A few months back, my sister-in-law and brother-in-law sent me a link to the University of Iowa. The have a program callled, REACH. The program is for college students with Intellectual Disabilites, Autism, etc… I read a little about the program when they sent it to me and told Dave about it, but never said a word about it to any of the girls.

Last night, I read every link on the University of Iowa website, watched every video, read about every class. I even joked to Dave that I was going to start the application process and we should visit soon…I know she is only 12, but when I get an idea in my head, I tend to run with it, QUICKLY.

I then tossed and turned as I thought about the future. I let my fears and doubts be the driving voice in my head. I replayed over and over questions like…how could she ever be that far away, could she ever get accepted, could she be THAT independent?

This afternoon, I was playing games with the girls on my bed and Camryn was sitting next to  me  filling out a Santa letter on her iPad and needed my help with writing in order to finish the statements provided. One of the final statements was… My Christmas wish this year is… See her answer below.

My tears just flowed. I said Cam you can do anything. I then told her about this college in Iowa that has a program for her. Last night, I forgot for a short amount of time that just because I am her mom and advocate, I did not create her. We serve a God who has proved time and time again that with Him anything is possible. God has a plan and a purpose that exceeds our understanding.

Cam, college. Cam, college. It has quite ring to it, right? Little does she know her Christmas wish of 2017, is planting a seed that will surly flower into the most beautiful future, a future with endless possibilities.

We will continue to put our trust in God.



  1. Margie Mazzei on December 10, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    In the palm of “His” hands!!!

  2. Kristi on December 10, 2017 at 11:15 pm


  3. Christs on December 10, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Arcadia and Temple also have programs. I don’t know much about them but I know they exist. There is also Hirim G. Andrews which is not “college” but post secondary education and perfect for a student like Cam. There are lots of options and they grow every day!

  4. Mom on December 11, 2017 at 6:12 am

    Our beautiful Camryn Grace is on the road to her future! In the words of our Father Kelly, “God has a master plan” so His plan will unfold for her.
    AND isn’t Iowa the potato capital – one of Camryn’s faves? Great place to make her dreams come true!

  5. St on December 11, 2017 at 7:39 am

    You are one fierce mama who will not rest until this idea is a reality!

  6. Mom on December 11, 2017 at 11:26 am

    OOOPS! It’s Idaho for potatoes; Iowa for corn! Either way we have her covered

  7. Lisa Waters on December 11, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Camryn can do anything that she wants to do! God put her in your hands, because he knew you were the special people, who could guide her on the road that God has made for her! May you all enjoy the journey! Special Parents have Special Children! You and Dave were gifted with four wonderfully special daughters!

  8. Lois King on December 11, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    WOW talk about God giving us a message!😀

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