The Lighter Side

Some people think special needs families are always intense: either frustrated, sad, stressed, or super-sweet. Let me tell you, if my life were even 60% of any one of these things, I'd be nuts. We need humor, delivered up in big slices. Daily, please. Special needs families see things differently. Situations we find ourselves in …

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The Kristen Chronicles:Trust

Brain Surgery, Part 3 of 3 Brain surgery isn't the worst thing that can happen to your child. But it was the worst thing that had happened to my child.   I had tried to deal with our reality in a variety of ways: denial, pleading, logic, crying, stoicism. But when everything was said and done, …

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The Kristen Chronicles: Surrender

Brain Surgery, Part 2 of 3 When I first heard the story of Abraham placing his son Isaac on the altar (Genesis 22:1-19), I was young and it blended together with all the other Bible stories – bigger than life, remote, far off in time.   When I read it as an adult, I was …

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The Kristen Chronicles:Not fine

Brain Surgery: Part 1 of 3 Have you ever felt that life couldn't get much crazier?   That was how I felt when I heard the words, "Kristen has a brain tumor."   Kristen was about to turn seven years old. She'd had a few headaches, and she'd had a mild seizure. Even though these …

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The Kristen Chronicles:Worth the Wait

Nobody enjoys potty training. Nobody. I marvel at the little ones who successfully leave the diaper scene at the tender age of 2. I mean, I just don't get that. Call me lazy, but my girls were looking 3 in the face before I even thought about the potty. Once we started, though, it was …

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