Why Your Special Needs Child Should Play Sports, by Andi Sligh

I know how scared you are.  When it comes to signing your special needs child up for sports, you find yourself imagining your physically disabled child falling, or drowning, or being bullied, or <insert some other worst case scenario here>. You know your child won’t be able to run as fast, or swim as well,…

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How Advent Reminds me of my Identity as a Daughter, by Anne Jones

Much of the last fourteen years of my life, the focus has been on motherhood. In a particular way, I think being a special needs parent constantly keeps my attention on being a mother, not only in the day-to-day caring of children, but also in all the doctor and therapist appointments, the seemingly constant filling…

Our Lady of Guadalupe: How Simplicity and Surrender Can Help Us, by Katy Klimczuk

Our Lady of Guadalupe: How Simplicity and Surrender Can Help Us, by Katy Klimczuk

My first recollection of Our Lady of Guadulpe was in the fourth grade. A group of nuns came to visit our very small Catholic school. I don’t remember specifics, but I know that it struck me as special and important because I kept the laminated information and prayer card for decades. Even at that young…

Recognizing God’s Presence In The Midst of Grief, by Kate Anderson

I’ve always had great empathy for couples going through infertility and miscarriage, although I’d had no firsthand experience with either. I had three kids in three years, so it’s safe to say, I had no problems with fertility. I’m a very family person and I always wished to have children of my own. I knew…

How Occupational Therapy Gave Us Peace and Understanding, By Katy Klimczuk

In 2019, we learned about a local occupational therapy clinic. As a former teacher, the only occupational therapy I knew about was for handwriting. But once I started noticing high sensitivity and sensory avoidant behaviors in my child, I knew that we needed some outside help. Uneven surfaces, unfamiliar places, and food preferences were becoming…

The Child of Those Tears Shall Never Perish, by Andi Sligh

Every August for many years, I have prayed the ,St. Monica novena. She was the mother of St. Augustine, a philosopher and theologian and one of the Catholic Church’s most highly revered saints, but it took seventeen years of her prayers for him to convert to Christianity (she also worked to convert her husband and…

Have You Tried Mary? Spiritual Direction for Special Needs Parents, by Heidi Indahl

“I’ve gotten used to and accepted that my life is going to look different than other people, but I can’t seem to get past the loneliness that comes with that. I can’t volunteer or participate or even relate to other moms in the same ways.” “Have you tried the Blessed Mother?” “Yes. I mean, yeah….