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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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Family Matters is proud to present a NEW BOOK, Grace Based Discipline: How to Be at Your Best When Your Kids are at Their Worst by Karis Kimmel Murray. If you’re a parent who’s ever scratched your head wondering how to discipline your kids with grace, this book is the practical help you’ve been waiting […]

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08
Nov
2016

I remember a very full day and evening with Joey that ended with a nice ride home and a very cooperative time getting him changed and into bed. He literally flopped into bed like one of his Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls! And so did I! But what I realized is that I couldn’t have […]

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05
Oct
2016

A Different Kind of Yes

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We’ve always said we put a high priority on people and relationships.  We said that but we got a bit lost in the actually living it out part over the last few years by saying yes to a lot of really great things. When you added up all the really great “yeses” plus school commitments, […]

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Faith, trust, grace based parenting, family matters, dr. tim kimmel, sue birdseye

  Most of us caring for one with special needs have to say “no” to a lot. Recalling days on end as a young mom, I remember barely coming up for air from treading the waters of life that engulfed me. It was never ending: Therapies Doctors/hospitals Diapers 2 more (beautiful and lovely) children (daughters) […]

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11
Aug
2016

Parents, STOP Comparing!

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Family matters, dr. Tim Kimmel, Darcy Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting

It seems lately I’m seeing a high number of articles describing the challenges of the different ways we choose to live our lives…or ways we have to live our lives.  I used to understand this – the need to justify and convince others of the value of what we’re doing or the choices we’ve made.  […]

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Grace Based Parenting, Inside Out

You must be “special people” to have a special child…  It’s a phrase that’s often said to us special needs parents, and I can only assume  it’s said with good intentions as an attempt to give us a compliment but, inside, I want to scream!!! I wish I were such a very special person that […]

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Dear Parents of Young Children, Have you lost your sense of wonder? Your child hasn’t. They awake curious. Exploration always outmaneuvers coined instruction. The ambition of a child’s heart is to discover. Each new day ushers in the lure of adventure: inquiry, exploration, sensing and perceiving. A child does not pass by without:   detecting […]

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If you’re anything like me the prospect of summer vacation and the end of the school year fills you with a mixture of relief and dread. Relief because it means limping across the finish line of homework, research projects, after school activities, reading logs, and the early morning rush. Dread because ten whole weeks of […]

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