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We live in a world with God’s creativity all around us. We see unique beauty in the many things He created. Whether we look to animals, plants or people, we see God’s creative genius everywhere. Regarding people, we see the diversity of God’s handiwork in that 75-80% are neuro-typical — their brains are wired typically — while the other 20-25% are wired differently.

The world often considers these individuals to be disabled in some way. While I certainly understand this perspective, I can’t lose sight of the fact … Read more

On Stepping Outside Comfort Zones

Recently, my husband has begun stretching his boundaries. What a wonderful experience for him as he is able to try new things, learn what he can and cannot do, and begin finding things he really enjoys that do not bring harm to his fragile brain or our family’s well-structured, neuro-atypical affirming lifestyle.

Unfortunately, I am freaking out.

OK, clearly I am being too extreme. But it is hard for me to watch my husband try new things. I think this is a common refrain on this blog. So many of us have children (or spouses) who are stretching their wings, … Read more

Developmental milestones at age 20


I delight in God’s favor on my kid’s life. Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” He is gracious in opening my eyes to Dan’s growth, to see that he is changing. I remember how he used to be, and then he says something, and I am astonished and grateful to be a witness to his metamorphosis.

Just this month, his dad/my hubby took him to a Nationals game when the Cubs came to town on Dan’s 20th birthday. Dan … Read more