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A Mother’s Mission Statement (Sunday Thoughts #6)

LUKE 9:37-40, 42,43 37 The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 38 A man from the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. 39 A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. 40 I begged

7 Speech Activities for Valentine’s Day Using Conversation Hearts featured in Parenting Special Needs Magazine

There are plenty of resources out there for special needs families if you look, but Special Needs Parenting Magazine has always been my favorite because it is both inspirational and practical and not filled with unnecessary medical jargon. I am honored that they have included my article, “7 Speech Activities for Valentine’s Day Using Conversation Hearts”  in this month’s edition. If you are a special needs parent or simply a mom in need of a


Fun fact: December and January are the highest conception months of the year. Not surprising really. Consider the conditions. It’s cold out. There are a lot of parties (planned date nights) that usher you in to all the celebratory moods. And if you’re practical, that equals an August birthday, great for general birthing and recuperating conditions and prime age-placing for school attendance. Of course, this statistic does not really apply to people on my side

25 Mood Boosting Songs

25 Mood Boosting Songs For when life feels too big, the weather stinks, your kid/spouse/friend is driving you crazy. Brought to you in no particular order: “On Top of the World” by Imagine Dragons. “Walken” by Wilco. “Going in the Right Direction” by Robert Randolph and the Family Band. “Girl from Tennessee” by NEEDTOBREATHE. “Float On” by Modest Mouse. “Blue Skies” by Ella Fitzgerald. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. “Wona” by Mumford and Sons and Baaba

Ugly Cake Tears

It all started with a teddy bear. Actually, it started with watching the morning news. I should have known better. I am not the sort that can handle reality before the sun. But for some reason, fate or whimsy, I tuned into the local station. Along with Obamacare panic, inauguration woes, and local robberies (one at a hotel disconcertingly close to our house…I know because I Google mapped it), they aired a piece from Florida

An Art Lover’s Faith (Sunday Thoughts #5)

Hebrews 11:13-16 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted they were aliens and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had the


As I mentioned last week, we went to the zoo which led to the mall. Not exactly linearly, but when your children climb in exhibits, choose rock gullies over your warm embrace, and flee from you in the parking lot, something needs to change. Our collective family unit was sending out a cry for help. So I took Cora to the mall, by herself, on a date.                

Why You’ll Never Beat Me at 20 Questions

I used to teach a philosophy class back when my brain was working. It was a basic introduction to philosophy as this was still high school after all and we covered the Western wise men and their women counterparts as well as a few Eastern fellows. We came to Aristotle in the early stages of the class, when the students still weren’t sure what philosophy was other than an irritatingly abstract set of questions and

Bread and Milk

It snowed this weekend. On the Friday that would have put Charlie back to school for a total of three days. It wasn’t supposed to be a big one. In fact, at 5 a.m. when I was clocking in to the morning shift of making breakfast and packing school lunch, there was nary a flake. By six it was coming down steadily. I smiled at it over my breakfast like “aren’t you cute” and “look

Emotional Square Footage (Sunday Thoughts #4)

GENESIS 21:6-10 6 Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” 7 And she added, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.” 8 The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. 9 But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the

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