I didn’t always say that on our special needs journey. I remember days when our son was young (now 37) that I wanted to quit, didn’t always like what I had to do, didn’t really think I could continue serving and caring and surrendering my wants and needs for his…and honestly, if God would have stood before me and asked, “Would you like Me to heal him right now?” “YES,” would have been out of my … [Read more...]
“I LOVE Your Joey Stories!”
“Joey Stories – As Told By Mom” is a FB page where I take the time to share fun, funny, kind, and sweet things Joey says, does, or responds to. I admit loving when others compliment the page because I know they are getting to know Joey. It’s like the frosting on the cake. Joey is such fun and special but hearing that others enjoying hearing about him and learning about him…. just makes it all … [Read more...]
Do you WONDER?
Are you curious about others who are different than you? “Auggie,” a ten year old boy who was the main character with a cranial facial disorder in WONDER was smart, compassionate, funny and kind; but was deeply hurt by the bullying and dismissive behaviors of his school classmates. Their preconceived ideas blinded them to the WONDER-ful person Auggie was. We all have value. No matter one’s … [Read more...]
We have the awesome privilege of getting away together as a couple to speak around the country on the topic of marriage. We love what we get to do, but even so, as we are surrounded by 500-1500 people, we are not alone! We love that we have various ministries in which we are involved, but often we have to divide and conquer (one staying home/one going) in order to be a part of the event. Very … [Read more...]
Thankful for Helping Hands
A very full day and evening with Joey ended with a nice ride home and a very cooperative time getting him changed and into bed. He flopped into bed like one of his Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls! And so did I! I couldn’t have “done” that day alone. I had helpers. And as I look in the rearview mirror of his 36 years, I again realize we’ve had many wonderful people in his life helping him and us … [Read more...]
Bueller? Bueller? ANYONE?
“Joey, Joey, can you please get your shoes for work? Joey, Joey.” “Joey, time to brush your teeth. Joey, Joey…..” “Joey, let’s sit down for dinner. Joey, Joey….JOEY.” Honestly sometimes I feel like I’m talking to the wind getting him to move and do something I’m requesting! I know he hears me, but I don’t think I’m getting through. I am appreciative that Joey can walk, talk (a little), … [Read more...]