When Your Child is Excluded from Inclusion

I gingerly walked into the crowded office hosting a program for teens with special needs. I had my teenage daughter with special needs with me. She took one look at the crowd and unfamiliar faces and had a meltdown. She cussed. She screamed. She didn’t want to be there. I looked for sympathy at some…Read more When Your Child is Excluded from Inclusion

16 Lessons I Learned From My Daughter With Special Needs Turning 16

Until 2002, I had no idea what was Down syndrome and how it would turn my life upside down. It seems just like yesterday that I was 38-years-old and pregnant. I was considered high-risk, which landed me at the geneticist office of Research Medical Center in Kansas City. I had to undergo a prenatal test…Read more 16 Lessons I Learned From My Daughter With Special Needs Turning 16

When You’re Captive in an Unrelenting Hard Circumstance

"Get out of my room," she said with her hand her hip. "No, I'm not getting out or your room. I'm not your servant and you need to be respectful." D'Andra pushed me and tried to force the door to close on me. I walked into the living room to get a break and regroup.…Read more When You’re Captive in an Unrelenting Hard Circumstance

Why You Should Watch ’13 Reasons Why’

While I was walking towards the edge of Stagg High School, my blond friend, Wanda, breathlessly ran up to me. "We heard you were getting jumped today so I brought Janice and Terry with me." Janice was a beautiful Hispanic girl who I knew since I was 10-years-old and Terry was a stunning strawberry blond…Read more Why You Should Watch ’13 Reasons Why’

Walking in the Tension of a Quiet End and Exhilarating Beginning

A few days before Christmas, my friend, Lucy Haley-Hurn ended her fight with Cancer. Lucy was surrounded by loving friends and family when she met the One she served her whole life on December 21. I'll never forget the prayers I cried out to God for Lucy and her fiancee Ashley to find suitable property.…Read more Walking in the Tension of a Quiet End and Exhilarating Beginning

When God’s Purpose in Your Child’s Life Hurts You

Jacob held the blood-stained robe that he carefully wove for his youngest son. The dreams he had in his heart that Joseph told him were shattered. The dreamer father, who told his sons of his dream of angels going up and down a ladder to heaven, treasured Joseph's dreams.The second dream of his brothers bowing…Read more When God’s Purpose in Your Child’s Life Hurts You