Getting My Ears Lowered

parenting selfcare

“Where are you going Dad?” asks Grace. “To get my ears lowered” I answer. Of course this gets a confused look from Grace every time. It’s my way to say that I’m going to get my hair cut. Why is this important to me? Well… let’s take a look at a typical day for me: […]

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Tucson Temple

The kids and I decided to brave the heat the other day and headed to Tucson for the LDS temple open house for our Camp Beat the Heat field trip. It was a scorching day. But the views of the temple were worth the trip. The temple was beautiful! LDS temples are open to the […]

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5 Books on Inclusion and Special Needs

I love a good picture book. But when I looked as a young mother for book about adoption or special needs, most of them were explanatory books, not books with plots and fun characters. I’m so glad that we have more story picture books that allow us to teach about these topics without losing the […]

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When I can’t Write

chronic illness of child

Writing for GraceFull Parenting has been an interesting experience so far. Some of the things we share are very personal and bring up painful memories. There is good too, and we love to share the funny and the happy. However, my greatest lessons were learned during moments of pain, and sorrow. Writing about these moments […]

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Expressions of Love

  I learned a long time ago that love was going to look a little different in my family. I have a son who was pretty well behaved for everyone else but at home he would have huge meltdowns. I didn’t understand this for so long and it hurt. I thought that he didn’t love […]

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Using Journals For Better Parenting

Journaling to be a better parent

I’ve talked about My AM Routine and My PM Routine that I have used over the past year to help me with my thoughts and staying positive. I want to discuss one more tool I’ve used that has helped me stay positive as a parent and not let the craziness bring me down. I have two journals that […]

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5 Ways to Prepare for Travel with Special Needs Children

5 ways to prepare for travel special needs

I remember the moment clearly. We were 1 hour into a 5 hour flight. The skies outside were beautiful blue with soft white clouds. It was serene and calm. Totally unlike what was going on in our aisle. My 12 year old autistic son, who was prone to aggressive meltdowns, had just told me he […]

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Putting Mom to Bed

grace reading Maisy

I love bedtime routines. Freshly bathed children, snuggles with books, prayers, and late night talks with teens. It would even be better if I weren’t dragging from the exhaustion of the day. My dream would be moving bedtime routines to 10:00 am which is usually my high energy time.  Bedtime routines would include more snuggles, […]

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Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love

Grace taking care Sam

When I look at this photo I feel grateful for the love my children have for each other. Sam and Grace are both dealing with big health struggles. Perhaps that is what makes them both so compassionate when their siblings are ill. On this particular Sunday Sam was exhausted. He has CVID (more about that […]

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Dad is Fat

BJ and I love to laugh and we love to listen to clean comedians.  I recently heard about a new book by Jim Gaffigan: Dad Is Fat I love his comedy and I enjoy listening to funny stories about family life. Gaffigan has 5 kids and lives in New York City, which makes for some […]

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