Autism · Autism Awareness · Awareness · Bullying · Children · Compassion · Different Not Less · Disability · Education · Faith · Fatherhood · Grace · Inclusion · Mental Health · Motherhood · Parenthood · Parenting · Special Needs · Special Needs Parenting · Suffering · Trauma · Uncategorized

Access To My Text Messages: The Reality Of A Special Needs Parent

Why am I always flooding your news feed with Autism Awareness or Anti-Bullying posts? Why be so annoying as to constantly talk about my children’s Special Needs, when your typically developing children obviously have needs as well? Because of THIS… This is the last text message I got from my husband. Messages like this, conversations… Continue reading Access To My Text Messages: The Reality Of A Special Needs Parent

Anxiety · Autism · Autism Awareness · Awareness · Bullying · Children · Christianity · Compassion · Depression · Different Not Less · Disability · Faith · Fatigue · Grace · Mental Health · Ministry · Motherhood · Parenthood · Parenting · Recovery · Serving Others · Special Needs · Special Needs Parenting · Suffering · Uncategorized

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

Abuse · Awareness · Children · Christianity · Compassion · Different Not Less · Disability · Education · Faith · Forgiveness · Grace · Haiti · Inclusion · Mental Health · Ministry · Mission Trip · Motherhood · Orphans · Parenthood · Parenting · Recovery · Restoration · Serving Others · Special Needs · Special Needs Parenting · Suffering · Trauma · Uncategorized

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

Anxiety · Autism · Autism Awareness · Christianity · Depression · Disability · Faith · Fatigue · Forgiveness · Grace · Mental Health · Ministry · Motherhood · Parenthood · Parenting · Special Needs · Special Needs Parenting · Suffering · Uncategorized

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

Autism · Autism Awareness · Children · Christianity · Disability · Faith · Fatherhood · Grace · Ministry · Motherhood · Parenthood · Parenting · Special Needs · Special Needs Parenting · Suffering · Uncategorized

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

Autism · Autism Awareness · Children · Christianity · Disability · Faith · Grace · Motherhood · Parenthood · Parenting · Special Needs · Special Needs Parenting · Suffering · Uncategorized

Hidden Truths Of An Autism Mama

I joke a lot about being in survival mode; about living life from one coffee to the next. I join in conversations with friends about the annoyance of toddler tantrums and picky eaters; laugh it all off like I’m just a typical mom with typical kids…but I’m not. I’m not laughing along with everyone else.… Continue reading Hidden Truths Of An Autism Mama

Autism · Autism Awareness · Children · Christianity · Disability · Faith · Grace · Motherhood · Parenthood · Parenting · Special Needs · Special Needs Parenting · Suffering · Uncategorized

Never Alone: Whispers Of Grace

In this life, it rarely rains. It’s either a sunny, beautiful day…or it’s pouring, and I can hardly bring myself to get out of bed. It’s been pouring for over a week, one tough situation after another, and I’m finding it harder and harder to get past this suffocating feeling; this pressure in my chest. Her… Continue reading Never Alone: Whispers Of Grace