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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

Ten Steps to Take If You Suspect Your Child Has Autism

By Sandra |

  Pray to God and talk to your spouse. Seek God’s wisdom and plan for your child. Don’t keep your concerns to yourself. Even if you and your spouse aren’t on the same page at the same time, keep talking and praying. God can bring you together to help your child. Be patient with your … Read more

Getting James’s Autism Diagnosis

By Sandra |

  James developed typically until around his second birthday. He made good eye contact, interacted with his brother and others, and had the language skills typical of other two-year-olds. But after his second birthday, we noticed some changes in him. We were most concerned that he didn’t talk much. He even seemed to be losing … Read more

Praying for Special-Needs Families in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

By Sandra |

  Friends, we have been overwhelmed by your love and concern for us since Hurricane Harvey brought flooding to Houston. We’ve been sharing updates on Facebook and each time we mention a prayer request, you respond and we see God move! But in the days and weeks to come, families like mine will continue to … Read more

Our Church Plant Failed, but Maybe It’s a Good Thing

By Sandra |

  Two years ago we moved across the country to plant a special-needs welcoming church. Next month we’re officially closing. It certainly didn’t go as we hoped, but maybe it’s a good thing. Two years ago we packed up a big truck in our small town in Pennsylvania and moved to the fastest growing suburb … Read more

You can’t guarantee a life without disability

By Sandra |

  A few months ago I got an email from a new grandmother. “What’s your opinion about vaccines causing autism?” I replied in my usual way—I’m not a doctor. I don’t give medical advice. If you think your child/grandchild has a weak immune system, talk to your pediatrician about your concerns … She emailed back. … Read more

Use Your Outrage at Iceland’s Down Syndrome Abortion Rate to Make a Difference for Families Like Mine

By Sandra |

  I’ve seen the CBS News report shared all over social media the last couple of days. Many Christians are outraged at not only the point of the story (that Iceland has an almost 100% abortion rate, as I mentioned in my piece earlier in the month), but also how CBS worded the title: “Why … Read more

2017 Reading List

By Sandra |

  Books Read in 2017 Red Rising by Pierce Brown Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche Dark Matter by Black Crouch My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry Year of Yes by Shonda Rimes Golden Son by Pierce Brown Tools of … Read more

2016 Reading List

By Sandra |

Books Read in 2016 (affiliate Amazon links included in post) Dear Sugar (selected chapters) Cheryl Strayed Mocking Jay by Suzanne Collins Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine Become an Idea Machine by Claudia Azula Altucher Winter by Marissa Meyer The Magicians by Lev Grossman Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap by Wendy Welch (didn’t finish) A Man Called Ove by … Read more

Books Read in 2015

By Sandra |

Books Read in 2015 (affiliate Amazon links included in post) Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng Start with Why by Simon Sinek The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo The Mysterious Benedict Society by Threnton Lee Stewart Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein Scary Close by Donald Miller From … Read more

2014 Reading List

By Sandra |

2014 was apparently the year for fiction reading. My #1 book was easy to decide on and was one of the few non-fiction books I read this year. The rest of the list was harder. I liked so many books for different reasons. Here are my ten favorites, in no particular order after #1. A … Read more