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Archive for August, 2012

Wine and Trials, a guest post from Vivian Mabuni

(Today I welcome guest blogger Vivian Mabuni. Thank you Vivian for taking the time to share with us ūüôā ). Wine and Trials The best wine comes from grapes that experience¬†an especially difficult season, be it drought or flooding. What a wonderful wedding weekend! I‚Äôve been turning over and over in my mind what the father of the groom shared¬†at our table¬†during the rehearsal¬†dinner Friday night.¬†He and his wife¬†live in wine country up in Northern California.¬†Wine is their thing and¬†not only do they enjoy it,…

“Can’t take much more of my child with special needs”…

  “Can’t take much more of my child with special needs” Was a search term that showed up on my blog the other day. When I read it, my heart hurt. But I know that for a lot of parents, this is reality. If I’m honest, when it comes to parenting my two young daughters with Down syndrome, similar thoughts have surfaced in my mind too. Anne Lamott once said, “My mind is a bad neighborhood I try not to go into alone.” I relate….


Starting a special needs ministry at your church

  Thinking about starting a special needs ministry at your church? Awesome! Seriously, that’s awesome! And SO NEEDED. A lot of times, families with kids with special needs do not attend church because it’s just too hard, or they end up watching their children in a room on their own, or they worry about disrupting the service. As a parent to children with special needs, I’ve experienced and worried about all these things. Our church ( is kicking off an inclusive children’s ministry in the…

Find an agent for your book; what to do WAY before & A BOOK GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway is closed! Congratulations to Christina Lasswell for winning a copy of Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird”! Do you hope to one day find an agent for your book? Are you like this? Do you hope to be like this?               Finding an agent for your book can be tricky, heart wrenching, exhilarating,¬†painful, long … The list goes on. As an agented author, here is my cheat sheet of things to do WAY before you look for representation. You…