Living and laughing with a disability - cerebral palsy; ordinary life, extraordinary circumstances.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hide me...

...behind the palm trees:

WHEELIE cATHOLIC: Dear Ann Landers - I'm not surprised

Friday, February 26, 2010

Peek testing

This is a test to see if I can blog from my new email device..

Long day, long week...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Glad I did not hear this kind of crap before I became a Christian!

Naughty word...I know. I'm a back row Lutheran, what can I say?

If God exacted punishment on us, who would live? Who would stand a chance?

God is love. God loves me, God loves you.

These kind of notions are so hurtful:

Va. Lawmaker: Disabled Kids are God's Punishment for Abortion - Political Hotsheet - CBS News: "'The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically,' he reportedly said. 'Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children.'

'In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord,' he added. 'There's a special punishment Christians would suggest.'"

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

My two cents...

Interesting conversation started over here:

Karen Spears Zacharias � Outside the Magic Circle: "“We were brought up, or at least I was brought up, to believe that the distribution of wealth was ordained by God. It was “in the blood.” You were born to be either wealthy and wise and rich and powerful and beautiful and healthy, or you were born to be poor and downtrodden and sick and miserable and drunken and immoral. There was very little you could do to change your fate because it was “in the blood.” I twas a very comforting thought, you see, because when you saw people starving and poor and miserable, you thought, “Well, it isn’t my fault. I didn’t do anything to cause it. God just ordained it that way.”"

Friday, February 12, 2010

This won't happen here...

This won't happen with the new SACWIS system rolling out for Child Welfare in Oregon this July, will it?

Change Child Welfare System - News, Sports, Jobs - The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register: "When county children services agencies find no basis for allegations of child abuse or neglect, they cannot formally close investigations listed on the SACWIS, according to the Dispatch. In fact, when any new information on a case becomes available, a cumbersome system must be used to make changes in computerized files. Change requests must be sent to the state, where they are reviewed and, if appropriate, entered into the SACWIS. That can take as long as six months. In the meantime, information available to local children services workers is incomplete and/or incorrect."

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Hallowed ground

Eric had a game at Holy Cross Catholic church last night.

Holy Cross has a special place in my heart. It was my Grandma Wittren's church. I liked spending time with Grandma and Grandpa W as a kid. My brother and sister had a lot of friends and were pretty busy. I didn't really have the friends. I had Grandma and Grandpa.

I remember many Sunday mornings with Grandma. Grandpa did not go with us, but I remember Grandma and I getting into the car, the smell of her perfume, seeing her put on her lipstick, hearing country music, as we drove the mile to Holy Cross.

I remember going into the church with Grandma. Holy water by the door, the sign of the cross, kneeling to pray in the pew, the Latin chanting.

Grandma would get the whole family to come to Easter breakfast in the rectory.

As I got older, I did not go to Grandma's and her church as often. Grandma never did stop sharing with me the love of God.

When I was in high school, I heard the gospel of God's love in a different way from friends and family. I was 'born again'.

I remember with sadness the day I questioned Grandma about her faith. It was not the same as my faith, and from what I was being taught, she was wrong.

I was last at Holy Cross in 1985 at Grandma and Grandpa's 50th wedding anniversary. Grandma passed away in 1995. We were able to let her know that Jodie was pregnant just before she passed.

Last night we parked by the gym. Eric and his buddy ran inside. I was running our lift, getting my scooter and Jodie's power chair out of the van.

I looked across the huge parking lot to the door where Grandma and I use to go into worship.

It was so quiet and peaceful. I felt Grandma was with us. I felt God with us. I felt like we were on hallowed ground.

I told Jodie that I felt so stupid ever questioning Grandma's faith. Jodie said not to worry; Grandma understood.

I live my life by faith. I'll never be perfect; my faith is not perfect.

Part of the faith in me came from Grandma's love.

And last night I was on hallowed ground.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Check out these models

Pretty amazing:

The J-Walk Blog: Model Photos

Putting food on the table...

Interesting development in a land where women are not seen as equal:

'GI Janes' train to protect Iraq - "Most of the trainees said the risks don't concern them, as long as their paychecks put food on the table."

Sounds like my job...

Had to tell a worker yesterday no COBRA medical coverage on a 19 yr old...not the answer they were looking for...

Neil Barofsky: 'My Job Is To Be A Pain In The Ass'

Dumb question...

...what's it sound like when you eat?

Jeb for Prez?

Let's see...Jeb or Sarah...?:

Jeb Bush for President in 2012? - Jeb Bush - Gawker

I want to see this...

HBO's 'Temple Grandin' Offers Inside Look At Autism - Disability Scoop

6 more weeks of!

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