Build Upon Strength Instead of Weakness

Building Strength

If only I had read this book early in my teaching career. That was my thought as I turned the last page of Kristine Barnett's book, The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism. Her tale of her two-year-old son's autism diagnosis, his downhill slide into silence, and her decision to build upon strength in him rather than always remediating his weaknesses resonated with … [Read more...]

Is Loss in His Plan? (Resources)

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I was early to an appointment, for once. I pulled into a Bigby parking lot, grabbed my notebook and started writing. It was the early days of Calvin's diagnosis and medical struggles; pain poured out of me and I had nothing but prayer and my pen to sponge it up. Reading and writing became two major coping mechanisms for me and played a vital role in healing even though circumstances did not … [Read more...]

Lord Help Me! It’s Time for School Again!

Back to School Again

  It's 5:15 am when the alarm goes off, chasing off the last remnants of a beautiful dream of walking on warm summer sands in the light of a glowing sunset. And just like that, Summer. Is. Over. My eyes strain to focus on the ceiling above as I fight an urge to pull the sheets back over my head. But no, I must get up! I must get up because… it's time for school again! I imagine other … [Read more...]

It’s Hammer Time

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When I went with my family on an inner-city mission trip two years ago, I’d like to think it was because I am uber-spiritual and occasionally walk on water (when no one is looking). But the truth is, I was afraid. On the morning our bus pulled out of the church parking lot, I pleaded with God to overcome my fear, hoping for a heavenly hammer to smash through the challenges that inevitably seem to … [Read more...]

Visuals for the Morning Routine

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When I am afraid, I will trust in you. Psalm 56:3 I feel so overwhelmed. As a mom, wife, and special needs school director I am stretched pretty thin. This last week we started a new school year and my son Charlie started “middle school.” I just exhaled after I typed that. A big transition for any family, but with a child with autism who is in the throws of puberty it can be a rocky … [Read more...]

God’s Purpose in My Child’s Disability

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My sister Syble has Down syndrome, so when our family goes out to eat or out anywhere, people notice us. Sometimes they stare. Sometimes they smile. Sometimes they just look away. Young children may ask questions or point. It becomes so expected we don’t even notice it anymore. But our son James has autism, which can’t really be seen. Usually, it’s heard. If we go to the grocery store and he … [Read more...]