Returning Home in a Fog

After my week in Raleigh, I came home and immediately started thinking about next year’s conference. Would I be able to go again? Could I wait that long to see these new friends again? I had met people from all over the country and world…England, France, Canada, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts, etc. ******* The first Sunday post-trip, I was eager …

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 new friendships. Looking for community. Sometimes we are slow to accept a transition. …

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 story and my fears related to the disability factor. I …

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. How was it full of impossible things? I have so many examples, …

Love & the Disability Factor, part four

When it comes to the longing for love, I’m not the only one with fears related to the disability factor. I’m not alone in feeling this dream of mine can seem impossible. I’ve read books and blogs, and emailed a few. Other people with disabilities admit similar insecurities. There are also stories of marriages involving disability that are beautiful, strong, …

A Spotlight on Project Starfish: One Goal, Many Voices to Break Disability Perceptions

Culture, as a whole, needs to learn about focus. Seeing the strengths of someone. Looking past any obstacles. Coming from the angle of ability. Fact: There is a high level of unemployment for people with disabilities. However, there is a passion to break the employment barriers. Recently I connected with Project Starfish, a group that began as a startup at …

What I Learned by Not Letting My Limits Stop Me

You aren’t supposed to look like a pretzel when you are born. But I did… Because of my physical disability, independence is not an option. But I’ve accepted this fact for years. I don’t let limitations stop me from chasing any dream. Several years ago, I started writing. I wasn’t planning to be a writer. Yet there was power in …

When I Felt Different, part five

I used to attend a camp for children with neuromuscular disease. I liked it some years. But I grew to not enjoy the camp sooner than most. There was no one reason I stopped going. It was a combination of the school calendar conflicting and my heart no longer connecting well. My friends and fellow campers were not regular attenders anymore …