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My Dear Friend Jaclynnette: A Tribute

I don't want to write this. And yet, I must. My heart cries out in longing for the friend I lost. I think to myself that writing about her will help the healing and grieving process. There's something about expressing everything I feel by translating it into words...

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Be Brave and Take Family Pictures

I don’t know about you, but my Pinterest feed is currently filled with adorable fall family pictures and ideas for a photo shoot. October and November are great months to grab your camera (or a photographer), coordinate your entire family’s outfits, and plan an...

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Guilt and Competition

  My son Samuel was diagnosed with autism at 28 months old. He was mostly non-verbal, except for when he scripted his favorite movie lines or spelled out letters he saw on signs. He had no meaningful communication and he screamed a lot. He repeatedly banged his...

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The Special-Needs Scrim

The sanctuary was dark. The air was thick with grief, tension, and anticipation of what we all knew was coming next. But nothing prepared me for what my eyes were about to behold. I was watching our church’s Easter pageant from the middle of the large auditorium. We...

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Remembering the Christmas Diagnosis

Seven years ago today, I took Samuel to the Kansas City Regional Center to meet with a psychologist for autism testing "just to rule it out." Instead, we left with an official diagnosis of moderate/severe classic autism. He was constantly scripting with no meaningful...

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She Just Sees Sam

I was really hopeful after such a great day yesterday. It had been a full Saturday for Sam. He went to a new soccer group (his very first!), got his hair cut, and had an ice cream date with me. It was one thing after another, and that's a lot to process. He had a...

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Just for Today

Today, my son still has autism. Every day for the rest of his life, he will have autism. But today, or rather right now, I don’t want to dwell on the difficulties autism brings and will bring when he comes home from school at the end of the day. I don’t want to wish...

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When You Can’t Talk About the Hard Things

When You Can’t Talk About the Hard Things

Episode 11 When You Can't Talk About Hard ThingsAs a special needs parent, sometimes there are just some things we can't share. What if people don't understand? Some things are too private and would be embarrassing to our child if we talked about it. But it's still...

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When Your Child is Hurting: An Interview with Evana Sandusky

When Your Child is Hurting: An Interview with Evana Sandusky

Episode 9 When Your Child is Hurting: An Interview with Evana Sandusky Where is God when your child is hurting? How do we pray for them? How do we cope in the face of crisis and chronic illness? Evana Sandusky talks about her children's medical complexities, stories...

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Building Community with Cara Milne

Building Community with Cara Milne

Episode 8 Building Community with Cara MilneWhat does it feel like to truly belong? Cara Milne talks with Sarah Broady about her book, "Building Community: Practical Ways to Build Inclusive Communities for People Who are Vulnerable". We discuss Cara's story of...

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Jason Hague: Aching Joy

Jason Hague: Aching Joy

Episode 7 Jason Hague: Aching JoyJason and Sarah discuss Jason’s book, Aching Joy, including being transparent, choosing joy, embracing pain, and especially finding hope. Plus, some fun bonus content at the end, so stay tuned!  Hosts & Guests Sarah Broady...

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