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“Stop Telling Me To Take Care of Myself.”

When I saw the title of the article online I immediately told myself, "This is going to be a stupid article."  I mean come on!  Every parent of a special needs or medically fragile child knows the importance of self care.  Put the oxygen mask on you first before you put it on your child.  Simple right?  It's how you survive.  It's how you press on.  It's what breathes life into you so you can start all over again the next day.  So why would anyone say, "Stop telling me ...
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Stop Believing The Lies

I hate lies. They are destructive and ugly. Studies show that a lie, even a little white lie, lowers your self-esteem, causes insecurity, destroys trust, messes with your sleep, isolates you, causes anxiety, impacts our friendships, and wears us out emotionally. Lies are always devastating and soul-crushing. Sadly, I often hear moms and dads who are doing their best to love and raise their children with special needs entertain a number of soul-crushing and destructive lies. I know Brenda and I did. Here are a few we allowed to wreak ...
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Different But The Same

How many of you can remember passing the time in a doctor's office by reading an old copy of Highlights for Children magazine?  One of my favorite pages was the spot the difference section.  It helped take my mind off the 22 inch needle I knew the nurse was going to stick in my tiny little arm once she called my name.  I would search and search until I could find every difference believing if I found all 24 differences before I heard the words, "Warren it's your turn," I ...
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Don’t Be Afraid Of Change

Quietly and tentatively she asked me, "Do you like it?"  I could hear the concern rumbling in her voice over the phone.  Without waiting for my response she asked a second question, "What do you think?"  Obviously she wanted to hear the words, "Wow, we love it!"  Her anxiety was fueled by her love and respect for us.  I paused for just two seconds and with total sincerity said, "Wow, we love the new branding of David's Refuge!" As many of you know David's Refuge was selected by the ABC ...
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Summer Fun

Poppy is tired! I’m sitting in the airport waiting to fly back to Green Bay, Wisconsin after a wonderful seven days in New York with my family. Over the past week we picked cherries, played in the sandbox, visited Uncle Dan and Aunt Katie in Rochester, swam in the pool, read a pile of books, hunted hufalumps, captured a hufalump egg, went hiking, painted, chased dinosaurs at the zoo, picked blueberries, eaten ice-cream at Snow Top, explored the Corn Hill Art Festival, went to a David’s Refuge picnic, snuggled, giggled ...
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