Please Don't: Speaking Compassionately & Respectfully To Kids With Medical Special Needs

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 A few nights ago, I was sitting near Lucie as she fell asleep and she told me that she wishes she was born like the rest of us.  That she hates that she has epilepsy.  With a chronic medical condition, she endures a lot of necessary pokes, pills, and procedures.  They wear on her and make her feel different from everyone else.  Somedays are better than others.

As a parent this can be a stressful thing for both me and my child.  I can accept (if not always understand) that this cross is one that Lucie and I (along with the rest of our family) have been asked to bear and can integrate that with my worldly understandings.  At only five, it is much harder for her.

The way that staff interact with us can make or break each hospital and clinic experience, and she will always be back soon enough to remember the last visit.  Here are three subtle things that I've noticed can make a big difference in how she responds to situations, how she feels about her medical condition in general, and why they matter.

Cloth Diaper HELP!!

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I have a half dozen posts updating you on all the big and little happenings around our new little homestead, but today I'm crowdsourcing.  I've been cloth diapering almost continually for the last 14 years and since we moved to our new property with well water my diapers are just not fresh-  I need your ideas!

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Will You Leave Room For God?

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 I'm quite certain that at this point, nothing I can say will shock you.

Make you shake your head, probably.

Shock you, nope.

So here's the thing.  Last year we felt strongly called to sell our house and buy a small farm, with the goal of radically transforming our lifestyle and food supply.  We've probably always been so-called-urban-homesteaders with our gardens, herbs, cloth diapers, laundry lines etc- just not really thinking much about the terminology.  This past fall, however, we just felt like maybe it was time for more.  Like God wanted our family life to be more family and more life and abundant in a new way.

And then epilepsy reared its ugly head and it became seriously clear that selling our house while Lucie was unstable was not going to happen.  It hurt to pull back, but it needed to be done.


Soup- It's What's for Dinner!

Soup For Lent

It has been two weeks since Ash Wednesday, and our now-annual family Lenten soup fast is off to an interesting start.   We've had some highlights (see recipe below) and also some very low nights (a soup that somehow went rancid in the freezer leaving us with nothing but a loaf of bread for dinner).  In some ways this year has been easier than last, but it has also had it's on challenges.

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Lessons in Humility From An Archangel

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Last week, the archangels on our mantle took a beating.  Not from a stray ball or a toddler tantrum.  Not from a careless teenager or a clumsy kid.

No.

It was wholly and entirely my social media pride.

Be Yourself and *SHINE*

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Recently, I've been putting an extra effort into building the confidence of my third child and oldest daughter with a special mother-daughter project.  I want her to always know that she is a unique, loved, and cherished Child of God.  I want her to know in her bones that God has a plan for all of the beautiful ways He made her to be just the way she is.  

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Soup For Lent


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As a family we like to try new things and stretch ourselves to think outside of the box when it comes to celebrating the feasts and seasons of our Catholic faith.  Last year we tried something new during Lent and rather than giving something up as a family, we only had soup for supper for the entire 40 days of Lent (minus the six Sundays plus the Triduum).  Read on to learn more!  This post contains affiliate links, for more information on my affiliate policies please click on the Advertisements & Disclosures button.