A Million Beautiful Pieces

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword, Second Edition

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword, Second Edition

So why do I keep writing about the hard stuff? Simply because I am still inspired by my children to leave behind encouragement and evidence for them to know how hard we tried. I write so that my children will know I tried to change hearts and minds. I write so that other people facing challenges will know that they are not alone. And I write for every parent who prays for God to call them home with their child; because the isolation and constant fight for services and inclusion in society imposed by people is too much bare. While we bare up against it all, I hope to offer some comfort.

Women’s Month: I was a Teenage Mother to a Child with a Disability – I’m So Over Being Shamed for Both

Women’s Month: I was a Teenage Mother to a Child with a Disability – I’m So Over Being Shamed for Both

I was a teenager who had a baby. My life was challenging but it was not over. For anyone who has heard me speak I’ve stated “that becoming Savannah’s mother at eighteen years old forced me to find my strength to live”. I know that this […]

Giveaway: 50% for a WorksheetCloud Subscription

Giveaway: 50% for a WorksheetCloud Subscription

Michael and I are always on the look out for ideas or tools to help us and our children to make the most of our time. We signed up to use WorksheetCloud to help Eli to maintain his “A” game at school while enjoying all […]

Parenting: Is it unfair to other siblings, when one child has a disability?

Parenting: Is it unfair to other siblings, when one child has a disability?

This is my first blog post in three months. Time is a monster in my life but today, I had to write this, as short or long as it may turn out to be. In a time when parenting has become a central focus for […]

I Am Every Woman

I Am Every Woman

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you that I was one of the speakers at a workshop “Investment In Self”. The event was hosted by Nadia Marillier of Tranquil and Tenacious Minds. I prepared this piece titled “I Am Every Woman” in forty-five […]

Did Love Save Us When The “Worst” Happened?

Did Love Save Us When The “Worst” Happened?

Most people have an idea of what the worst circumstance is that could happen to them, and sub-consciously or consciously navigate their lives trying to avoid it. For some it is the fear of illness especially if their parents faced complicated health problems. For others […]

To Fall: To Protect From or To Teach How To?

To Fall: To Protect From or To Teach How To?

Ten years ago Savannah underwent a scoliosis operation. Three months after the operation we began working with a physical therapist to help Savannah to maintain her ability to walk. In the very first session, the therapist told me that she was going to teach Savannah […]

Valentine’s Day was not what we planned:heartbreak

Valentine’s Day was not what we planned:heartbreak

The last few days, our eldest daughter Savannah was excitedly preparing to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This happens in two parts: exchanging presents and baking for the actual day, then a Valentine’s party with Savannah’s squad on the weekend. Talisa and Eli love this celebration because Savannah’s […]

Our Lives Are One Big Puzzle by Erin Hanson

Our Lives Are One Big Puzzle by Erin Hanson

  When we measure life by success and failure, we lose so much of everything in between. We lose the essence of the Million Beautiful Pieces that make the puzzle that is our grand masterpiece. Erin Hanson is The Poetic Underground and she writes a beautiful reminder […]

Should siblings be responsible for each other? And if so, is that okay?

Should siblings be responsible for each other? And if so, is that okay?

When parenting a child with a disability many people offer advice or opinions from their perspective of what would be best for a family like ours. People are not shy to give voice to the potential problems which they believe we face. Specifically, people assume […]



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