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What Would It Look Like?

What would it look like? Seriously friends….what would it look like if The Gem didn’t exist? Well for starters seventy little ones with special needs would not know the beauty of unconditional love, the feeling of safety, the pleasure of healthy nutritious meals, the little-known comfort of a comfortable bed, sweet-endless joy, lessons from the…

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Johnny’s Surgery

Johnny-boy’s “shortened ” surgery yesterday was supposed to take four hours but instead took six hours. This surgery was performed in an attempt to have his feet stay in a secure position so he can “walk” more smoothly (with assistance). The surgeon broke both his feet in multiple places to put cadaver bone in all…

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Seizures

Today is my ‘crash’ after Ruby’s seizure Friday.  I just can’t stop crying.  The type of seizures Ruby has are called “status epilepticus”…in case you want to read about them.  Her seizures last between 20 and 30 minutes usually and watching someone you so desperately love seize is about the most horrible thing ever. I…

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Our Fragile Ruby

Since many of you who stop by aren’t on Facebook, I felt I should share what I posted there on Thursday and Friday. On Thursdays six of the kids and I head to a homeschooling co-op we belong to.  While at co-op, at 1:04pm I received a phone call from Dw. This is what I…

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Six of Ours

For those who aren’t on Facebook I wanted to share what I posted yesterday morning: Yesterday was an unbelievable day of celebration for our family as we had the joy of participating as six of our sweet pile were baptized. Each wrote their own powerful testimony, some sharing very vulnerable things of their pre-coming home…

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All 1,512+ Pieces!!

All 1,512+ pieces made it!! Last Monday three sweet women and myself checked into the SkyHarbor airport loaded with four pediatric wheelchairs wrapped (by Dw – he’s my hero) in gently used cloth diapers, diaper inserts and shrink wrap. Hey when each item is allowed to weigh 50 pounds – we take that literally… so…