“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Sunday, October 18, 2015


Parenting can be daunting but it becomes more complicated for a wheelchair user. But it can be done with great success.  No obstacle is insurmountable with innovative thinking. And there are many agencies in most communities to teach techniques for parenting to wheelchair users. 

My children were 7 and 5 years old when I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I was determined to continue to be an engaged parent and stay active in the lives of my children. We sold our wheelchair inaccessible house and built a barrier free home close to schools, shopping and my church.

My barrier free home
The first 15 years with my disability were what the medical profession calls exacerbating-remitting MS. This meant there were wild fluctuations in impairments that affected a variety of physical functions but my legs and right arm took the biggest brunt of attacks.  My family's willingness to adapt (both physically and emotionally) required great flexibility and creativity. They met each challenge with resolve, tenacity and perseverance to help me live and thrive in my new disability realities. 

Me and grandchildren
Seeking new ways of adapting is crucial to active parenting and grandparenting with a disability. Be innovative in reducing or eliminating barriers. Be an active parent or grandparent despite disability. I have continued to be actively engaged in the lives of my children and grandchildren from their births to the present. They are indispensable ingredients for my life with dignity. I have used every tool at my disposal to stay engaged in their lives.

Below is a short YouTube video featuring a young mother, Jennifer Sexton (26) of South Carolina and her innovations to accommodate her needs. Click on image or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vlXrMRiw1A  (2:51)

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