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…

The Valentine Letter

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No chocolates, no flowers, not even a card. I know you say to yourself “That’s OK, what I really wanted was a nap anyway.” But you didn’t get that either. The dishes still lay untouched in the sink. The baskets of unfolded clothes are stacked on top of each other like planes circling the airport. Read More…

What’s In Your Hand?

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  “What is that in your hand?” After years of searching for purpose, years of struggling to find meaning, and years of wandering in the desert, Moses finally finds the answer in one simple question. The voice from the burning bush queries Moses, “What is that in your hand?” One holy moment. One God-ordained, God-orchestrated, Read More…