From One Dad To Another

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  He is completely dependent on me for everything in his life. From the moment he wakes up until the moment he drifts off to sleep at night, I have to provide his every need. He is incapable of surviving in this world without me. He’s utterly helpless on his own. Without me in his Read More…

Green Jell-O and Gratitude

Jeff and Jon Alex- First night home from the hospital

  Green Jell-O. Who in the world would ever suspect me of being grateful for green Jell-O? What 48-year old man would get excited, downright giddy, over the appearance of green Jell-O on a hospital tray? And yet I would peel the plastic top off the container in suspense, and then eagerly and joyfully consume Read More…

The “Next” Greatest Generation

Photo Credit en.wikipedia.org  American flags decorate the headstones of service members that have passed away at the Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, Va., on VeteranÕs Day. Opened in 1983, over 16,000 service members and dependants are buried at the cemetery. U.S. Navy photo by PhotographerÕs Mate 2nd Daniel J. McLain (RELEASED)

  I am a patriot. Unashamed, unabashed, and proud. I think there were two defining moments in my life that played a huge role in my sense of patriotism. When I was 13, my parents took me to Washington D.C. for our country’s bicentennial. I was transfixed and transformed that week  by the changing of Read More…

Seven Minutes

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      Seven minutes. Seven minutes of chest compressions as they struggled to restart my heart. Seven minutes between life and death. I was receiving a dialysis treatment when I realized I was rapidly getting short of breath and struggling to breathe. In a matter of minutes I went into respiratory arrest. Becky had Read More…

Not Forgotten

Not Forgotten

He was the last thought I had before I left. All the preparation, all the plans, and all the instructions- everything had been leading to this moment. I kept thinking of all the “what-ifs’” and running them through my mind over and over. Above all else, while getting ready to leave on my extended trip, Read More…

I’ve Been Robbed…So Thanks

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    Dear Autism and Cerebral Palsy I’ve been meaning to write to you for quite some time but thanks to you two, I’ve been pretty busy as you can imagine. Over the years I have cursed at you, yelled at you, cried at you, and tried my best to understand you. The more I Read More…

What Can We Learn From The Eagles?

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Photo by the Pennsylvania Game Commission as it appeared in USA Today It’s the picture that went viral during the recent snowstorms that ravaged the country. If you watched the news or you were active on social media, you probably saw the video and pictures. Two bald eagles stoically, earnestly, and with unmatched resolve, braved Read More…

15 and counting…

15 and counting

    15 and counting… I haven’t missed one yet, and I don’t plan on stopping. We had our annual IEP meeting this week for our 17-year old son. This was number 15. I’ve been to all of them. I read every word of the draft copy of the IEP prior to the meeting. I Read More…

The Man in the Mirror

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  I know you. I recognize your face from when we were shaving this morning. You’re the man in the mirror. I see things in your reflection that others don’t see or grasp. Everyone sees that you are a special-needs dad. They see your smiles, they hear your words, and they enjoy your sense of Read More…

Raising Kids With Love- Lori Wildenberg

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                            Every month I join the talented the team at 1corinthians13parenting.com as the writer sharing from the perspective of a special needs parent. Lori Wildenberg is the co-founder of 1corinthians13parenting.com. She and Becky Danielson have assembled a writing team who share from Read More…