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Why Is Friendship Such a Challenge for Moms of Kids with Disabilities?

By Sandra |

  After our son’s autism diagnosis, everything changed. Our priorities changed. How we spent our money changed. Our schedule changed. And although we weren’t prepared for it, our friendships changed. We were going through a season of grief and confusion, and we felt more isolated than ever. When we got through those early years after … Read more

Hospitality Tips for Special-Needs Families

By Sandra |

  In our first year after moving to Texas we had people over to our house 47 out of 52 weeks. Our small group came over each week. We hosted neighbors and friends we met through the community theater group. We even celebrated Halloween with James’s life skills class from school. It isn’t always easy. … Read more

100 Ideas for Keeping Your Child with Special Needs Busy All Summer

By Sandra |

  Already wondering how you’re going to fill those long summer days? Here are 100 fun ideas to keep you and the kids (or grandkids) busy! Plant a garden Visit a national park – remember, People With Disabilities Are Entitled to a Free Lifetime Pass to National Parks Start a new collection Climb a tree … Read more

Top Five Worries of Special-Needs Parents (and how to overcome them)

By Sandra |

I run a Facebook group focused on self-care for special-needs moms, and I recently asked them what was causing the most stress in their lives right now. “Worry about meeting my child’s needs now and in the future” was the number one answer. It was no surprise to me. I grew up as a special-needs … Read more

The Special Relationship Special-Needs Siblings Can Have

By Sandra |

I was probably four years old when I asked my mom why my sister Syble was different. I noticed she looked different, with her almond-shaped eyes and low muscle tone. I noticed she talked differently, calling me “S-s-s-sandra” or just “Andra.” I noticed there were things I could do that she couldn’t do, even though … Read more

Five Self-Care Ideas for You after an IEP Meeting

By Sandra |

It’s IEP season for many of us. We prepare, we pray, and we walk through those school doors ready to get our kids everything they need to be as successful as possible. Sometimes they go well. Everyone is on the same page and you hear yes over and over. Sometimes they don’t go well. Your … Read more

Unexpected Journey, Unexpected Blessings (buy your shirt today!)

By Sandra |

  I’m excited to announce that the Unexpected Journey, Unexpected Blessings t-shirts are now available! They make the perfect Mother’s Day gift, so I’ve created a package: you can get a shirt (sizes medium-3XL) and a copy of Unexpected Blessings for $35 (including shipping). If you already have a copy of the book, you can … Read more

Spring Clean Your Digital Life

By Sandra |

  Feeling overwhelmed by your digital life—social media, a full inbox, and the noise that never seems to end? Join me for a five-day email series that will help us spring clean our online habits! In this series we’ll talk about: How our brains and lives are changing as a result of our constant connectivity … Read more

Protected: Supporting Special-Needs Siblings – Webinar

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Spring Break 2019: Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree

By Sandra |

  I’m going a little retro with this blog post, back to when I had an entire blog about what we did as a family each week. I still scroll through those posts sometimes to remember what life was like when the boys were little. I don’t want to forget this trip, so I’ll share … Read more

7 Promises from Scripture for Every Special-Needs Parent

By Sandra |

Where do you turn on the hard days? When you are discouraged and distraught? When the grief won’t lift? Or when you just need to know someone can empathize with your situation? You can turn to Scripture and know that your Father sees and hears you and your family. You can look to these seven … Read more

Do We Still Need Events Just for People with Disabilities?

By Sandra |

  Churches across the country hosted Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine prom event for people with disabilities. But this year I read more criticism than praise. In Why the Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine Doesn’t Promote Inclusion  by Sarah Kim, she writes that this event, “… is a huge step back on achieving the true meaning … Read more