Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Can he really be 15?


Ammon turns 15 today. That's pretty unbelievable. I vividly remember the night mom told us she was pregnant and then telling us he would have Spina Bifida. I remember us all kneeling in a circle after Family Home Evening, saying a prayer for mom and our unborn brother. There are too many memories to write about now but some day I might share some.


Ammon coming to our family has had a profound impact on me. The meaning of love, the truth of the Resurrection, the power of prayer and faith, just to name a few are all things that have become more to me.


Because of Ammon, a large majority of my life has been spent teaching, volunteering, and working with children with disabilities. They are special individuals that the Lord loves immensely.


My love for Ammon is deep and I am grateful he is here to celebrate his fifteenth birthday! I wish I could be there to celebrate it with him.


I am not the only one who loves Ammon. Everyone that meets him loves him. He has a spirit that radiates love and happiness. Last year, over a hundred people wrote birthday messages to Ammon to help brighten his usually happy spirits. He was in the hospital and we were all very worried about him. He's home now and happy and singing again. To watch a video about Ammon, you can watch it here.

6 comments:

Ammon said...

thanks i love you adrianne you are the best sister ever i love you bye

The Duke said...

As I watched the video posted by Jess again, I sat here and cried like a baby. I kept thinking, "How did he do it? How did WE do it?" I am so very, very grateful those couple of years are past us. I guess we do hard things as they are thrust upon us and we do it one step at a time, one day at a time. When I look back at all the procedures and difficulties this boy has suffered in his life, it is overwhelming as a whole. But day by day we work through things and when he isn't in the hospital, we rejoice. There were some times I didn't think he would live to be 2 years old - and then 10 years old - and now he's in his mid-teens. Unbelievable and so happy about it all.
Thank you for your very sweet post.

Saimi said...

Working with special needs children has taught me alot! They certainly are a blessing and I thankful to be a small part of their life!

chelsey said...

Yeah, it's crazy he's 15 now! Can you imagine having lived the life he's had over the past 15 yrs? There's a reason he's able to do this and not me. He's certainly a blessing, isn't he!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. I watched the video and was very touched by it. I had no idea. Truely amazing your brother and your family. Wow. ~ Angela Orme

Joe and Liz said...

I was very touched by the video. What an amazing brother you have! Thanks for sharing that Adrianne...