As parents, we observe over time how the family relationships of our child with special needs evolve. We invite you to explore this theme through a 2012 Liahona Project Essay,Kind of Little.

It’s the costume season again.  For children in wheelchairs, remarkably creative parents have made it their favorite holiday.  Be inspired by Halloween On Wheels.

There is no way to describe the phenomenal response to our most recent Personal Essay, Sarah Sargent’s “The Non Baptism Day”.   LDS LIVING.COM picked up the story and featured it with a link to our site.  If you haven’t read it yet, prepare to be moved and informed on an important topic, not only by her inspiring story, but by your remarkable and insightful comments in response.


Halloween on Wheels

Homemade Halloween costumes are the best!  A little fellow named Carter, wheelchair-bound by Spina Bifida, surely thinks so.  His dad turned his wheelchair into a classic ice cream truck and the video went viral. “Amazing costume, Dad of the Year!” read … Continued


General Conference

How thrilling is it that the whole Church is gathered to hear the words of the Prophet this weekend? I like to think of it as a great family reunion that we have twice a year . . .


To Siri, With Love

Writes Judith Newman, author and mother: “Gus has autism, and Siri, Apple’s “intelligent personal assistant” on the iPhone, is currently his BFF.” As she puts it . . . ” This is a love letter to a machine.” Whatever your child’s challenges, … Continued

Personal Essays


The Non Baptism Day

A high pitched squeal of laughter pierces the otherwise reverent Sacrament Meeting as my son, Cohen, races at full speed towards the stand.  My husband’s feet are heavy and loud as he sprints after him.  Besides a few suppressed smiles, … Continued


The Flip Side to Flexible

When you have Special in your life, you learn to adapt.  As do your other children. I am not speaking of the adapting of your physical environment – your home, your furniture, the car, etc. Although, we do all of … Continued

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These Special Ones Can Do Hard Things, Too

A spontaneous standing ovation erupted from the crowd of thousands as Elijah’s name was called.  Elijah couldn’t contain his excitement, so he sprinted up the aisle to the stage.  His grin stretched into a huge smile as he was given … Continued


Her Voice

Last Sunday was our ward’s Primary program and Elise’s first one participating in. When the speaking parts were assigned and passed out to each child, I was pleased to know that Elise had a speaking part as well. It is … Continued



It has been said that we should develop an “attitude of gratitude.”  I honestly strive to follow this counsel, and as part of that effort would like to share something that is both humbling and incredibly exciting. Challenges and triumphs … Continued


It’s Okay To Be A Lower Light

Sometimes (often?) we feel like we have to know it all, do it all, be it all. Especially when you parent a medically fragile child, the feeling creeps in.  Do I really know enough? Can I do it?  I have … Continued


Noble Spirit

David’s body has grown bigger and stronger, but his mind is still behind, trapped inside the prison of autism. His ability to communicate is severely limited and his functioning is impaired by odd behaviors, emotional outbursts and limited understanding. Even … Continued

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He Knows Each of Us

Last year we had the summer of I Love Lucy. Just about every night during the kids’ summer break we would watch an episode or two of Lucy.  It was tremendously fun to see the kids enjoy a classic show … Continued


Leaving Home

Let’s be clear … I’m not God.  Nor am I His spokesperson.  But I have studied His words for the majority of my life.  I’ve poured my heart out to Him.  I have listened to His still, small voice.  And, I … Continued

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Not Sorry

When my daughter Callie was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy a couple of years ago, we received an outpouring of support and love from our friends and family.  Everyone was trying to be so kind and considerate of our feelings.  However, one sentiment that … Continued

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The Lion and the Lamb

Three years ago, our son Landen was born with a severe heart condition. We were shocked and devastated when doctors told us that he was not expected to live to his first birthday. Our little baby boy had a hard … Continued

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Love Unfeigned

In a March 1998 Friend article, Elder W. Craig Zwick of the Seventy wrote touchingly about his own son that is intellectually disabled.  Then he shared a favorite scripture:  Third Nephi 26:14.  You’ll remember this moment during Christ’s visit to … Continued