Climb The Mountain

Since I live in Colorado within sight of the Rocky Mountains, I know a little about climbing mountains. Especially enough to know there are two extremely different types of hikes. Last fall, my youngest son and I took a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park near Estes Park. I carried a small top anti theft backpack for our light jackets, water bottles, a few snacks, and our cameras. While we covered three miles roundtrip to

Helping Special Families

I can still remember walking out of Children’s Hospital on a September afternoon in 1998. My brain struggled to process the geneticist’s diagnosis that my 22-month-old daughter had Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS). Caused by a rare and random genetic mutation, CdLS affects growth and development resulting in small stature, (often) limb differences, developmental delays, autistic-like behavior, and many other issues. On one hand, I felt relieved to know it wasn’t my fault that Anna was

Expand Your World

Ever had the words of a song bring a smile to your face … and conviction to your heart at the same time? For me, the message came through Matthew West’s song, My Own Little World. A very self-centered world. Population? Me. As this blog’s regular followers know, my personal goal this year is to be like a tree planted by rivers of water. Developing deep roots and spreading out my branches to shade and support

Fruity Siblings

The second time I found out I was pregnant, I cried for a week. Not happy tears. No. Fearful, overwhelmed, I-can’t-do-this tears. In fact, I begged my husband not to tell anyone the news until I could say it without crying. Why? Because I had a tiny six-month-old daughter at home and was just barely starting to figure out what it meant to be a parent. It’s probably a good thing that I didn’t know that

The Water of Life

What fills your day? Probably some of the same things I face. Work. Housework. Bills to pay. Laundry. Cooking and cleaning. Children. Responsibilities and deadlines. Relaxation and simple pleasures. Drudgery and dreams. They all add up to a life overflowing with activity. So, what if something sour happens in one area? Like a child is diagnosed with a rare genetic condition such as Cornelia de Lange syndrome or another child develops allergy-induced asthma? Life goes

Parenting Outside the Plan

When I grew up, I wanted to be a Mommy like the ones I’d seen on TV. The ones with the loving children who got along. The ones who wore a string of pearls while fixing meals from scratch. The ones whose biggest parenting problems were easily solved within half an hour and whose houses always looked super-clean. Well, I grew up. And became a Mom whose family bears little resemblence to the fictional ones

Making Lemonade – FREE for a Limited Time

When life gives you lemons, how you approach, process, and transform them makes all the difference. Especially for parents facing the sour experiences of raising a child with developmental, behavioral, and/or health needs. Making Lemonade: Parents Transforming Special Needs incorporates practical strategies from a Christian worldview and the emotional stories of parents (including me!) busy in the kitchen of life to offer readers hope and encouragement as they face their own lemons. Mirroring the steps

Don’t Blink …

… or time will pass you by. Last week, I had one of those moments when reality hit me right between the eyes. While Anna’s been talking for over a year about going to high school, nothing makes it all sink in like setting foot inside the doors of the building to register for classes. My little girl is growing up. I’ve known it all along. After all, that’s why we’ve invested years in early

Processing Difficult News

What do you do with news you didn’t expect? I’ve learned it all depends on what kind of news it is. (Since good news is much easier to accept than bad news.) But it’s also important to have a strong foundation for life since the stability of family and faith keep the boat from rocking too much.   On Thursday, I had a meeting with my daughter’s educational team to discuss her autistic-like behaviors. The

Leaning Towers

Leaning Towers

An estimated one million visitors flock annually to view a bell tower on the coast of Italy. Constructed from 1173 to 1370, it is just one of many examples of ancient architecture. But there’s something different about this tower in the oceanside village of Pisa. It’s leaning. The foundation of the building was placed on unstable soil (a future blog post topic). Three stories of construction later, it began to sink on one side. Now,