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

When I Am Just So Exhausted

When I Am Just So Exhausted

Have you ever been through a season in your life when you were constantly tired? As a special needs parent, I believe it happens to all of us on a fairly regular basis, however I recently experienced a time in my life when it seemed as though I could not get any rest at all. Written by John Felageller

It's Not All On You

It's Not All On You

I didn’t dare move a muscle. Breathe in, breathe out, quiet, shallow, in, out. Don’t move. My son was finally asleep cradled in my arms against my chest. If I could just not move or breathe, maybe, just maybe he would sleep for 15-20 minutes and for that 15-20 minutes there would be no screaming and he wouldn’t feel the pain and I could rest – sort of. Written by Sarah McGuire

Healthy Rhythms Part 2: Relationships

Healthy Rhythms Part 2: Relationships

I didn’t understand how much becoming a parent would change my relationships. And being a parent to a child with special needs impacts that even more greatly. I don’t even just mean earthly relationships but my connection with God too. Written by Laurisa Ballew

4 Special Needs Parenting Reminders from a Deranged Robin

4 Special Needs Parenting Reminders from a Deranged Robin

Special needs parenting reminders came thick and fast when we were raising a son with major medical issues. But he overcame his health challenges, became an adult, and flew the coop long ago. These days, special needs parenting reminders arrive in strange ways. Written by Jolene Philo

10 Easy To Setup Sensory Activities Part 2

10 Easy To Setup Sensory Activities Part 2

Let’s be real. Sometimes those moments when the kids get home from school can be extra stressful. Having a plan and activities can provide structure and help relieve some of that stress. Written by Cathy Porter

Planning For Transitions

Planning For Transitions

“Hey Dad, I signed up to go to Destination Unknown with the youth group in a couple of weeks!” It was a Wednesday night, and these are the words our youngest son greeted me with as I picked him up. Written by Jonathan McGuire

10 Easy To Setup Sensory Activities Part 1

10 Easy To Setup Sensory Activities Part 1

In our house that bit of time just after coming back home from school is one of the real trigger points in the day. It’s a tired time of day for everyone, but my girls who have been masking non-stop all through the school day are simply beyond exhausted and in need of decompression and a chance to self-regulate. Written by Cathy Porter

Lets Journey Together, The Hope Anew Disability Podcast

Lets Journey Together, The Hope Anew Disability Podcast

Where are you at in this journey in disability and special needs? Are you the parent who is still searching for answers and trying to wrap your mind around this new diagnosis that has been given to your child? Maybe your overwhelmed with the day to day, the doctor appointments, the emotions that you are struggling with and the pain that you see your child in… Written by Jonathan McGuire