This isn't what you planned, is it?

Here are some links to help you understand
the blessing you have been given,
the blessing of your beautiful, wonderful child with a cleft!

Welcome To Holland
By Emily Perl Kingsley

Mothers of children with disabilities worthy of praise
By Lori Borgman Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service

The Special Mother
By Erma Bombeck (link to a fan website)

Twenty Cows
A Lesson In Self-Worth

John 9:1-3
The Bible, New International Version

Featured Families
A cleftAdvocate page

David Roche - Keynote Speaker, Humorist, Performer
An incredible man with an incredible message!

Time-Tested Beauty Tips
By Sam Levenson (1911-1980) from his book: "In One Era & Out the Other"

My Angel's Smile
A touching poem by a member of the cleftAdvocate family

A cleftAdvocate mother writes to her son

Trinity's Kiss
A cleftAdvocate mother's poem for her daughter

The Cracked Pot
Author Unknown

If The World Was Blind
Author Unknown

Let Your Light Shine!
By Marianne Williamson, an excerpt from her book, "A Return to Love"

A Letter To A Friend
Actor Stacy Keach writes to a young boy who has a cleft

Every Day
A poem by Martha White and Angela Nicole Mullins

The Rented Room
A personal site posts this inspirational, eye-opening piece

Thoughts of a Mom
By Maureen K. Higgins (link to a Special Needs Homeschooling website)

A Friend Shares Some Insight
Letter received by a member of the Cleft Advocate family

Personal Stories - Johns Hopkins CCDD
From the *Share Your Story* feature of the Hopkins CCDD website

Saving Face
By Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post Staff Writer

The Story of Our Adoption of a Child with a Cleft Palate
By Lois Fraser

A cleftAdvocate page, includes inspiration and education book selections
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Special thanks to Emily Perl Kingsley for granting her personal permission to use "Welcome To Holland" on the cleftAdvocate website.