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Practical Tips For Living Out The Season Of Lent With Your Special Needs Child, by Anne Jones

Lent is a season of forty days leading up to Easter during which we try to strip away the distractions in our lives so we can focus on deepening our relationship with God. Catholics often mark this time of year in three ways: fasting, almsgiving, and prayer. I am sharing a few ways our family…

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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…

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How To Observe Advent As A Special Needs Parent

Christmas is coming and it’s easy to be overwhelmed, especially as a special needs parent. You’ve already got more on your plate than the typical parent, plus all the additional tasks of preparing for Christmas. But it is possible to slow down, observe Advent, and enjoy a Christmas focused on Christ, without becoming frazzled or…

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The Jesse Tree For Families: A New Easy Advent Tradition

This post contains affiliate links. You don’t need to miss out on observing Advent just because you’re a special needs parent. Preparing for Christmas can seem overwhelming because on top of all the extra work you do as the parent of a child with disabilities you’ve now got to squeeze in all the shopping, decorating,…

Caring for a Loved One with Mary- Introducing An Old Devotion To A New Audience of Caregivers
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Caring for a Loved One with Mary- Introducing An Old Devotion To A New Audience of Caregivers

Theresa Kiser is the author of the new book Caring for a Loved One with Mary: A Seven Sorrows Prayer Companion. It was her own experience caring for a medically complex child that led Kiser to this devotion in her greatest hour of need. “It wasn’t until truly the most difficult days of the caregiving…

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What Parents Can Learn From the Childless St. Gemma, by Andi Sligh

Today, April 11, is the feast day of St. Gemma Galgani. She lived a little over a century ago in Italy and is one of a select group of saints who experienced the wounds of Christ on her body. In addition to the stigmata, she faced numerous physical and personal struggles throughout her life. She…