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Welcome to ChosenFamilies.org. I am so glad you have come to visit.

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

Hit Refresh


Beyond discouraged after last week’s setbacks, then wading through more of the same this week, until our tireless, retired pastor kindly says to my husband, “Mind giving me a moment alone with your wife?” (a first, I think) And my sadness spills over, weeping through our tithe’s worth of Kleenex, and being unable to reverse the flow once it starts, take the whole box to the car.


Dressing for a bi-annual lunch with 2 old friends, semi-dreading the “so how are you?”… wondering how transparent to be with my marriage fatigue? I could mention only the good things…. … Read more

How to Best Help Your Loved One

Hello, Dear One!

As a therapist, I feel that I do my best communication one-on-one, face-to-face.  How I wish we were sitting across the table from each other today, cups of coffee or tea in hand!  I wish we were eye-to-eye, in the hopes that this message could sink deep into your heart, soul, and mind.

Today’s message is a difficult one, and any time I bring the topic up, I’m usually met with a great deal of push back and resistance.  However, the idea is essential if you are wanting to best serve your loved one for the long … Read more