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Ways I Connect with My (Mostly) Non Verbal Son

By Sandra |

James is nine years old and has level 3 autism, which means he needs significant help day to day. He is mostly non-verbal, using about 100 words appropriately, but mostly repeating what he’s heard from shows and videos (this is called echolalia). We can’t communicate in the way most moms and sons communicate, but we … Read more…

On Planting Gardens and Planting Churches

By Sandra |

This is the time of year to plant a garden if you live in zone 9 like we do. It feels like spring and it’s time to look ahead and plan for what’s to come. You want cucumbers, tomatoes, and lettuce? Plant now and prepare. But we aren’t planting a garden this year. The above … Read more…

The question we may still be asking as we come to the table together

By Sandra |

This is the first day of my current series, From Hurting to Hopeful: The Path of Peter. You can still sign up here if you want to receive future devotions! The question Peter asked at the first Lord’s Supper is one we may still be asking now. Our family is currently church planting outside of … Read more…

30 Days of Prayer for Our Kids on the Spectrum

By Sandra |

April is Autism Awareness Month and to continue to bring awareness to our kids, I’m hosting 30 Days of Prayer for Our Kids on the Spectrum! I’m taking submissions to be included in the series and would love to hear from you if you’re interested in sharing a verse, short devotion, and prayer you pray … Read more…

What Is Your Faith in Today?

By Sandra |

Scripture tells us of a desperate woman. Like so many of us who have tried doctors, therapies, supplements, diets, and tests, this woman was weary. No one could help her. And her issue wasn’t just a physical one. “And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who … Read more…

Nothing brings hope to the hurting like the Easter story

By Sandra |

  I’m putting the final touches on our study leading up to Easter—From Hurting to Hopeful: The Path of Peter. We’ll eat with him at the Passover meal. We’ll climb the Mount of Olives. We’ll turn our heads in shame when we hear the rooster crow for the third time. We’ll feel all the hurt … Read more…

A Christian Mom’s Perspective on the Enneagram (my post at The MOB Society)

By Sandra |

Even from a very young age, my son David (now 11) has been dramatic, empathetic, and entertaining. “He’d make a great preacher, like his dad!” people would tell us after meeting him or seeing him perform on stage in a play without any stage fright. (He doesn’t even get the concept of stage fright—”It’s just … Read more…

From Hurting to Hopeful: The Path of Peter (Lessons for Lent)

By Sandra |

Nothing brings hope to the hurting like the Easter story. Every year when it comes around, I feel myself exhale. I remember I’m not the only one walking a hard road. I think about the characters we meet and how their life experiences brought them to the place they were at the end of Jesus’s … Read more…

10 Ideas for 10 Minutes of Self-Care

By Sandra |

  I wasn’t having a good morning yesterday. I had gotten the boys off to school and needed to get to work, but I just felt so blah. So I gave myself ten minutes for self-care. But what could I do in ten minutes? I spent about five minutes deciding, and then did #2 on … Read more…

What’s Saving My Life Right Now (linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy)

By Sandra |

We’re half way through winter and it’s time to share “what saving my life right now” with Modern Mrs. Darcy (It’s not quite as dramatic as it sounds; you can read where she gets the phrase in her post). Antibiotics and probiotics. January is always a tough health month and this year I’ve had a sinus … Read more…

Click Here Vol. 54 (links to my favorite blog, book, and Bible reading this week)

By Sandra |

According to my Facebook memories and Timehop, January is a tough health month for us. I’ve had a sinus infection for most of the month and finally decided I needed meds to kick it, so I’m feeling better finally. Lee preached the last two weeks at different churches. (You can watching his sermon about the … Read more…

Your overflowing closet isn’t giving you more options. It’s actually limiting you. Transition to a minimalist wardrobe for maximum efficiency.

Transition to a minimalist wardrobe for maximum efficiency

By Sandra |

  Your overflowing closet isn’t giving you more options. It’s actually limiting you. Transition to a minimalist wardrobe for maximum efficiency. (excerpt from Abide: Self-Care for the Busy Mom) Have you ever noticed Mark Zuckerburg wears the same outfit in most pictures of him? So did Steve Jobs. Like other busy people in creative fields, … Read more…