Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New Blog!

My New Blog!

I have decided to combine both my blogs My Eleven Reasons and WheelchairDecor into this one blog 

It is my hope to furnish articles that will uplift and inspire.  
My general topics will be:
  • Family - which is a pretty large topic!
  • Gardening/Landscaping - give me fresh air and sunshine any day!
  • Physically/Mentally Limited and their Caregivers - 'Portrait of a Hero'
  • Humor - the best medicine!
I hope you'll come join in the fun! Don't forget to leave a commentbecome a follower (all my followers from the old blogs were not transfered), and if you like, you can sign up to receive emails when I post new articles.

I will no longer be post on this site!  Thanks to all my loyal readers...I hope you'll visit me on my new blog:

Monday, May 2, 2011


I'm looking for a great blog designer...
if you have any suggestions, please contact me at:

Look what I got to do over the weekend!

My son, Bogie, got married this past weekend...
it was a beautiful time for all of us.

Handsome boys...*whistle*

Kids passing the time...

CL and I (grey hair and all)

Monday, April 25, 2011

On Holiday...

I'll be taking this week off.  My son Bogie is getting married and I'm working on several other big plan is to still visit blogs but not do any posting on this blog until next week...
See y'all next week...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Portrait of a Hero - A fathers love for his son...

My Easter Gift to all you wonderful followers and readers...Have a blessed weekend!

As you watch this amazing video of a fathers love for his son, I hope you will take time to contemplate our Heavenly Fathers love for His Son and Their love for each one of us...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday - Portrait of a Hero, Jamie

 Jamie is my choice for Portrait of a Hero for this week.  Her attitude and desire to Rise Above her Limits is a great example! You can view her blog HERE!

17 Years Walking – 17 Years Rollin’

10 Oct
Today is Oct. 9.  17 years ago today I was in a car accident.  Most of you know the story, if not, you can go here and read all about it.  Most of you know me from the later 17 years.  So, today, I wanted to take you back to me without wheels and I want to share a few pictures and memorabilia I found recently regarding being in a wheelchair.
Me in my grandfather's cap :)

The little things I took for granted.

This picture was taken the night before my accident

The following are notes written by my mom at the time of my accident:
10-9-93 - 11:00/11:10 PM
Accident happened.  Jamie was lying in the back of the truck.  There was a gentleman in the truck with her.  She was covered with a blanket.  She said she could not feel her legs.  The rescue transported her to Kennestone.  She was being a real trooper.  The wait in the ER room was extremely long.  Doug and all were great – they helped us maintain.  They were all praying for the Jamster.  The x-rays were not positive.  Severed spinal cord.  Broken vertebrae.  The doctor told her – she did better than us.  The doctor told us 10-14 days before surgery.  We got to see her after she was placed in ICU.
10-10-93 – Sunday morning
Jamie was in a rotating bed.  She had Rick (my dad) call her work to tell them she couldn’t be there.
10-11-93 – Monday
She was afraid she wouldn’t have friends.  She thought she was costing us too much money.  She had that smile.  Lots of visitors.  Still smiling.  Wanted to put on make-up, fix hair, etc.  Lots more company.

ICU in the rotating bed

10-12-93 – Tuesday
Kids in morning.  Lots of visitors.  Worried about hair.
10-13-93 – Wednesday
“Ate” hamburger & fries.  Major hair problems.
10-14-93 – Thursday
Washed hair.  She felt better.  Had Red Lobster for dinner.  Really scared of surgery.  I liked holding her hand while she went to sleep.  Lots more people.
10-15-93 – Surgery Day
Spirits pretty good.
I got lots of cards, but this one always stands out every time I look back at them.  It is from the girl who caused the accident.  This is the only correspondence I have ever received from her.

After 2 1/2 months of therapy, I went home and went back to school.  I really wanted to cheer again.  I knew it was kind of cheesy, but I loved it and it was a part of me.

Then, of course, there was Ms. Wheelchair USA.  HA!  :)

So, I’ll end this 17th anniversary on this note:
I’ll be honest, I never, in a million years, thought I was going to be in a wheelchair the same amount of time that I spent out of one.  I can’t believe 17 years have gone by so quickly.  I can’t believe I’m still paralyzed.  The night when I found out, I always thought there would be some kind of cure by now.  I didn’t see this coming.  Trust me, I’m certainly ok with it and know that a cure may not happen in my lifetime, so you won’t see any pity party come from me.  I guess it’s just weird.  That’s the only way I can explain it.  Weird.  But one day there will be no more wheelchair.  One day I will stand, and walk up to my Jesus and wrap my arms around Him and thank Him for how He blessed my life.  One day I will stand next to my Nana and ask her to take a walk with me.  When that day comes there will be rejoicing.  I rejoice now thinking about that day!

by Jamie Goodwin

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thursdsay - Thoughts

What is it that makes children so wonderful?  I believe it is:

  • their unconditional love 
  • the pure delight they get from the simplest things
  • they believe everything 
  • their total trust and faith in those in charge of caring for them
  • of course, their honesty...honesty to the point of embarrassment
  • and most importantly, is that they have no pride...I'm talking about the kind of pride that says I'm better than you.

I participated in a live chat last night with Cathy Cassani Adams. One thing she mentioned was reconnecting with the little child we once were.  Remembering who we were when we were little.  That little child has never left us and if we can remember what we once knew we can become a better adult.

In Sunday School last week we discussed Matthew 18 where the Savior says that unless we become as a little child we can not inherit the kingdom of God.

I think it is more than coincidental that 2 times this week I've had the same topic brought to my attention... 

I've been thinking and remembering who I was...the little girl inside of me.  I like her a lot.  She is happy, trusting and full of adventure.  She is a bit mischievous and loved to play out doors.  She would dream of being a bird and flying high in the sky (I would climb the trees in our yard and try to get as high as I could then pretend I was a bird).

All these 'little' child qualities oppose what the world teaches, but they are in harmony with what the Lord teaches and with what is good and right.  I'm going to post a photo of me when I was little on my desk so i wont' forget who I really am and who I can become!

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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011


This man is amazing!  He certainly has made good use of his talents and desires to make life better! ...Happy Monday Everyone!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday - Portrait of a Hero

 Interview with Priscilla...

1.       What is the handicap you’re dealing with?

L1,2 paraplegic

2.       How long have you had this?

It was 11 years the past Septemeber 12 (my injury was in 1999 just in case you don't want to do the math ;) )
3.      Where do you get your desire to Rise Above your limits?

It was that way from day one. I never sulked about what happened. It is what it is. I can't change it. The only thing I can do is move on with life and be happy. Why sit around and feel sorry for myself? That's boring.

4.       What are you doing now that you never thought you would be able to do? (What have you gained form raising your son)?

Absolutely nothing. I never doubted that I would do exactly what I wanted to. Why should I?

5.       Have there been certain people that have helped you along the way?  What was it you appreciated the most from them?

Well, my family of course and my husband. When I met him, he pushed me to start driving again. That is the one thing I'd  been putting off. I was nervous about driving with my hand instead of my feet.
Of course, there are the doctors that stabilized my spine during my super long surgery. I'm beyond grateful for their expertise. Their sewing skills could use work. My spinal scar is scary. :)

6.       How do you handle situations that are beyond your control, such as people and their ignorance to you and your situation? 

I don't usually encounter people with mush ignorance. I put myself out there right away so people see me and realize that I don't need help. I do get the occasional eager beaver and just insist that they need to just let me do what I'm doing. I would say, at least once a month, I have someone practically shove my chair in my face because they try to help me. That's really annoying. I just tell them to please stop.

If I do need help with something in a store people are more than willing to help.

7.Being a mother in a wheelchair also, I know what an interesting challenge it can be to do the daily household tasks. What do you do? Do your kids help out? How do you get the things done around the house that you are not able to do?

It's not a challenge. It just takes a little longer. Sometimes. Sometimes, I do it faster than other people. There isn't a chore I "can't" do. I couldn't even imagine what that might be? Why couldn't I?

There are chores I will NOT do. I don't take out the trash. My husband does that. I do not mop; again my husband does that. I take it back. I can't reach the back of the microwave. I can't clean that.

My kids don't really do chores. The youngest isn't even 3. MY oldest son does do a few things here and there when I ask him to but it's usually all done before he gets home.

8. (What have you gained form raising your son)?
I actually have 2 sons and another on the way.

What have I gained? More love and lots of exhaustion :).

Priscilla Hedlin,