“Heavier than air flying machines are impossible.”
— Lord Kelvin


“I am bold enough to say that a man-made Moon voyage will never occur regardless of all scientific advances.”
— Lee De Forest, “the father of electronics”


“Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy.”
— Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859


“This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.”
–Western Union internal memo, 1876


“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
— Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943


“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.”
— Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962


“You’ll never make it — four groups are out.”
— Anonymous record company executive to the Beatles, 1962


“640K ought to be enough for anybody.”
–Bill Gates, 1981


“Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop – because women like to get out of the house, like to handle merchandise, like to be able to change their minds.”
–TIME, 1966, in one sentence writing off e-commerce long before anyone had ever heard of it.


“Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote.”
–Grover Cleveland, U.S. President, 1905.


“Ours has been the first [expedition], and doubtless to be the last, to visit this profitless locality.”
–Lt. Joseph Ives, after visiting the Grand Canyon in 1861.


“They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance.”
Last words of Gen. John Sedgwick, spoken as he looked out over the parapet at enemy lines during the Battle of Spotsylvania in 1864.


“Reagan doesn’t have that presidential look.”
–United Artists Executive, rejecting Reagan as lead in 1964 film The Best Man.


“A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make.”
— Response to Debbi Fields’ idea of starting Mrs. Fields’ Cookies


“Seizures are found in one in four persons with ASD, most often in those who have low IQ or are mute.”
National Institute of Mental Health

At 4 years, 5 months, and 16 days old, my “nonverbal” child – diagnosed with severe autism, Landua-Kleffner syndrome, a seizure disorder, and a feeding disorder – clapped my hands together, looked me in the eye, and spoke one of the shortest and most wonderful words in the English language.

She said,


Lord, thank you. Nothing is too hard for you.


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25 thoughts on “Predictions

  1. Beautiful! That gave me chills. I know how important that is. Kayla’s 4 years, 5 months, and 17 days today (4/5/04) and I haven’t heard her say HI since the autism set in.

  2. tears are streaming down my face .. i am so, so, so, so happy for you, for rhema, for all the moms out there who BELIEVE ..

    ‘hi,’ sweet rhema, it’s so good to hear your voice. there is nothing you can’t do.

  3. Hi, Rhema!

    Who would have ever thought that one well-spoken word could mean so much, so very much?

    It’s a good month for “hi.” We think we’ve been moving in that direction, usually hearing it in an echo though and not nearly so clearly and unmistakably. Rhema, you’re an inspiration (and so’s your mama!)

    Greetings and blessings!

  4. I remember so well the day my youngest son (with Autism) said “love you Mommy”. I had waited and waited and waited and waited. It was such a test of faith. Every word was a struggle to obtain -and so precious. Hang in there – take care – and looking forward to more “Hi”s in the future!!!

  5. What a miracle for a Mom to have happen. I have an autistic grandson and I know the joy that comes when they have a breakthrough. My daughter has an enya song on her blog, entitled “If I Could Be Where You Are.” It brings tears to my eyes everytime I hear it:

    May many more miracles come to you and your beautiful daughter.

  6. “Unfolding miracles that determine the course of our lives take the form of natural circumstances with perfect timing”…
    ~Thomas Kinkade

    Hi Rhema Beans! Auntie Chell loves you. Be encouraged Nealls.
    Rhema’s words, your words, a gift and inspiration to us all.

  7. Yes! Great list of quotes, and that “Hi” was the best of them all! Your little “living word” will speak, and “hi” is just the beginning–I know it. I’m praying for it every day with you, as I pray for my “fire of the Lord” Josiah to be flooded with communication. NOTHING is impossible with God. Absolutely, and amen, my friend!

  8. rhema… the spoken word.

    now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

    God bless the day when you see that which you have been certain of.

    then Jesus said, “did i not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

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