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When V-Day is D-Day

“I hate Valentine’s Day,” the middle-aged woman sadly shared with me. “Why?” I responded. “At my office, I have to spend the entire day watching the other women receive flowers…

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…

Becoming Relevant

Interruptions. Obstacles. Full Stops. Moments when God locks doors and makes the handles red hot to burn your fingers and keep you safe from going places you shouldn’t. Moments when your…

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…

Following Dreams

I often ask moms what they dream about. “If you could do anything and know it would succeed, what would it be?” I often hear things like: Teach cooking classes…

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…

Being Normal

I received a note from a good friend who is reading the book Susan Yates and I wrote, “Barbara and Susan’s Guide to the Empty Nest.” She wrote, “Read more of…

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…

Olympic Impossibilities

Did you or did you not gasp when China’s Shen and Zhao faltered on that lift? I could hardly contain myself as I waited for their scores to find out…

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