Special Needs, Special Community

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When the young woman flashed me a friendly smile and asked, “How are you?” my involuntary shrug and the words “I’ve been better,” tumbled out before I could stop myself. I could have sworn I meant to offer her the obligatory “Fine,” followed by my typical Sunday greeting smile. My veneer, however, had worn too thin to hide the stress of another morning battle with my son with autism, the young man … [Read more...]

Something to Offer

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Why are you here? No, I don't mean for what purpose do you exist. What brought you to reading this post? This blog exists for the primary purpose of encouraging special-needs parents. Special-needs parents walk a very different path from that of others with more typical children. We often feel isolated from the world, and from each other. Here, through this blog and that of many others, we find … [Read more...]

Back to School: 8 Tips for a Smooth Transition

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Back to school ads. They're appearing earlier and earlier in the summer. Early enough to create turf wars between back to school and the Fourth of July industries. While early July is way too soon to think about going back to school, the same can not be said for the end of July in many parts of the country. Like my part of the country where the school year begins on August 14. Yes, you read … [Read more...]

This Day

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If you're anything like me, you've laid awake at night wondering what is going to happen with that precious little one of yours. It can taunt us, this unknown future. Will my boy ride a bike? Will he have friends? How am I going to give her care as I get older? Will she be loved? For a long time I obsessed with predicting just how much time we had left with our son Calvin. Images of … [Read more...]

How to Find Prosperity in Hardship

How to Find Prosperity in Hardship

Maybe you are familiar with the amazing promise of Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Like me, maybe you've prayed this promise over your child's bedside at night. When my daughter Elise was born, I was given this verse in a beautiful frame that now hangs on her bedroom … [Read more...]

Reality Check!

Sometimes life gives us a reality check!

“When you wake up, you’ll feel like a truck hit you, but each day you’ll do better and better and heal well," was what the doctor told my mother-in- law and I about how she'd feel after her heart surgery. After surgery, I asked mom how she felt and she replied, “The doctor said I’d wake up and feel like I was hit by a truck. That’s true, I do, but we failed to ask what size truck it would be!” … [Read more...]