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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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. …

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A Few Lines in a Journal

The times, they are stressful.   Last week, my husband was out of town. Not a big deal, except that Kristen had constant pain from her dental visit. This worried me because she held her jaw, acted extremely grumpy (code for she screamed and yelled), and told me she felt fine (code for it really …

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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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