Should We Do ‘Chores’?

Should We Do ‘Chores’?

For many years now we have not had ‘chore charts’ or lists in our house. I don’t know what your experience is like but we found that when our oldest two reached an age where ‘chores’ seemed appropriate we did the right thing, we made a list, had a reward system in place and sat back to watch as skills, confidence, independence and a sense of team blossomed! We were brought down to earth with a bump fairly quickly. Written by Cathy Porter

Diagnosis, A Defining Moment

Diagnosis, A Defining Moment

I remember the moment perfectly. I was a counselor and was at a Burger King with a client when I heard the news about the planes hitting the twin towers in New York.  The rest of that day, my role was to help my clients process their own fears as the news unfolded. Written by Jonathan McGuire

A Mentor During Hard Times

A Mentor During Hard Times

Have you ever had those “ah ha” moments? Sometimes they are that one piece that helps everything else fit together and sometimes they are so obvious that you don’t know why you didn’t think of it before. Written by Jonathan McGuire

Reframing Life

Reframing Life

In this snippet from the Hope Anew Disability Podcast, Colleen Swindoll Thompson shares how our lives can resemble a HGTV Home Remodeling Show.

Check out the entire interview on September 2nd!

Beauty In The Ordinary

Beauty In The Ordinary

It never ceases to amaze me just how tiring and intense our family life can be, especially if I’m honest when school term is over and everyone has time off. All around us friends and family are heading off excitedly on holidays together – and we also head off, but perhaps with a more complex set of emotions than simple excitement. Written by Cathy Porter

Angels or One-To-One Aides

Angels or One-To-One Aides

One of the great things about the summer for our kids is the opportunity to attend a camp, whether it is an overnight go-away camp or just a local day camp through a church or private organization. Written by John Felageller

To The Mom Who Feels Like A Failure

To The Mom Who Feels Like A Failure

It was another long day, which turned into another long night, week, and month. There wasn’t much distinction between day and night. Either way, my son was in pain, screaming, and needing what comfort I could provide. Written by Sarah McGuire

The Power of Praying Scripture as a Special Needs Parent

The Power of Praying Scripture as a Special Needs Parent

My younger son has a speech delay, my older son a neurological-based speech disorder called apraxia that requires frequent and intensive speech therapy to learn to speak. He didn’t say his first words until he was almost four. Devastated by the lack of conversations I had with my children, one day I turned to scripture. Surely there was a passage or verse about speech that would encourage me, right? Written by Jenn Soehnlin

To The Mom Who Is Broken

To The Mom Who Is Broken

Sarah couldn’t sleep all night. I heard her come into the bedroom and could see the hint of sunlight coming in from behind our curtains, when I finally heard the gentle rhythm of her breath indicating she was asleep. She was no longer staying awake at night because she was with a child who needed her. She was awake because of her own health struggles. It was going to be another rough day. Written by Jonathan McGuire