My late wife lived with type one diabetes since she was 19 years of age. As a complication of the diabetes she suffered with extreme vertigo. She lost her life to complications of diabetes at 49. Board participant of Oak Hill Baptist Church & Cedar Rock Church. 47 year old widower. Resident of Columbia Heights, MN.
Born and raised in Jackson, Miss., Owens was discovering melodies on the piano almost before she could complete a sentence. Sunday school songs and common childhood tunes began to emerge from her fingers even as vision began to l eave her eyes. By the age of three, a degenerative eye condition left Ginny completely blind. Despite her physical challenge, music just made sense to her, quickly becoming a lifeline for both understanding and communication. Songs provided a window into a world Ginny couldn’t see, but they also offered an outlet for her to express her own thoughts, dreams and questions. In the mid-’90s Owens moved from Mississippi to Nashville to attend Belmont University where she majored in music education. However, upon graduation, she discovered potential employers were reticent to hire a blind teacher. Of course, what’s the old saying? When one door closes, a window opens? The window that opened for Ginny Owens brought refreshing winds of change, a career not as a music teacher but as an artist. She was discovered by a Nashville label and signed to recording and publishing deals. Since her debut album release, Without Condition in 1999, Owens has sold nearly a million records and performed more than 1,500 concerts, including sets at prestigious events like Lilith Fair, the Sundance Film Festival and the White House. Garnering honors such as the Dove awards for New Artist of the Year in 2000 and Inspirational Song of the Year in 2001, Owens’ music has found its way to the top of the radio charts and into scenes in television shows. As affirming as the accolades are, Ginny still finds her true delight in the power of the song. “The longer I’m allowed to make music for a living, the more I love the process! In the beginning, music-making was my job.now it is the means through which I share my heart and life with all who will listen!” Ginny recently launched her own production company, ChickPower Music, which serves as an umbrella for her record label, publishing company, and music education work. She currently spends time each week teaching and mentoring songwriters at Belmont University, while continuing to write, produce and perform her own material. “In February 2008, my Mom was diagnosed with breast and lymph node cancer. The news was very frightening for our whole family. Being that I have a job which can be done from anywhere, I packed up and moved home to Mississippi to be with her during the treatment and surgery, a span lasting about seven months.” Thankfully, Ginny’s mom is now cancer free, and the singer/songwriter is back in her own home in Nashville. But the past few years have made an indelible mark on Ginny’s life, especially in renewing her desire to write songs about simple truths: hope, courage, faith. “I’ve always felt strongly about not wasting words in songs, but I feel it even more now than ever.I realize that I don’t make the ultimate decision about what people take away from my music. However, my prayer is that they always hear hope. It is so easy for each of us to imagine we have no specific purpose for being here. I want people to look at me and my music and realize that this couldn’t be further from the truth. I believe God intends for each of our lives to be filled with meaning and purpose, and my desire is to communicate that through the lyrics I write, the music I sing, and the life I live.”
Hi my name is Stacy Baden. I am a full time mom of two pre-teens. I also have an associate degree in nursing from St. Catherine’s University. I have been on the board for Seek the Son Ministries since 2008. I have a long history in working with and advocating for the disabled community. My earliest experience was in helping to develop a Sunday School and First Communion program in a Catholic Church for special needs children. I enjoyed this so much I made it my life’s work to help people reach their full potential, physically, mentally and spiritually.