grandma’s gertie

gertie

Submitted by Heide My name is Heide and I am the proud new Grandmother of a beautiful little girl, Gertie.  She is my first Grandchild.  I love her more than words can fully express.  My Granddaughter is beautiful, smart, and happy & I am truly thankful for her presence in my life. As a result of Amniotic Banding Syndrome (ABS), Gertie was born without her left hand.  The irregularity was discovered during a routine ultrasound, when my daughter, Janine was only 14 weeks pregnant.  Janine was quickly referred to a fetal specialist, who performed a 3-D ultrasound and confirmed her ...[Read more]

cody-the overcomer

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Seven year old, Cody McCasland has been on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Oprah, and Dateline, to name a few.  He has run in marathons and triathlons.  He's met people like astronauts, Olympic athletes, Paralympic athletes, professional football players, and race car drivers.    When you see this little boy being interviewed, his great big smile and contagious laughter draw you instantly to him.  The fact that he is a double amputee that walks on two carbon blades is quickly forgotten.  By all appearances, you would never know that when this little boy was born, his parents were told to say their ...[Read more]

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Cody McCasland visits wounded warrior Kevin McCloskey, a U.S. soldier who was permanently injured while protecting our freedom in Afghanistan. ...[Read more]

dorothy-God had another plan

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Story Submitted by Dorothy "Congratulations, it's a beautiful, healthy, baby girl!"  My parents held me with pride on that November day in 1957.  Only a short 8 months later, their little girl was barely hanging onto life, her body being consumed by a virus called polio. Prayers from a devoted grandmother are why I am alive today.  I was the 23rd child to be afflicted with the virus secondary to a defective injection.  How many came after me, I don't know.  80% of the 23 died from the virus, but for my life God had another plan... The virus left me without the usage of my lower ...[Read more]

The Mosaic Cross

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The Mosaic Cross Each cross is a unique creation.  There are many kinds of dishes used in the making of a mosaic cross, some plain and inexpensive while others are very fancy and valuable. The first step is to break the dishes.  They are placed into a large container and smashed.  The pieces are then carefully sorted.   Just the right ones have to be found to fit on the corners, the edges, and certain ones for the center.  Some of the pieces end up being discarded while others are chiseled and grinded  in order to make them fit into the right places.  Each piece spends a lot of time in ...[Read more]

james- bringing out the best

James

My mother-in-law told me a story one time that I found down right frightening, "Sarah told me that when she was a little girl she wanted to write with her left hand.  Every time she picked up a crayon or a pencil she was drawn to use her left hand.  Every time she tried using her right hand she felt awkward and uncomfortable.  Unfortunately Sarah's teacher believed that a person could not write correctly with their left hand.  Every time Sarah got caught using her left hand she would get struck with a ruler." When I heard this story I wondered how anyone could be so cruel and misguided.  ...[Read more]

a family’s story of turning tragedy into triumph

The Brock Family

From Tragedy to Triumph By: Jodi When I gave birth to my first child I was barely eighteen years old, single, and wondering how I was going to make it. Erika was a beautiful baby with a lot of energy from the start. She hardly napped, had trouble sleeping at night, and got sick constantly. I worried about her health often, and became exhausted after multiple trips to the emergency room for varied illnesses ranging from pneumonia to ruptured ear drums. When she began having seizures following her routine vaccinations, I knew something was seriously wrong. The medical community had few ...[Read more]