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09
Feb
2015
pregnant, disabilities, special needs, abortion

Statistics continue to indicate there are an estimated 54 million Americans with a disability; and according to an article in Christianity Today (January 2010, “Welcome the Exceptional” pg. 59) “Recent research on Down syndrome reveals what common sense suggests: Negative attitudes about disabilities significantly increase the chance that a mother will have an abortion. Researcher […]

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caregiver

{Originally published in 2012} Adjustments to any challenge are difficult, especially when it is both physically and emotionally draining. An initial diagnosis that is life-changing puts the attention on the problems and issues of the person needing care, and often the caregiver’s needs are over­looked or at best put aside temporarily. Unfortunately, we don’t always […]

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the balance between laughter and tears

{Originally published in 2012}   Do you know who said, “For every laugh there should be a tear”? It was Walt Disney. All of us probably enjoy that thought for great books and storytelling, movies and shows, but for real life, it seems most would prefer laughter and smiles all the time. That makes life more […]

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15
Dec
2014

Probably Nothing

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probably nothing, parenting, special needs, cindi ferrini, grace based parenting, family matters, dr. tim kimmel

  A high school friend and I had sons around the same time with many of the same special needs; however as time went on, there were differences, and at one point my friend recalls asking me, “When Joey started walking, what did you do that therapy wasn’t doing?” She told me she was prepared […]

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24
Nov
2014
give thanks, thanksgiving, grace based parenting, family matters

  “In” everything give thanks – not “for” everything.   Confusing? Wrong?   Let’s see what God’s word has to say: Ephesians 5:18,   “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”   As a young mom of a son with special needs, it was hard for me to […]

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Cindi Ferrini, family Matters, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace based parenting

  You might find it odd that one of my favorite verses in scripture is Proverbs 31:18b which says (about the proverbial) Proverbs 31 woman, “Her lamp does not go out at night.” I figured this woman had energy! I’ve also figured out that she must have been tired at times because “she looks well […]

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10
Sep
2014
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Special Needs, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Cindi Ferrini

  Encouragement goes both ways. As caregivers to one with special needs, we enjoy and need to hear encouragement; but we also recognize how important it is to extend encouragement to others so they can begin to understand our role and challenges. Not everyone will want to. Not everyone will “get” it. Not everyone will […]

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09
Sep
2014
cinderellafeaturedimage

{archive from 2013} And no, that was not a good thing….   Kristina, our second born was healthy, smart, helpful, and compliant. She was often there to help our son Joey (3 years older than her) when he needed his shoes tied, face washed, or teeth brushed. The problem was – she was somewhere around […]

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27
Aug
2014

Big Deal!

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big deal, parenting, cindi ferrini, grace based parenting

  Our 33 year old son (Joey) can do a lot of things for himself, but not enough to be on his own. He needs a lot of help with everyday things like self care, toileting, showering, direction, staying on task, meals, etc. Often he gets “into some groove” making it hard for us to […]

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07
Jul
2014
No Time, God's Handprint, Cindi Ferrini, Family matters

  Having a child with special needs has my time pretty well structured and full. I often say I have “no time” for extra things. But 3-4 times a month my friend Lisa provides Joey with afternoon rides home from work, providing me with an hour of free time, freedom, and time to ENJOY whatever […]

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