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Gifts to Give Your Future Self // Ep. 017

By Sandra |

  We’re all starting another week under social restrictions that include our kids being out of school and many people home from work or working from home. And one of the hardest parts is not knowing when this season will end. But we can have hope as we think about gifts to give our future selves. What … Read more

Recipe: Chipotle Lime Chili

By Sandra |

  If you listened to podcast episode 10 on setting a feeling based goal for our marriages, you heard me talk about my goal—joy. I wanted to have more fun with Lee! So when our church started talking about our annual Rodeo Sunday and the church chili cook off, I thought entering would be a lot … Read more

How Your Church Can Host a Day of Pampering for Caregivers

By Sandra |

  According to the last census data, 1 in 5 families in the US has a member with a disability. That’s 20% of the population! As a special-needs sibling (my sister has Down syndrome) and a special-needs mom (my son has level 3 autism), I know the challenges many families like mine face. Showing them a … Read more

How to Reset a Bad Day & Recover after a Meltdown // Ep. 16

By Sandra |

  Bad days can happen for small reasons (like burning dinner) or big reasons (like everyone being home for the foreseeable future as a result of the coronavirus threat). In this episode, Sandra shares 5 ways to reset a bad day. Many of them take only a few minutes, but can totally turn your day … Read more

Praying for the Typical Siblings in Our Families

By Sandra |

  In February we do a 14 day prayer series for our marriages. In August we do 31 days of prayer for our kids with special needs. Now it’s time to pray for the typical siblings in our families!  I’m a special-needs sibling raising a special-needs sibling, so I can guide you in prayer for … Read more

A Check List for Caregiving Families Preparing for the Coronavirus

By Sandra |

  The world feels like a very different place than it did a week ago. And depending on where you live, you may be at different stages of planning for the coming weeks of social distancing, quarantining, or possible sickness (whether that’s actually the coronavirus or even a stomach bug that goes through your family). … Read more

How Caregiving Families Can Prepare for Emergencies and Epidemics // Ep. 15

By Sandra |

Today we’re taking a few minutes to talk about how caregiving families can prepare for emergencies and epidemics. I’m going to draw on our experience with Hurricane Harvey a couple years ago and the lessons I learned then that I still apply today. And like in the aftermath of Harvey, I’m praying this worldwide epidemic … Read more

Encouragement for Caregivers During Hospital Stays // Ep. 014

By Sandra |

  In this episode we’re joined by my friend Stephanie McKeever. Stephanie is a special-needs mom who cared for her son Evan during a long hospital stay after he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. What she learned during that time can help you prepare for a time you might be in her situation. No matter what she … Read more

The Benefits of a Minimalist Wardrobe & a Monday Uniform // Ep. 013

By Sandra |

  This is episode 13 and we’re talking about cleaning out your closet so what’s left really works for you. Your overflowing closet isn’t giving you more options. It’s actually limiting you. Let’s transition to a minimalist wardrobe for maximum efficiency. I’m also sharing the big wardrobe decision I’ve made to decrease decision fatigue and what I’ve created … Read more

Solutions for Stressful Seasons // Ep. 012

By Sandra |

  This is episode 12, and today we’re talking about solutions for extra stressful seasons. No matter what the cause, there are times when we have to focus on what’s most important and put everything else on autopilot. First let’s look at what the Bible says we are to focus on no matter how busy … Read more

Menu Planning: The Key to Making Every Week Go Smoother // Ep. 011

By Sandra |

Menu planning truly sets the tone for my entire week. When I skip it, I’m more stressed than I need to be. In this episode, I share three benefits of menu planning and my method. I do all my menu planning on Sunday nights, picking meals that go with the themes I’ve set for each … Read more

Setting a Feeling-Based Goal for Your Marriage // Ep. 010

By Sandra |

  Caregivers are always on, and while that’s necessary, it’s also exhausting. And often our marriages suffer. So today I want to offer a solution—we’re going to talk about setting a feeling-based goal for our marriages. Instead of the goals you may have set at the beginning of the year that were easy to track … Read more