Tips for Supporting Aging Parents

Note: This is a companion post to Spending Time with My Dad, which is on the Beautiful Life blog today.  The river of life presents all of us with a variety of challenges and celebrations. Maneuvering through the rapids of aging is demanding for most families. This is a time fraught with changes … [Read more...]

A Voice for the Voiceless

I'm angry. It brings out the "Mama Bear" in me when I hear stories like the one I heard yesterday (names changed). Belinda has a son who has special needs. She did what she was told and enrolled him in a local school when he was five. He didn't learn to read that year, or the year after, or the … [Read more...]

Redefining Disability Week 12: Describe the biggest challenge you face due to disability

As a parent of individuals with special needs, the biggest challenge I face due to disability is helping my children build authentic friendships with their peers. My boys exhibit many of the characteristics of autism: difficulty with eye contact Lack of an understanding of personal … [Read more...]

Redefining Disability Week 2: How do you view the concept of disability?

    To be honest, the word disability irks me. I find it irritating that we use this word with its negative connotations to talk about fellow human beings who just happen to think, act, or look different than some of the rest of us. As a parent of five beautiful children who … [Read more...]

Adoption Blog Tour: My fears, hopes and dreams for our children

Adoption is a challenging journey. (You can read our family legacy story here.) An adoptive family experiences many joys and sorrows. Here are some things I celebrate as an adoptive parent: The day we brought each of our children home Hearing, “I love you!” Holding adoption orders in my hand … [Read more...]

Fading Photographs: National Alzheimer’s Awareness and Family Caregiver’s Month Blog Tour

My dad was diagnosed with dementia about five years ago. Since my dad's father had dementia, I understood some of the grief families experience. However, just because I mentally grasp what's happening doesn't mean it's any easier to deal with the grief. I have many happy memories of times … [Read more...]

Alzheimer’s/Caregivers Blog Tour, & 5 Minute Friday

President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million (Alzheimer’s Association, 2014). The Author Community of … [Read more...]

New Release: Uplifting Devotionals for Parents

I'm happy to announce that Uplifting Devotionals for Parents is now available as an e-book. Have you ever wanted to resign from parenting? The responsibility is overwhelming some days. Thankfully, we don't have to parent in our own strength. God walks with us each day, strengthening us, guiding us, … [Read more...]

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