Special Needs Parenting

The Struggle with Special Events

The Struggle with Special Events

For families like mine, special events are not always easy. It may look like an ordinary entrance to anyone else, but for us, it is one brave step after another.

Trusting God Like Ruth in the Land of Special Needs Parenting

Trusting God Like Ruth in the Land of Special Needs Parenting

Our childrens’ diagnoses and challenges bring grief, anger, bitterness, and/or sadness into our lives. Grief is natural, healthy, and necessary. Even Jesus wept. But we are not made to get stuck in a place of grief and bitterness. Even Ruth didn’t see the whole picture. We have to keep persevering like Ruth did.

Things We Don’t Have to Worry About

Things We Don’t Have to Worry About

Often, when we talk about our children with special needs, we talk about their limitations, challenges, and the things they have accomplished. It’s always a joy to share the victories in the midst of what is often a lot of work, scheduling, and coordinating a lot of people to help make it happen. But as parents of Joey who is 38, we are also very aware that while we have a lot we need to do with and for him, there are also a lot of things we’ve never had to worry about or be concerned about.

A Fresh Hope for the School Year

A Fresh Hope for the School Year

As a believer, I know that the future isn’t set by what the prognosis or diagnosis says; it isn’t hopeless based on the past. No matter how many times letter recognition or counting have remained elusive skills for my son, I can enter a new year with a fresh hope. I open my eyes fully to see God’s glory and the ever-present potential for miracles.

Finding Light in the Darkness: Songs for the Weary, Grieving, and Hopeless

Finding Light in the Darkness: Songs for the Weary, Grieving, and Hopeless

I’m introducing a new series focused on hymns and singing: to walk through songs of worship that the hurting heart needs to sing, the aching soul needs to feel, and the cracked, dried lips need to utter. Some of these songs were new to me at the conference, and I'm so excited to introduce them to you, or remind you of their truths if you already know them.