physical therapy when I was only 3 weeks old. Someone pulled on me 5 times a day for my first 2 years of life. Thankfully I don’t remember these details because I cried a lot. I’ve also heard my brothers did a great job with distracting me during those hours. (Thanks, guys!)

Living with a disability comes with many challenges, but I have never let this hold me back. If I want to do something, I do it. Every day is an adventure. From early on, I learned the beauty of embracing my life and finding ways to accomplish any dream.

I didn’t grow up thinking I would be a writer. I refused to accept this as my own dream for the longest time. I told myself I wasn’t a writer. I didn’t know anything about writing. Until I lived through hard seasons and realized that I need writing. And I do have a story that needs to be shared.

Writing is simply what I must do. This is my calling, and I am learning as I go. There will be challenges along the way and I may want to give up some days. I have already struggled with resistance, fear, and thinking I don’t have the ability. The more I struggle, the more I want to persevere. So I write for a lot of reasons, and I write for you, friends.

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i write for those who know me and those i have yet to meet
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i write to encourage, to enlighten, and i write to welcome you into my world
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i write for those living with physical disabilities
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i write to inspire, to give hope, and i write to show you can follow a dream
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i write for myself that i may find freedom in who i am today and who i will become tomorrow
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i write for God, my Father and the true Author of my story. i write to follow His calling

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The Top 10 Misconceptions About the Physically Disabled

The Top 10 Misconceptions About the Physically Disabled

We're going to talk about misconceptions. Things assumed by culture as a whole. These ideas about the physically disabled are often false: A physical disability automatically means a mental disability as well. Wheelchair users are confined to their chairs. Therefore,...

When Friends Care in Tangible Ways

When Friends Care in Tangible Ways

This isn't a story about what we did or where we went. This is a real-life story about friends -- when they cared, how they helped in tangible ways, and what that meant. I went to a baseball game earlier in the month. If you don't know me, you might assume my parents...

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...

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...

When It’s Time for Boots & Other Things

When It’s Time for Boots & Other Things

It was time to pull out the boots. The forecast said the temps would be in the upper 30s by mid-day and they mentioned a chance for snow showers. I guess I should get dressed like it's winter, I tell myself. Because we are in the middle of January. But just yesterday...

Why I Almost Lost it in Public

Why I Almost Lost it in Public

It definitely wasn't the first time, but it still made me mad. Maybe mad is too strong of a word, but I was frustrated and there was a hint of anger under the frustration. My morning started extra early as I was running in a short race with a friend. She was pushing...

A Peek into My (un)Limited Life, part one

A Peek into My (un)Limited Life, part one

First, happy Arthrogryposis Awareness Day! When I asked for your questions last week, I had no idea what you might send in, but I was excited to find out. This was a blog experiment I was willing to try. And I wanted to give you guys the space to share any thoughts....

FMF: When a Moment Turns into a Story to Tell

FMF: When a Moment Turns into a Story to Tell

I could tell he was having a lot of fun. His little feet ran around, chasing the water squirting up from the ground. I watched from the side under the shade of the tree. My little nephew pulled my mom by the hand to the next mini fountain at the park earlier today. I...

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