It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and I’m basking in the glow of having had our family together around the table. Like many, we missed getting to celebrate with our extended families. 2020 brought a more intimate gathering of “just us.” My husband and I sat with only our four, nearly all grown children. We laughed…

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Keep it simple! Are you new to homeschooling due to all the changes going on in our world? If so, I’m here to repeat my mantra, “Keep it simple!” Many years ago, I homeschooled our two special-needs children for some time during their early elementary years. I tried many of the things I had heard…

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Wow, Full Joy Ministries has already been up and running a few months now! Thank you to all those who have visited the new site. Let’s celebrate and recap together! March brought the launch of the new book, Staying Power, Building A Stronger Marriage When Life Sends Its Worst. Staying Power was written by Carol…

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Encouraging Our Typical Children

Trying to find the perfect words to say when our children are struggling with an issue can be a challenge. Rarely in the moment do we feel we said exactly the right thing. It seems all too often I come up with the best things to say after my child has left the room. This…

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Writing Words come and go, Sometimes fumbled, Other times flow. Writing, Like a pouring out, Cleanses me. A spoken word, Can evaporate, But in ink no. It keeps for me to see, Maybe for others too, We both have a need. Writer or reader, We seek, A release or something new. My released pain, Or…

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Thoughts come and go, Some move in to stay! Some are friendly, Bringing rest. Some are hostile, Stealing peace. I imagine this door, An entrance of sorts. Peace, you are welcome here, Hope, you too may come in. Others are turned away. Fear, sorry there is no room. Worry, you must turn and go. Thieves…

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A gift you can hear. A joy that talks. A medicine for the soul. From a friend even more so. It lightens my load, brightens my vision, awakens my hope. From a friend even more so. To be shared, multiplied, invited in… like an invitation from a friend. Thank you for the gift. No need…

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Lord, when I grow old… I hope I look more like Jesus, But in my own skin. I want to wear big hats, Be able to laugh at myself, Make others laugh until they cry, Spend time growing red roses, Get lost in reading good books, Spend time with my grandchildren -playing dress up and…

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Love helps. Love tries hard. Love makes many plans. But on some days, Alone love can stand. Help can help too much. Trying hard can be too hard. Plans fall down. Frustration moves in. But on some days, Let love see… The light in a son’s eyes. Let love hear… The beat of his drum.…

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Like many special needs parents, we parent both special needs children and typical children. We find ourselves working to meet such a wide range of needs for all of them. This is where I found myself one day when my teenage son negotiated for more freedom, to let him “be himself.” I had a special…

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