Saturday, April 19, 2014

Putting it into Perspective

Today I was able to begin reading a book by a mother of a young man who has done amazing things with his limb difference. It has been impossible to put down because I feel like I could very well be reading my own future story. One of the things that stood out to me was a passage from John 9 that refers to a time when the disciples encountered a man who was blind from birth. When they asked who sinned to make him blind..."Jesus answered, 'Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God's works might be revealed in him."' I have read this passage so many times in my 30 plus years, but it stood out to me today. For 8 years I have struggled to understand what I had done and if I had some sin in my life that would account for my daughter. Our world doesn't understand and so they seek to explain. Instead, I believe I will live in a world that sees my daughter as a vessel for God to work miracles. I know she has done it in my life and I am so thankful this Easter weekend for this scripture. It doesn't typically connect with the Easter weekend, but it was what I needed today. Thank you Katie Kolberg Memmel for your story and thank you for putting into words this mother's fears and triumphs.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Hands 2 Love Camp 2014

So we do not post often anymore.  We often say we should post something but in the business of work and life we find other priorities taking over such as dance, swimming, soccer, school, and work.  This is something worth posting that cannot pass by without a post and a few pictures.  We just returned home from Hands to Love camp just outside Gainsville, FL.  It was an amazing time, but who can write better about it than Kendall?  This is what she has to say about it.

Hands to Love is very cool because I get to see kids and adults with limb differences.  I learned from other grownups how to do some things like how to overcome the fear of climbing to high places when I have somebody helping me. I also learned from the other kids how to do a lot of things.  The best parts of camp are climbing the tower, swimming in the lake, dancing, archery, studying animals in the lake, art, the bonfire, the hayride, the drums, seeing Tony Memmel sing the Lucky Fin Song, seeing Rion Paige sing two songs, seeing old friends, making new friends and seeing pictures of the other campers.  Hands to Love is a great way to see other people who have limb differences like me.    

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Hands2Love Camp

We are on our way home from Hands2Love Camp!  This was an awesome experience we recommend for any kid who has an upper limb difference!  We hope to post more about this awesome opportunity to connect, grow, and love kids like K.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Seven Years OLD!!!!!

It has been a really long time since we put anything on the blog.  Kendall is now seven and her little brother is now three.  I guess with life being busy and kids getting big, we find less and less time and forget to keep updating the blog.  Kendall is getting so big and she is an amazing kid!  She is in first grade and a very good student.  She gets bigger each day, has a great sense of humor and loves people.  We are very blessed!  I asked her what she would like to put on the blog and there were a few things she said we should put on it and a lot of things she does not want me to put on here (while she tells me she is inpatient and complains I am putting too much stuff).

Here are a few things she wants you to know about her:

  1. She loves to dance
  2. She loves to do crafts and schoolwork
  3. She likes being different because she gets to do things different than everyone else
  4. She knows she can do anything if she puts her mind to it!