My sweet son had a significant meltdown last night. Like for reals. It’s the first we’ve had at this level in a long time. Eventually, he was able to calm down enough to lie down with his service dog, Sammy. He cried, ran his hands over Sammy’s body and murmured to him for almost 30… Continue reading The Long Obedience of Motherhood
It’s been almost nine months since my son was in the hospital. He is doing so much better. He can function again. His health is returning, slowly but surely. He is joyful. I am so grateful my heart wants to burst. But as grateful as I am for all the progress, the truth is, my… Continue reading When A Mother’s Heart Is Breaking
I really like to write. But the truth is, I LOVE to talk. Fortunately, I have been able to gab with some of my favorites! For your convenience, here are all the podcasts I have had the privilege of being a part of – all in one place! Podcasts Featuring Shawna from Not The Former Things… Continue reading Podcasts with Shawna Wingert – Not The Former Things
I have a close friend who lives just down the street. She sees more of our day to day stuff than any other person outside my husband and me. She brings wine or food or both. She doesn’t flinch when I have to leave her sitting on the couch for the 14th time to go help… Continue reading What I Wish You Could See
I have been feeling it for a while now. The nagging worry. A tiny flicker of fear. The desire to head to Mexico and have a drink by the pool. Summer is coming. When you have a child who requires a consistent routine and struggles with change, summer break is not something you look forward… Continue reading Summer Break For The Child Who Needs Structure
“You baby him. He’s almost eleven years old and you are still helping him get his socks on straight.” “You can’t keep treating him like a baby. He is old enough to sleep through the night. You need some tough love here.” “You are still helping him tie his shoes? Are you kidding me? How… Continue reading Am I Babying My Son?
I read a book by a very sweet lady earlier this week. In it, she describes how she prays for her children. Y’all, it was like poetry. Poetry with scripture woven throughout, and so many Biblical references, I felt educated just reading them. And, I felt inadequate. And, I felt bad for my boys –… Continue reading Ordinary Mom Prayers