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Chosen By Grace

I got myself a gift this Mother’s Day: A Tattoo. If you’d asked me a few years ago if I’d ever get a tattoo, I’d tell you not in a million years. I just didn’t view myself as “the type”, whatever that means. Things changed. I changed. I’ve been deep in the trenches for as long… Continue reading Chosen By Grace

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What They Don’t Tell You When Your Child Is Diagnosed With Autism

You know what the experts don’t tell you when they diagnose your child with Autism??? They don’t tell you that you may find yourself in a room with your child when she has a meltdown, trying to protect yourself as she hits and kicks you, while you simultaneously try to comfort her as she frantically screams, “I don’t… Continue reading What They Don’t Tell You When Your Child Is Diagnosed With Autism

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Sweet Sacrifice

Just when I think I’m starting to get ahead of this feeling, it comes back again. I’m an angry mom. I don’t even always know why except that, if I’m being honest, I’ve let selfishness take over. There’s a screaming toddler at my feet, another in time-out, sticky floors and endless piles of laundry, a… Continue reading Sweet Sacrifice

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All-In: Purpose In The Journey

These past few weeks have been life-altering. God reached down and shook the very core of me. Not one person was aware of it…but, for me, everything changed. During worship time at church one day, a child with Autism was singing. We all were, but she was singing… Belting. It. Out. She was all-in. Her words floated… Continue reading All-In: Purpose In The Journey

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So, There’s This Girl…

So, there’s this girl… My daughter holds her hand. The same daughter who keeps me at arms length because Autism makes snuggles just too hard. She gives her hugs. She seeks her out and, in her presence, is drenched in joy. There’s this girl who calls my daughter in the middle of a meltdown to… Continue reading So, There’s This Girl…

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Sweetly Broken: The Cost Of Faith

Much of life at this moment is hanging in the balance. The future has always been uncertain, but now the only thing I’m certain of is that I have no control and no idea what’s to come. God has called me out onto the waves…and a storm is approaching. During a recent meeting, as I discussed… Continue reading Sweetly Broken: The Cost Of Faith

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The Gift Of Hope: A Goodbye Letter To My Daughter’s Therapist

Dear Ashley, I just wanted to write a quick note before you move on to your new job. I was upset at first when I found out we weren’t allowed to give you gifts but then I realized that there really isn’t anything I could give you that would say “thank you” enough. So, hopefully… Continue reading The Gift Of Hope: A Goodbye Letter To My Daughter’s Therapist