To allow(ance) or not to allow(ance), that is the question the everyday mom

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I’ll never forget the day I decided my kids were ready to start getting an allowance. I heard bickering from the next room and moved in to listen better. It went something like this:

Matt (3): Gracie, why are you cutting the couch? Grace (5): Shhhhh, Matt. Stop. I’m not....

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Supposed to be: Intention matters down syndrome hope joseph perspective purpose special needs parenting supposed to be

This isn’t how it’s supposed to be. We’ve all uttered those words at some point, but for a while they basically became my mantra. This morning I read through some old posts and journal entries from the days (ahem, months) following Joey’s Down syndrome diagnosis,...

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LIVING in the moment – Posting at The Glorious Table hope living in the moment the everyday mom the glorious table

A few months ago, my family of five pale Ohioans spent an afternoon at Daytona Beach. The conditions were perfect: the sun shone without melting us, the water temperature was refreshing, and people milled about without overcrowding. We set up on the beach, sun-screened ourselves, and settled in...

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Created to be special needs parenting the special needs mom

Sometimes we find ourselves living a life full of plot twists we never imagined. We set out on a path in our youth, certain that we know where it is headed–when the Playwright of our lives has something entirely different in mind. A broken relationship, a traumatic accident, an...

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Finding Significance in Our Everyday everyday woman

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering” (Rom. 12:1–2 MSG).

I spent much of the last six months in a deep emotional...

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Changing your life one sentence at a time confidence kindness loving jesus tricia lott williford words you can do this

“The person you spend the most time with is you, so be careful and intentional about how you speak to yourself.”
Tricia Lott Williford, You Can Do This

 

For six years of my childhood, I competed in something called Bible Quizzing. Though this is not the time and place for a...

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Gaining a HOPEful perspective loving jesus

Learning to step back and see the real enemy

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When I think of my struggles with depression, I think of Claritin commercials. Because of course, right? Don’t you equate emotional turmoil with allergy meds? Seriously, though, have you seen those commercials?  People are talking,...

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Better ways to approach a special needs parent special needs parenting the special needs mom

We have had quite an exciting time here in this little corner of the blogosphere this week! On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to share an article on The Huffington Post encouraging parents to talk to their kids about people with disabilities. And wow, what a response it has gotten! I am...

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“You Can Do This!” – Don’t miss out on this book… book review confidence the everyday woman you can do this

“Here’s what you can know for sure, beyond the shadow of doubt, no matter how you feel from day to day and moment to moment. God knows your name; you belong to him. He sees your every move, and there’s no place you can go where he won’t join you. He thinks about you, and...

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What well are you drinking from? – Posting at The Glorious Table loving jesus the glorious table thirst

My dad recently had surgery that prevented him from being able to swallow for almost a week. Although he got all the nutrition he needed through an IV, his thirst remained unquenched—and voracious. Finally, five days post-op, he took a single sip to swallow a pill. The look of ecstasy on...

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