Aiming for the Finish Line

 David and Sarah with their medals after finishing the full Ironman My husband David and daughter Sarah completed a full Ironman competition in Panama City Beach, Florida, this past weekend. A full Ironman triathlon involves a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile run, raced in that order with no break. The […]

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Celebrating Progress

Patrick celebrating as a high school swimmer This past weekend, David and I attended our son Patrick’s college swim meet. I witnessed a familiar scene after Patrick swam the 200-meter backstroke. When he looked at the scoreboard after his swim and realized he had cut 2 seconds off his personal record, a smile exploded across […]

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Planting and Cultivating Seeds

Have you ever been trapped in negative thinking patterns that “nothing is ever going to change”? Discouragement, if we allow it to take root, can yield an ugly harvest of bitterness, anger, depression, and despair. BUT if we allow hope and encouragement to take root instead, then the resulting harvest is entirely different: peace, joy, […]

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We All Have A Story To Tell

Patrick and I at a recent book signing My son Patrick and I recently spoke at a local book club meeting about our new book OPTIMISM FOR AUTISM. We were able to share our experiences of living with Patrick’s autism and writing our book. Before the meeting, we asked the Lord to use our story […]

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God Gives Us Family of the Heart

  Emily, me, Silvana, and Sarah at the top of Lookout Trail I went hiking with three of my four daughters earlier this week. Together, we trekked along Lookout Trail in Montreat, NC. At the top of the trail, we enjoyed a spectacular view of the Seven Sisters mountain range. However, the best scenery I […]

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Jesus Runs the Race with Us

Sarah and David during the Half Ironman My husband David and daughter Sarah participated in a Half Ironman in Augusta, Georgia, this past weekend. We celebrated their accomplishment, especially in light of what happened a few weeks earlier. David and Sarah had trained for months to swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles, and run half […]

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Anxiety Medicine That Works

Anxiety. All of a sudden, we can run into it, like hitting a brick wall. That happened to me last week. I woke up at 4 a.m. with a start, and then I could not go back to sleep. Pressures, responsibilities, and deadlines started flooding my mind at a rapid pace. “Lord, help me!” I […]

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God Sees Who He Made Us To Be

As a little girl in first grade, I was so shy that I hung against the wall of school building every recess. Having compassion on me, my teacher would choose students at each break and make them play with me. The idea of having to interact and talk with others tore away at my stomach […]

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The Lord Controls the Doors

I met yesterday with the assistant superintendent of the local school system. I was able to share with her some of my and Patrick’s story, which is chronicled in our new book, OPTIMISM FOR AUTISM. I talked with her about the positive impact made by the caring professionals in the local school system. I voiced […]

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Climbing the Mountain

Patrick and David hiking and at the top of Mt. Whitney The summer after my son Patrick finished fifth grade, he went on the adventure of a lifetime, hiking Mt. Whitney with his dad, two uncles, and grandfather. Working their way to the peak—14,505 miles above sea level—would have been difficult enough without the challenges […]

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