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Surfers Healing Day Camp for Children with Autism: A Review

My son recently received the opportunity to participate in Surfers Healing Day Camp.  It was an amazing experience that our entire family will never forget! Surfers Healing is a nonprofit organization that was founded by Israel (Izzy) and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, often dealt with sensory overload issues and was diagnosed with autism at a young age. Izzy, a… Read More

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How Autism Affected My Faith

How Autism Affected My Faith

It’s easy to love and serve God when everything is going your way. But what do you do when it seems like your world has turned upside down? Do you still give God praise and trust Him? Or do you just walk away? Dear Hubby and I were very active in ministry during our early… Read More

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Having a Second Child When Your Oldest Has Autism

Having a Second Child

Dear Hubby and I enjoyed our time as newlyweds together.  We traveled, we were spontaneous, and we had all of the time in the world for each other.  As a matter of fact, we were having so much fun that the years flew by quickly for us.  We were knocking on our 30s before the… Read More

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Our Autism Journey: The Diagnosis

Our Autism Journey: The Diagnosis

Our Autism journey has been like a roller coaster ride. We’ve experienced the lowest of lows and the highest of highs along a path with many twists and turns. Here’s our story… It all started back in 2008. Big Brother was 15 months old and not talking. He had already met his other developmental milestones… Read More

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A Disney Planes Birthday Party!

Disney Planes Birthday Party Ideas

Dear Hubby and I decided to throw Big Brother a party for his birthday this year.  He recently discovered how fun parties could be (click here for the scoop on that), so we decided to make sure his birthday was extra special this year. We asked him if he wanted a Thomas the Train Party… Read More

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How to Start a Special Needs Ministry

special needs ministry

I’ve been writing about special needs ministry all of this week. Monday’s post was about “Going to Church with a Special Needs Child.” On Tuesday, I posted about “How Special Needs Ministry Blessed My Family.” Wednesday’s post asked the thought provoking question, “Is Your Church Special Needs Friendly?” Today’s post wraps up the series by… Read More

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Is Your Church Special Needs Friendly?

Is Your Church Special Needs Friendly?

On Tuesday, I wrote about How Special Needs Ministry Blessed My Family. While I’m very thankful for my church, I know that there are other families that would greatly benefit from a ministry like this as well.  Here’s why you should seriously consider having a special needs ministry at your church. Is your church special… Read More

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How Special Needs Ministry Blessed My Family

Special Needs Ministry

On Monday, I started a new blog series about the importance of special needs ministry.  The first post, “Going to Church with a Special Needs Child,” explained how the seed of special needs ministry was planted at my church.  Here’s what happened after one special lady decided to water the seed, tending to it until it… Read More

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Going to Church with a Special Needs Child

Going to Church with a Special Needs Child

I was having a rough morning. Despite my best intentions to be on time, a last minute diaper change had me running late for church. I picked up my baby boy from the changing table and moved quickly through the house, grabbing the baby bag, my purse and coat, and my oldest son. I loaded… Read More

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Preparing Your Autistic Child for a Trip to the Dentist

Big Brother had a dentist appointment on Thursday.  I had forgot about it until I received a reminder phone call on Monday. All of a sudden, I became anxious. Our last dentist appointment six months ago was a mini-disaster. Big Brother screamed, squirmed, and yelled so bad that the dental hygienist could barely brush his… Read More

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