Friday, February 29, 2008

my 20's

I went through all my photo books and found a couple of pictures. Oh, my! I remember my times in college. I was wild at that age! The pictures were taken by my former boyfriend, Rafi Diaz.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

How We Have Changed In 18 Years!

How We Have Changed In 18 Years!

In His Arms

the photo is by littlegoldenwoman

The motto of Febraury is "Valentines are people who needs to show love and to be loved" by Deb Ann

In His Arms (It's too good not to pass to everyone and I feel it's worth sharing on my blog)

By Paula Moldenhauer (my dearest friend)

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 NLT)

The hushed, darkened room surrounded me. People sat on either side, but faded away as I felt Him. At first I wasn’t even sure it was Him, but the comfort that flooded me could only come from one Source.

The shadowy picture lingered. With Spirit eyes I saw myself draped across His strong arms, legs dangling. As He moved forward I rested, head upon His breast and arms wrapped about His neck.

I was close enough to feel His heartbeat.

Weary, I didn’t do anything but let Him carry me. Moving with confident strides, but walking so as not to disturb my rest, we made silent progress. I felt safe and completely taken care of.

The picture of His care stayed with me throughout the coming hours, comforting me as I faced the pain that had bowled me over earlier in the week and the fears that wanted to collect, wrapping themselves about my heart with icy fingers.

As I thought about the picture, I felt peace. While in His arms I knew nothing was required of me except to rest and to trust. I had no desire to wriggle from His arms—no sense that I should DO anything except let Him take care of me.

The picture he gave me resembled something He and I had shared in the past. As I began to grasp God’s unconditional love for me several years ago, I’d often close my eyes and pretend I was climbing onto my Heavenly Father’s lap. He’d hold me like a child and I’d feel safe.

We spent a lot of quiet time together this way and He did a lot of healing in me. It was a still time—a time of coming to know my God and letting Him clean out the things inside of me that He knew hindered our relationship. While there was great inward growth, it wasn’t a time of forward motion.

This new picture of our relationship showed movement. I couldn’t walk, yet the Lord carried me forward. I was completely motionless, but moving, still making progress in life’s journey during this difficult time. I had a sense of destination—and of the Lord’s commitment to my reaching it.

And oh how safe I felt! Though the trail the Lord walked was dark, though his mood was grim and determined, I knew all was okay. We would make it out of that place of shadows. He knew the way through it and was capable of getting me to the other side.

I’m comforted by the fact that dark places on the trail don’t surprise our God. When Jesus walked this earth in human form, He told His disciples to expect hard times. Depending on the version of John 16:33 that you read, He told them they would have troubles, difficulties, tribulations, trials, distress, frustration, distress, and sorrows. (Most of the time I prefer to pretend this dire prediction doesn’t exist, but it’s there in black and white.) God never promised only sunshine. He warned us that in this world there’d be plenty of hardship.

But in this Scripture He goes on to tell us to “take heart” because He has overcome the world. Growing up on the King James Version of the Bible, I can’t hear this Scripture without thinking, “Be of good cheer.” I did a search on those four words and found them interpreted several ways in Scripture.

Most often when Jesus said “Be of good cheer” in the old King James, more modern writers interpreted His words as “Take courage” or “take heart.” But they also were expressed as “Don’t be afraid,” “Be confident, certain, undaunted,” or “have faith.”

I am comforted by this Scripture. It reminds me that no matter what we face, we can be undaunted because our Lord has overcome the tribulation of this world. And like the picture He gave me, He will pick us up and carry us through the bad times. He is not afraid to walk through the darkness with us in His arms. He knows the victory is already His.

Rest in His arms, my friend. You don’t even have to crawl into His lap, because He’s reaching for you when you don’t have the strength to reach for Him. Put your head against his strong shoulder and your arms about His neck. Don’t worry about overstaying your welcome. He’ll put both of your feet on the ground when you’re ready to walk beside him once again.

Until then, snuggle close and listen to His heart beat. It is steady and full of purpose. It doesn’t race in fear or falter in weariness. He has already overcome the pain you’re experiencing. And He intends to take care of you as you move through it.

Be comforted by the gentle rocking of forward motion. He isn’t leaving you in this place of trial, but carrying you through the dark place. You may feel unable to accomplish much during this time, but don’t fear that you are stagnant. He is going somewhere and taking you with Him.

And what a way to travel! Safe in the arms of love.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

10-year-old Hannah's video project

Spelling in sign language:
Cosmo, the cat

Six Signs ASL Memior after Mary Ruth and Roger

I'll make this vlog in ASL later on.

If you haven't checked out their blogs or don't know what 'Memior' means, please visit Roger's blog ( and Mary Ruth's blog (

I created 3 'Six Signs ASL memiors' after watching Roger's and Mary Ruth's vlogs.

#1 memior

#2 memior

#3 memior

Just in ASL as words-written

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Chat with Mike, Tar, LaRonda, Seek-Geo, Fookem, Jason, and others

The photo's by Victoria Wang

I've been addicted to Y! Live Chat. Chit-chats with Mike, Tar, LaRonda, Seek-Geo, Fookem, Jason, Fairlady, TAYLER and I'd continue to name all I've chit-chatted with- greatly enriched my experience! Many thanks to Tayler for inspiring the Deaf Community!

So that I decided to put in writing a poem on what I felt from the bottom of my heart.

Being in unity with respect for Deafread fans, vloggers, and bloggers,

And respecting begins with knowing the different backgrounds,

Enriching us through Deafread's Y! Live Chat on the amazing journey,

The railroad's winding journey with different loads on the train,

Heading towardly to unity with respect and knowledge.

Simple Words But Enrichly Words:

Respecting: Consider ourselves to them and admire them.

Knowledge: Educating or sharing what's benefit for them and learning from them.

Love you all!
Deb Ann

Sunday, February 17, 2008

A Deaf Child's Prayer

I found it when we were cleaning out in the basement. It seems to be forever to get everything done and still a long way to go for us! I want to share what I found from a box in the basement. I'm not sure what year it was when it's written.

A Deaf Child's Prayer

"Do the angels sign in Heaven, Lord?

Will I hear the music there?

Or Must I stand in a corner

While I wonder what they're saying, Lord?

As Oft I do down here?

Must I stand in lonely stillness

While the bells ring loud and clear?

Can I read your lips in Heaven, Lord?

Will I be brushed aside,

And stick my hands in pockets

Because of wounded pride?

Will all the saints there praise you,

While I in silence wait?

Will someone up in Heaven

Help me through the gate?"

When God who loves the humble,

Whispered in the poor deaf ear,

"My child, has no one told you

There is no silence there.

Hold out your hand, my little one,

For all of Heaven to see.

We've heard them pray so many times,

Each prayer reached up to me.

See all the angels waiting

The gates are open wide

Your crown of life awaits you

And I shall be your guide.

I have a song to give you

You'll sing both loud and clear.

And the song you, my precious one,

Will be the sweetest song up here."

Author Unknown

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Hannah's Drawing

10 year old Hannah drew this picture.

This is a picture of the elephant from the new movie "Horton Hears a Who".

a friend to a friend

Handing your love to someone you care about is expressed in a poem.

Waving the love shows you care

it stays deep in your heart

You care about someone

not just for romance but a friend

who is broken or hurt

Waving the love shows you care!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

I never knew that he was in Colorado!

"As long as we have deaf people on earth,
we will have signs...the noblest gift God has given to deaf people."

George W. Veditz, 1913


Twice elected president of NAD, George W. Veditz advocated sign language and was a foe of oralism. During his presidency of the NAD (from 1907 to 1910), he started to raise money to use the new film technology for recording examples of signers - hearing and deaf. The signers included John B. Hotchkiss, Edward Miner Gallaudet, Edward Allen Fay, and Veditz himself.

Veditz was a native of Baltimore, MD, born on August 13, 1861. His parents were German immigrants. He became deaf near the age of 9, when he contracted scarlet fever. When he was 14, he went to Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick (after several unsatisfactory years of private tutoring). At age 19, he went to Gallaudet College. He taught at Maryland School for the Deaf, and then at Colorado School for the Deaf where he met his future wife, Mary Elizabeth Bigler.

Veditz established three organizations for the deaf. One was the Maryland School for the Deaf Alumni Association in 1892; second was the Gallaudet College Alumni Association in 1889; and third was the Colorado Association for the Deaf in 1904.

His hobbies included raising poultry, pigeons, and prize-winning flowers in Colorado. He died on March 12, 1937.

Wow, I never knew that he was in Colorado and he taught Colorado School for the Deaf. I wonder if it was in Colorado Springs where he taught?

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valetine's Day! I wrote a very short poem today
and the photo is by P. Retuta.

My heart glows

only cause of you

My heart glows

just I know you care

My heart glows its last.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sam's drawing when he was 8 or 9

Tom and I sorted out some boxes in the basement, and found few more drawings of Sam. He drew it when he was about 8 or 9 years old.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Drawing by Sam

My son, Sam (12-year-old) just decided to draw the car today after he got back home from the Boy Scout camp. He loves drawing a lot of cars.

Deaf can hear and understand

I read this quote through an email from one of Tom's classmates, Jodi, so I thought I'd post it along with the picture I really liked.

Kindness is the language the dumb can speak and the deaf can hear and understand.
Christain Nestell Boveee

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Good Picture-Taken

Here is a fantastic picture of my toddler at two years old. How truly I enjoyed watching him having his pictures taken! They have a big computer there and we communicated so well through typing to each other. They showed me all the pictures in several positions and I chose just one that I thought it was the best. We had no problem communicating through the computer typing and through our gestures. We also laughed. That studio is a great place to stop by and you just have a picture taken and pay for it. They’d give you the picture printed, and handled for you before you leave. It’s only ten dollars per piece ( one -8 x 11 or 2 - 5x7 on one piece). It’s a great deal, so we’ll go there again for my other kids and toddler (at three years old) coming up in this spring for sure, and I’d have chosen more in some positions. If you want to know more about this business, I’ll tell you it is not chained but just a family business.