More Than a Mom

Hey guys! I hope everyone is having great day m! Since it’s Monther’s Day weekend, I wanted to write a blog about my awesome mommy,

I know everyone says they have the best mom in the world and it’s cliche, but for me it’s true. I wouldn’t be where I am without her. She had always pushed me to be my dispite my disability. She has allowed me to be confident in who I am. People see me and they tend to underestimate my abilities, but  she has fault so hard for me. Pushed me to see that I can prove the naysayers wrong. It’s the best feeling in world. I couldn’t do it without her.  I am truly blessed to have her as a mom. I would literally be nothing without her as she is the one gave me life. I don’t say thank you enough. Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

Xo, Eb 🌷

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Identity Crisis

Person First Language- “putting the person first before their disability.” An example of this would be calling me a person with a disability instead of a disabled person. I’d never really thought of person first language as a big deal when I write, but I learned people in the disability community have a problem with this. When putting the person first before their disabilty, many able bodied people think that they’re doing it out of respect for us, because they want to see us first before they see our disabilty. I appreciate that sentiment, but as I’ve written before, I wouldn’t be the person I am, or been able to receive the blessings I have received without my disability. It’s not offensive to call me a disabled person. In fact, it’s more offensive when you’re walking on eggshells trying not to. It’s part of who I am. All of this may sound a little complicated, but as a disabled person myself, I can see why this is an issue. Until next time, my friends.

 

 

In Christ’s Love,

 

Ashley N. Moulin

 

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“Pre existing conditions”

Hey guys, it’s Ebony! I usually don’t discuss politics, but with the over turn of The Affordable Care Act I feel I must speak out as someone who will be directly impacted by this. Under this new healthcare bill people with pre existing conditions are basically  going to lose coverage or will have to poy higher premiums. Cerebral Palsy is considered a “pre existing” we should not be penalized for being born with something we can not change. I recently turned 26 and can no longer be covered under my parents insurance.  I have equipment that I need to use in my daily life and now they won’t be covered under this new bill.

Now another thing that worries me is that states have the option to opt out if they to cover you or not. We shouldn’t have to worried about whether or not we’re covered. This is more than disability issue. It’s everyone’s issue. The only people that essentially won’t  be effected by this. What about the poor?  Under this bill we will no longer be required to have coverage. In the long run it will ultimately hurt us a whole. It will drive premiums up even more. I don’t think this bill is a good idea. This is just my opinion. What are your thoughts about pre existing conditions. Until  next time

Xo, Eb💕

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New Update 

Hey guys! Sorry it’s been awhile since Ashley and I have posted a blog. I promise we have not abandoned you. We’re going to try to post once a week from now on.  I’m going to discuss a broad rage of topics. It’s time for a. change. From time to time I will post on our Facebook live so we can be interactive. Suggest topics you would like to hear from us! Until next time…

Xo, Eb

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Love that gives LIFE

“Finally,  brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things. ” Philippians 4:8

In the past couple months, I was feeling this emptiness. I had no idea if this was the cause of my grandmother passing away in December, or maybe it was just the fact that I’m 26 years old, and still  feel like I have no idea where my life is going. I couldn’t seem to figure it out, whatever it was. All I knew was that each day, even though I covered it up with a smile in public, I was never truly happy. Not even my recent trip to the beach could give me fufillment. I mean, though I loved having that relaxing time with my family, something was missing, but what? I read devotionals every day, I constantly prayed and asked the Lord to fill me, but all I kept hearing constantly were these words in my head:

“Ashley, you’re not good enough.”

“Ashley, you’re never going to get your life together.”

“Ashley, you’ll never be good enough to become everything God wants you to be, and you’ll never be able to become His disciple.”

Even words as horrible as these:

 

“Ashley, you’re a burden, and you’re just hurting your family.”

 

Words that I knew weren’t coming from Jesus, but from the devil himself who seeks to destroy people. Then, one day, I was so thirsty for my Lord, and I knew He was the only way I could fill this emptiness, so I put on some praise music while I was working. Guess what? My prayer was answered. I felt this overwhelming happiness and love. The devil and the emptiness I had been feeling for so long had fled. It was like God was saying, “My dear Ashley, all you needed to do was let go of the world, and come to Me.” I recently read a quote from a sister in Christ that I believe to be so true: “God has created us in such a wonderful way that what we feed our minds on and meditate on becomes a part of our spirit.” My dear friends, supporters of this blog, and anyone reading this: Maybe you’re feeling the same emptiness I was. Well, I’m going to tell you right now that you could go to the ends of the earth searching for all kinds of motivation, and things of this earth to fill you temporarily, but nothing is going to make you happy like God does. I encourage you: Seek Him. God says to your empty soul: “My child, come to Me.”  John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not PERISh, but have ETERNAl LIFE.

 

In Christ’s Love,

Ashley N. Moulin

 

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One Year for Friends On Wheelz

Hey guys, it’s Ash & Eb. Sorry it’s been awhile. We just wanted to do a blog in honor of our blogs one year anniversary and Cerebral Palsy Awareness month. 

There are many different types of CP and everyone has different experiences. Most able bodied people would think that having CP was a bad thing. but it’s not a bad thing for either of us.  We have lived our lives to the fullest. We’ve gone skiing, surfing, and to college. We’ve never let anything stop us from achieving our goals in life. In a way we see having CP as a gift because we wouldn’t have had the experiences we have without it. We became friends because of it and we wouldn’t change a thing. Like we said for each one of us with CP every experience is different. Some are more severe than others. We’re all still beautiful people that God put on this Earth for a reason. We believe by telling  our stories that we are helping others. We encourage others to do the same. By speaking out we are making a difference. It doesn’t matter if you have a disabity or not. You have a story to tell.

We just wanted to thank you so much for your support over this last year. We hope you continue the journey with us because we enjoy we enjoy writing for you and encouraging you. We couldn’t have made it this far without you.💕

Xo, Eb & Ash

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Self Love❤️

Hey guys! It’s Ebony! I hope everyone is having a great Monday. Valentine’s is tomorrow and it’s all about celebrating the ones we love, but often times we forget to love ourselves first. I know for me. It took me awhile to be content with who I am. It wasn’t until I got into modeling and acting that I really started to like the person I am. Modeling has allowed me appreciate my uniqueness. Yes  I use a walker and wheelchair and it’s part of what makes me who I am. Before I didn’t like to show my walker in pictures because I wanted to be like everyone else. The fact I will NEVER be like anyone else. If everyone was the same life would surely be boring. It’s important to embrace who we are whether you have a disability or not. Loving yourself is half the battle. Society’s standard of beauty is archaic and unrealistic  Real people have flaws and make mistakes. I don’t know about you, but  I think it’s time  to change those standards. When you love yourself first no one else’s opinion matters because you’re content with who you are.

Until next time…

Xo, Eb💋

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A Night To Shine God’s Light

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have LOVE, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have LOVE, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have LOVE, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

 

Last night, I went to a very special event called, Night to Shine, a prom night for people with disabilities hosted by Community Baptist Church in Maylene,  Alabama, and sponsored by former pro football player, Tim Tebow and The Tim Tebow Foundation. When I got there, I got to roll down a red carpet, dance, sing some Backstreet Boys on karaoke, get my hair and makeup done, and even do a photo booth with some volunteers where we put on crazy hats and accessories. I had always admired this football player for using his platform to bring glory to Christ, but today, I like him even more for sponsoring these events all around the world even in places like Haiti, showing God’s love to people with disabilities who may not have Him in their lives, crowning them all kings and queens, and telling them that they have purpose and meaning. This is mainly why I wanted to spread awareness about this event and write today. If you have a Night to Shine event near you, I encourage you if you have a disability, to be a guest, or if you don’t, you can volunteer, even if it’s just to support this guy and what he does. It really is a lot of fun! 🙂 Thank you to all the volunteers in Maylene last night, and thank you, Tim Tebow. You are all rock stars!

 

Ashley N. Moulin

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Our Skiing Adventure

Hey, it’s been awhile since we’ve a  a blog post together. We wanted to update you on our adaptive skiing adventure. Ashley went and picked up Ebony from her house, then we headed to Beech Mountain. When we got there we had to wait awhile because preparations to ski takelong then we thought. We met our instructors then headed down to the slopes. The instructors were very nice and accomedating. They made it really fun for us: Ashley and her instructor sang songs while they skied. Ebony’s  instructor took her to the top of the mountain. They were going so fast that Ebony’s  ski flipped and she face planted. Don’t worry she was not hurt. She laughed instead. We felt really free with the wind in our faces. It’s one of our best adventures yet. Whoever wants to ski or volunteer should definitely do so. It’s worth it.

Xo,

Eb & Ash💚

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See the person AND the disability

Many times, I have seen and heard the quote: “See the person, not the disability.” I know people truly mean well by this saying, and as I have written before, there is more to a person than their disability, but to completely ignore and be oblivious to the fact that I have cerebral palsy would be like me ignoring half of the person you are. My disability has helped shape me into the person I am, and I’m really proud of that. I  wouldn’t be blessed with the experiences or the people that God has blessed me with if it weren’t for CP. I am confident in my own skin, so you should be confident when you approach me, or vice versa. Don’t ignore the fact that I have a disability, and most importantly, don’t be afraid to say that word. It’s completely fine. I’m proud of that.

 

Ashley N. Moulin

 

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