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Being Real: Accepting Help In The Trenches of Special Needs Parenting

I’ve had two county meetings and two diagnostic assessments to get through in the last week and a half, in the midst of both of my children with Autism being in a deep valley of negative behavior, social limitations and sensory struggles. There’s been more time spent navigating screaming meltdowns in the past two months… Continue reading Being Real: Accepting Help In The Trenches of Special Needs Parenting

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Haiti Missions Update: Restoration Begins

I returned from Haiti four days ago. I’d made the journey to GVCM Orphanage with a list of children tucked in my backpack. Out of over 100 children who live there, these are the kids with known stories of abuse and trauma in their pasts and/or special needs of some kind. My primary goal during… Continue reading Haiti Missions Update: Restoration Begins

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Unexpected Assignment: Journey to Haiti

A week ago, I found myself sitting on the front steps of GVCM Orphanage in Haiti. The journey to that moment was a blur. I wasn’t sure why God had planned for me to be on that mission trip; I’d simply said yes to His calling. The heat had zapped much of my energy, which… Continue reading Unexpected Assignment: Journey to Haiti

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The First To Stand

Growing up, my faith was weak. God still used it, what little there was, but I had always wished I could be more bold. Even now, I struggle with coming out of my shell and really speaking up or standing out when I need to. My heart is on fire for Jesus, but putting myself… Continue reading The First To Stand

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From Pity To Passion

I admittedly had a very distorted view of all things special needs related before becoming a participant in the journey. When I saw someone with a visible disability, I felt sad. No one taught me that pity shouldn’t be one of the emotions to flow from me in that situation…until I met my children. Becoming… Continue reading From Pity To Passion

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When Getting Help Feels Like Giving Up

“Amy, you’ve been living in trauma for so many years that it’s reprogrammed your body. You likely can’t overcome this without medication.”  …I cried in the doctor’s office. I don’t cry in front of people I barely know. That’s not how I operate. But there was something about this situation that made me feel completely… Continue reading When Getting Help Feels Like Giving Up

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Getting Uncomfortable: Community & Suffering

I am achingly lonely. A kind of lonely many special needs mamas come to know all too well. What was thought to be just a phase in my daughter’s journey with Autism is proving to be…not a phase. The behaviors we experience with her at home are very different than what the rest of the… Continue reading Getting Uncomfortable: Community & Suffering