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 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

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Autism, Food, and Weighty Parenting Issues

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How Is Your Foundation?

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De-stressing the Holidays

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The Martyr Mom

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A Lesson in Tenacity From My Daughter with Autism

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Resisting Desire’s Pull

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Doing Nothing

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