how it all began
Hello to all!
After much prayer and thought, I am writing to you all to let you know of a project that I am beginning! This has been on my heart for quite some time. Some of you I have shared this with, but now God has laid upon my heart to launch BradySpeaks!

Let me explain.
Most of you know that our sweet Brady has a form of autism called Sensory Integration Dysfunction. It is a very complex disorder and one that we have learned a great deal about in the past several years. Debi, Brady’s mom, has led us on a journey of learning and exploration of SID. I have watched her and Greg courageously and lovingly lead Brady to a place that is amazing. Through speech therapy, occupational therapy, hippotherapy, and many other avenues, they have sought many ways to help Brady progress and grow into the wonderful 8 year little boy (not really so little) that he is.

Just recently, there have been many things that have pushed autism into the spotlight. It is a huge part of our society today. A recent statistic says that 1 in 94 boys has autism today. There is so much that needs to be done in research and education of this mysterious disorder. It is something that has touched our family initimately and we have embraced our Brady with every family tie that binds us together. He inspires us daily. Uncle B, Ky-Ky and I have had the priviledge of walking side by side with Greg and Debi. Brady belongs to all of us. In our home, we have learned that success is measured in small things!  Brady lights up a room when he “saunters” in. He is the best game show host you have ever watched. He can change the screen saver on your computer faster that you can. However, the thing that we love the most are his words!  As he began his journey through therapy and the words started coming, they are precious. He can say something in the funniest way.  It is pure, it is true and it is beautiful.  

I have kept a journal the past few years of the things he began to say. It is unbelievable how far he has come. He has an amazing perspective of verbalizing his feelings. I am so blessed to be able to enjoy him on a first hand basis.  Brady and I are connected in a way that can not be explained. We have a unique relationship.  He has taught me so much about myself and what it means to have unconditional love. Because of this love, I have decided to take his words and create a collection of dishes called “BradySpeaks.” He will paint the first one with his “signature line.” Once we have mastered the first one, I have asked several people who have a special relationship with Brady and “know the language” to paint a special edition dish. We have about 12 phrases of his to put to a dish and I am honored to say that 12 people have eagerly agreed to participate! Each piece will be unique and different and signed and numbered by the artist with the BradySpeaks logo on the bottom. We begin tomorrow as Brady and I head to the Paint-n-station to begin our journey!  

Now I know you may be asking “Why a dish?” Well, I love dishes! I thought it would be a neat way to honor Brady and to put his words on display. But, here is the awesome part. As I have shared my idea, I have had an unbelievable response. My thought was to make these for myself. But as I have talked to many of you and shared my idea, God has created this idea for a BradySpeaks foundation. So many have expressed interest in purchasing a dish or two or the set, so I would like to sell them for a small amount of money for a Brady Speaks Foundation which will be set up for research and study for autism, focusing on helping families cope and deal with this disorder.

I have no idea how to reproduce dishes. I am not a manufacturer, distributor, or anything like that, but I am trusting God here and I know in my heart that I will figure it out. I am throwing this out to you for help in the way of connections or ideas that we can make this a worthwhile effort. This will be a journey, but I am confident that it is a wonderful cause. I have reserved the website It has nothing on it yet, but when we get up and running, I will let you all know. My dream is that we will be able to display the dishes on the website and tell our story. It is an awesome story of a beautiful child that God chose to place in this family. I hope that you will pray for this endeavor!  

Let me say as I close. God makes no mistakes. I can not imagine Brady being any other way than he is. One of my favorite verses that Debi and I cling to is John 9: 1-5

1As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3”Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. 4As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 

God has blessed all of us through Brady. My sister is an amazing woman. She has been the colonel of this army in our fight against autism. She is strong, smart, information seeking and the best mom I know.  I hope to encourage other families and parents through their story. We must fight this together!

I love you all