Mike Tiemann Be honest. How do you feel when you hear the word “service”? Does it fire you up? Or does it make you feel a little guilty? Maybe it’s a little of both. I imagine most of us have a nagging feeling inside that we should be doing more to serve others. Typically, during…

Adriana Howard If I knew then what I know now . . . You know the saying “If I knew then what I know now”? Depending on the day, I feel differently about it. I mean, some days, I think that if I had the opportunity to do or say or act differently in a…

Liz Hansen For most of us, the concept of honor is inextricably linked with flags and Fourth of July, military salutes and Veteran’s Day. After all, the men and women who put their lives on the line for the sake of our freedom are definitely deserving of recognition for the brave work they do. But…

Ashley Bohinc The School Dance I remember the first time I became super aware of the way I looked. It was my first middle school dance, and, as an eighth grader, this was a pretty big deal. I had waited my entire middle school career to be allowed to attend a school dance (my parents…

Sarah Bragg Even if you aren’t an anxious person, I am willing to bet that you carry quite a few worries as a parent. We can create some wild stories in our minds based on our worries. And some of the wildest stories in our mind begin not with the phrase, “Once upon a time”…

November 6, 2019   Autism, Challenges, Special Needs Parenting This past April I wrote the first part of this blog, based on a workshop that I and my writing colleague, Sarah Broady, presented at Key Ministry’s Inclusion Fusion Conference that month and also presented at the Wonderfully Made Conference in October. The workshop is based on a conversation…

Being fourteen months younger than my sister with Down syndrome wasn’t always easy. We were a grade apart in school, in a town where everyone knew everyone else. I was occasionally referred to as “Syble’s sister” instead of by my own name. When people made jokes about the kids on the short bus or used…

Jon Acuff “I’d like to get a manicure.” This is a sentence I hear often as a dad of teenage daughters. Nails are a thing. I didn’t know that when I was growing up, because until I was 15 there were only brothers in my house. We didn’t talk about nails. We didn’t think about…

Kim Nunes Fighting for the Heart of Our Adopted Son Family A Year’s Progress What a year it has been! You can read more about our story on adopting Carlos almost two years ago in an article that was posted last year and the fight for his heart which is so very different than the way we have fought…

Jon Acuff Long before I got my driver’s license, my parents taught me about driving. Before pulling out in front of someone they’d say, “You can’t always trust that a blinker means someone is really going to turn.” When crossing traffic, they’d point out places I needed to focus. On the highway, they’d extol the…

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