It’s a beautiful mornin’, ahhh
I think I’ll go outside a while
An jus’ smile
Just take in some clean fresh air, boy
Ain’t no sense in stayin’ inside
If the weather’s fine an’ you got the time
It’s your chance to wake up and plan another brand new day
It’s a beautiful mornin’, ahhh
Each bird keeps singin’ his own song …
This week we saw some of the best contestants on America’s Got Talent, as they performed during the quarter-finals. Out of all these contestants, one will be the winner of this season’s AGT. Although the contestants are all amazing, there is one family in particular that has won over America’s heart.
We are talking about the Edgar Family Band.
During the quarterfinals of America’s Got Talent last night, the Edgar Family enthralled everybody by singing Carole King’s, “You’ve Got A Friend.” The performance by the band was so touching and moving that all the judges gave them a standing ovation!
Heidi Klum said,
“A family that sings together, wins together.”
Nikki was born on August 20, 1981 in California, United States. Her father Greg Leonti was a pastor at the Calvary Southern Baptist church. She started singing at the age of seven as a choir colonist in Calvary Southern Baptist church located in California. The choir also included her three other siblings. Since a very young age, she was into singing. She even recorded her first song on a small scale label.
After her 18th birthday, Nikki got pregnant out of wedlock and was shunned by the Contemporary Christian Music scene.
If you are wondering about the Edgar Family Band ages, then you should know that Jaslyn is 15-years-old, Nikki is 35-years-old and Ryan is 36-years-old.
Nikki is highly talented and her hard work and determination is one of the reasons why her family is standing on the stage today. Of course, you cannot miss out on Ryan Edgar and her daughter’s talent, too.
If you are one of the many,
dredging souls in the workforce,
Too scared to rage against the Machine,
And thence you toil for the Machine,
Today is funny-clothing day!
Or, you may call in sick,
To spend the day obsessing
over perceived slights
from earlier in the week
There are too many negative events occurring in our world as we speak. I have already seen posts that attest to that. Mind you, I get my news here …. not through the TV. I feel I’m more educated and updated through you.
However, I wanted to start today with a bit of inspiration, motivation and something uplifting. I hope you enjoy this …. it came through my Facebook timeline today.
I may be behind and some may have already seen this. It’s an inspiration for me today.
~~Meet Rion Paige~~
This young lady from Jacksonville FL blew away the X-Factor judges with the appropriately named Carrie Underwood song Blown Away.
But you might notice something a little different about this 13-year-old powerhouse singer. Rion has a congenital condition called arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, which has caused permanent damage to her arms, causing her hands to be fixed in an a bent position. She is also blind in her right eye from glaucoma.
Even the sometimes cantankerous Simon Cowell was smitten with Rion, saying:
“I remember the day I met Carrie Underwood and I remember predicting this girl was going to go on and do special things with her life. And I’m gonna say the same thing about you, Rion.”
What is Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita?
Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC) is a disease of newborns resulting in decreased flexibility of the joints. Symptoms differ drastically from person to person, including stiff joints and muscle weakness. The areas that are most likely to have lack of movement are the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, and feet. The lack of movement, unlike many other diseases, does not get worse as time goes by. However, it is necessary to seek treatment to prevent further impediments of the joints.
What causes Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita?
There are many causes of the disease, some of which are inherited. Before birth, four possibilities exist that limit joint movements:
abnormal development of muscles
inadequate room in the uterus for the baby
malformed central nervous system and spinal cord
tendons, joints, bones, and joint linings which did not mature correctly
The decrease in range of motion is also caused by extra tissue that has formed around the joint, prohibiting movement. Out of 3000 births, only one is apt to develop AMC, and only 30% of those are genetically related.