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Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

  From time to time we (the primary “care-giver”) has a need to leave the home. Leave town. Well, not in the sense that they’re taking off for good, but in the sense that something else besides our child is calling for our attention. Maybe it’s:   Caring for a parent who needs help Helping […]

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29
Apr
2015
FamilyMissionStatement

  It wasn’t where we saw ourselves in our early marriage, but somehow all these years later, we think a romantic dinner for three works for us.   We’ve come to realize that sometimes, if we want to get out for dinner, we simply must make the effort to go, and take our adult son […]

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17
Apr
2015
Grace Based Parenting, Ivy Weesner, Family Matters, Special Needs Parenting, Grace

  Anytime we talk about grace-based parenting we, or maybe just I, think of the grace we need to extend to our babies…and we’re right. But I’m learning these days specifically about the grace I need to give myself for the sake of my babies. And the grace they’ve been given the opportunity to give […]

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06
Apr
2015
Parenthood, Special Needs, Grace based parenting, Family matters, Cindi Ferrini

  Wouldn’t you love to know how many times you and I have been asked, “HOW do you do it?” I love the proverbial, “If I had a dime for every time I was asked that question, I’d be rich!” as one possible answer to that.   When asked “How do you do it?” I […]

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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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09
Jan
2015

Emotional Roll-a-Dex

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Grace Based Parenting

“Mom, I have to tell you something, but I’m afraid to because it will make you so sad”. Oakley slowly struggled with these words through real sobs. “It’s okay baby, what’s the matter?” Maybe my fellow special ed parents will relate and edify my theory. Maybe everyone else will have a better understanding, because I […]

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31
Dec
2014

Limitless Grace

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limitless grace, family matters

  Special needs children are a gift from God – a treasure of expressions and experiences not quite like anything else you find from anyone else in your life. These amazing kids live with daily challenges that most of us would not know how to handle. They fight battles many of us could not begin […]

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17
Dec
2014
ADHD, Perfect Attendance Award, Karis Murray, Family Matters, Grace Based Parenting

  Each quarter the teachers at my daughters’ school hand out awards to the students in their classroom: Honor Roll, Most Improved in Math or Reading, Star Students, Kindness, Helpfulness, Most Books Read, etc. My daughters have received several of these certificates throughout their elementary school years, but the one that they both receive regularly […]

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