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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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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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depression, anxiety, true greatness, family matters, dr. tim kimmel

  Let’s be honest: parenting is hard. Parenting a child with special needs is really hard. And when your special needs child has mental illness, it can be flat out daunting.   This isn’t about comparison – it’s about compassion. If you are a parent with a mentally ill child, or you are close 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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