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Kirstin Says . . .

IMG_0123Every chapter of This Little Light of Mine ends with a section called “Kirstin’s side of the story.” It is clear from reading those sections that Kirstin has lots to say. Here are some of her words.

“Everyone is special in his or her own way.”

“Everybody should be treated nicely by other people. We all need to have respect for each other every day.”

“If someone is having trouble learning to read, I would tell them not to give up. You can do it if you put your mind to it. Read as much as you can and you’ll get better at it. We all have problems. Yours is learning to read, but you can solve it. Find a good teacher who will help you and never give up on you.”

“I have some advice for high school students who want to go to college. College is not an easy thing to do, but you can learn to do it. Do the best you can. That is all you can do. All you have to do is believe in yourself. Tell yourself that you are special in a lot of ways. It doesn’t matter who you are as long as you have parents and friends to help you. Don’t let any teachers tell you that you can’t do it.”

“My mom wants to know why we like The Wizard of Oz so much. I think it is because everyone in the story has problems, but they have what they need to solve their problems. The scarecrow wishes for a brain. He thinks he isn’t smart, but he really is. Tin man wishes for a heart. The wizard tell him ‘A heart is not judged by how much you love, but how much you are loved by others.’ The Cowardly Lion wishes for courage. He faces the Wicked Witch and he is brave when he needs to be.  Dorothy wants to go home. Glinda tells her she always has the power to go back home.  The ruby slippers help her when she says ‘There’s no place like home.’ Everyone is wishing for something, but they have it all the time. They just don’t realize it until the Wizard points it out.”

“My advice to someone looking for a job is be flexible and willing to help people when they need it. Don’t be afraid to learn new jobs. It makes you more valuable, and it’s job security.”

“I read the book by Dale Evans. I was crying when I read about Dale’s child with Down syndrome. I was sorry that she died. I know she is happy in heaven. I think she is looking down on me right now. She is helping us who have Down syndrome.”

“We are all angels in this world. We all should care.  We all should love.  We all have feelings. We all should forgive. Talk about your problems with others who have experiences like you. Control your anger with other people. We all have heroes. We all need someone to look up to. ”

“We need to keep our earth clean. That way we will have a place to live and grow up. We all have to do our part.”

From: This Little Light of Mine, A woman with Down syndrome shines brightly in the world. This book is available on Amazon

To my friends around the world

world pictureIn 2014, I had visitors from 9 countries and I was so excited about connecting with friends around the world. So far in 2015, I have had visitors from 34 countries: United States, Brazil, Italy, Portugal, Philippines, India, Switzerland, Russia, Indonesia, South Africa, Peru, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Taiwan, Chile, Mexico, Spain, Venezuela, Qatar, Mozambique, Israel, Norway, Thailand, Colombia, Belgium, Trinidad and Tobago, Egypt, Estonia, Georgia, Hong Kong SAR China, Romania, Netherlands, and Morocco. Nearly 300 of the 440 visits have been from the United States, but I’ve had 65 visitors from Brazil and 11 from Italy.

This all seems overwhelming to me and I can’t help wonder how you are finding your way to my blog. Most of my visitors from the United States come to  me through Facebook, but visitors from other countries are finding me through other links. I would love to hear from you and I hope you will let me know how you found me.

It’s amazing to think how technology has brought the people of the world closer together than we could ever imagine. First satellites allowed us to speak to each other no matter how far apart. Now the internet brings us even closer. With Skype, we can talk face to face as if we are in the same room together. It is my hope and prayer that as we are drawn closer and feel more a part of each other, we can find common ground and come to understand each other better.

My purpose in writing the Handy Helpers books is to show that  young people, older people, and people with special challenges have much to contribute to our world today.   I sincerely hope that you are being drawn to my blog because you feel the same way. The young are our future, but they don’t have to wait until they are adults to help make our world a better place. The elderly represent the past, and they have a great deal to share with us. We must treasure them. They honor us by the way they continue to guide and help us. Those with special needs are our heroes. They struggle to overcome obstacles that most of us can’t even imagine. And they do it with smiles and cheers and love.

I feel so blessed to be able to reach out to all of you in this way. I would love comments from you, questions, anything to get a dialog going. May God bless all of your lives. And if you are drawn to my blog again sometime in the future, I pray that you will find food for thought and food to nourish your soul.