Angels, Monsters, and Everything in Between: The Truth About People with Special Needs

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Since becoming the parent of a special needs child, I've been privileged to get to know some of the most amazing people who are also walking this path. Some, like my family, deal with autism at varying points on the spectrum. Others are raising a child with a diagnosis of Down syndrome or another genetic condition. Many are caring for grown children with a cognitive or physical disability, or a … [Read more...]

3 Easy (Non-Fattening) Ways to Make Today Happier

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Today I'm gonna share my little happiness secrets with you. I don't claim to have figured out the great mysteries of life, and I certainly don't have all the answers.  I'm not an exceptionally wise person, and I am too often scattered and confused about all kinds of things. Several times daily I walk into rooms of my house and wonder why I'm there. So I can't offer you the key to world peace or financial success or anything radical. But I do know three (easy) proven secrets to having a better, happier day. No 12 step program. No low-calorie diet. No book to read or steps to … [Read more...]

12 Laugh-out-loud Funny Picture Books for Kids {and Parents!}

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If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I am a total book nerd. It's an illness and I've had it all my life. I've also passed it on to my daughter. She was the top reader in 4th grade this past school year, and number two in the entire school. That's a picture of her with the number of words she read. Yeah. . . she made the 5 million club. All of my kids are now independent readers, which means we don't do as many picture books as we used to. Today, however, I'm giving recommendations -- in no particular order -- for some of our favorite laugh-out-loud … [Read more...]

What’s It All About, Anyway? {Charlie Brown, Texas Twang & Acid-Wash Jeans}

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You know that scene in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" where Charlie gets all frustrated with the partying and going on during rehearsal and he yells, "Isn't there anyone who what Christmas is all about?!?" Yeah, that's me. Except it's July and it has nothing to do with Christmas. It's about all this blogosphere noise and me, this middle-aged wife and mom who's been at home with the kids for 14 years and isn't sure what direction her life is supposed to take next. The internet and social media have taken over the world and I almost can't hear myself think. I get online and everybody's … [Read more...]

Why It Doesn’t Matter What Christians Think About Hobby Lobby

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photo credit: Nicholas Eckhart via photopin cc I hate it when my Facebook feed gets clogged up with a bunch of hullabaloo over Hobby Lobby. . . or Chick-Fil-A. . .or Duck Dynasty. . . or any of the other issues that get Americans' panties all in a wad. Having Facebook friends who run the gamut, I saw everything from hallelujahs to total discouragement and vitriol over the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling last week. And I can't help but think that, like the Chick-Fil-A debacle a couple of summers ago, this kind of propaganda takes our eyes off the truth. Because as much as we take … [Read more...]

Little Sabbaths: Stopping to Rest Even though You Don’t Feel Like It

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I’m baaaack! If you didn’t catch my What I’m Into post from last week, then you may not know that I’ve been taking a break from blogging while I had brain surgery. I am in recovery mode and I’m officially tired of it. I am usually a very busy and active person. I have to be to keep up with this family of mine. So being stuck with my feet up most of the day and not being able to do my usual routine is driving me mad, I tell you. I’m trying to use some of that forced down time to do more reading and writing. The first week was nice. The second not so much. I think I’ll feel better after … [Read more...]