Springtime


Tall glass of grandma’s lemonade
Father and son, fishin’ in the shade
Flowers slowly coming into bloom
Longer days will be coming soon

Smell those steaks on the grill
A beautiful sunset – oh what a thrill
Birds singing a thankful song
No worries of doing wrong

God’s country in all its beauty
That girl on the square’s such a cutie
Mom and kids going to the mall
Guys in uniform ready to play ball

Boy thinking about his first love
Carefree as a snow white dove
Yes he’s in a wheelchair
But he just don’t care

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Now where did I put my suggestion box?


How many of you have ever done this? You get ready to do something and go in a room to do that something, then when you get there you forgot what you came in there for? Or you get ready to go somewhere and can’t remember where you put your car keys? You can remember who won season five of American Idol, but can’t think of where your keys are to save your life!!

That’s kind of the problem I’m having tonight. I’ve got so many ideas running through my head to blog about and have even written them down on paper, but can’t decide what do write about first. I hate having writer’s block, and I feel like most Georgians when an inch of snow hits the state, like a couple weeks ago…

Kind of like they might have done before they had TVs and radios, and a tornado, bad thunderstorm or blizzard came through their neighborhood. I can just see Fred and Wilma Flintstone now, running around Bedrock in their loin cloths, screaming “What’ll we do? What’ll we do? What’ll we do?!?!?!?”

Maybe a good night’s sleep is just what I need to get the creative juices flowing again. See you in the morning, and if you can find my suggestion box, you get to pick the topic I write about next!!

Thank you for a great first month and a half!!


Do you ever have one of those days when you ask yourself, “How long has it been since I saw so and so?” or “How long has it been since I did that or saw that movie?” Today was one of those days for me because I was wondering how long it’s been since I started my blog.

In reality, I started my blog when I was born, that beautiful Sunday morning at Kennestone Hospital, May 16, 1982, at 8:31 a.m. But what I was wondering this afternoon was how long it’s been since I started telling the world my story, and I was shocked to learn it’s been almost a month and a half! I still can not believe it, and I want to thank each and every one of my fans, supporters, readers and those who’ve helped me get to where I am today, especially my friends, family and coworkers. I have learned so much about myself the past month and a half, and have shared some very private, personal details about my life with you. I want to sincerely and wholeheartedly thank each one of you personally for taking a trip with me down my journey with spina bifida and for the amazing, wonderful feedback, comments and questions about me and my disability.

I want to invite you to stay on board and keep the comments, questions and suggestions coming and want to wish everyone an enjoyable ride. If you ever have a question or a way I can make the site better, I want to hear it. If you’re having a rough day, email me or leave me a comment and tell me about it. Enjoy the rest of the trip and keep your arms, legs and head inside the tram at all times!!!

The Blessings


I didn’t write this poem, I received it in my inbox this morning. I really wish I had written it because it is so true and makes me stop and re-examine how I live my life. Do I really go out and bless those around me? I don’t think I try very hard to bless my friends, but I hope they see the Lord in everything I do. It’s my hope that people see the love of the Lord in everything I do and every word I say. How do you live your life? Do people see the blessings of the Lord through your actions and words? Maybe it’s time to re-examine your life…

Blessings

I knelt to pray when day was done
And prayed, “O Lord, bless everyone,

Lift from each saddened heart the pain
And let the sick be well again.”

And then I woke another day
And carelessly went on my way,

The whole day long I did not try
To wipe a tear from any eye.

I did not try to share the load
Of any brother on the road.

I did not even go to see
The sick man just next door to me.

Yet once again when day was done
I prayed, “O Lord, bless everyone.”

But as I prayed, into my ear
There came a voice that whispered clear,

“Pause now, my son, before you pray.
Whom have you tried to bless today?

God’s sweetest blessings always go
By hands that serve him here below.”

And then I hid my face and cried,
“Forgive me, God, I have not tried,

But let me live another day
And I will live the way I pray.”

Disabled – dedicated to those whose voice deserves to be heard


I’ve met some very wonderful people the past couple weeks on Twitter and in the community, all who have a wonderful story to tell, but seem to be silenced by society and political correctness. I wrote this poem in FIVE minutes and dedicate it to all those individuals who DESERVE to be heard. We WILL be heard, and we WILL get the rights and respect we so rightly deserve. We will NOT be silenced ANY longer!!

Disabled

Determined
Inspiring
Superstars
Angels on Earth
Beautiful dreamers
Leaders of tomorrow
Extraordinary, wonderful gifts inside
Destined for greatness

The Perfect Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it really got me to thinking about just how commercial this “holiday” has become. Matter of fact, a few other holidays have become so commercial that we’ve forgotten the REAL reason we celebrate them. I’ll get back to these when the time comes, TRUST ME!! 😉

What I’m trying to say is that every Valentine’s Day, men rush to the store to find that PERFECT bouquet of flowers, that PERFECT piece of jewelry, that PERFECT bottle of wine or that PERFECT box of assorted chocolates. Sure everybody, especially women, wants to feel loved and appreciated, but seriously is spending MONEY on somebody showing them how much you really admire, respect and love them? No, I don’t think so!!!

I don’t get caught up in all this commercialism. I think the perfect Valentine’s Day is one when you spend the day with your friends, family and loved ones who mean the world to you. I have the greatest friends and family in the world and would not trade the relationships I’ve made for ALL the money in the world.

I’ve had the pleasure of having lunch with my coworkers and very best friend a lot the past three and a half years, and have really enjoyed the conversations and the camaraderie we’ve shared while we eat. You may be asking yourself, “Yeah, well so what? What in the name of Cupid and his little bow and arrow has that got to do with Valentine’s Day? Isn’t that what this post is about?”

Just sit tight and I’ll explain, and YES it has a lot to do with Valentine’s Day… I’m a very shy person when you first meet me and I rarely say five words if I’m meeting you for the first time, but whenever I am around my friends and family, I feel like a new man. I talk, laugh, cry and even make jokes with them… my best friend and I joke around all the time, and I LOVE her for it 😉

Point I’m trying to make is, I would be perfectly satisfied if all I do on Valentine’s Day is go to work, see my co-workers and have lunch with my friends. THAT is the perfect Valentine’s Day in my book. So what if I didn’t get a frilly pink and red card with mushy “I love you’s” inside, a big soft teddy bear or a box of chocolates (which by the way are pretty good if you steer away from the coconut ones… UGH!!)??

I am able to spend the day with the people I cherish, admire, respect and LOVE and that’s what’s really important. What makes the day even more special to me is knowing I will spend it with THE most importand person in my life. He is my Rock, My Salvation, My Savior and My Redeemer. Yes folks, I am really excited for Valentine’s Day because I’ll be spending it with the Lord, Jesus Christ!!

Still asking yourself what the true meaning of Valentine is? Put your reading specs on, go back and re-read yesterday’s post.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Early Valentine’s Day Poem


            For  God so loVed the  world,
                     That He gAve
                            His onLy
                              BegottEn
                                     SoN
                                           That whosoever
                              Believeth In Him
                                  Should Not perish,
                                 But have Everlasting life.”
                                                          John 3:16