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Marriage Prayers: 14 days of prayer for special-needs parents

By Sandra |

  Lee and I sat in a therapist’s office a year ago and told our story. It was our first session and our first time to meet our therapist, Jane. “Whoa,” she said when we talked about James’s diagnosis, how we reacted to that news, and the years that have followed. “Not all marriages would … Read more

Reflecting on His First Day of School Seven Years Ago

By Sandra |

  It’s the seventh anniversary of James’s first day of school. That seems like such a long time, yet I remember that day as if it were yesterday … By far, the hardest day of our entire first year of James’s autism diagnosis was his first day of school. I went through all five stages of grief … Read more

2018 Goals

By Sandra |

  We’re deep into the second week of 2018, but I finally have my goals for the year mapped out and I’m ready to make some progress. I’m using Lara Casey’s PowerSheets this year, and they have been helpful. I also had a fun goal setting discussion with my friends Teri Lynne and Kristin and … Read more

2018 Reading List

By Sandra |

  Amazon affiliate links included Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng Your Best Year Ever by Michael Hyatt The Power by Naomi Alderman Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford Are My Kids on Track? by Sissy Goff, David Thomas, and Melissa Trevathan Heating and Cooling by Beth Ann Fennelly Walden … Read more

Take off Discontentment, Put on Joy

By Sandra |

  Days after Christmas all our kids’ new toys seem a little less new. You may have even heard, “Man, I wish I had gotten …” or “My friend got what I really wanted and I didn’t!” It doesn’t take long for our appreciation of the gifts we’ve been given to become discontentment. It happens … Read more

Take off Worry, Put on Faith

By Sandra |

  Worry is at the top of every special-needs mom’s list of struggles. We can make a list of worries for our children that goes on and on. Worries for today, tomorrow, and after we’re gone. When we’re honest, we know worry is a sin. I once read that worry is practical atheism. It’s living … Read more

Take off Jealousy, Put on Lovingkindness

By Sandra |

  We’ve all heard of the “Mommy Wars,” where moms fight over who is parenting best or who has better children. But in the special-needs world, I find a different mommy war happening. I’m not proud to admit it, but I’ve experienced it. Sitting at our autism support group meeting, I listen to the mother … Read more

Take off Anger, Put on Patience

By Sandra |

  When my boys were really young we moved from North Carolina to Pennsylvania where Lee had gotten a job as the preacher. Soon after the move, we were at a Super Bowl watching party at the church, and they had a big screen set up to watch the game and a projector. David was … Read more

Take off Unforgiveness, Put on Peace

By Sandra |

  I talked to a friend yesterday about a situation in our family that happened months ago but left deep scars. Because of God’s grace and goodness, those scars are healing. What’s not healing are the relationships that were damaged because of the situation. I’m still holding on to unforgiveness. I want to start off … Read more

Preach the Gospel to Yourself

By Sandra |

  The gospel is not just for the moment of salvation. We need the gospel for every moment of our lives. Paul sums up the gospel message in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4: For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, … Read more

Want to Strengthen Your Special-Needs Family in 2018?

By Sandra |

  Yesterday afternoon we had a reporter from a local newspaper come over to talk about the challenges of the holidays for special-needs families. She asked good questions: “What do you do differently because of your son’s sensory issues?” “What’s hard about being out of his routine?” And my favorite, “What advice would you give … Read more

My Feelings about Down Syndrome Awareness Month as a Sibling

By Sandra |

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Because I follow lots of special-needs parents on social media, my timelines have been filled with facts and fun stories about friends and family members with Down syndrome. Last week on my Instagram account I even shared my own story, including these texts from my big sister: She and … Read more