About

Hello, and welcome to my blog. I am a follower of Christ, a wife, a mama to a boxer named Rosie, a teacher, and… I’m deafbind. Yes, you read that correctly. But, not in the sense that you may be thinking. I am not totally blind or totally deaf. I was born with moderate to severe hearing loss in both ears and I do not see it as a disability. I am an effective communicator as I can use speech and sign. I love being able to swing between the hearing and Deaf worlds.

As a teenager, I was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome II. Usher Syndrome is a rare  genetic condition that causes deafness and progressive vision loss due to Retinitis Pigmentosa. Essentially, I was going blind. How could I be going blind? I’m such a visual person that this was definitely a hard pill to swallow. My vision has now progressed to the point of legal blindness due to no peripheral vision. Thankfully, I still have good central vision. This journey has definitely been a struggle at times, but I know that the Lord is good. He is much bigger than all of the struggles I have faced and will ever face. I am walking  with Him and He has plans for my future  (Jeremiah 29:11). If you’d like to learn more about Usher Syndrome visit this website.

I thought I’d share 5 more things about myself through a list. {I love to make lists!}

  1. My husband and I met on a Christian online dating site. He was living in Florida and I was in Georgia. We exchanged emails for about a month before we decided to meet in person. We were able to meet while I was visiting family in Florida for Christmas. And a year and half later, we had a beautiful Southern wedding in my parent’s garden.

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    Image description: My husband and I on our wedding day, standing side by side under an arch covered in a vine with white flowers.
  2. Education is one of my passions. I taught American Sign Language at a private school for 5 years and now I am teaching one ASL class online. I definitely feel called to teach, so I hope to find myself back in the classroom in the very near future. But, I am also devoted to educating the public about deafness and deafblindness. One of my goals for this blog is to raise awareness even if it only reaches one person.
  3. I love to dance! Well, I don’t dance as much as I used to, but after my mom took me to my first tap dance class, I was captivated! I danced all the way through elementary, middle, high school and college. Ballet, modern, ballroom, and tap are my favorites but tap is my specialty, as I did it for 6-7 years.
  4. Decorating my home, especially for the seasons and holidays, is one of my favorite things to do. I get a lot of my inspiration for interior design and decorating from Pinterest. I’m not sure a day goes by when I don’t look at Pinterest.
  5. I’ve straddled the equator. In 2009, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Uganda to attend the Helen Keller Deaf-Blind World Conference. This was an amazing experience as I met deafblind people from all over the world and got to visit some Deaf schools with deafblind programs. It was definitely a chance of a lifetime!

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    Image description: Me in a blue shirt and black skirt, standing with my arms raised over my head in a ‘V’ shape under a sign reading “Equator.” In the immediate background, there are flowers. Behind the flowers is a small building.

Now, I invite you to join me as I share my experiences – both good and bad – and my dreams and love for the Lord.

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