Mom-in-Waiting

For five years I was a mom-in-waiting. Waiting is hard and the ache of wanting was constant. And I thought Mother’s Day should have been renamed “Bury my Head in the Covers and eat Chocolate Day.” I remember trying to go to church on Mother’s Day.  (Silly me).  Moms showed up with flattened corsages, macaroni […]

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Daring Greatly

On the day I heard about this book, I was gasping for air. Pieces of myself were held together with string and sheer will power. The smile I wore as a mask was most likely betrayed by my red eyes and lack of mascara. I was sure the pain in my heart screamed at everyone […]

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You’re Not My REAL Mom

When BJ and I were preparing to adopt, we were required to take classes that taught about adoption and parenting.  I remember being shocked to hear that one day, my darling child whom I hoped to adopt, might say to me: “I hate you.  You’re not my real Mom.” I was stunned.  How could a […]

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Primary Singing Time and Special Needs Children, Part 3 of 3 Part Series

Guest post written by my sister, Chris Houghton.  Chris teaches music to children ages 3-11 each week during the children’s meeting (Primary) on Sunday. This class is split into two groups: ages 3-7 and 8-11.  Each class has an average of 40-50 children.      Singing Time Being a chorister for children is hard!  Let’s […]

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How Sunday Teachers Can Assist Special Needs Children, Part 2 of 3 Part Series

Over the years my children have had some great teachers in church and I have also had the opportunity to teach other special needs children in church. I have learned some things from these wonderfully patient teachers and from my own experiences. Love the Children Children are smart.  They know whether or not we like […]

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Helping Special Needs Children During Church, Part 1 of 3 Part Series

My husband and I love to attend church to renew and prepare ourselves for the week.  We believe that a belief in something greater than ourselves has helped us raise the children we have been given. Therefore, it has been important that we attend church to seek guidance and worship as we believe. So each […]

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