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Special Needs and Divorce Statistics: 91.8% are made up on the spot!

How many of you remember reading in the child rearing text book you had to read before having children that they would add extra stress to your marriage?  I think it was on page 39 where it said, “Please note that having children will increase the likelihood of added personal and marital stress, sleepless nights, and potential conflict between you and your spouse.  Please take this into consideration before taking this next step in your relationship.” You don’t remember reading the book?  Well neither do I because it doesn’t exist!  ...
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Feel Like Quitting? Keep Doing the Things You Can’t!

Thank you to everyone who stopped for a few minutes and joined me in thinking about David!  I hope you laughed and cried as hard as I did as you thought of the many ways David left his mark on this world and our lives. David was not a quitter.  No matter what curve ball was thrown at him he swung with all his might.  When David lost his vision and could no longer ride his bike, he became Evel Knievel on the scooter.  When he ran into a ...
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Thinking about David

I’m often asked by our guests if it is hard to talk about David over and over again.  His life and death is an integral part of David’s Refuge.  There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t mention his name, tell his story, or think about the privilege I had to be his father.  As I show people the sitting room, once his bedroom, memories of watching Yankee games together, listening to Adventures in Odyssey, or quietly lying with him in his bed to comfort him during a ...
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A Lesson from Yams

Last week I met with an incredible group of parents who were part of a pilot project called CHAT, Communication Hope through Assistive Technology. Its mission is to assist youth with disabilities who communicate using technology to open their voices to the world. The kids attended a camp and the parents all met together to learn from each other and other professionals. They asked me to come and talk about David’s Refuge and the importance of self care as a caregiver. Somehow my presentation ended up talking about yams! Now ...
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Be Still!

This is a picture of a painting that hangs in David’s Refuge.  It was painted and given to us by our dear friend, Alison Fisher Cullen the day after David passed away.  Someone else owned it, but Allison went to them, told them David’s story, and they gave it back to her so she could give it to us. The painting is titled, “Be Still.”  It comes from Psalm 46:10 which says, “Be still, and know that I am God! I wished you could see the painting in person.  It ...
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