I still remember when Jeffrey (our son with special needs) was about 8 years-old. He had heard about upcoming baptisms at church, and told us he wanted to get baptized. We peppered him with questions to make sure he understood fully what baptism meant, and afterward felt in our hearts that the time was right. He … More God of the Burning Bush
Heartbreak – it happens to all of us. Clint Eastwood did a movie about it (Heartbreak Ridge), and Elvis Presley sang a song about it (Heartbreak Hotel). I’m sure you have your own stories. As do we. In my last post And, We’re Off, I mentioned how blessed we were when a wonderful Christian couple took … More Heartbreak Comes
I’ve only been to a racetrack once in my whole life, and it was many, many years ago. But the starting line of, “And, they’re off,” has always stuck with me. Funny how things like that happen, huh? We were feeling like we were off to start a race as we finally got everything loaded … More And, We’re Off!
It’s really hard trusting when there’s so many blind spots, right? That’s how we felt as we continued our quest to get our special needs son Jeffrey ready to possibly move out of state to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Arizona (The “Impossible” Becomes “Wow”). But God knew all, and came through in amazing … More Is It Really Going To Happen?
So many parents with special needs kids never get to the point where they dare dream their child will ever be able to leave home – without Divine Intervention, of course. There are just too many “what ifs” that you have to deal with. Gary and I were leaning towards that acceptance phase with Jeffrey … More The “Impossible” Becomes “Wow!”
Parents typically work hard to teach their children to mature and be independent. However many special needs children never reach the point where they can take care of themselves – whether it’s physically or emotionally. Often the parents must intervene. As I mentioned in my last post Armed For Battle, sometimes we need to go on … More Taking The Backseat
When you have a loved one in a wheelchair, you find yourself always scanning restaurants, stores and other buildings for “best routes.” Even though our son moved out of our home about 8 years ago, still I find myself checking things out sometimes. It’s just a habit. And, relating to the above, I’m very thankful … More Armed For Battle
Aargh! You just want to plug your ears sometimes. Either that, or punch someone in the face (which is not a good thought especially as a Christ follower). When you have a child with special needs of any kind (Not Quite What We Thought), doctor visits become the norm. Along with that, typically you visit … More Stop With The Negative!
As I begin this post, I’m flashing back. I’m flashing back to when our son Jeffrey was still in grade school – back when I still believed I knew more than anyone else about how he should be raised. And yes, that included God… I started thinking about this when I came across John 6:38, … More God’s Will, Not Mine – Ouch, That’s Hard!
Getting ready to travel soon to visit our special needs son Jeffrey in Arizona. I’m really excited to see him – yet at the same time I can feel my heart often doing the flip-flop thing. Excitement, yet at the same time trepidation. Why? One reason is because I haven’t seen him since Christmas 2016. … More A Romans 8:28 Mindset