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5 Fabulous Reasons to Complain

I’ve mentioned before that I’m trying to focus on gratitude. Life doesn’t always go the way I want, and so I was working on shifting focus to what is good and right in my life. I was making an effort to notice how often I complain, including all the murmuring to myself in my head, and change that. Do you know what? That takes a lot of self-control.

Well, I’m done. All those people that go around talking about gratitude–they’re full of it. They must have perfect lives. I’m tired of being stuck inside in this winter vortex junk. Tired of life’s challenges. I’m going back to complaining.

I’ve come up with five, yes, five awesome reasons to complain. Who’ll join me? Continue reading

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The Power of One Mantra

Last week I spoke at the Exceptional Children Ultimate Homeschool Expo. I bet you can’t guess what I talked about. I shared with these other special needs moms how the Power of One has helped me. I added a section that I haven’t shared on the blog yet: the Power of One Mantra. Continue reading

Titus 2:1 Conference for homeschool bloggers


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Hitting the Pause Button

Today we’ve reached the middle of The Power of One series. It’s a good time to think about what we’ve discussed so far. We’ve talked about:

The Power of One in general

The Power of One Minute

The Power of One Task

The Power of One Victory

The Power of One Attitude

and

The Power of One Tweak

Which one is your favorite? I’d like a chance to discuss this and let everyone catch up.

In other news, I’m going to be at the Titus 2:1 Conference in under two months, and tickets are selling fast. It’s a great conference for bloggers, and you won’t be sorry you went! Push play to see why you should come–can you find me in the video?

Thank you to Ashley Pichea for the great picture from last year’s 2:1 Conference that I’m using at the top of this post.

I am also speaking in the Exceptional Children Expo in a couple weeks. The great thing about this expo is you listen from home! You can even stay in your jammies and have dishes in the sink–no one will know. Click on the picture below for more information–lots of special needs help in store!

Exceptional Children Expo
Next Monday we’ll continue with a new Power of One post. But first I want to ask again, how has this series helped you? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

 


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The Power of One Tweak

It has been almost two years since I last tried getting Dr. J’s hair cut at a public place. I’ve been cutting it at home, and once in a while Daddy takes a shot at it. I had a revelation last time I cut his hair–ask him to tell you something else that is as scary as getting his hair cut. Then you can understand his fear better. 

So I did. For my son, getting his hair cut is as scary as Continue reading


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The Power of One

I will never forget what Elisabeth Elliot said when I had the privilege of hearing her speak in person. I didn’t know that as a young adult fresh out of college I didn’t really need those words as much then as I would fifteen or more years down the road of life.

Mrs. Elliot shared her story. She relayed how her husband and some other men who were missionaries to a dangerous tribe of Auca Indians were brutally murdered. Of course the next day she woke up in grief and shock. If I remember correctly, she said her daughter was two. Mrs. Elliot wondered what she and the other now-single women with young children would do.

I can’t even imagine.

Of course the audience hushed as they listened, including me. Then she shared what I’ll never forget. Continue reading


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Share Your Strength

Yup. The holiday season is here. Autism parents, rejoice! When most people look at the picture below, they have warm, fuzzy feelings. When we autism parents look at this picture, we think, “HA! A centerpiece on my table? Yeah, right. My child would dismantle that in ten seconds flat. Pumpkin pie? I’ll be lucky if she eats her traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich. No way are you getting that texture past her lips!”, or whatever else comes to mind…

However, we do have things to be thankful for. I was mulling over some recent destruction in our home the other night, trying to come up with ways to avoid it in the future, and I remembered a discussion on our local support group’s Facebook page. Someone asked,

“How has autism made you better?”

Did you hear that record skip and slide? Birds or crickets chirping? Silence? Continue reading


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A People-Pleasing Pig?

The other day when I took the boys to the library, Meatball found the book Piggy’s Pancake Parlor by David McPhail. I had never read it before, and I figured it was just a silly little book that would make my guys laugh. Little did I know a parable on how to treat others was tucked inside! Continue reading