"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do.
God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know,
and holds us responsible to act." Prov 24:12

Friday, January 18, 2013

New Helper Legs

Bowen's new helper legs... thanks to Advanced Prosthetics.  He LOVES the fact that he can wear dinosaur light up shoes like his brothers now!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

There Is No "I Can't" In Our House

This link provided below to another article from another blogger titled Please Don't Help My Kids is exactly how I feel with Bowen. We are raising Bowen just as we are raising our other boys, we are not setting preconceived limitations on him because he has limb differences. We truly believe he can do anything any other child can do, just in his own way! So often people want to coddle him and help him with even the smallest of things. That does not help him at all. He needs to learn how to be independent. He needs to learn that sometimes, we may not accomplish something on our first try but to get up and keep trying until we do. He needs to learn that even though he has limb differences, he is just like everyone else! Bowen is very good at trying to manipulate people into thinking he can't do things, so they will do it for him. A lot of that is probably learned behavior from his first 18 months of life spent in an orphanage. So he needs to be pushed to do things. He needs to hear that he can. He needs to learn to try even when he doesn't want to. And you should see his face light up with joy when he does something that just seconds before he was telling us he couldn't do! It is priceless! There is no "I can't" in our house. When we hear this, we simply say "Yes you can." And he can... just give him a chance!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Shame On Advance Auto Parts

I have to say, that Jeremy and I were completely disgusted and shocked by something we saw at Monster Jam this weekend put on by Advance Auto Parts. We are not monster truck fans but thought we would take the boys since they are at an age where things like monster trucks seem pretty cool to them. The monster truck part of the show was fine but what Advance Auto Parts decided to do during the intermission times was unbelievably shocking. They had the master of ceremonies bring out a gentleman with dwarfism and proceeded to mock him as a form of "entertainment". 

Why in the world anyone would think the MAKING FUN OF SOMEBODY'S DIFFERENCES is an acceptable form of "entertainment" is beyond me. They didn't just bring him out once, twice... no, it was about 5 times (about 5 to 10 minutes each time) and each time the MC made fun of the way this gentleman looked, walked, ran, moved his arms... the list could go on and on. Why is something like this going on in this day and age?! It made me wonder what all those kids that were staring at our son with limb differences as we were leaving were thinking. If they are being exposed to this kind of "entertainment" where it seems perfectly acceptable to make fun of somebody's differences why in the world would they have any compassion for our son or others with differences. The whole thing just really saddened, angered and shocked us. 

There are only a couple of ways we can take a stand in situations like this and I ask that if you find this just as disturbing, that you too will join us in this. We can make sure that we do not purchase tickets to an Advance Auto Parts monster truck show (which tours the entire country meaning that this "side show entertainment" will be seen by thousands, which is just unbelievably frustrating), we can choose not to do business with Advance Auto Parts (money talks, or rather lack there of talks) and most importantly, we can join together and write or call this company and let them know that this is simply unacceptable! If you made it through all of this... thank you so much for listening. This is just something I couldn't ignore. Here is all their contact information...

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year

                                                Happy New Year Everyone!