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To Honor my Mom

2 Poems to Honor my Mom

I Miss You

I – It has been six years tomorrow since you went home to God.

 

M – Mary means wished for child.

I – I wish you knew how much you are loved; I hope you do now.

S – Serenity is what I hope you feel; you had little of it in life.

S – Strength, you had more of it than you knew.

 

Y- You were far more unique than people gave you credit for.

O – Outstanding at so many things Mom that I am not: cooking, sewing, crocheting, painting, drawing, handwriting, dancing etc.

U – Undeniably big heart for those you love.

 

Just 1 More Time

 

I wish we could rock in the squeaky rocking chair together once more

I wish we could crunch popcorn when watching a movie full of gore,

I tried not to watch, but you loved to scare me, that you did adore.

I wish we could have one more beach trip to watch you collect shells at the shore.

I wish we all had 1 more camping trip, it was funny watching you swat flies galore,

I wish I heard your laughter, even if it’s at me, along with dad’s guffawing roar,

I admit it, I was just a bit of a ham when I was about the age of four,

I wish I could hear you sing and play the accordion before I slept, and you shut my door.

Mom Baby Glen and tired me in the background

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The Gift of His Grace

busThe Gift of His Grace

 

Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.” Ephesians 4:26-27 (NASB)

Today has been a test and I did not totally fail, but I could have shown much more grace,

I was in a rush and missed two busses. The ones I did catch stopped at every stop – a snail’s pace.

I tried to buy a paratransit pass, the lady did not understand, I just showed her my upset face.

I did not show the woman grace, frustration, not a smile, was in its place.

The man at the DSHS office deserved it too, I did not yell out loud, but I was in my head space.

2 weeks I waited for his call, but not a word did I hear about my case.

Preschoolers came on there and back singing The Wheels on the Bus…& perked up the place

Trying to contain their joy, off to the fire station they wished to race.

God, help my heart overflow with your grace and not get off base.

 

Ableism

Ableism
This is a summation of an article that I read for discussion a few years ago, in school, but it covers my own thoughts and feelings well, so I thought I would share it with my friends and family. I hope you find it worth reading.
barry-kathy-trainAbout 20% of us have some sort of disability. Therefore, ableism is a construct in our society that we cannot remove too soon. The problem is that it is deeply rooted in our vocabulary and in our subconscious. We need to stop viewing people with disabilities as defective and different (in a negative light). After all, we all have similarities and differences. In other words, we must do away with the idea that we need to be “fixed” and that we have no gift or talent to offer others. The ablest ideal allows us to marginalized, discriminated against and treated as though we have far less value than nondisabled people. (Zellwinger, 2015)
As a society, we often fail to offer full accessibility beyond getting in the front door – wheelchair ramps. After all, are wheelchair ramps, larger restrooms, curb cuts, larger dressing rooms etc. a huge bother for nondisabled people? Other accommodations can also include “braille, seeing-eye dogs/assistant dogs, ergonomic workspaces, easy to grip tools, closed captions … class note-takers, recording devices for lectures” and other services and accommodative devices or equipment. Lack of these restrict our autonomy and make us more dependent on others. Not only that, it takes away from our well-being and self-esteem. We begin to feel like a “burden.” More than that, a person with a disability often does not always have full access to healthcare. How does a person in a wheelchair get on an exam table? How does a nonverbal person communicate their problems and medical needs without a caregiver there? Medical providers need to be more aware of these difficulties (Zellwinger, 2015)
The language of ableism leads to both individual oppression as well as societal oppression as a whole. Inclusion should be the goal. Such pejorative terms include: mentally retarded, moron, high functioning, incapacitated person etc. I realize that many of these terms are used to describe a condition, or level of a condition, but more work needs to be done to find and use language with a more positive connotation. As I have said previously, I prefer the term “challenged” because a challenge does not have a negative feeling; it is just something to be dealt with or overcome. Finally, it is very important to remember that not disabilities are visible, however, that does not make them any less real.
People with disabilities should have the same rights to housing, employment, medical care, and educational access as anyone else who is considered nondisabled. In other words, they should be treated with respect and humanity individually and referring to them as a group. People with disabilities deserve to lead the best life possible.

Zellwinger, J. (2015) 6 forms of ableism we need to retire immediately Retrieved from
http://mic.com/…/6-forms-of-ableism-we-need-to-retire-immed…

A Feel Good Story

I am so proud of my team the Seattle Seahawks. Twin brothers, Shaquille and Shaquem Griffin are on the team now. This is pretty unusual by itself as they are only the second pair of brothers to be on the same team. However, the story gets so much better! You see Shaquem was born with only only one hand; imagine catching a football with 1 hand! Many of us can’t catch one with 2 good ones, let alone one. However, the best part of the story is the hope and inspiration he is giving to kids born with the same birth abnormality! Here is the link to the story for more information:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/shaquem-griffin-nfl-draft-seattle-seahawks-inspiration/

GO HAWKS and  God bless Shaquem!

 

12 FANS

Fighting for Your Disabled Child

I think everyone learns differently. Please watch this! This case manager is breaking the law. The IEP is supposed to be flexible enough to be changed at any time! It is not OK for this girl to that she is not good enough or bright enough!

https://www.understood.org/en/community-events/blogs/in-the-news/2018/04/20/moms-emotional-video-about-iep-frustration-goes-viral?cm_ven=ExactTarget&cm_cat=042618_ToolsTips_Emotions&cm_pla=All+Subscribers&cm_ite=https%3a%2f%2fwww.understood.org%2fen%2fcommunity-events%2fblogs%2fin-the-news%2f2018%2f04%2f20%2fmoms-emotional-video-about-iep-frustration-goes-viral&cm_lm=katcp9@yahoo.com&cm_ainfo=&utm_campaign=outreach&utm_source=weeklytools&utm_medium=email&utm_content=042618_ToolsTips_Emotions&&&&

Please check this out too! Thank you mom for making a path for me when there was no one else’s footprints to follow!

https://exceptionalmomchild.com/

 

God’s Paint Brush – Be Better Stewards

God’s Paint Brush

Nature is my beat,

God’s beauty is my party,

Renews my tired mind.

Photo of Whatcom Falls Park - Bellingham, WA, United States. Whatcom Falls at Whatcom Falls Park - October 28, 2016

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #198 Beat&Party

Whatcom Falls Park, Bellingham, WA

As we understand that, “the earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,” (Psalm 24:1) we can see that we are merely temporary possessors (or stewards) of things that He owns.

May we become better stewards of our temporary home, God bless!