Stories. It’s the reason why we have libraries and blogs and magazines and newspapers. It’s the sole target of every journalist and news anchor—to get the story, and be the first to report it. Stories are why we are invested in social media: why we scroll endlessly through a myriad of text and media on…

My one-year old son had been sick since he was three weeks old: screaming, writhing, projectile vomiting every time he ate, anal fissures, bashing his head into hard surfaces, rashes, not sleeping for more than twenty minutes at a time, and more. My husband, myself, and our now three year old son had moved across…

I have always loved the month of April, and for lots of good reasons actually. First off, it is my birthday month, the beginning of spring—or fake spring as we Chicagoans like to say, and the month when two very special holidays usually take place. One is Easter of course, and the other is Passover….

I sat in my husband’s recliner reading a popular book for Christian women I had heard a lot about. Its message was one of grace and not expecting perfection from ourselves or others. But one of her illustrations caused me to put it down and not read another page. She was pregnant and had gotten…

Jesus said to Simon, “Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch.” Simon said, “Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow.  But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.” It was no sooner said than done—a huge haul of fish, straining the…

For the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught. Proverbs 3:26 When my 17 year old son Charlie was about five, I helped him in so many different ways. At this point in our autism journey, we were really just trying to survive. I had a daughter who was…

The day after Easter. The day after we celebrate Christ’s empty tomb. The day after the celebration is a different sort of day. On the day after Easter, parents often struggle to connect the dots between serving a risen Savior and caring for kids with special needs. On the day after Easter, the gap between…

I heard an old hymn rearranged in a new way recently, and it deeply touched me. The words so powerful, so amazing, impacted me in a new way. The song had been introduced with the harrowing story of the songwriter, Horatio Spafford, and how against all the odds he was able to write such amazing words….

We’ve been coping with the chaos and change that construction work brings. Three new houses are being built on our road. Every day as we come and go from our house, we have to walk through the construction site. When there is a delivery truck or large vehicles are moving materials, we are escorted through…

As a speech-language pathologist, my training has allowed me to help countless children develop verbal speech or alternative communication methods. I have listened to families express their desire to hear their child communicate or participate in their family routines. I know how these families feel, because I have experienced it myself. My own child with…