Grace · Grief · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

I Am That Mom

I could feel it. The other parents staring. Their glances back and forth, between my sweet son, me and then each other. My youngest just started gymnastics. He really wanted to do it, and I really wanted to get him into occupational therapy. Like his brother, as hormones have started to change him into a… Continue reading I Am That Mom

Church · Divorce · Grace · Prayer · Redemption

Questions I Asked As A New Christian

I was 30 years old. A new mom and a brand new Christian. Having a baby really does change everything, doesn’t it? For me, it certainly did. Jesus rocked my entire world, four months after I became a momma. Being 30, and new to this whole church thing was honestly, just plain weird. There were… Continue reading Questions I Asked As A New Christian

Autism · Chronic Illness · Grace · Grief · Parenting

Why I No Longer Say ‘This Too Shall Pass’

It has been a year now, since my son received his chronic illness diagnosis. I remember all the research the doctor referenced. The higher risk of lymphoma, the decreased life expectancy, the recommendation for a wheel chair. It is all seared into my brain, plain as day. It has been a year now, since we… Continue reading Why I No Longer Say ‘This Too Shall Pass’

Church · Family · Friendships · Grace · Homemaking · Homeschooling · Prayer

What Faith Looks Like When You Are A Mom

I am preparing to speak next week about ‘Faith and Fear in Motherhood’. As I have prayed about what to say and how to say it, one thing keeps occurring to me – Faith looks nothing like the pretty picture I have in my head. The longer I am a mom, the more I realize… Continue reading What Faith Looks Like When You Are A Mom

Autism · Grace · Homemaking · Homeschooling · Parenting

Invite Shawna Wingert To Speak At Your Next Women’s Event

When I was in first grade, my teacher called me “chatty fox”. She wasn’t wrong. I am a chatty fox. In fact, I write only because at heart, I am a speaker. Over the course of this last year, I have been honored to connect in person with other momma’s and churches. I love being… Continue reading Invite Shawna Wingert To Speak At Your Next Women’s Event

Autism · Dyslexia · Grace

When Your Child Receives A Diagnosis

I thought I was ready. I’d read every book, blog and website I could get my hands on. I’d talked with two child psychiatrists, a nutritionist, an occupational therapist, the occupational therapist’s boss, a total quack doctor who asked for my credit card in her phone consultation, and a family counselor. All said it would… Continue reading When Your Child Receives A Diagnosis

Autism · Grace · Grief · Parenting · Prayer

Why I Write About My Son’s Autism

When my son was first diagnosed with autism, I was sure the diagnosis alone would give us options and resources. Prior to diagnosis, he was often dismissed and so was I. For years I heard – He needs more discipline. Just make him wear shoes. He’ll get over it. He needs to work harder, do… Continue reading Why I Write About My Son’s Autism

Autism · Chronic Illness · Church · Grace · Grief · Lupus · Marriage · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder · Stepfather

Looking Back on 2015

It is so hard to believe that another year has passed. It’s been a doozy for our family. 2015 brought us five hospital visits, and two additional diagnoses. It brought new pets and aquariums (I really, really don’t want to actually figure out how many. It’s best if I stay in denial). It brought progress… Continue reading Looking Back on 2015

Family · Grace · Guest Post · Homemaking · Homeschooling · Parenting

Setting Realistic Goals For The New Year

I love celebrating a new year. There is something about a fresh start, a blank slate, a new beginning – it makes me feel hopeful. It makes me feel free to try new things and begin again. And, every single year, it makes me also feel a little bit crazy. Take last year – I… Continue reading Setting Realistic Goals For The New Year

Autism · Family · Grace · Homemaking · Parenting · Survival Mode

Ten Things We Don’t Do To Celebrate Christmas

I am starting to feel the pressure. It was subtle at first. Like a vague feeling of stress, mixed with the whisper that I am forgetting something. Then, as the holiday season progressed, it grew. The shopping, the wrapping, the traditions, the parties – the holiday season is in full force. And this morning, I… Continue reading Ten Things We Don’t Do To Celebrate Christmas

Autism · Brothers · Dyslexia · Family · Grace · Parenting · Stepfather

What Will My Children Say About Me When They Are Grown?

My husband and I had a cup of coffee together this morning. Both boys were up half the night.  The only advantage of this, is that they slept in and we were able to steal some precious morning moments together. And by precious moments, I mean both of our eyes barely open, yawning, mentioning that… Continue reading What Will My Children Say About Me When They Are Grown?

Autism · Depression · Family · Grace · Grief · Guest Post · Survival Mode

The Heart of the Caregiver

I am so excited to introduce you to Mary. Like many of us, she is a mom, wife, duaghter, and friend – and she is intimately familiar with the realities of being a full time caregiver for a child. Because it is so hard, because it seems impossible sometimes, because the heart of the caregiver… Continue reading The Heart of the Caregiver

Autism · Depression · Grace · Grief · Homemaking · Parenting · Survival Mode

No One Said This Would Be Easy

“I don’t want to go,” my son said for the 15th time in as many minutes. “We go to aquatic therapy with Ryan every week. This helps your body, and you love it once we get there. Today is Wednesday. This is what we do on Wednesdays,” I said firmly, trying at the end to… Continue reading No One Said This Would Be Easy

Autism · Depression · Doctors · Grace · Grief · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder · Survival Mode

Everyday Autism

The days, weeks, and even months following my son’s autism diagnosis, are a bit of a blur in my memory. I remember trying different medicines. I remember trying different diets. I remember trying different therapies. But the details of that time frame? They just blend into each other. What I have very distinct, crystal clear… Continue reading Everyday Autism