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Results from My Reader Survey

By Sandra |

I’m so thankful for those of you who took time to answer my reader survey earlier in the year. With all the changes coming for me in 2019, I wanted to make sure what I was doing was helpful to you!   Here are the results: More than 50% of the readers who responded connected … Read more

Protected: Goal Setting for the Special-Needs Family Webinar

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5 Books to Read the First Week of 2019

By Sandra |

The first week of a new year is the perfect time to “begin as you mean to go on.” That means you think about what you want 2019 to look like and start working toward that goal the very first week! For me that includes thumbing through some of my favorite books that help me … Read more

2018 Year End Review & an Invitation to Partner Together in 2019

By Sandra |

  I know we aren’t supposed to play favorites, but I’m 99% sure 2018 was one of my favorite years ever. The boys are growing and maturing (allowing us to do new things together), our church feels like family and our town feels like home, and God blessed my writing and speaking ministry in new … Read more

Keys to a Calm Christmas: Finding Friends Who Can Empathize

By Sandra |

Last year 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 to … Read more

Keys to a Calm Christmas: Managing Our Emotions and Responses

By Sandra |

My boys have four cousins, two on my side of the family and two on Lee’s side. Two of those cousins were born the same year as James, one just ten days later. Over Thanksgiving I was texting with my sister while James was in the bathtub. He was playing with little PlayMobile people and … Read more

The Third Key to a Calm Christmas: Responding to Others’ Expectations

By Sandra |

I hate not living up to someone else’s expectations. That will happen a dozen times at least in the next few weeks. When we can’t make James sit still at the dinner table. When we he and I can’t make it to every church event. When he won’t smile for the family picture. It isn’t … Read more

The Second Key to a Calm Christmas: Help for Our Sensory Seekers and Avoiders

By Sandra |

One of my favorite Christmas books when I was growing up was The Sweet Smell of Christmas, a scented story book. You could scratch and sniff a pine tree, an orange, hot chocolate, and a candy cane. But when I bought it for my own boys, they reacted to it differently than I did over … Read more

The First Key to a Calm Christmas: Help for Our Routine-Loving Kids

By Sandra |

I’m so glad you’re joining me for 5 Keys to a Calm Christmas! I’ve been praying for each of you, and asking God to help me share information that will bring more peace to your Christmas season. If this is the first time we’ve “met,” I’ll tell you a little bit about my family! As … Read more

Protected: 5 Phases of Special-Needs Parenting

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James’s Amazon Christmas List

By Sandra |

  I know how hard it can be to shop for our kids on the autism spectrum, so I’m sharing James’s Christmas list this year! It’s all from Amazon, so you can click the affiliate links to check them out and hopefully be inspired! Stuffed plush Julia from Sesame Street– Julia is Sesame Street’s character … Read more

Unexpected Blessings Playlist

By Sandra |

It took months to write Unexpected Blessings. And there were many songs that inspired me during the writing process and are still encouraging me through the next steps. I thought the playlist would also be encouraging to you. It focuses on God’s presence through our Plan B situations and reminds us we are never alone. … Read more