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Often we write about our son Joey (nearly 37) with special needs. His story as it intertwines with our lives and the lives of our 2 daughters is something we share with others to give hope, comfort, and encouragement. It hasn’t been easy, often not fun, and seldom comfortable, but we’ve all tried to make […]

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19
Feb
2018
Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters, Grace based parenting

Even on the best of days, I can’t honestly say that my day has been one big smile. There are pressures in the day to pay the bills (hoping there is enough money at the end of the month) that often get a gentle grimace when everything balances. There are days that things just don’t […]

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24
Jan
2018

At the end of most days, I felt like I was scraping the last bit of refreshing ice cream out of our dessert bowl and finding there is nothing left (but wanting more.) I felt empty but wanted more of sweet refreshment in time and energy that was lacking at the end of most days! […]

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08
Nov
2017

We planned that my sister Sue would care for our Joey (special needs age 36) for a long weekend so we could get his room set up as we downsized into our now cozy cottage condo just stone’s throw from the “old” house. This allowed us to prepare ahead of time for what happens when […]

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“Start with sunny side up, end with scrambled!” That statement sums up our life – how about yours? Each morning I make my husband Joe and I an egg. The goal is to make our eggs “sunny side up” but if (when) the yolk breaks, plan B is in effect: scrambled is served! And plan […]

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Family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Constructing Peace, Edy Sutherland, Grace Based Parenting

We’re already busy, but being busy doesn’t exempt any of us from serving beyond our own family and comfort level. We’re not trying to send anyone on a guilt trip, but when others see that we can serve when we have so many limitations already caring for one (or more) with needs, they see what […]

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Editor’s note: This is the second of a multi-part post about the importance of special needs parents hosting family meetings. (Even if you don’t have a family member with special needs, this advice is helpful.)  Begin by reading Part 1 and learn about the benefits of regular family meetings. In this article, special needs mom […]

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We felt like our family unit needed “check ups” from time to time…

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Grieving the Lasts, Chris and Teri Bledsoe, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Grieving

 Have you prayed for a miracle in the life of your child with special needs? Have you anguished with God for the next step of accomplishment for your child waiting for them to become the typical child for whom you’re praying? Have you begged teachers and aides to put your child in a “particular” class […]

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25
Jan
2017
Going it alone, Christmas, alone, burden, Family matters

“I’m so done! I’ve HAD IT!” Have those words ever spilled out of your mouth as you’ve cared for your child with special needs? Well, they have from my mouth. I hate to admit it, but there are days I’ve just had enough. One of my friends whose life is a similar to mine has […]

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