Prepare for Storms

    Spring in Texas makes me think about tornadoes. Maybe it’s because we came face to face with a tornado on May 27, 1997 as we drove down I-35 bound for south Austin. Imagine how it feels to look out your car window and see a big, picture perfect funnel only a couple miles …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Finding Common Ground in the Dentist Office

When they came into the waiting room, I summed up our differences quicker than our likenesses. She was tall and willowy, a single mom, brunette, all business. Her son's special need diagnosis was known to be "happy" and "sociable," and sure enough, he sat in the chair right next to me, listening to his iPod …

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How accessible is God?

I read something the other day and I couldn't get it out of my mind. Not because it was cute or witty. But because it was a contrast to the truth. It went like this:  "The thing that the king asks is difficult, and no one can show it to the king except the gods, …

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