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Where is Home?

I just returned from a glorious week stateside. I got to travel all alone to my home. I am from small-town Texas. I love it. I got to go to…

Autism and the Pumpkin Patch and the Park (aka, Why Friends are Awesome)

The other day, Rachel and my other daughter had a day off of school, so I had the brilliant idea to take them to a pumpkin patch. I envisioned pictures…

Mom Tips to Build Volunteer Kids

Let’s volunteer! You know the old saying, “It is better to give than receive.” For many families, the best gifts they can give is the gift of themselves … through…

How to Help Teachers and Caregivers

Back-to-school nights, parent-teacher conferences, adjustments for some kids, a teacher who doesn’t click with your child, and Mom deluged with paperwork … does this sound like your house? Naturally, we…

You Have Permission to Say “No”

In part 2 of our interview, Mary Beth Chapman talks about balancing life with all of the many responsibilities that come along with it and gives us all permission to say ‘No’ when necessary.

How to Encourage the Parent of a Special Needs Child

As a mother of a child with autism, I face discouragement daily. But I’ve been blessed with wonderful friends and family who lift my spirits. I thought I’d pass along…

Giving: A New Kind of Shopping Spree

One of the feelings I hate is what I’ll call the after-Christmas glut. It’s a little like that feeling you can get after a Thanksgiving feast: I reeeeaaally ate too much. I…

A New Perspective — Helping a Friend Cope with Alzheimer’s

Over the last several months I’ve watched one of my good friends experience a new season of life. Shortly after her diagnosis with Alzheimer’s, it became apparent that my friend’s…

A Simple Meal

Kristina walked into our yard selling overpriced magazines.  She explained that she was from the inner city and the organization she represented gave her an opportunity to “reach her goals.” …

The Eternal Value of Scrubbing Your Toilet

I’m sure it has crossed your mind at some point: This toilet only gets dirty again. My kids wear their clothes and toss them in the hamper (or don’t) again. These beds…

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