Choosing Beautiful

beautiful door

I was so blessed to get away for the weekend and re-energize. My sister and I attended the Queen of the Kingdom while BJ took care of the children at home. I have a supportive spouse and am so grateful that we encourage each other in our need to continue learning and growing. While at […]

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Queen of the Kingdom

Queen of the kingdom

Four years ago my sister announced that she had tickets to something called Queen of the Kingdom taught by Kim Duncan. It was a conference for women being held the last two days of our Utah vacation, which meant I could go. I was thrilled; hear the sarcasm? But she had already bought the tickets so […]

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Letting Sam Go

National Jamboree 2017

Sam forgets things. We returned from our Utah trip last Thursday. When we arrived home (after a 10 hour drive) he realized he had forgotten his suitcase. Well, I should say it was forgotten; he blames me. I just kept asking “whose suitcase was it?” Blame the ADHD. Medication helps, but he still forgets. Sam […]

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Provo Canyon Family Tradition

I believe that traditions are an important part of parenting. Not only is it fun, but it creates routine and automation, which as a mom of 5 kids, is necessary for survival! We know that every year, we will spend the 4th of July in Utah, in Provo Canyon at Big Springs Park. We get […]

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Love Letters on my Car

Every time I pull up to our local car wash, the salesmen will ask if they can buff out all the scratches on the side of my car. “We can get that out for you,” they say. Numerous bikes, scooters, and other toys have scratched the sides of my car. As they look a little […]

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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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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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