When you wish it were different: A special needs mama reflects on the joy and the uncertainty

Cannon turned four years old this week. We celebrated with a family dinner, and his therapist decorated his room with a banner and a few balloons. It…


When your child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder

The church was packed. The music was loud. Lily clasped her hands over her ears and started to shake. Her father gave her a pair of earphones and…


Self-care tips for parents of special needs children

One weekend in the spring of 2014, my five-year-old son spiked a little fever. By Monday, that fever had jumped to 105 degrees, and he could barely…


Uncovering ability in everyone

From the time we are born, our differences and similarities place us either together or apart. Age separates into different class grades, where we…


Shepherding the heart of my special needs child

Let me give you a quick tour of my life… I am the mom of a child with special needs who has been diagnosed as medically frail. Like most families in…


Loving from afar: A new perspective on Christmas

I sat on my couch, just inches away from my little boy who was playing with his trains on the coffee table. We had been home from school for at least…


A doctor said my daughter couldn’t have “a meaningful life”—but she knows Who gives us meaning

Just before my first child was born, I was driving down the road and thinking, I wonder what it would be like if my child were mentally disabled.…


Is there room at your table for me?

Because I naturally watch my son, Ezra’s, eyes, it’s no wonder that I was watching them closely as we entered my parent's house for Thanksgiving…


Parenting Interrupted: The Joys And Challenges of Autism

When you're pregnant you pray for 10 fingers 10 toes, right? When my boys were in preschool, I remember the first day pulling up to firetrucks at…