13 Signs You’re a Mom of a KWSN

There are many things that let us know we have special kids who happen to have special needs.  Since some of our friends and loved ones don’t know a lot of them, I thought I’d give them a little Cliff’s Note into what identifies us.  If you agree with any of these or would like to add more, please let me know in the comment section!  I’d love to hear from you! Continue reading

Christ-like?

I’m struggling.  I used to know my beliefs, and I was sure about them.  You know what I mean?  How you’re so sure of everything when you’re younger?  There is no gray; everything is black and white.  It’s either this way or it’s that way.  No middle ground.  I was so sure that God had my back, and I leaned on Him.  I was so sure that everything I read in the Bible was accurate, and exactly God’s Word.  Now, I’m questioning everything.  I feel really bad about that.  But I can’t help it.  (If you’re easily offended, please don’t read anymore.  I don’t mean to cause any offense but this is how I’m feeling at this moment in time.) Continue reading

What Do I Do Now?

Once upon a time, there was a girl who thought all she wanted was to be married to the man of her dreams and have beautiful children. She never thought of much more than that. When folks asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up she replied, “a wife and mother”. Maybe that’s due to the fact that her own childhood wasn’t picture perfect. She didn’t live in a traditional family. She grew up in a “broken home” where her parents were secondary caregivers and her grandmother raised her. Continue reading

Play Group Isn’t Just for Your Kid

Our two Princesses playing dress up at Second Sunday

Our two Princesses playing dress up at Second Sunday

For a while now, our family has been part of a play group that is for our kids with special needs and their siblings.  We’ve been going for about 8 months or so.  It’s always on the second Sunday of the month, thus our name: Second Sunday Play Group.  It is this group that is always there for us, and we for them.  It is this group of folks who have made us realize that you can’t bury your head in the sand and hope all of your kids’ issues will just go away.  And it is this group that has shown us that no matter what, there is always something for which to be thankful. Continue reading

From One Child to Another

I’ve heard my friends talk a lot about how different it is to go from having only one child to having two or more.  While that’s very true, it’s even more true when your first child has special needs.  To add another child into the mix can be terrifying, exhilarating, and overwhelming.  It also adds more love, laughter, and tears.  You’ve probably heard me say that it took a lot of soul searching, prayers, and conversations to decide to have our daughter.  Our son was born with cerebral palsy, and while he is able to sit on his own, crawl, and now walk, he was not able to for a long time.  He was not walking at 5 years old when we had our daughter.  That’s right; I had a five-year-old son who weighed 45 pounds and I was pregnant and then had a baby in a carrier for a year.  It was hard work to help him so much, when my own body was changing so drastically, and then to have a baby in a carrier on one arm and my big boy on the other should’ve helped Mama to lose the pregnancy weight–but it didn’t.  I digress. Continue reading

My friends know too much.

Some of my favorite people.

It’s Thursday, Mamas and Papas.  You know what that means: another post about the things for which I am thankful.  Today, I’d like to tell you about my friends.  I have a lot to be thankful for, but they are right at the top of a really long list.  I have Florida friends, and I have Kentucky friends.  The difference is that the friends in Florida have known me pretty much my whole life.  Some I met in church as a baby, some I met in elementary school, and others in middle and high school.  Then there are the Kentucky folks whom I’ve only known for a few years, but it feels like forever. Continue reading

Things I’ve Learned As a Mother-Update

Because today is Funny Friday and this Mama has no funny in her due to a cold, a pounding headache (thanks Mother Nature!), and the kids are home from school (thanks a lot Snow Day!), I am recycling one of my favorite posts, and updating it.  Some of it is funny, some of it is heart-felt, but all of it is true.  I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it years ago when Riley was a baby, but I have made some changes to it. Continue reading

Lazy People, iPhones, and Jesus

Have you ever heard someone say about people receiving government assistance, “People should get out and get a job.  Why do I have to work and others can sit at home on their butts reaping the rewards of my hard work?”  If you haven’t heard that, count your lucky stars.  I actually have heard some of my dearest friends say those exact words.  In fact, some of my family members have said that. It’s negative, and it also doesn’t really do anything to help the situation. Continue reading

Grandma=Love.

On this Thankful Thursday, I’m thinking about my grandma.  See, my grandma was admitted to the hospital Tuesday for some pretty serious issues that came up at the nursing home where she’s been living for almost two years now.  Grandma is one of those women who always did for others, hardly ever taking time for herself.  I guess, when you’re the middle child of 13, you don’t have much time for yourself. Continue reading