I often get asked what is the worst part of being paralyzed with a spinal cord injury. That is such a loaded question that if you asked ten spinal cord injured people you’d probably have ten different answers. This injury affects everyone differently, but for myself it has to be the pain. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I suffer from neuropathic nerve pain which basically feels like getting a tattoo needle dragged across my lower extremities all day long without a break. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When you become close with me you’ll often hear me say how usually a few days a month for some reason without fail my pain gets to a level that is truly debilitating. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
During those days I usually lay low and listen to my body and after some rest I’m functional again. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What most people do not realize though, is that even when those bad days are over and the pain lessens, it doesn’t stop. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I am in pain 24/7. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I wake up in pain, I eat in pain, I laugh in pain, I breath in pain, I preach in pain, I love my family in pain, I go to sleep in pain and it never ceases. Everything I do is in pain. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I want you guys to understand I’m not saying this for pity or any of that nonsense, I just think it’s important to understand that we all fight battles that no one but God knows about. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I want you guys to know that even in the hardest and most uncomfortable circumstances there can be peace, joy, love, and contentment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I want you guys to know that you can find peace, joy, love, and contentment in the person of Jesus Christ. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My pain does not lessen my faith, rather it strengthens it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Our faith should not be based on circumstances but on Christ. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
If it was not for Christ I would fold like a cheap suit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I would not have the strength I do or the hope I do without His grace and mercy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Christ tells us in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Whatever your struggles, whatever your pain, give it to Christ.
WITHOUT prompting, ask your child these questions and write EXACTLY what they say!
1. What is something I say a lot?
-Put on your shoes.
- I love you, Ethan.
- Something about vacation✈️.
2. What makes me happy?
When we spend time together👩👦💗.
3. What makes me sad?
When I don't listen to you 😑.
4. How tall am I?
You're not tall mommy. You're short. (Good answer.lol)
5. How old am I?
28. Year's old. Thanks kid. 🤣.
6. What's my favorite thing to do?
Mommy that's easy, sleep.😴
7. What makes me proud of you?
When I do nice things for other people 🙏🏻and get good grades in school .🅰️📝
8. What is my favorite food ?
Salad. Anything with cheese on it. Bacon. 👍🏻
9. Do I have a favorite child?
That better only be me!😽
10. If I could go anywhere, where would it be?
To Grandpas house in Arizona 🌵and Austrialia 🇦🇺 .
11. Do you think you could live without me?
Saddest expression I've ever seen. 💔.
12. ”What's my favorite song?
All I ever wanted, all I ever needed is here in my arms". (of course Depeche Mode🥀)
13. How do you bug me?
When you're sleeping on your day off and I wake you up early.
14. What is my favorite movie?
The Princes Bride.
15. Who do I have a crush on?
Yea, exactly kid.
16. Where was I born?
New York City.
17. What's my favorite show?
Married With Children
18. Who's my best friend ?
19. What scares me?
Homeless people and when I get hurt.
20. How do you describe me to your friends?
She's the best and she has really red hair and a lot of freckles..lol
Copy, paste and change my answers and see what your child says!
Watching this video from the first rehearsal we had last week for my second upcoming session with @aoscalgary, I can’t help but feel very proud of myself. When I take into consideration the fact that I had a very invasive surgery just 5 weeks ago and even had some setbacks with a post op infection, it’s amazing to see the many differences in how far I’ve come since my very first ever class four months ago.
I am so grateful for this child! For those who knew the struggle I had with my first child, this has been a completely different experience. From the pregnancy, birth, and overall experience I can’t stop being thankful. I didn’t realize that things could go so smoothly and well! While I love my first daughter to the moon and back, she wasn’t an easy baby. The pregnancy was full of intense pain, the birth was traumatic for me, and poor girl had colic and major sleep issues. She has grown to be such a wonderful and caring toddler that I wouldn’t change a thing, but I am so happy to have a very different experience for the second time around! #momlife#thankful#grateful#baby#babyphotography#secondchild#ilovemykids#truelove#happiness
We manifested this house. I did or my husband did or both of us. I didn't realize it until now. I didn't even know what manifestation was then. But we searched endlessly for the right house for us. It was so important to us to have the right place to call home, a real resting place, a place that was healing to us. ⠀
We came upon it by chance. It wasn't for sale. When Grant saw it nestled up on the hill behind the trees, he said that was -our house-. We left a note in the mailbox and left it at that. ⠀
Days later, we got a call. And that was A the beginning of our story. ⠀
What have you manifested? Big or small? I want to know your real life magic story.
I can’t thank my parents, my sister, my extended family, and of course, my beautiful wife for making this a memorial birthday. Hands down the best gift was spending time with them and having nothing but laughs and love surrounding us. Can’t wait for the adventures 27 will bring #thankful#familyiseverything
Wanted to thank everyone who reached out to me over the past few weeks....starting to get back on my feet and feeling much better.
Feel blessed to have so many friends❤️❤️ #skiaccident#recovery#thankful
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So much excitement, I don’t even know what to say. #Thankful ⚡️
You guys! This is my sister!!! She is one of the BIGGEST supporters of my shop!!!! Always telling me to chase my dream and pushes me out of my comfort zone that 9/10 pay off. I love her to death and am always thankful for her support! Tag someone below that you are thankful for 👇
Omg! I can’t believe I created my own logo, designs, etc in a photoshop that I’ve played with since I was a weeee young girl 😩 It all adds up when years go on, THIS IS MY PURPOSE!!! Happy 1 year anniversary to my brand @rowebeautycosmetics - it has been out of this world LITERALLY & I am so blessed to have Rowe Beauties that support me in every endeavor that I do! ⭐️💫 To celebrate this milestone: all individual lashes are $4.99 and EVERY available Lashbook is $40😩😩 Giving thanks back to y’all because without you, I WOULD not have courage to go live on Facebook: Beauty by Rowe 💜💜💜 BIG THANKS AND MUCH LOVE TO ALL MY ROWE BEAUTIES 😘😘😘
Decided that 2020 is for slowing down and being more real on here, because life is too short to not be. Thanking the Lord today that His grace is good and that His goodness never stops running after me, or you. Even when we don’t see him working, He’s always working and up to something for our good. We are a people in process and I am so thankful that He constantly pursues me and my heart through my own messy process. Happy Monday!!!! #thankful
This is my fave picture to celebrate their birthday 🍰 it’s not a coincidence that God gives @rayman_909_ and his dad the same bornday.. With grace of God, his dad actually graduate from hospice about 8-9years ago and the craziest part of this is.. he was under care of hospice I work with, we don’t know each other then.. Ray told me stories on how blessed he is with all things that has happened until today.. it made him the way he is and it made him to always be happy and thankful, to always spend your time with your love one, and to always be a better person because you never know what will happen to the person you love, you never know if you will ever get a chance to make them proud.. so be good, do good, try always be a better version of yourself.. if anything happens not the way you wanted to, just let go and Let GOD.. so happy birthday Gualberto and Raymond 💕
. #happybirthday#blessed#thankful#grateful 💖💖💖