Enjoying the Holidays: 9 tips for Families of Children with Special Needs

Photo Credit ECCU.org

Photo Credit ECC

The holidays can be fun, but they can add stress to the lives of children with special needs. Do you have a family member with special needs? Maybe a nephew, niece, cousin or it could even be your own child. My boys do not have special needs, or at least any I am aware of, but many of their classmates and friends do. In fact one of my boys best friends has some sensory issues.

That is why I wanted to share some of these helpful tips from the Episcopal Center for Children (ECC), a nonprofit organization serving children with special needs ages 5-14 in the greater Washington, DC area.

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A Little Perspective When You Feel Discouraged

A Little Perspective - airplaneHave you ever looked out the window of an airplane? Soaring above the clouds looking down at the earth below. It’s amazing how small everything looks from up there. From the Empire State Building to the Grand Canyon they all seem tiny and not as monumentous when staring down at them from 30,000 feet.

Abraham, Noah, Paul, King David and our forefathers never got to see this view. They didn’t have the opportunity to see the vastness of the Earth God created. Yet I sit here in a small seat above the clouds looking out over the beauty of God’s creation and wonder if He sees it this way. I know, I know not a very sound theological thought. I mean God is omnipresent right? So can you imagine Him looking down from our atmosphere and seeing how small our country seems. Or looking at Earth from space and realizing the whole world can be held in His hands! Or, wait for it, looking down from the heavens and seeing the entire universe, galaxy and seeing that we are just a blip in the Lord’s timeline.

And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

Luke 12:22-31

When I remember who God is I am reminded who I am in comparison. I am a spec of dust and can’t even be seen from 30,000 feet. Yet the Lord sees me, He even knows how many hairs are on my head. If he cares about the lilies of the field when they will die tomorrow how much more does he care for me. And if he can see that much detail throughout all our known galaxy our problems don’t seem too large for such a God as this.

So the next time I sing “He’s got the whole world in His hand’s” I will remember that He actually does.

Thrive Market GIVEAWAY!

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I have loved using Thrive Market for all my pantry staples for two years now and I wanted to share it with all of you! Watch the video below and go to my Facebook page and leave a comment on the post to enter. GOOD LUCK!   Tweet

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My First Day Of Kindergarten

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Today was our first day of school. I say ‘Our’ because really it’s both Little Man’s first day of kindergarten and my first day as a mom sending her kid to a full day of school. With bells and lunches and recess, the works! This isn’t like preschool at all! I think I was more […]

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Mommy Son Date to See The Amazon Premiere of The Stinky & Dirty Show

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Although I was compensated to attend and share about this show all opinions are my own. Trust me guys I don’t write about stuff I don’t like. 😉 I was recently afforded the opportunity to attend the premiere party for Amazon’s brand-new series The Stinky & Dirty Show, based on the “I Stink!” book series. […]

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Why is Summer the Worst as a Mom?

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Ahh Summer…those carefree days of running through sprinklers, staying up late and roasting marshmallows, playing in the sand. These are the memories that come to mind from my childhood. Summer felt freeing as a child. Free from school. Free from the strict schedule. Free from the monotony of the routine as we vacationed to fun […]

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How Using Positve Discipline and The Whole Brain Child Nipped a Meltdown in the Bud

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Since my last post I have been really working on parenting in a more positive way. IN fact John and I have been taking a seven week course on Positive Discipline and the Whole Brain Child. If you haven’t heard of Positive Discipline it’s an approach to parenting that has TONS of tools to help you […]

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When Did My Kids Become an Inconvenience?

My daily reminder to show them love even in the midst of bad behavior

Have you ever had one of those parenting moments that just stops you in your tracks and you know you will remember this moment forever? Last week was one of those moments for me, and not in a good way. Tweet

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A Review of Naturepedic Organic Mattresses: from 5 boxes to a queen mattress

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I was THRILLED to be chosen as the winner of a queen sized mattress from Naturepedic back at the ShiftCon Conference back in September! I have been wanting one of their mattresses for myself ever since I met them back in 2014 and purchased a crib mattress from their booth. My husband and I finally […]

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Treasuring the little things: God’s lessons to a young mom

“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”  Luke‬ ‭2:19‬ Today I treasured these things in my heart like Mary. I want to bundle up this morning in a bow and tuck it away like a gift to be opened later when I need a little encouragement. Maybe today you […]

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