A Test of Love

I just finished watching a movie that has made my heart so glad.  It is A Test of Love.  It is the true story of Annie McDonald who was born and lived most of her childhood in an institution for the profoundly retarded in Australia.  Because she couldn’t speak or walk she couldn’t prove her intellect until someone gave her choices.  She changed the lives of many people because she was given the freedom to communicate through Rosemary Crossley who was hired to work in the institution.

Today, I am able to communicate because of those two women who fought for me and others like me before I was even born.  It is not impossible to believe, when people are willing.  It requires so little of people to believe.  It makes the hearts of my mom and me very glad today that there are others who have been willing to fight battles that seem impossible because of love.

 I am so sad for the children that lived in those hospitals.  They died making no difference in this world, because they weren’t given opportunities to become who God created them to be.  It doesn’t seem right that they needed to die to get their freedom.  I am so glad today for the people who have given me freedom in this life.  I have some work to do.  I hope that before I die, there are more people who will open their minds and hearts and see that girls with Rett Syndrome are people who have intelligence and just have a lack of ability to communicate.  We are not ignorant.

 My Mom and I have faced many people who don’t believe that.  I am so fortunate that my Mom knows who I am.  My step-dad has been so open to me.  When the days are hard I give my love to them because that is all I can do.  If Rett girls could only love in this world, it would be a better place. We are here for now ,and we love.

It was a fun day when Beau went to school

 I feel peace

Love, Karly

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4 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Karly, Just wanted to pop in and say HI! Amazing job with your CD, what an inspiration!
    This blog post caught my attention. My daughters name is Annie MacDonald. I completely agree that she has so much to say. She has a personality that is just begging to come out. My husband and I say that when she is able to talk one day we are going to have to make her pay her own phone bill because that’s all she’s going to do! We are full of hope that Rett Syndrome will be reversed one day but until then we are giving Annie every single opportunity to communicate as much as she can. Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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    Jennifer said,

    Karly,

    I ADORE reading your blog. My aunt goes to your church, and I found your blog through your church website. And you bring tears to my eyes when I read of how God has allowed you to communicate–how He’s opened you up for the world to see. You are a real blessing and so precious! Thank you for fighting!

    XOXO, Jennifer

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    Sandy said,

    Karly, you too are paving the way just as these two women before you. You give hope and inspiration for families to keep finding ways to communicate with those who are silent. May God continue to bless your path and open doors for you!

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    Debbie Roley said,

    Karly, I love your mini horse. We own one that looks just like yours. His name is Sugardaddy. We bought another one later on to keep him company. His name is Pepino. He is a little paint. They are so much fun and have great personalities. Yours looks like he does too, letting a cat ride him! How cute is that?

    I hope you continue doing your work for the Lord. May he bless you and continue to use you for His glory. Keep posting and adding the pictures. They are beautiful and so are you.
    Debbie


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