It doesn’t seem possible that my girl is 16 today. Last Friday we celebrated and had the big Sweet 16 party and it was a blast. But today is officially her birthday and I couldn’t help but think of the blessing this young lady has been in our lives. It also got me to thinking about the fact that she will be driving soon! YIKES!!!!!!
Seems as if it was yesterday we were bringing her home from the hospital. That little bundle of joy that was so dependent on us as parents has grown into a beautiful, strong, talented and gifted young lady. I know I am speaking as her dad so this will be somewhat biased but I am so proud of the young lady she is becoming. Not a day goes by that I am not blown away by her commitment to God and her passion for life.
So today I celebrate you Ashton! I wish I could freeze time and keep us locked in this space for awhile, just so we could enjoy more of these moments that life brings our way. There is so many things I am proud of but one thing stands out above them all – it is your love for God! Your mom and I have watched you grow in your talents and dedicate those talents to God. Nothing is more important. Keep that constant in your life and God will do amazing things with you and for you. You are a beautiful young lady, inside and out. Happy birthday sweetheart!!! You are truly amazing.
I love you,
I am super excited to announce that our non-profit, ThumbUp Foundation is currently active and operational! Having been born affected by a condition called Amniotic Band Syndrome, that kept my left arm from growing fully, I feel the need to help others that are dealing with children born this way.
Amniotic Band Syndrome is a condition that occurs when the fetus becomes entangled in fibrous string-like amniotic bands in the womb, restricting blood flow and affecting the baby’s development. This is often found in babies born missing limbs or digits. ABS affects 1 in 1,200 births each year.
I have been fortunate enough to be blessed with a very strong support system throughout my life. My family and friends have helped me in so many ways and now I want to give others the opportunity to have similar support. The purpose of this foundation is to provide resources to families dealing with children born affected by ABS. ThumbUp Foundation will not only provide this type of support system for families across the nation, but will also be strategic in planting ThumbUp Centers in US cities for children and teens dealing with disabilities providing a place where they can be mentored, learn life skills and effective communication, along with identity reinforcement. This is going to require a lot of energy, insight, favor and finances in order to see this dream become a reality.
Below you will find a few of the mockups we are currently considering for our identity logo along with several needs as we begin this foundation. If you or anyone you know is willing to help in any way please do not hesitate to contact us. You can email us at email@example.com and a member of our team will get back to you ASAP.
Thanks so much for your interest and we look forward to letting you know more about ThumbUp and what it will be providing. Keep checking in for updates and opportunities to get involved.
ThumbUp Foundation Implementation Needs:
- Website Development
- Grant Writing
- Non-Profit Funding
- Crowd Source Funding Knowledge
- Operational Management
- Writers/Editors/Graphic Design
- Social Media Director
I like to win! Even being a little “short-handed” I like to win! I will step out on that basketball court with the best of them and give them a run for their money. The only problem is, you know which direction I am going to dribble. I took up golf because I didn’t want to sit at home while my buddies were out hitting the ball. Now I beat the majority of them at a game that is challenging enough with two hands. In fact a few years ago CNN ran a little blurb about my golfing. However, here is the deal, if you beat me at something you are probably not going to tell anybody! It is not a big deal to beat a one armed guy, but if I beat you? I TELL EVERYONE!!! I may even take out an ad in the local newspaper or put it out on the radio.
But what makes a winner? It seems some people are more apt to win or overcome obstacles than others. Is it something they are born with? A special gift they possess that no one else around them has? We tend to often consider these things that way but I think it goes beyond all that. A winner is not necessarily just born with a silver medal in their mouth. I believe there is a process to becoming a winner and I want to give you three things I am convinced can help you achieve this “winner” status in your life.
I am super excited to be featured on The World Changer Show Podcast with my friend Matt McWilliams. Matt is doing some amazing things and has an award winning podcast that hundreds of people listen to each week. Matt interviewed me sometime back and today that interview is available on his podcast.
I have only recently met Matt and his outlook on life and the challenges life brings is pretty amazing. We are in a mastermind group together and have instantly become pretty good friends in a short amount of time. I am grateful for this opportunity and hope you enjoy the podcast. CLICK HERE to be taken to Matt’s site where you can listen to this interview. Thanks for listening and I would love to hear some feedback about what you think about the interview. Make sure to comment below.
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It’s also live on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.
Having been born with only one hand has afforded me the privilege of looking at life from a different perspective. I am not saying it has been easy but I have come to the conclusion that I was created for a very unique purpose and discovering that purpose has been one of the greatest joys of my life. Here is the deal: each individual is born with promise and potential and how we approach this understanding determines the direction we will end up going and what we make of our lives.
The Psalmist declared,
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
If this is true, and I believe it is, then every single one of us were born with promise, potential, possibility and purpose. That means we were NOT born AVERAGE!!! I believe this is a message every child, student, young adult, mom, dad, grandparent and everybody else that is breathing needs to hear. It is a message of hope and encouragement and I am super excited to be sharing it across the country.
In just a few short weeks I will be traveling to the University of Texas at Pan Am speaking this message and I am super stoked!! I earnestly covet your prayers as we attempt to deliver this much needed message in this hour in which we live.
I have also been telling you about the tshirts we have put together and if you would like to order one they are now available. See below to select your size and color and become a part of the Nobody Is Born Average revolution!!!
Size: M Color: Black Size: M Color: Grey
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Make sure you get your order in because they are already going fast. Below is a picture of what these shirts look like in the two colors now available. If you would like to order a special color or size that is not currently available, or if you would like special pricing on bulk orders, please contact me by emailing me @ firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to help you out. Thanks much and remember – NOBODY is BORN AVERAGE!!
April 10th I will be in Brownsville, Tx speaking at Valley Christian High School. I am honored to be speaking to these awesome students and I am believing it is going to be a great time.
||April 10, 2015
||Valley Christian High School
||Nobody is Born Average
Valley Christian High School