Mothers and Fathers of Special Needs Children

I have some dear friends who are raising an older, special needs son, and last week for Mother’s Day, the father of this special son shared with me a letter that he had written a few years earlier for the son’s mom. The son is not able to verbally express his deep love and appreciation […]

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Seventeen years after Alexis Grace

If you have tuned into any of these little essays or videos of mine you’ve likely observed that Jessica and I have a daughter that died seventeen years ago. Alexis was three-and-a-half when we lost her, and we’ve thought about her every single day since. I don’t know why it’s been on my heart to […]

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Amber is driving…and other emotional things!

“Ready or not…here I come!” I used to shout those words after counting to 100 (or close enough) and then charging out to find my hiding compadres, but I never thought that a game of hide-and-seek would contain my parenting mantra. “Ready or not…I’m now and forever a dad.” “Ready or not…my baby is starting […]

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Loved When Unlovable

Do you know that you were loved in your most unlovable moments? Do you know that God loved you even when you couldn’t love yourself? Has the weight of that truth ever worked its way into your soul? You were loved in the exact time when you were the most difficult to love. God loved […]

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A Family of Friends

“God is building a family. A permanent family. Earthly families enjoy short shelf lives. Even those that sidestep divorce are eventually divided by death. God’s family, however, will outlive the universe. You didn’t pick me. I didn’t pick you. You may not like me. I may not like you. But since God picked and liked […]

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