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Paul Michael Terrebonne

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Finally Updated Our Blog!!!

So...grateful for this blog and the opportunity to give our testimony about our son, Paul. Our prayer is that the blog will be a blessing to you and your family and hopefully it will he a help to those families that have a disable child or adult. Our Son, Paul, is now 28 years old, and has gone though many, many issues. PLEASE pray for Paul and God's leading in his life!

May you prayerfully take our journey with us...

So Much More!!!

There is So...more in our book than is in this will read about the stuggles that we faced as we tried to rear Paul with his disabilities and still tried to keep our Christian testimony. You will be surprised and blessed when you open its pages! It is now being sold at our church's bookstore!!! Also there are now three pages on this blog with lots of info on the second and third one. We Hope and Pray This Site Will Be a Blessing And A Help To ALL!!!

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What About Paul? How I have Up My Broken Dreams By Jad Terrebonne

Monday, March 21, 2011

Writing Another Book!!!

Oh Boy, here we go again...I am
writing well, actually compiling
another book!!! It will be a book
of some WONDERFUL poems. I have
been LOOKING and LOOKING to find
helpful and comforting poems that I
hope are a real blessing to you and your family. Most of the
poems will be about the disabled or handicapped child. My book
already has a title, most of all poems and pictures that I am
going to use have already been gathered. Now, it is just going
to be organizing of all of my efforts. Of course, it will need
to be proofread too. SO...excited about our NEW book!!!

I also will have more pictures of the kids as they were
growing up. It is amazing to look at the pictures and
remember them at that age. Although because of Paul's
disability and all of his issues that we had to deal with
it seems like we didn't always have time to enjoy the
different stages of life.

Genesis 50:20...but God meant it unto good

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Cover To Our Book.
(Click it to enlarge the picture.)

Our Story Hits the Newspaper!!!

" What About Paul?"
Book Chronicles Merrillville Family's Journey With Autism

By Carrie Rodovich-Times Correspondent
Posted: Sunday, December 5, 2010

Jad Terrebonne, shown with his son,
Paul, 27, said he wrote the book "to
encourage (other families) to not feel
guilty, or to have self–inflicted doubt.
I also don't want people to lose their
faith in God that kept us going."

When Jad Terrebonne's son, Paul, was
diagnosed with autism more than two decades ago, Jad felt like
someone had taken a hammer and shattered all his dreams.

"It was a shock to us," Jad said. "I grew up in a 'boys world'
and had that dream of hunting and fishing with him, like I did
with my father. I really struggled with that for a long time."

Jad Terrebonne recently self–published "What About Paul?
How I Gave Up My Broken Dreams" detailing his family's
journey with Paul, now 27. Terrebonne's wife, Rachelle,
and his daughter, Amy Terrebonne Luarca, also contributed
chapters to the book.

The book is available through

After the initial surprise of Paul's diagnosis wore off,
Terrebonne said the family made it a priority to help Paul
get all the services he needed.

"I said I was going to fight to see that he could reach
all of his potential," he said.

The title "What about Paul?" came because the question was
one that was constantly asked over the years.

"Everything was centered around him," he said. "If we wanted
to go on vacation, it was, 'What about Paul?' It was a central
question in our marriage."

He said he decided make his family's story into a book to
encourage other families who are struggling with children
with disabilities.

"I want to encourage them to not feel guilty, or to have
self–inflicted doubt," he said. "I also don't want people
to lose their faith in God. That kept us going."

Prayer Requests For Brother, Craig

We now have Craig in a new facility. It is about 5-7 minutes
from us, and just a minute away from the hospital. Craig has
been having MANY infections. Please PRAY that the doctors
can control the infections and get him back on track. Craig
has been more in the hospital for the last 5 months than he
was at the nursing home...

Prayer Request-
I have a brother that has
Cerebral Palsy and a few other
health issues. His name is Craig
and he is 54 years old. In the
last couple of years his health
has Really gone downhill. I want to move him to closer to us.
Please pray we can get through all of the red tape as he lives in a different state so that we can help him better. He is not ambulatory at this time and lives in a nursing home.

Prayer Request-Answered (Amen and Amen!)

My brother is now here by me!!! Praise The Lord! Thank You for all who prayed. Craig and I are very happy for this answer to prayer!!!

My Dad's Death

(A picture of my family)
Update on my Dad-
My Dad died this past April 2,
2011. The whole month of
March my Dad had been really
ill. The two weeks before
he died he became real
lethargic and could barely move around. The last week
that my Dad lived he was taken to the doctor by my sister,
Sherry. The doctor told my Dad that there was nothing he
could do for him. My Dad died 5 days later.

The ONLY regret that I have is that
I was not sure of my Dad's salvation.
I found out at my Dad's funeral that
he and my Grandpa and Grandma were
Presbyterians many years ago. I
started doing some reseach on the
Presbyerians beliefs and I found out that
the Presbyerians do believe in salvation. My Dad went to that church until his teenage years. I am HOPING that my Dad accepted Christ as his personal Saviour!

My Dad who is now 86 is living in a nursing home. In the
last month his health has REALLY declined. He still has the
Congestive Heart Failure, but now has an addition problem.
He is at Stage 4 Kidney Failure. He has stated that he does
not want dialysis done if it would be required. Please Pray
that my Dad would be saved soon. I have been praying for my
Dad for over 35 years. His name is Wayne. Please pray that
God would show Himself to my Dad in a big way and I would
have the opportunity to lead him to the Lord!!! This is my
hearts desire!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Our Book Is Now Available

Our book "What About Paul" has
now officially been published.
A big thank you for all of your
prayers and support during this
project. May it be a blessing
to all who reads it!!!


Our book should be out in about 2-3 weeks!!! Oh My Soul!!! One of our
dreams for Paul is about to come true!!! Thank You Jesus!!!


Chronicles 4:10
And Jabez called on the God of Israel,
saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me
indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that
Thine hand might be with me, and that
Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that
it may not grieve me! And God granted
him that which he requested.

Please pray that God would use this book for HIS glory!!!


Please pray for my Dad, Wayne.
While we were on vacation, we
learned that my Dad has
Congestive Heart Failure. Please
pray that God shows His Love to
my Dad in a BIG way. Please pray
that my Dad would get saved!!!

Our book is about 85% completed.
Amy is still working on her chapter
and Jad is editing our manuscipt.
We would like the book to be
completed by Pastor School 2010.

An Additional Update:

Amy has now completed her chapter,
and Jad has just a few more chapters
to go through and it will be off to
the proof readers!!! Oh Glory to God!!!

One other bit of information,
my Dad is doing a bit better
now. He has FINALLY retired
from work at the age of 85
years! His health has improved
some. PLEASE continue to pray for the salvation of my
Dad!!! I would appreciate it SO...very much!

More updates:

There is still much to do to
publish this book:
1. Proof reading
2. Selecting the right pictures
3. Printing

Please pray that God will bless
the completion of this book!

Another update:

Jad and I have now selected the
pictures we want to be used in
the book. Also, the book is now
in hands of the proof readers.


We have decided to go to
Larry Titak's studio to have the
cover photos done. Also, the title
is now officially copyrighted!
There is so much to do when you
are writing a book! It has made us
very grateful for every Christian
author that sets his goal of
writing a book!!!

Even more...updates:

We are now working on adding pictures
to this blog. We have a ton of pictures
to go through patient.

Another Update...

We have so...many more pictures in our
book about our journey with Paul. I
hope you enjoy the ones on our site.

More Updates... you all can see the book
has not been completed yet. I talked
with our editor and she said that she
could not finish the book before PS
because of all of the other books that
she had already taken on. I saw her
last week and she said that she was
working on our book now. Please pray
that the book will be completed soon
and that God would use this book to
help others see the need to open a
Christian facility for Paul and others
like him.

Additional Update:

Jad talked to the editor and she said
the book is almost almost done! A dream
of our is almost ready to be born. Jad
is now working on the cover design of
our book! It is looking beautiful!!!
Soon off to the publishers! Glory To God!!!
Can you tell I am excited???

Another Update:

Today we went to Picture People at our
local mall and got another family picture.
Paul and the rest our the family took some
great pictures. We hope you will like them

Even More Updates:

Today we got the Final Draft of our book.
We are hoping that by this next Monday
or Tuesday this next week we will have our
manuscript in the hands of our publisher.
Thank You Jesus!!! We hope and pray that
this book will be a blessing and an
encouragement to all that read it.
Luke 1:37 For with God NOTHING shall be

Additional Updates:

Our book is now officially in the hands
of a printer. In about 2-3 we should
have our book published. Thank You Jesus!!!

Another Update:

Yesterday we got the Proof Book from our
printers. They sent it to us just to
make sure this is exactly what we want
our book to look like. Oh Glory, next
week we will have the COMPLETED book
in our hands!!! Praise The Lord!!!!!!!!
Please pray for the success of this book!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My Prayer For You


Bless all of my Family & Friends
in whatever it is that You know
they may need this day!
And may their lives be full of Your
Peace, Prosperity, and Power
as they seek to have a closer
relationship with You.

~In Jesus Name. Amen

May this site be a blessing to
you, and may see that with God,
All Things Are Possible!

Lord willing, we will be completing a book about
our life story very soon. The journey has taken
us through many mountain tops, but also through
many valleys. Jad and I have been so blessed these
passed 30 years of marriage. God has given to us
many privileges over the years as we have tried
to serve Him. One blessing has been our son Paul.
Although he is handicapped and will never have a
normal life, he has been God’s gift to us. Jad and
I want to tell you our story about our son, and the
journey that God has allowed us to travel on. Our
hope and prayer for you is that our journey will
be a guide book or a map for your family. May you
prayerfully travel our journey with us.

Our prayer to God is that He would multiply our five
loaves and two fishes.

God Bless You,

Thursday, January 15, 2009

-Special Prayer Requests For Paul-

I have a special prayer request for Paul.
I would like you to pray that God would
continue to care for all of Paul’s needs
and that He would use Paul’s life in a
Mighty way!

Right now Paul is being well care for by
a couple that is in our church. John and Diane Wilson
have worked with handicapped children and adults for
many years. John is the manager of many handicapped
adults. They do activities and work on their needed
skills. We are praying for a permanent location for
My husband and I appreciate ALL the care they have put
in our son. Anyone who knew Paul before can see that
Paul has made so much progress under John's leadership.
(Thank you so much John and Diane!)

I would like for you to pray about our church starting
a special needs home. There is a real need for it, and
I do feel that God would bless the work that would be
done there. Please pray that God would open a door with
the finances to help start one! There are so many adults
in our church that could use the service. My prayer is
that God would open a place like the Shepherd's Home in
Union Grove, Wisconsin, Jacob's Village in Evansville,
Indiana, or Lamb's Farm in Libertyville, Illinois; but
have a special needs home with our churches standards.

show His love and mercy and OPEN up a facility for Paul
and other handicapped adults where they may live and
work. I want this with All my heart for Paul. I want
the peace in my heart to know that Paul will be cared
for properly in a Christian atmosphere when Jad and I
are no longer here. Please pray that Somehow, Someway
God would OPEN UP A DOOR!!!

Philippians 4:19
But my God shall supply ALL your need according to His
riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Luke 1:37
For with God NOTHING shall be impossible.

Psalms 37:5
Commit thy way unto the LORD; TRUST also in Him;
and He shall bring it to pass.

Matthew 7:7-8,11b
-Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall
find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
-For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that
seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall
be opened.
-How much more shall your Father which is in Heaven
give good things to them that ask Him?

Ephesians 3:20
Now unto Him that is able to do Exceeding Abundantly
Above All that we Ask or Think, according to the
Power that Worketh in us.

Thank you for your prayers and concern!
God Bless You,

Our Dream For Paul-Someone To Catch The Vision!

The Rainbow~a symbol of one of God's many promises.
Faith ~ the courage to trust in His promises.

Jad and I feel that God has BIG dreams and plans for Paul.
We are praying that God would open up a facility for Paul
and others like him. A place where they can live and work.
We are praying about some options. Please pray with us:

1. God would bring open business (a company) in our area
that our handicapped adults could work at.
2. We could open our own business and generate enough
funds that it could be successful.

Isaiah 43:19
Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring
forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way
in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

--God Will Make A Way--
God will make a way
Where there seems to be no way
He works in ways we cannot see
He will make a way for me
He will be my guide
Hold me closely to His side
With love and strength for each new day
He will make a way
He will make a way

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Genesis 41:32
And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice;
it is because the thing is established by God, and God
will shortly bring it to pass.

Lord, Teach Me To Pray

Parable of the Widow
Luke 18:1-5
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men
ought Always to pray, and not to faint;
Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not
God, neither regarded man:
And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto
him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
And he would not for a while: but afterward he said
within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her,
lest by her CONTINUAL coming she weary me.

Parable of the Friend at Midnight
Luke 11:8-9
I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him,
because he is his friend, yet because of his IMPORTUNITY
he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; Seek,
and ye shall find; Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

1. the state or quality of being importunate; persistence
in solicitation.
2. importunate solicitations or demands.

Hebrews 11:1,6
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he
that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is
a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.

Jesus, please hear our prayers. We Need You!

God Bless You,

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Won Another Soul To Christ

I was in Crown Point and I was talking with a very
nice gentleman about a certain situation that I was
involved with. As we were almost ready to conclued
our conversation, the Holy Spirit told me that I
should witness to him. Within a very short time I got
the privilege of leading a man around 50 years old
to the Lord!!! Thank You Jesus!!!

Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and
he that winneth souls is wise.

God Bless You,

Friday, December 26, 2008

How I Gave Up My Broken Dreams

I was sitting in the doctor's office
while I held my fifteen month old
son, Paul. The doctor finished his
examination of Paul and said to
me, "You know that Paul will be
develpmentally delayed all of his life." His words were like
a hammer shattering a mirror into a million pieces. My wife
and the doctor both realized that Paul was not developing like
other children his age. However, I did not want to accept the
idea that Paul was going to be disabled. My father, who is now
in Heaven, and I were very close. We did everything together
including hunting, fishing, and playing catch in the backyard.
When our son was born, I looked forward to the day that
I could have that same cherished relationship with Paul. The
fact that he was going to be disabled all of his life changed
everything.When we arrived home from the doctor's office,
I put Paul on the floor in our living room and bowed my head
and prayed, "Dear God, I dedicate my son to you today, Please
use this for your glory." After struggling with this for
several months, I finally accepted the fact that Paul was
going to be handicapped all of his life.On my way to work
one day the phrase "Who did sin?" came to my mind. After
work I opened my Bible to John 9:1-5 "And as Jesus passed
by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his
disciples asked him saying, 'Master who did sin, this man,
or his parents, that he was born blind?' Jesus answered,
'Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that
the works of God should be manifest in him. I must work
the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night
cometh when no man can work. As long as I am in the world,
I am the light of the world."God wanted to teach me several
lessons about time and eternity:
1. God meant it for good. "And we know that all thing work
together for good to them that love God, to them who are the
called according to his purpose." Rom 8:28 Paul's suffering
was meant for good. Yes, it hurt and all my dreams for Paul
were broken. But God had a greater purpose than mine and
Paul's disability was meant for the greater good in the lives
of other people.The hard part was letting go of my dreams and
trusting in God's purpose for my life through the suffering
of Paul. I had to let go and let God have His way in my life.
2. God's comforts and strengthens us with His word. "Let thy
mercies come unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation according to
thy word." Psalm 119:41 This is my comfort in my affliction:
for Thy word hath quickened me." The word of God gives us
strength and hope while we face sorrows and broken dreams.
Through the years, it has always been the Bible that has shown
me God's faithfulness and His love for my family. Whenever, I
was discouraged God would always have a verse or a special
sermon from my preacher that gave me the strength to keep
serving Him.
3. Paul's suffering is temporary. "For our light affliction,
which is for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding
and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things
which are seen: for the things which are seen are temporal;
but the things which are not seen are eternal." II Cor 4:17-18.
My son will endure a lifetime of suffering. Paul's doctor
once ordered a CT scan of his brain. As I held up the film of
the CT scan, I saw all of the abnormalities in Paul's brain
that caused his problems. The abnormalities that I saw that
day are temporary. The Heaven I cannot see is eternal.The
sorrows we bear on earth bring a great and heavy burden in
our lives. But God will use them to work for us in bringing
about an even greater weight of God's glory when we get to
Heaven. God's glory in Heaven will far out weigh the
afflictions we bear here on earth.The Holy Spirit said it
well in Romans 8:18 "For I reckon that the sufferings of His
present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory
which shall be revealed in us." What God is saying here is
our present suffering cannot be compared to the glory of God
in Heaven. It is like trying to compare apples and oranges.
In other words, God want to use the sufferings of our present
time as a vessel to reveal the wonderful glory of God which
shall be reaveled in us when he comes to take us to Heaven.
When Paul gets to Heaven, he will no longer be handicapped.
He will have a glorified body and a sound mind. And together
we will share a glorious eternity with Jesus Christ our Lord
and Saviour. Thank you and God bless you.
Jad Terrebonne

We Had A Baby

Jad and I had been married
for a couple of years and
we decided it was time to
start a family. Jad was
still trying to get his
degree from Hyles-Anderson College and both of us were
working a full time job, so times were hectic. On top
of everything, I hurt my back while working at a nursing
home as a CNA, and had to wait a few months for it to
heal. Afterwards I got a job taking care of a twenty
year old handicapped woman named Carrie. Her mother had
a very successful business and needed help with her
daughter so that she could take care of her business full
time. Carrie had an older sister that had two sons I
watched during the day also; needless to say, I was busy!
I thought I was pretty flexible until I found out Jad and
I were expecting. I was constantly sick in the bathroom,
after while it seemed like my favorite spot (ha-ha). I
needed to keep the job, so I went to the doctor hoping
to find some relief from the morning sickness. Jad worked
at a hospital, so he found me a good OBGYN doctor. When I
told the doctor of my continuous morning sickness he
prescribed me medications to help with the nausea. I did
start to feel better and was able to function from day to
day. At that time Jad was working three to elevens while
he still was in college so our schedule was kind of crazy.
On my due date around 10:45pm my water broke. Jad would
be home in about 45 minutes, so I decided to take a get
ready (take a bath, put on my makeup) before leaving for
the hospital. When I called him to let him know he rushed
home from work early. When he got home I was finishing
getting ready and he wanted to leave right away. I told
him I had to finish my makeup, which he obviously did not
understand, and 20 minutes later we were on our way to the

Because Jad worked at the hospital, I was able to get in
right away when we arrived. Jad was able to stay with me
and was allowed a few more privileges, which were a blessing.
They brought our meals into the room and we were able to
talk directly with my doctors and nurses. I felt very
comfortable thanks to the great staff at the hospital. Well,
I went in labor and actually did quite well, (maybe it was
the Lamaze class) but I didn’t have any major contractions
until 12:00 p.m. the next day. Paul was born June 21, 1983
at 5:51 pm. He weighed 7-9, and his length was 20 inches
long. His name would be Paul Michael Terrebonne.

He looked like a healthy baby boy, or so we thought...

Isaiah 43:1-2
But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob,
and He that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have
redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art
mine.When thou passest through the waters, I will be with
thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee:
when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be
burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

God Bless You,

Heaven's Very Special Child

A meeting was held, quite far from Earth!
It's time again, for another birth.
Said the Angels, to the Lord above,
This special child will need much love.
His progress may be very slow,
Accomplishments he may not show.
And he'll require extra care
From the folks he meets down there.
He may not run or laugh or play,
His thoughts may seem, quite far away,
In many ways he won't adapt,
And he'll be known as handicapped.
So let's be careful where he's sent,
We want his life to be content.
Please Lord, find the parents who
Will do a special job for you.
They will not realize right away
The leading role they're asked to play,
But with this child sent from above
Comes stronger faith and richer love.
And soon they'll know the privilege given
In caring for their gift from Heaven.
Their precious charge, so meek and mild,

by Edna Massionilla

Special Children

God gave this child to you to guide,
to love, to walk through life beside.
A little child, so full of charms,
to fill a pair of loving arms.
God picked you out because He knew
how safe His child would be with you.
- Author Unknown

-The Special Child-

The Child, yet unborn, spoke with the Father,
"Lord, how will I survive in the world?
I will not be like other children, My
walk may be slower, my speech hard
to understand, I may look different.
What is to become of me?"

The Lord replied to the child,
"My precious one, have no fear, I will
give you exceptional parents, They
will love you because you are special,
not in spite of it. Though your path
throught life will be difficult, your
reward will be greater, You have been
blessed with a special ability to love,
and those whose lives you touch will
be blessed because you are special."
-Author/Source Unknown

Our Journey Begins-

As Paul began to grow,
it became more and more
obvious to me that Paul
had something wrong. The
first thing I noticed was
that Paul had something
wrong with his eyes, he didn’t look directly at Jad or me.
Most of the time when you nurse or feed a baby, they
watch you. They look into your eyes as you talk to them, but
Paul never did. Then the second thing I noticed was that he
didn’t keep up with his milestones such as sitting, rolling,
playing with toys and other children as a normal child would
do. Jad and I lived in an apartment near two other couples
that also attended Hyles-Anderson College. Their babies were
doing far more than Paul was. I became very concerned about
Paul and could see that Paul just wasn’t keeping up with
other children. Whenever we would take him to the
pediatrician, I always dreaded it because he was always behind
the curve. The nurse would ask the same mounds of questions
that the pediatrician doctor would ask, such as, Does Paul sit
up by himself? Can Paul roll over? Has Paul ever tried to pull
up toa stand?...on and on. Paul wasn’t doing any of these
things, or if he was, he was way behind compared to the other
children. Jad would always tell me, give Paul time he will
catch up to the other children, but in my heart I knew
something was definitely wrong…

Genesis 33:12
And He said, Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I
will go before thee.

God Bless You,

"God does not
give you strength
for the journey;
He gives you
strength for
the next step."

Dr. Jack Hyles

The Doctors Examination

Finally after 15 months of debating
about what we should do to help
our son Paul, our pediatrition
suggested for us to take him to
a center that deals with handicap
issues. Paul was there diagnosed as having Cerebral Palsy.
They told us that would be a generic term right now for Paul,
so that he could start getting help from the state and
therapist right away. They ran all kinds of tests that day.
The doctor and therapist examined Paul. We were there for
several hours. We could see that Paul had many issues. He
wasn’t even walking yet. He was so far behind all of the
milestones that a young child should be. We felt very
frustrated about the whole situation. I had known that Paul
had something wrong from the start, but now it was becoming
more of a reality. When Paul was first born he looked so
healthy, so cute, and so normal. As I have previously said,
I already knew something was not right, but I never realized
how much was wrong with him. This was becoming a pill that
was getting Very hard to swallow!!!

Psalm 56:3
What time I am afraid, I will Trust in Thee.

God Bless You,

Physical Therapy

Paul started physical therapy 3 times a week after seeing the doctor. I would stand by the therapy room or sit with the other Moms and allow a therapist to work with Paul alone. The physical therapist would give Paul a complete workup and I would watch them working with him. All of the therapist did a wonderful job helping Paul with improvements. I was very grateful that Paul was getting the help he needed, but I didn’t like it that we had to be out in the world. From the very beginning of having Paul I wanted him to be in a Christian environment. Never realizing all the ups and downs of life that we would have to face because of his disabilities. Jad or myself would take Paul to therapy. Paul did improve, and by 19 months he began to walk and we were so very happy about that. There were so many milestones that Paul needed to reach, and to be honest, as you will find out we were still going to face more battles.

Good advice-Keep On Keeping On!!!
Deuteronomy 1:30
The LORD your God which goeth before you, He shall fight for you

God Bless You,

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Soul Winning

I remember there were times when Paul was in therapy,
I would sit with the other parents. We would be waiting
for our child and we would talk. I would ask God to
help me to talk to a Mom or Dad so that maybe I could
win them to the Lord. As I got to know the parents, we
would talk about our children, their disabilities, and
just about life itself. I remember with some of the
Moms, tears coming to both of our eyes because at times,
life got a bit overwhelming. I got to lead several parents
to the Lord at the therapy center. God Always uses people
and their circumstances to help them realize their need
of Him. No matter whatever happens in life, It Is
ALL Meant For Good!!!

Genesis 50:20
But as for you, ye thought evil against me, but God meant
it unto Good.

John 3:16
For God So Loved the world, that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but
have everlasting life.

Romans 10:13
For Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord Shall
Be Saved.

God Bless You,

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

We Had Another Baby-

During the time we were going
to the physical therapy center
for Paul, I got pregnant again.
The problem I had was,
morning sickness, but
unfortunately mine would last all day. I decided not to take
the morning sickness pill because I was afraid that was caused
Paul’s birth problems. The bathroom became my favorite room
of the house again. I suffered this time, the whole nine months.
My pregnancy would last 3 weeks beyond my due date. Jad
helped out so much with everything, even taking Paul to the
therapy center when he could, in which I was very grateful.
Jad’s Mom (Juanita) came up here to Indiana again to help
when the baby was born. Mom was so Great! I appreciate her
knowledge and her willingness to be so helpful with everything.
On October 5th, at 3:30 in the morning, I went into labor and
had a baby girl baby 6 hours later. We decided to name her
Amy Rachelle Terrebonne. She weighed 8-4.5 and was 19
inches long. I want to give a special thanks to Jad’s Mom
for ALL of her sacrifices she has made for our family.
She has been a Wonderful Mother-In-Law. I love you Mom!!!

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and
cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning.

God Bless You,

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Would Our Second Child Have Problems?

After having Amy I know I became an anxious Mom. I was
worried at first, would Amy be handicapped also? I did
believe that the medicine I took when I was pregnant for
Paul was the reason why Paul was disabled, but I wasn’t
100% for sure. I know I pestered our children’s pediatrician
to death at first, because I was so afraid that Amy would
not be normal. After I had Amy, and while we were still
in the hospital, I asked the doctor several times, does Amy
look OK, does she appear to be normal??? I was just overly
worried that Amy could have something wrong with her.
Finally, after a few days I realized that Amy’s life would
be that of a normal little girl, in which I was very grateful
to God.

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto
thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him,
and He shall direct thy paths.

God Bless You,

Thank You Lord

This New Day-

Each morning...before
I put my feet
On the floor
I softly say
"Thank You, Lord
For this new day
You've given me,
And, We'll review it
Before I go to sleep.
I tenderly place
The seconds, and minutes
And hours
In Your Hand
And, We'll walk it through
According to Your Plan
And, my only request
All day through
Is...for You To Know
"I Love You."

What Do You Know For Sure-

Every Night, Before I Go To Sleep,
I Talk To God, and, Hear Him Speak.
His Dear Words, May Bring The Tears,
As His Sweet Presence, Calms My Fears.
He Puts Me To Sleep.
He Wakes Me Up.
He Says On You, I'll Never Give Up!
He Sees Me When I Kneel And Pray.
He Even Tells Me What To Say.
He Walks Beside Me Every Day.
He Leads Me In His Loving Ways.
In Life, The Question is What Do You Know For Sure?
And, I Say Lord, I Only Know I'm Yours.

How Far Away is God-

How far away is God?
He's as close as the raindrops
falling on my head.
He's as close as the warmth of the sun
shining on my face.
He's as near as the wind
blowing through my hair.
He's as close as the morning dew
when I walk barefoot across the grass.

How far away is God?
How far is He ... from me?
He's as near as the air
that I breathe.

How far away is God?
How far are we apart?
He's.......RIGHT HERE

How far away is God?
He's as near as ... a tear,
a prayer, a thought, a song,
a smile, a glance, a handshake,

How far is He ... from me?
He's as near as I want Him to be,

Authors unknown-


"Strength lies in Unity."

‎"God is most interested in Christians with FAITH
in a GREAT God."

"The Christian life is not about a rule you keep or
a sin you avoid; it is about a Person you love."

"As long as the Christian have life's problems solved,
then God is on constant trial as to whether or not
He is Good."

"There is no area of life in which we act more foolishly
than in the area of obeying God."

"The more a Christian judges other people, the less
obedient he becomes."
-Dr. Jack Schaap

"I never had a trial I wanted to have, but I never had
trial I wasn't glad I had."

"Faith is asking. Faith is believing. Faith is doubting.
Faith is stepping out anyway."

"The fire doesn't make you what you are; it reveals what
you were."

"The thing that God wants from us more than anything else
is our dependency on Him."

"Preaching is teaching with a tear in the eye."
- Dr. Jack Hyles

"A holy life will produce the deepest impression. Lighthouses
blow no horns; they only shine."

"Of one hundred men, one will read the bible; the ninety-nine
will read the Christian."

"I never met a man(woman) who has given me as much trouble as

“God never made a promise that was too good to be true.”

*Sin will keep you from this book, or this book will keep you
from sin."
-Dwight. L. Moody

"The Lord gets his best soldiers out of
the highlands of affliction."

“As sure as God puts His children in the
furnace He will be in the furnace with them.”

"It has been said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow
of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength."

"Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value
than the most talented hypocrite."

"Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and
let us see what we are made of."
-Charles Spurgeon

"I believe the Bible is the word of God from cover to cover."

"We have a God who delights in impossibilities."
~ Billy Sunday

Thursday, December 18, 2008

It's In the Valleys I Grow

-Author: Jane Eggleston

Sometimes life seems hard to bear,
Full of sorrow, trouble and woe
It's then I have to remember
That it's in the valleys I grow.

If I always stayed on the mountain top
And never experienced pain,
I would never appreciate God's love
And would be living in vain.

I have so much to learn
And my growth is very slow,
Sometimes I need the mountain tops,
But it's in the valleys I grow.

I do not always understand
Why things happen as they do,
But I am very sure of one thing.
My Lord will see me through.

My little valleys are nothing
When I picture Christ on the cross
He went through the valley of death;
His victory was Satan's loss.

Forgive me Lord, for complaining
When I'm feeling so very low.
Just give me a gentle reminder
That it's in the valleys I grow.

Continue to strengthen me, Lord
And use my life each day
To share your love with others
And help them find their way.

Thank you for valleys, Lord
For this one thing I know
The mountain tops are glorious
But it's in the valleys I grow!

Have a blessed day!


"The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor."
"The one who kneels to the Lord can stand up to anything."
"If your problem is bigger than your GOD, then you are serving the wrong god."

"Remember... knees that bend don't shake! " -- Dr. P. L. Williams

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Blessing-May 23, 2009

My neighbors on both side of us
are now saved. I had the privilege
of leading the 2nd neighbor's wife
to the Lord today. The husband got
saved a couple of weeks early!

Praise The Lord, God Is Good!!!

Romans 10:13
For whosoever shall call upon the
name of the Lord shall be saved.

God Bless You,

Special Olympics

A few years ago, at the Seattle
Special Olympics, nine
contestants, all physically or
mentally disabled, assembled
at the starting line for the 100 yard dash.

At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash,
but with arelish to run the race to the finish and win.
All, that is, except one little boy who stumbled on the
asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times,and began to cry.
The other eight heard the boy cry. They slowed down and
looked back. Then they all turned around and went back.
Every one of them.

One girl with Down's Syndrome bent down and kissed him
and said:"This will make it better." Then all nine linked
arms and walked together to the finish line. Everyone in
the stadium stood, and the cheering went on for several
minutes. People who were there are still telling the story.
Why? Because deep down, we know this one thing: What
matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves.
What matters in this life is helping others win, even if
it means slowing down and changing our course.

Author Unknown

-God Grant Me-

God Grant me the Strength I need to face the things life has dealt.

Grant me the Patience to make it through another day.

Let me have the Courage to stand up for my child and I.

Help me to accept the things I cannot change,

Wisdom to understand and provide the very best care for my child with Special Needs.

Most of all God Grant me the Serenity I need to be the best Mother and Friend to my Child.

-Author Unknown

The Ten Commandments For Parents of Handicapped Children

1. Take one day at a time, and take that day positively. You don't have control over the future, but you do have control over today.

2. Never underestimate your child's potential. Allow him, encourage him, expect him to develop to the best of his abilities.

3. Find and allow positive mentors: parents and professionals who can share with you their experience, advice, and support.

4. Provide and be involved with the most appropriate educational and learning environments for your child from infancy on.

5. Keep in mind the feelings and needs of your spouse and your other children. Remind them that this child does not get more of your love just because he gets more of your time.

6. Answer only to your conscience: then you'll be able to answer to your child. You need not justify your actions to your friends or the public.

7. Be honest with your feelings. You can't be a super-parent 24 hours a day. Allow yourself jealousy, anger, pity, frustration, and depression in small amounts whenever necessary.

8. Be kind to yourself. Don't focus continually on what needs to be done. Remember to look at what you have accomplished.

9. Stop and smell the roses. Take advantage of the fact that you have gained a special appreciation for the little miracles in life that others take for granted.

10. Keep and use a sense of humor. Cracking up with laughter can keep you from cracking up from stress.

Author Unknown

Puppies For Sale

A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read "Puppies For Sale". Signs like that have a way of attracting small children, and sure enough, a little boy appeared under the store owner's sign. " How much are you going to sell the puppies for?" he asked. The store owner replied, "Anywhere from $30 to $50." The little boy reached in his pocket and pulled out some change. "I have $2.37," he said. " Can I please look at them?" The store owner smiled and whistled and out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his store followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur. One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, "What's wrong with that little dog?" The store owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn't have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame. The little boy became excited. " That is the little puppy that I want to buy." The store owner said, " No, you don't want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I'll give him to you." The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner's eyes, pointing his finger, and said, " I don't want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I'll pay full price. In fact, I'll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for." The store owner countered, " You really don't want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies." To this, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the store owner and softly replied, " Well, I don't run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!"

By Dan Clark
Weathering the Storm from Chicken Soup for the Soul
Copyright 1993 by Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen

"What About Paul?"

Jad and I did not always see eye to eye
on everything about Paul. Paul was
becoming the center of attention in our
family. The phrase "What about Paul?”
started becoming a sticky point in our
marriage, because he needed so much

I felt bad that Paul had this disability, and I wanted his life
to be as comfortable as possible. Jad did also, but he felt that
our marriage should come first, which I did agree with, but it
was hard for me split my attention between the both of them.
Jad and I had a few moments of debating on what we should do
about Paul.

Having a special needs child puts a lot of pressure on the
parents. It is definitely a give and take situation. God
doesn't write a manuscript for a handicapped child and there
are many ups and downs. We went to see Bro. Hyles a couple
times about a decision concerning Paul that we needed some
advice on. Thank God for Bro. Hyles' and Bro. Schaap's

James 1:2
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation (adversity):
for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life,
which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.

God Bless You,