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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

A Sense of Community

Inclusion Summit
Joseph had an amazing week this week participating in an "Inclusion Summit" sponsored by the The Inclusion Center for Community & Justice. It was a life changing experience he will never forget. His friend Matt Smith went with him to Camp Wapiti, East of Tooele, Utah. The Inclusion Center is a "human relations organization dedicated to eliminating prejudice, bigotry, and discrimination. The center develops inclusive solutions to promote respect for all people through conflict resolution, education, advocacy, and empowerment." For Joseph the mission and purpose was realized during this intensive week of soul searching, sharing and caring. He would recommend the experience for every human! He made dozens of great friends and hopes to be more involved in the future.

Shaffer Reunion
Saturday was the annual Dick and Dora Shaffer Family Reunion in Logan, Utah. It was Gloria's family's turn at doing the reunion and Elizabeth really took things in hand, committed to making this one unforgettable with plenty of activities for children, teens and older family too. It was a smashing success. With inflatable 'bounce house' and jousting stand the kids had loads to do. It was great food and great fun. The turnout was great and everyone had a good time. Elizabeth and Denny set up a photo spot for family photos and Tim took pictures of each family. It was an all around beautiful day.

Home Office Makeover
Tim took most of the week off work to redesign and remodel our home office. With a couple of 'As Is" items from IKEA and a bit of spray paint on old bookcases combined with some counter top also from Ikea, it is coming together. He'll be glad to get back to work tomorrow to rest up from 'vacation'.

Mechanical Breakdown = Miracle
When Joseph's wheelchair stopped working this morning (taking the Sabbath off) it should be considered a disaster. . . but wait. . . With all week in the mountains at camp (including quiet time away from everyone else) and a full day at the reunion, it would have been a disaster any other time this week. But today-- not really. Tomorrow we'll get it repaired. Who would have thought a breakdown could feel like a Heavenly Hug.


Blogger Dave and Lacey said...

So excited to see a comment from you on my blog! Your blog is great too and it's so good to see you are doing well and having fun. It sounds like you had a great week and the family reunion looks like so much fun. :)


Jul 20, 2009, 9:59:00 AM  
Blogger Julie Harward said...

Joseph..hello! My name is Julie, I went to high school with your Dad, he lead me to your blog because I told him about my blog. We just connected on facebook, several of our classmates are now finding each other on fb. Anyway, I love your blog, it is beautiful and inspiring, if it's ok. I'm adding you to my blog list?! Come say Hi on Hope to get to know you,take care.

Jul 26, 2009, 3:15:00 PM  

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