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26
Feb
2014
Grace Based parenting, Special Needs, Family Matters, Cindi Ferrini

  Helping my son down a few steps in a public place I heard an acquaintance say to me, “Mom, he can do that himself.” I saw red – and it wasn’t for Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure if I should be ashamed or just plain honest, but my first thought was, “Who is she […]

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03
Feb
2014

Running on Empty

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Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

  That same anxious feeling we might get driving a car whose gas tank is almost on empty with the red danger light blinking, is how we feel when we’re depleted emotionally and physically in our care-giving responsibilities. Similarly, even an avid, well seasoned and trained runner is apt to say the same things we […]

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31 Days of Prayer for your Spouse

Attitude “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” Prov. 17:22 (ESV)   This.Is.My.Biggest.Struggle. I’m a planner. I like things to go as planned. That about says it all. On the other hand, my husband’s job (a dentist) is a lot of pressure and requires him to be very […]

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31 Days of Prayer for your Spouse

Serve “And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, ‘If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.’” Mark 9:35 (ESV)   As married couples we serve each other in many ways all the time. But sometimes we are called to step out of […]

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31 Days of Prayer for your Spouse, Cindi Ferrini, Grace Filled Marriage, Family Matters

Honesty “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.” Prov. 11:3(ESV)   Integrity….sound values….seems to be a dying character trait that we can easily view the decline as we look around us in families, the neighborhood, the community, the media, politics, and even religious circles. How easy it […]

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13
Dec
2013

Slowing Them Down?!

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Special Needs, Disabilities, Handicapped, Cindi Ferrini, Family Matters

  A while ago I receive a newsletter keeping me informed of the latest legislation, informative classes, and ways to help people with disabilities. The reason I keep informed, is that our son Joey, an adult who is multi-handicapped – has numerous special needs.   One particular story in this newsletter told about a high […]

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04
Nov
2013
Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Cindi Ferrini

Seldom, as a parent of an adult child with special needs, do I get to “see” my son at a distance. He is always up-close and right by my side as I’m helping meet his needs in many areas, including:   Showering Shaving Cutting food Getting clothing on/off Maneuvering a curb Walking through a crowd […]

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07
Oct
2013

My Child is Perfect!

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My Child is Perfect, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting, Cindi Ferrini, Dr. TIm Kimmel, special needs

“My child is perfect!” I’d say most of us with a child who has special needs have NEVER said that. I know I haven’t. I do remember one spunky, lively, young, first year teacher Joey had who’d previously worked with severely disabled children…much more challenged than the group she had that included our son….had called […]

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09
Sep
2013

Just

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just, cindi ferrini, dr. tim kimmel, grace based parenting, family matters, special needs children

Years ago I went through the process of becoming the guardian for our (at the time) 18-year old son. Joey (now 32) has a number of physical, mental, and health challenges that will require him to be cared for all of his life. Someone from Probate Court came to our home with papers for Joey to […]

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What We Can't Say, Cindi Ferrini, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based parenting

  The recent visit with a dear friend was highlighted with the phrase, “I can’t say this to too many people.” Our hearts shared openly knowing we’re on the same team, accept each other, and “get it”! Becoming aware of the life of a parent/caregiver is as important as understanding “special needs” and a way […]

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