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7 Promises from Scripture for Every Special-Needs Parent

By Sandra |

  Where do you turn on the hard days? When you are discouraged and distraught? When the grief won’t lift? Or when you just need to know someone can empathize with your situation? You can turn to Scripture and know that your Father sees and hears you and your family. You can look to these … Read more

Do We Still Need Events Just for People with Disabilities?

By Sandra |

  Churches across the country hosted Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine prom event for people with disabilities. But this year I read more criticism than praise. In Why the Tim Tebow Foundation Night to Shine Doesn’t Promote Inclusion  by Sarah Kim, she writes that this event, “… is a huge step back on achieving the true meaning … Read more

An Excerpt from Living a Fruitful Life

By Sandra |

On Monday I’m releasing Living a Fruitful Life: A Study on the Fruit of the Spirit for Special-Needs Parents. But today, you can read an excerpt from the first chapter on love. Love “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 In the musical Fiddler … Read more

When You’re Ready to Be a Special-Needs Advocate

By Sandra |

I believe there are 5 phases to being a special-needs parent. You know you’re ready for phase 5 when you move past your pain and find your purpose. This is the purpose God planned for you all along, and He will be with you each step of the way. As a special-needs parent, once you’ve … Read more

5 Phases of Special-Needs Parenting

By Sandra |

5 Phases of Special-Needs Parenting are based on my book, Unexpected Blessings: The Joys and Possibilities of Life in a Special-Needs Family. This post provides an overview, and there’s help and encouragement for parents in each stage in my book. I grew up in a special-needs family. When we got James’s autism diagnosis in 2010, I knew … Read more

2019 Reading List

By Sandra |

  What I’ve read in 2019 (affiliate links included): Body Love by Kelly LeVeque The Cruel Prince by Holly Black The Wicked King by Holly Black Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker Atomic Habits by James Clear China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan The … Read more

Spring Bible Study for Special-Needs Parents

By Sandra |

On March 4th, I’ll be releasing the first of four seasonal Bible studies for 2019—Living a Fruitful Life: A Bible Study on the Fruit of the Spirit for Special-Needs Parents. It’s perfect for parents like us who may not get to participate in Bible studies each week at church or who want something especially written with … Read more

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