"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

The Burckhard Family

The Burckhard Family

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Make A Pledge for Grace, Bella & Friends!

Today is the day that thousands of people are pledging to end their use of the "R" word. What is the "R" word? It is "retard" or "retarded".

If I were given a $1 for every time I have overheard someone saying "That's so retarded" or "I'm such a retard!", I would be a very rich woman!

Yes, my daughters' both have mental retardation--I get that. But what I don't get is how people use their diagnosis in a defamatory manner. It truly hearts a Mama's heart. :(

So, would you pledge to stop saying this today? People from my neice Kassie to Joe Jonas are doing it....you can too! Just click on the link to make a formal pledge or just pledge it to yourself.

Words hurt....Let's SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD today!


  1. I am going to go and pledge right now!! :-)

  2. I feel the same way! I'm sick of hearing that and other derogatory words used and even as a kid I didn't like hearing that 'r' word used...if you don't mind, I'd like to post your blog link to my fb page. I do have an awful lot of teens and young adults that are fb friends and this may affect change, and the fact that I stand on my fb page for RR, this link may help them realize the reality of what they say. What do you say?

  3. Thanks, Karla! And JoEllen, go for it! Anything that can help! Thanks, JoEllen!

  4. It's hard to get people to change what they say but it can be done. The "N" word is now taboo. Let's put "R" word to bed too.