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She is Joan of Arc

Every parent wants their children to grow up and make an indelible mark on the world in some significant way, yet most of us fail to understand what it means to do this by way of holiness rather than worldly success. Unfortunately, the world tells us that making a difference translates into high credentials, lots [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|Book Reviews, Faith and Family, parenting|1 Comment

Getting Past Perfect

If you are a mother - or a father, for that matter - you know what it's like to vacillate between fear of failure and a sense of satisfaction.  Parents have the toughest job imaginable, and we can never seem to get it all right.  The world somehow tells us that, should we "choose" motherhood, [...]

By | March 22nd, 2017|Book Reviews, Faith and Family, parenting|0 Comments

The Bittersweet Changes of Parenthood

I’m not a naturally maternal person.  Growing up in a small family, I wasn’t exposed to babies and toddlers on a regular basis – and I was fine with that.  To me, babies squirmed and smelled and really were quite boring.  In my petulant way of thinking as a teenager, I resolved to never have [...]

By | January 4th, 2017|Faith and Family, parenting, spirituality|0 Comments

The Grace of Imperfect Motherhood

I’ll be the first to let anyone know that I am not a natural mom. In fact, I never grew up around babies in my small family of origin, and I never babysat. I didn’t like babies, and I certainly didn’t intend to have my own. That was, of course, over twenty years ago, and [...]

By | December 28th, 2016|Faith and Family, Featured, parenting|0 Comments

Getting Special Needs Children Involved in Art

Art can be a great form of therapy for children with special needs, especially those who have difficulties with communicating in the verbal sense. When words can’t be used to communicate or express feeling, art can. As a mother of an autistic child, I know how difficult communication can sometimes be between parents and special [...]

By | December 14th, 2016|Featured, parenting, special needs|0 Comments