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From Special Ed to Valedictorian

Chance Mair, who has Asperger’s syndrome, started school in a special education classroom.  This week, he graduated as Valedictorian of suburban Seattle’s Marysville Arts and Technology High School.  His fellow students never knew about his challenges until he decided to … Continued

Where Hope Grows

Where Hope Grows

A new movie, Where Hope Grows, opened May 15th.  The plot:  A baseball player whose professional career was cut short due to his personal problems is suddenly awakened and invigorated by a young man with Down syndrome who works at the … Continued

Students Design Calming Chairs

Those who have seen the biopic about Temple Grandin will remember how she invented a machine that “hugged” her, calming and comforting her when she felt agitated.  It worked for her and others, but was large, cumbersome, and very expensive. Now, at … Continued

Personal Essays

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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

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Early Morning

Sitting here, Though it’s not really quiet, My heart listens carefully, the house is at peace. Morning air is still cool, the birds noisy, singing their love to the world, before day’s heat makes them cease. Already Two of my … Continued

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What Kindness Breeds

Energy. It is the most precious commodity in my life. No matter how many chocolate doughnuts I eat, I just can’t seem to create any more of it. Consequently, I have to conserve and protect the energy I have, which doesn’t … Continued

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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

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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

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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 Sword or the Angel

Sally and I sat on the top stair in our home and cried as we tried to deal with the shock of what we had just learned. Elijah had not developed the same as other children; he was delayed.  He … 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