2 Year Old Jude is Conquering RCDP & Inspiring Others Along the Way

Baby Jude with Mom Hannah
& Dad Sullivan (Sully)
Photo Credit: http://www.facebook.com/prayingforjudesullivanpeters

   So, tonight I’m going tell you about a family with a little boy very near to my heart. Mr. & Mrs. Peters were in their early 20’s when their son, Jude Sullivan Peters was welcomed into the world. But Jude’s family was given very grim odds at Jude surviving beyond his birth and then at living beyond the first two weeks of his life at all. .Jude was diagnosed as having Rhizomelic Chondrodysplasia Punctata, Type 1 (RCDP 1), at just 2 days old. RCDP is a very rare & lethal form of dwarfism, fewer than 60 kids worldwide live with RCDP. Jude’s family was told that the condition is characterized by short stature, contracted joints & muscles, and low plasmalogen levels in the body. And it was not likely that he’d survive beyond two weeks of life. Doctors then sent the family home with comfort care instructions & with Jude on hospice. That was 2 years ago! 🙂

Pictured here are 14 of the 53 kids
 living with RCDP worldwide.
To my knowledge 13 of them are still living.
Little Reece (in the red glasses & white jean shorts) recently passed away.
Photo Credit: http://www.facebook.com/prayingforjudesullivanpeters


     Today, Jude is as joyful as ever…despite the pain and struggle his condition brings, Jude is smiling through it all. Jude and his family and the others living with RCDP and the familes behind them are true examples of Nehemiah 8:10 NIV, in my opinion.
  This is the verse which says, Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” I know without the shadow of a doubt that our Heavenly Father is Jude’s family’s strength because “tomorrow is not promised” is not just a simple saying in the family’s mind, it is reality. And still they lean hard on Christ. They are so very strong in their faith they inspire me so much.

      You may be wondering why Jude’s story has such an impact on me. Well, like many of you, I’d never heard of Jude’s condition before joining the family’s facebook prayer page in late 2014, (if I recall correctly). At which point Jude was about 8 months old. He had just gotten a back brace, leg braces, & arm splints. My heart is destroyed when I see pictures of him in these things or whenever I think that Jude must wear his braces everyday. And still he endures all of them with a smile that has yet to break or fade from sight. Jude’s joy brings the the sun from beneath the clouds for me when I’m having a “bad day” or a “hard day”. 

Even in all the painful bracing Jude is smiling.
Photo Credit: http://www.facebook.com/prayingforjudesullivanpeters


     In my life, Jude is an instrument God uses to show that, even amidst the pain in this life, there is lanterns shining in a light of joy as well. There are not enough “thank you” messages I could write The Peters’ Family for sharing Jude’s message of God’s Joy with the world. Through following Jude’s journey I have rediscovered that joy is in every situation, regardless of circumstances.

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Easter Recap

Hey guys! I hope everyone had a very happy & blessed Easter holiday. Ours was very blessed family filled, yet and still relaxed and laid back. Good Friday and Easter this year have certainly been a time of much reflection for me. As we’ve  followed many of our Easter traditions. I sat back to take pleasure in the many ways my family & I are so abundantly blessed.
     As with most Easter week things the family and I watched Easter specials during the week. This year we watched, Tyler Perry’s “The Passion” on Palm Sunday. It is a present-day interpretation of the telling of Jesus’ last days on earth.
      If you have a hard time understanding the events leading up to and telling about The Resurrection, I highly recommend you get a copy of “The Passion” and watch it. You will begin to better understand that story. It was amazing to watch and finally, personally, understand that very important Bible story. It finally helped me realize that the suffering which Christ endured is truly beyond our understanding. But it is made just a smidge easier by retellings like “The Passion”.
     On Good Friday, like with most Fridays, I attended my singles church group. As a way of celebrating Jesus’ sacrifice, we watched the movie, “The Passion of the Christ”.This one is the, rather graphic, retelling of Christ’s crucifixion & resurrection as directed by and starring Mel Gibson. This as well is a powerful, amazing retelling that leaves me speechless. ❤

Crazy Busy, Exciting Fun Times

Hi Guys!
     So I’m back after taking time off the blog to enjoy some unclouded family time. Recently, Mom, Dad & I have taken more adventures. We took a trip to Bridgeport for Valentine’s Day. It was beautiful. My dad even figured out how to get me down to the beach area, where Mom & I collected a lot of rocks to be able to finish decorating my beach themed room. 🙂 ❤
     My Valentine’s Day gift from Mom & Dad was tickets to see TobyMac, Finding Favour, Britt Nicole, & Colton Dixon, on the “Hits Deep Tour”. The concert was awesome! 🙂 And even though the concert was out of handicapped seating, we were seated on the top level of the concert arena. Our spot fit my powerchair perfectly. And our view was great, although the pictures are blurry & they reflect how great our view was. So a friend who was there with some other friends of ours, shared with me the photos she got. Here are some tips I have if you’re disabled & you enjoy attending concerts.

  1. Ear plugs are a Must {for me} they prevent your ears from ringing afterwards)
  2. If you are light-sensitive bring sunglasses 
  3. If you are going to be in weather or have bad circulation be prepared. (we took a jacket, extra socks, pajamas & several blankets along for me.)
  4. If no handicapped seating is available, get the tickets for the top row. And sit in the seats just before the aisleway. 
  5. If it’s a wide aisleway, park your chair as outta the way as possible. 
  6.  If sitting the whole event in your chair, get as close as possible to your party’s seats. (leaving aisleways clear & open is essential always.)
  7. Most of all…Enjoy yourself! 

     Hmm…What else has been going on? I also started to groups at church not too long ago. One is a weekly college age ministry. While the other is a ministry for single people at the church. The funny thing is I am the youngest attendee in that group. Lol. Nevertheless, I love both groups & I am enjoying those ministry times.

     Valentine’s is also a even more blessed day in our lives. It is my gorgeous niece Ava’s birthday. 🙂 This year my little”Bear” turned 2! To see her so happy the day of her celebration, brought my heart such joy! I love her so much. I love spending time with my happy, sweet, loving, gentle little &  I get to call her my niece makes me praise God even more for the blessings He gives us in life. I am so certainly grateful, privileged, and blessed beyond measures that sweet Ava is my precious niece. Thank you Jesus for Ava. She is so smart, beautiful, loving, gentle sweet girl.<3 I love you Bear!! ❤
   

Additionally, March is CP Awareness Month! So how will you celebrate?

A short note of food for thought….

I hope everyone had blessed Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays. I know the family & I did.
     
  God just knew how to best bless our family in this the season of giving. And I have the greatest feeling that our blessings during during these holidays, that was only a snippet of the blessings yet to come, ones that He has perfectly prepared to bestow on us just in this time in His perfect way. What those are? I haven’t a clue. When will they take place? Only He knows.These blessings will only come to light, in 1 of 2 ways.
One, we see them happening, while just knowing He has had His hand in it the whole time. Or two, we realize a blessing in something having already taken place, but something later surfaces to make us recall what an amazing blessing had just hit. Never take your blessing for granted.
Food for thought…

Halloween Recap

Hey Y’all!
     I really hope everybody had a wonderful & safe Halloween. Well me & the family had a very busy, blessed, & fun Halloween. Yes I know, ‘blessed’ isn’t usually a word typically associated with Halloween. But, it’s a word I use, as I know God’s Favor was all over our Halloween this year. This year again my twin sister and her fiancé took me & my baby brother to our local pumpkin farm during Halloween Day. While there, my sister & her fiancé put me on the zip line they have there. 🙂 Yes people, I flew through a 300ft. long zip line, for  the first time EVER, on Halloween this year! It was one of the many highlights to the holiday this year. After we’d done all the fun stuff there, we ended this year’s trip with a hay-less hayride around the farm… 🙂 The reason the ride was hay-less is because the trailer had a ramp and 2 spaces for wheelchairs. We all had a blast!
     After the pumpkin farm, we drove to our church to get ready to assist with the downtown event, the church & my sister-in-law organized. My aunt & I ran “Trunk-or-Treat” out of two of the family cars along with several other volunteers who ran it out of their cars as well. We had “Trunk-or-Treat” running for at least 1 entire block of our downtown area. We met & fellowshipped with over 2,000 families.

Gianormous SUPRISE trip to See Zac Brown Band!

Hey Y’all

     Sorry it’s been awhile since my last update. You all have no idea just how nuts my world has been lately. For starters, my church music activity just ended, sort of. So my activity schedule has been a little hit-or-miss. Then my twin sister & her longtime boyfriend just got engaged. They set their date for a day coming up here soon. So wedding planning has been crazy, fast & furious. Lol. 🙂 My brothers are all doing great. Despite nearly all moving out, I am able to stay in contact with each of them pretty constantly. Which is great cause I miss them all like crazy! Then I’m trying to make plans for this summer’s activities already. I’m really hoping to take a trip to visit some friends during this summer break. But before then, we have to get through the holidays, which are bound to be busily crazy like always.
     Anywho, That’s all coming up very quickly. But this past weekend it was time to leave my busyness at home and spend a night as a normal care-free 20-something enjoying a night out. How did I unwind? With a surprise trip to a Zac Brown Band concert! My 3 sisters really wanted me to go with them. So they surprised me with a few tickets just before we were set to leave. And  let me tell you Zac Brown is amazing in concert! After the show, I went to get stuff signed and  met 3 of the band members! At that point I just about lost it. I couldn’t believe I was meeting 3 Zac Brown Band members. And then, to top it off, all 3 guys suggested I get a picture with them…That was the  “night made” moment. Happy belated birthday to me! It was an awesome gift and experience!!! 🙂


The whole band on stage



Zac
Ain’t he handsome?



Meeting 3 band membersxperiancxe
3 very nice dudes 🙂



Meeting the opening act
The Muddy Magnolias



More stage shots

A Sunday filled with fun!!! :)

Hey Y’all!
(Week of August 2, 2015)
     I hope everybody had a wonderful weekend. I know I did. Saturday was as normal, I went to church and sang with the worship team. Then, my mom & dad took me to the last day of our city’s fair/carnival. We had a blast! We saw lots of interesting shows, including a semi-local cover band performed. It was the Terry Sheets Band. I also played a round of my favorite carnival game, “Balloon Darts”. I kicked butt on that…as usual. And won a pink monkey, which I traded up for a big turtle with a pink shell. 🙂 At the end of the night, Mom, Dad & I rode all together on the ferris wheel. PS: Just say no to fair/carnival garlic fries…Yuck! This is how we celebrated mom’s birthday this year.
     Now, it’s back to business as usual. We all just relaxed at the house, once home from our fair venture. And celebrated how wonderful my mom is.  
     Jake called  to tell our mom happy birthday.
     In the coming weeks friends of our are getting married, we have a family member going away to school to follow their childhood dream of flying planes. Several more of us begin fall 2015 semester. My brothers won’t be home visiting all of us til about Christmas when we’re all on winter break.

Big blessings! God has really provided His gracious favor lately! :)

What’s up Conquerors?!

     So, lots of blessings have fallen in to place for me and the family lately. First off, all of my brothers continue to do fantastically in their latest endeavors. Which honestly, fills my heart with so much joy for them, it’s indescribable. What can I say, I’m just a super proud sister. My sisters are also doing very well still. 
     All 3 of us sisters are keeping ourselves incredibly busy with what is happening with church, schooling, and so many other things. As always, this family just keeps going, ever & always leaning on God with every move. 
    
 In the chapter of me, I’ve been able to be so much more active. 🙂 One of my most often prayed for things, God has blessed me with! Recently, my parents were blessed to be able to get a van which can more easily transport me and any of my equipment needs. Hallelujah, all thanks & praises be given to the King! I am prayerfully hoping that the next steps are to move towards a license and accommodations to be able to drive. So that even more freedoms can be achieved.
   
  Still, I have my daily struggles & pain. So please whenever you think of me and my family, would you please pray for us? It would be a huge help & gift you’d give us. I am not the only disabled person in my home. And several others in our home have some other complex conditions, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, & diabetes. So all of the whole family could use your prayers. 🙂 Thank you all in advance for your prayers. ♥
     Anyway, honestly, with a disability those things come with the territory, & sometimes those things can suck worse then bad. I’m not oblivious to that or ashamed to admit to the difficulties in my life. Because honestly, I know that somewhere on this planet, there is someone who will benefit from my testimonials on this blog.  
     But despite the trials, I do realize my many prayers are being always heard and forever answered. Which is why I can say that through prayer my goals are becoming attainable.  It will not always be in what I believe to be a most  “timely manner”, or even the way “I foresee it happening”. But I’m always sure the prayed for/about will happen, be healed or whatever the case  may be. Simply because I know that all of God’s timing is within His perfect timing & done His perfect way. No matter how odd or the “convenience level” God has control, a perfect plan with perfect works and timing.  Ok y’all, as it well after midnight, I gotta close here on this post. But I promise to be back, either by the Blogger app on my phone,or by computer soon. 🙂 
Goodnight conquerors. 
xoxoxoxo Sdslbwya! (Sweet dreams. Lord be with you all!)