Letter to My Autistic Son

Jeremy and Justin Kim

I met Diane Kim and her family at a Joni and Friends Family Retreat. I later found out that Diane is a very gifted writer and speaker. For Autism Awareness month, I would like to share the letter which she wrote to her son, Jeremy who has Autism. An edited portion of this letter is being featured on Parenting.com, so happy for you, Diane! Dear Jeremy, Happy birthday. I don’t know if you’ll ever understand all this, but here’s a list of the things I celebrate about you today: Thanks for not being violent or an aggressive biter, hitter, or non-sleeper. Thanks for being ok with taking ...[Read more]

ryan haack- how to survive being stared at

Ryan Haa

Sometime ago, I came across a blog by Ryan Haack entitled, “Ryan Does Stuff.”  I love Ryan’s perspective on life and knew that his writing would encourage many others. So, let me introduce to you, Ryan Haack and share his blog that first caught my attention: I’m Ryan. I’m a husband, a father, a pastor, and a writer. One thing you should know is that I was born with one full arm. A couple years ago I “broke the hell out of” the shorter one (doctor’s words), so now I have a long scar that leads to the plate and seven screws that are holding it together. When people ask about the scar I get to ...[Read more]

chrissy- it could happen to you

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Editors Note - I met a friend of mine, Catherine and her daughter, Chrissy through Joni and Friends Family Retreats. Catherine is taking an online class and her classroom discussions are done via conversations online. The whole class can read and respond to anything another has said. Everyone responds to whatever topic is posted by an individual in the class. The topic of one particular discussion was Disability. Catherine shared with me where the conversation went and how she handled it. Her heart-felt response was one that truly touched me, one that needs to be shared: One of the themes ...[Read more]

She without an arm, He without a leg, Dance- Hand in Hand

I have researched the story as best as I can and this seems to be the most accurate version of this amazing pair of dancers. The below video not only inspires but will send chills down your arms and deeply move your heart. There is a story told within the dance, it is one of loss and wounding but the final outcome is beauty, strength and determination, all found within the strength of having another by one's side. Even without knowing the full details of the story, the dance speaks for itself.  Kara The girl (Ma, Li) was a beautiful promising professional ballerina when she lost her ...[Read more]

zachary-loved for who he is

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A single mom with a three year old daughter, having to flee an abusive husband, staying with a family from her church, no money, no bank account, no education, no job, how could a baby with Down Syndrome be a blessing? One of the most influential people who the Lord brought into my life was my youth pastor, John. Born prematurely at a time when incubators where a fairly new development, he was born prematurely and given too much oxygen which caused the blood vessels in his eyes to proliferate wildly and the retinas to detach causing John as a newborn baby, to go completely blind. But the ...[Read more]

robert-seen as a gift

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Editor- I had an incredible opportunity to interview an amazing young man on the phone!  Once again, a friend posted a video on facebook which was wonderful!  It was of Robert Pio Hajjar, speaking to a crowd in a large auditorium.  Robert was animated, full of life, dancing on the stage, arms raised and clapping above his head.  Soon, the audience joined in.  Then, Robert began to speak.  He was articulate, entertaining, had a wonderful sense of humor and a huge heart.  The focus of Robert's message was to share with the audience, that those with disabilities can have a full, meaningful and ...[Read more]

jeffrey-he’s my son

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Editor-  I sat in the kitchen one morning, glued to the computer watching a video that I knew I needed to share on the iamviable fan page.  It was a video by singer Mark Schultz in which he shared the story behind the song, "What it Means to be Loved."  The video moved me to tears.  Mark's wife is a nurse and she had come home from work one day and told him a story about a couple at work.  The Lord then dropped a song into his lap, it was about a doctor telling a brand new pregnant mom the news, that her baby won't live very long, asking her what she wanted to do, and she responds, "I want to ...[Read more]