Jennifer Dyer

Jennifer Dyer

Jennifer Dyer has an M.S. in Communications Disorders, which served her well in her professional career as a speech-language pathologist. Never did she imagine that her education and career were God’s way of preparing her to be a mom to her own daughter with autism. Today, she enjoys reaching out to other families who face similar diagnoses. As a cancer survivor, carpet-cleaning veteran, and originator of the “Messy House Ministry,” Jennifer feels blessed to share joy, peace, and humor with others facing life’s challenges. She and her IT genius husband Brandon have been married since 1998.


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Mom, Summertime Blues, and a Good Laugh

Ever had one of those days? The house has been flooded (twice) by a curious youngster with numerous rolls of toilet paper, the dog has turned shedding into an art…

The Indispensable Dad

Have you ever thought about the importance of a father? Though most of the time it’s mom who spends more hours with the children, there is no one who can replace dad.

Expectations and Giving Myself Grace

Expectations are a bit like resolutions, aren’t they? They can get us into a load of trouble, especially if you’re like me and set the bar too high. I recently…

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.,…

“I’m not good enough.” Dealing With Defeating Thoughts

A few weekends ago, I had the opportunity to speak at MomLife BootCamp. Prior to the conference, I kept hearing this nagging voice in my head: What do you have to…

Expectations vs. Reality: What to Do When Life Doesn’t Match The Plan

Expectations are like rabbits. They can be warm and fuzzy, but when ungoverned, all manner of problems result. The other day I had only a few minutes to make a…

Mom vs. Angry Child: Resisting the Urge to Bite Back

Eldest was having a bad day. The world was conspiring against her. To make matters worse, Dad was making her do homework. So when I entered the scene with a…

Moms Need Encouragement

The other day Eldest and I had a wonderful mother-daughter date … until the drive home. Somehow, reflection on a movie shifted into an argument about laundry, which ended in…

Autism, Food, and Weighty Parenting Issues

As a child I struggled with food. Texture issues and a strong gag reflex made meals a chore. I didn’t even like going over to friends’ houses because I was…

How Is Your Foundation?

The other day while waging war against the weeds in my yard, I noticed the dirt was pretty low next to the driveway. In fact, there seemed to be a…

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