Mommas: You Are Not Failing.

Last week I found myself feeling sad.  It was a combination of things.  The death of a boy in a nearby county due to a school shooting, Hurricane Matthew on a war path heading toward our state, our current political quagmire, an article in the news about a special needs boy that broke my heart….I…

The Quirky Kid’s Guide to Eternity

As most of you know, my oldest daughter is profoundly Autistic and I often share lessons we learn from our journey as her parents.  Something I do not talk about very often, however, is that my only son, my 15-year-old firstborn, has Asperger Syndrome.  Although there are some similarities with their conditions from time to…

When Life Gets Crazy

Crazy.  That’s what we do at our house.  We do it pretty well.  We’re gifted at crazy.  We even have a dog that I’m convinced has a split personality.  I recently told the story of getting a 2nd degree burn in my kitchen.  What I didn’t tell was that a spaghetti squash exploded on me. …

The Challenge of Thanksgiving: Post-it Note #124

We woke up Saturday morning to a frosty house and no hot water.  There was a problem with some gas lines in our area that left several houses chilly on a cold day.  My Saturday morning didn’t go quite like expected as I tried to find some heat for the Posties to stay warm.  But…

The Hand You Hold…Post-it Note #60

Do you have a little person in your world whose hand you get to hold?  A child or grandchild?  A niece, neighbor or nephew that looks to you for safety, strength and acceptance?  It’s a great privilege isn’t it?  When that small little hand reaches out to you it makes something right in the world….

The Spanking…Post-it Note #58

When I was a kid my parents took very literally and very seriously Proverbs 22:15 which says: “Folly (foolishness) is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline will drive it far away.”  And I must have been pretty foolish (or mouthy) because the rod of discipline, a.k.a. “Daddy’s Belt” was…

My Lost Day…Post-it Note #57

Sometimes you have a grand idea of all you plan to accomplish in the course of a day or a weekend and then along comes someone or something that turns things completely around.  I just had a weekend like this.  I had a To Do list a mile long, but my husband had this idea. …

Showers of Blessings…Post-it Note #55

I used to think that taking a hot shower every day was a right that was mine as a hard-working tax-payer.  But 5 kids and 13 years of parenting later, I realize that taking a shower is, in fact, a HUGE privilege.  I know it is an honor to be so popular that a toddler…

A Joyful Noise…Post-it Note #45

Sometimes when people meet my daughter, Cadence, they say something like, “God knew you were special giving you a child like her.”  Cadence is eleven, profoundly Autistic, essentially non-verbal, and  labeled with Intellectual Disability (Mental Retardation).  I smile because they mean well, but I know better.  I’m as ordinary as can be.  Prone to come…

A Little Place I Know…Post-it Note #44

Sometimes we only know the significance of a moment as we look at it in hindsight.  After it’s a memory.  But there are times when you are in a moment and you KNOW that you are a part of something amazing.  God is present in the here and now and He has showered enough grace…

The Yellow Brick Road…Post-it Note #41

Do you remember The Wizard of Oz?  I remember being scared out of my mind of the flying monkeys!  I still have trouble watching that movie.  But I loved all the other parts.  Especially the Munchkins and all their voices saying, “follow the yellow brick road”. We all wish we could follow a yellow brick…

Post-it Note #37: Down the Rabbit Hole

My middle child loves animals.  For her 9th birthday this summer she wanted a bunny rabbit.  She begged and begged and begged from months and months and months.  I told her that I would only consider a rabbit if she did all the research to find out all the necessary things needed to care for…