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Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

I am breaking up with my best friend. Even though we go way back, it’s time. I have been trying to break up with her for the past twenty years, but she keeps clawing her way back in. It may seem heartless to leave her behind. After all, I take her everywhere. She wraps around me like a second skin.  She won’t go without a fight. She keeps whispering in my ear. She shouts to my back. Are you sure?…

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I-Drive McDonalds

I-Drive McDonalds

Six years ago, we left our family and friends in Kentucky for a new adventure: life in Central Florida. With so many activities and places to visit in a state where tourism is king, we weren’t quite sure where to start. One of the first places we checked out was the world’s largest entertainment McDonald’s and Play Place off of International Drive in Orlando. We were sadly disappointed as the food was not that great and the restaurant was quite…

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Closed Doors

Closed Doors

“When the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.”   Maria, in the musical, The Sound of Music, had dreamed of and planned a life in the abbey. A conniving Baroness, a rigid, sea captain, and seven, mischievous children were not in her plan. The door to her dreams had rudely banged closed. I know exactly how Maria feels. My life hasn’t been the life I pictured as a child. My idealistic pictures of my future never included…

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Nathaniel’s Hope 

Nathaniel’s Hope 

Some parents may take the opportunity to nap. Others may go to the grocery store all alone or catch a movie. I’m not sure what my husband and I did when we dropped our kids off at Buddy Break for the first time. However, I do remember the extreme relief we felt as we were finally able to have a few hours away from our children. As any parent of a special needs child can tell you, caring for a…

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Chef Mickey’s

Chef Mickey’s

We were finally able to catch an open brunch reservation at Chef Mickey’s, Walt Disney World’s popular restaurant located at the Contemporary Resort. Even though my oldest has wanted to go to this restaurant for some time, the scarcity of open reservations and his fear of high ceilings have held him back from enjoying this experience. I was proud that he was able to work through his fear, so we could enjoy the restaurant together as a family.    When…

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Carry Me 

Carry Me 

“Daddy, carry me!” When we first moved to Florida, my youngest had a hard time keeping up. The amusement parks always sent him running for the arms of his father. I can relate to tried legs. As the youngest of four, I spent my childhood playing catch up. Running after the big kids, I would wonder when I would be “big enough.” A small child in a land of giants. The feelings of my childhood still come back to haunt…

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What If? 

What If? 

“What if?” I voiced the question to my husband for the first time after my son had the seizure. “What if he isn’t ok?”   The “what if” questions had been torturing me for the last 24 hours. At last we had the baby we had been waiting for, but it wasn’t anything like I had pictured. A natural birth had turned into an emergency c-section. Visions of cuddling my newborn at home turned into daily visits to the NICU….

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The Church and The Lost Sheep 

The Church and The Lost Sheep 

Jesus taught a parable that many of us may be familiar with, the parable of the Lost Sheep (Matthew 18:12-14, Luke 15:3-7). The Good Shepherd has 100 sheep. One of them wanders away, the Good Shepherd leaves the 99 to find the missing sheep. In Dr. Lamar Hardwick’s biography, “I Am Strong: The Life and Journey of an Autistic Pastor,” he points out that the “sheep” never realized one of their community was lost. Many times we don’t realize that…

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Don’t Stare

Don’t Stare

I have been guilty. That person shouldn’t wear that. He’s too old to act that way. She shouldn’t be doing that. If I was the parent, my child wouldn’t act that way. Before I was a parent,  I was an expert on parenting. My child would never behave like that child I just saw in Wal-Mart. My child wouldn’t wear that or do that. My child would follow me and behave meekly. Then, I had kids. Nothing went the way…

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