Assistive communication technology was a big help for our son along his way in school and at his past 15-year supervised work experience. For the purposes of some not knowing what this means, a communication device means cell phones, personal digital assistants or combination of both or any other device used to communicate, send, or transmit any text, video, audio or image. Not really talking … [Read more...]
My Passport to Traveling
Special Needs puts a particular challenge to travel depending on our child’s needs. Our son Joey (age 41) has always been a quite good traveler but could be (for the full duration of a trip) distracted, side-tracked, and out to get that one fly that is following us around. Ask us about it sometime! And we’d love to hear your story, because we are pretty sure you have one (or more!) While there … [Read more...]
Can We Really Be Refreshed?
Hot days, no rain, and my flowers were wilted and exhausted; bent over and looking depleted. Taking my sprinkling can outside filled with fresh cold water, I gave every flower a good drink as the day ended and shade covered them. Even before the morning sun, I could see those flowers starting to come back to life; but the next morning they were alive, perky, and pretty! If only getting … [Read more...]
Worry? How Do we Not Worry?
While recently listening to an afternoon radio program about “worry”, the woman being interviewed was asked, “I know God says not to WORRY, but how do we NOT WORRY?” She answered, “We must ask ourselves, ‘What does it do for me?’ Because to worry must bring something we feel we need. It might look like this: I’m such a good person I must worry about and own this I’m going to be able to … [Read more...]
Quirks, Perks, Jerks
QUIRKS Facial expressions and some mannerisms of mine were recently brought up to me as something that someone found irritating. The interesting thing is that this person also has some facial expressions and mannerisms that I find irritating. It was nice to have a good talk to work out some of the differences, but the truth is that many things we do are our own quirks and differences that … [Read more...]
EVERYONE is SOMEONE SPECIAL
Worshipping God in church is one way our non-verbal 40-year-old son shares about Jesus. We could not even count over these years the many people who’ve said, “Joey takes me to the throne of God in worship.” It’s true. He sings, closes his eyes (we hold his arm to stabilize his wobbling balance), raises his hands, and pays no attention to anyone who might be “watching him”. He has a direct line to … [Read more...]