After posting my first couple of blog entries, I heard that I was supposed to begin this adventure by writing a brief summary of my life. Several months ago, when I posted my first entry, I intended to post once a week. Since I didn’t do that, I’m considering this to be a new beginning.
Pronounced dead at birth, I fought to live. Months later, however, I was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Doctors weren’t sure I’d ever walk. But through years of physical therapy, I did learn to walk, although my balance is still terrible. Determined not to let my disability limit me, I left my home in Montana to attend and graduate from George Fox College.
The doors to a career-of helping others overcome their limitations, were closed. But God was setting the stage for me to learn that my value comes from my relationship with Him and not from what I do. He also began to teach me that everyone has issues that make them struggle with self worth.
God blessed me beyond my wildest dreams when my daughter Rachael was born. Though the challenge of caring for her often seemed overwhelming, the rewards were well worth it. I am marveled by how God helped me deal with the daily tasks of raising her.
For several years, I volunteered at Good Samaritan Ministries, as a counselor and group facilitator. I’m a board member of Border Mountain and Vice-chairman of Oregon’s Governor’s Home Care Commission. I’m also a member of Joni and Friends and the Oregon Christian Writers association. I’ve written my story for several periodicals. With the help of Marion Duckworth, I’m writing a memoir.