PEACE IN EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING

I’ve often referred to my life as “joyful chaos.” I’ve been exceedingly blessed with five children—five boisterous people who make my life beautiful. But I have one little person in particular who is gifted at bringing the party, but her parties completely stress me out. How can someone so small cause such mayhem? She is challenging and Continue »

My Mature Mom Moment

  Rachel, my daughter with autism, adheres to routine. Her favorite activity is riding the school bus, which is not available on Saturdays. She didn’t get the memo. At 3 a.m., Rachel came into our room illuminating the way with her iPad. In her mind, it was time to get up for school (by the way, Continue »

Questions

by Jamie Ivey Recently I was tucking in my son, whom we adopted domestically, and I told him that his birth mom was getting married soon and that I had a picture of her in her new dress. He was excited to see it, and immediately the questions started to form in his little brain. Continue »

Raising Good Conversationalists

Do you sometimes feel embarrassed in front of your friends because your child won’t talk and simply grumbles a “yes” or “no” to an adult’s questions? Do you have trouble getting him to talk? Or do you yourself feel awkward in engaging someone in a conversation? Some skills in the family will be more “caught Continue »

Compassion

I think the year was around 1999. I received a call from a family who had been struggling with their recent adoption. Like all adoptive families, this family had been thrilled to bring home their new son. They had somehow raised all of the funds needed for their adoption and had sacrificed in many ways Continue »

An Antidote for Stress

There is one simple but profound reality that might have made a big difference for me as a mother … if I had the wisdom and maturity to have grasped it when I was swimming in children, chores, and Cheerios. I’ll explain why I say only “might” later. Just a few months ago I learned Continue »