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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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15
Jul
2013
When Life Gets Tougher, Cindi Ferrini, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting, Family Matters Blog, Adult Care, Special Needs

  Life as we knew it was about to change – again. Along with our “special needs” young adult son and two school aged daughters, we began a series of challenging adjustments when Joe’s mom joined our household. Recovering from a two month hospitalization and nursing home rehabilitation stay, she unpacked her few and simple […]

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21
Jun
2013
Pampering Marriage is Marriage Preservation, Marriage, Cindi Ferrini, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel

  We might want a week away but need to settle for three hours. We might want a trip to Europe but need to be content with an overnight stay in an adjacent city. We need to find ways that will work practically and financially.   When a caregiver is on call 24/7 every day, […]

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20
May
2013
No Regrets, Cindi Ferrini, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Family Matters Blog, Grace Based Parenting, Mommy Time, Special Needs

As a young mom, I longed for some me time, some free time at the end of a day. Raising a son with special needs and two daughters was a 24/7 kind of job….like every mom! There’s no vacation on vacation, there’s no pats on the back from the children in those early years. Yet, […]

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15
Apr
2013

Reality Check

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Reality Check, Family Matters Blog, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Cindi Ferrini

My mother-in-law needed heart surgery. We went together to the doctor to make sure all her questions were answered. We wanted to know why she needed the surgery and how it would affect her afterwards. We wanted Mom to know exactly what to expect from start to finish. The doctor described everything to her and […]

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01
Apr
2013

The “R” Word

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Cindi Ferrini, The R Word, Family Matters Blog, Grace Based Parenting, Dr. Tim Kimmel, mentally challenged

BOSTON (AP) 11/10 – “LeBron James said he was sorry for using the word ‘retarded’ in a post game news conference.” I know it’s been a while since this was “news” but the “R WORD” hasn’t gone away, so it’s still news….current to each of us who has a child with mental “RETARDATION.” I was […]

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25
Mar
2013
GiveThanks

Teaching a lesson to Lucy, Aslan, the Christ figure in the C.S. Lewis story Prince Caspian says, “Why didn’t you come to me for help?” She responds, “I’m sorry, why didn’t you come in to save us like last time?” Aslan replies, “Things never happen the same way twice.” Perhaps you’ve learned as I have […]

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