What a Wonderful World: the Song of Sunday’s Win

The beautiful swell of violins envelopes the Italian restaurant, and the raspy, familiar voice croons the words that make the whole world smile:   I see trees of green, red roses too I see them bloom for me and you And I think to myself what a wonderful world.   Across the table, Kristen listens … Continue reading What a Wonderful World: the Song of Sunday’s Win

Dear Special Needs Parent: Take Care of Yourself

  Dear Special Needs Parent,   Take care of yourself. The life you live is intense. Your peaks and valleys are extreme. At times, it seems like you’ll never stop living in the valley. Then suddenly, things ease up. You wonder, Will this last? If I celebrate peace, will I jinx things?   Friend, how … Continue reading Dear Special Needs Parent: Take Care of Yourself

Don’t Lose Hope: A Letter to Special Needs Parents

Dear Special Needs Parent, This unexpected life is weird, wonderful, wild and ugly, isn't it? I think we, of all people, are the ones who can rightly say, "It's complicated." Hang in there. You are brave, even when you don't feel brave. The best advice ever given me is what I offer you: Don't ever … Continue reading Don’t Lose Hope: A Letter to Special Needs Parents

Viewing God Through Circumstantial Lenses

When Kristen was first diagnosed, I wondered why. Why, God? Then my Why, God turned to Did you cause this, God, or did you simply allow it? Cause or Allow? It was important to me, because it shaped who God was for me. I was swimming in a pool of disillusion. My circumstances were reshaping … Continue reading Viewing God Through Circumstantial Lenses

A Stranger’s Words in a Private Place

Two minutes, then she was gone. I wiped the tears that trailed down my face. I couldn’t give in to the sobs that threatened to overtake me. I had to be strong. I looked at the empty spot where the stranger had stood a moment earlier. Had that just happened? Maybe not – it had … Continue reading A Stranger’s Words in a Private Place

From Awful to Wonderful, Hope is the Bridge

You never know how good you have it until you don’t. I always think that whenever I’ve been sick. Afterwards, I think, It feels so good to feel good! I haven't been sick lately, but we've had a few things occur that have jarred our little world. Enough to make me appreciate normalcy. Now, after … Continue reading From Awful to Wonderful, Hope is the Bridge

My favorite name of God: Yahweh

Yahweh. The early Jews considered this name so holy they didn't even say it aloud. This name is to be highly revered. In my Bible, it's easy to simply read past it, mistaking it for "Lord." But it's in all capital letters: LORD. It's like a call to action -- Stand at attention! Or, maybe … Continue reading My favorite name of God: Yahweh

A Perfectionist’s Christmas: Jesus, Not the Hoopla

No Christmas will ever live up to the hype. I don't know about you, friend, but all the commercials, Pinterest posts, magazine covers can make me feel my Christmas doesn't live up to expectations. My tree isn't perfectly trimmed, even though it holds ornaments that are cherished and important to my family. My house looks … Continue reading A Perfectionist’s Christmas: Jesus, Not the Hoopla

Do I Speak Stress or Jesus?

  “You jerk!”   When Kristen yelled those words at her dad, he and I both gasped. Rick looked at me, wide-eyed, as if to say, Where did that come from? Heat crept up my neck. My face burned.   I knew exactly where that came from. Me.   Jerk.   It was my word. … Continue reading Do I Speak Stress or Jesus?