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The Exercise Regimen of the Special Needs Parent

You know the crazy workouts you see on Instagram and Facebook—The ones where tiny muscled humans are lifting dumbbells the size of themselves or bending in places you know should not be able to bend or sweating it out in “Hot Yoga”? If you’re a parent to young kids or a child with special needs, chances are you’re not jumping on the bandwagon. There are some trends in life you just have to wave to

10 Books About Libraries to Regale Your Bookworm

My mother was a school librarian. She was the cool librarian. She didn’t shush and the kids were always more important than the books. The little first and second graders wanted to march in and sit crisscross applesauce around her as she read the book of the week while they made a craft. I remember growing flowers in the windowsill while reading “The Lupine Lady” and stashing piles of books and fruit-shaped erasers next to her

You Don’t Have to Love Babies to Be a Good Mother

Coming at you today with my article in Scary Mommy on my lack of love for the baby stage. I know I’m a great mom, but you can keep months 0-12, thank you very much. Click the link below to read the article.   “You Don’t Have to Love Babies to Be a Good Mother”   Did you love the baby phase? What’s been your hardest phase to “love”? Save Save

Infertility Awareness Week and Virtual Walk

Walk to Bring Infertility Awareness  This week, April 23-29, is National Infertility Awareness Week. Infertility affects over 7.3 million women in America, but many are too embarrassed to share their stories. Even in the Christian community, the prevalence of infertility and miscarriage remains a largely unspoken reality, leaving women to bear this burden alone. It doesn’t need to be this way. It shouldn’t. I’ve written many words on why we need to speak out against

The Ascension Letdown (Sunday Thoughts Link Up #19)

JOHN 14:25-27 25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. I always

PTSD and the Special Needs Parent

I don’t talk much about the darkest stuff while Charlie or the twins were in the NICU and so medically fragile. But I should. Because PTSD is a high risk for parents of children in the intensive care. Here is a bit of our story on and some ways to get help if you are or know someone who is dealing with this. Have you ever found yourself experiencing the after-effects of a traumatic

10 Best Road-Tripping Car Games You’ve Never Played

I’m thinking out loud today about how much I dread car rides now that I’m a grown up. I’m over I-Spy and the license plate game. I need some car games that I’m not bored with before we even start. Summer is around the corner and we have enough road trips planned that I’m already haunting Target for cheap distractions. If you’ve got a trip looming, here are 10 games to play in the car

The World Needs Mr. Rogers

Sesame Street taught me how to read. Mr. Rogers taught me how to tie my shoes and be nice to my neighbors. Bill Nye taught me how to destroy our kitchen with science. And Curious George teaches my children to ask questions while Elmo shows them how to count and play nicely with others. I’m thinking we need Mr. Rogers. We need PBS. Click on the picture below for all the reasons why and a

The Special Needs Time Zone

I’m an Adam Sandler fan. Is there a support group for that? I love the oldies like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore and his ukulele-playing delivery boy in Mixed Nuts. I loved his slightly more sentimental renditions in The Wedding Singer and Spanglish. But one of my favorites is 50 First Dates. Have you seen it? The premise goes as follows: Adam loves Drew Barrymore and Drew loves Adam. But every night when she goes

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