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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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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Show Pigs and Life

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Family Matters, Grace based parenting, life lessons

My brother and sister-in-law live on the farm where my sister-in-law grew up. This year they decided to teach their children, ages 6 and 9 how to raise pigs. Suzy was excited to share this part of her childhood with her children. My family has enjoyed watching the process and laughing as they chase their pigs through the […]

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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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European Leadership Forum, Dr. Tim Kimmel, Darcy Kimmel, family matters, grace based parenting, grace filled marriage

Darcy and I spent the last week in Poland speaking at the European Leadership Forum (aka ELF). ELF is the lovechild of some Oxford and Cambridge University brainiacs who wanted to create an outlet for Europe’s leading Christian voices, thinkers, and people of influence to get advanced training. ELF offers twenty-four Networks in a vast […]

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a less rules summer

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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probably nothing, parenting, special needs, cindi ferrini, grace based parenting, family matters, dr. tim kimmel

A short time ago I shared something with someone that involved our care for Joey (our 34 year old son with special needs). It had something to do with us not being able to go out for an evening too far away or for too long of a time span without getting someone to watch […]

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Treasure Hunting

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How do I live sufficient grace, Sue Birdseye, Dr. TIm Kimmel, Grace Based Parenting

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” […]

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   “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.” Isaiah 61:1a (NLT) Thirty years ago I got divorced. It was […]

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