Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • Advocating for my Child with a Disability Brings out My Best

    Advocating for my Child with a Disability Brings out My Best

    Sometimes the things we fear bring out the worst in us, actually bring out the best. I felt blindsided when a school official told me my son’s placement in general education was being questioned despite having zero evidence to back the change. I said some things and then beat myself up for them later.  And…

  • How to Jump In With Both Feet

    How to Jump In With Both Feet

    My new year really starts today. I don’t have a resolution, nor do I have a word. Those things typically don’t work for me. I just want to work on one thing: I want to jump in with both feet. My husband and I have been through a lot in our first decade of marriage.…

  • You are Doing a Great Work, Do Not Come Down

    You are Doing a Great Work, Do Not Come Down

    You are doing a great work, do not come down. This is a paraphrased word from the Old Testament book, Nehemiah. The original verse hangs above my bedroom dresser. All of my yes’s and no’s, are supposed to go through this verse. Does this opportunity fit in with the life I feel God wants me…

  • I Could Have Missed This

    I Could Have Missed This

    I could have missed this. My OBGYN told me this child, at best, would mop the floors of a fast food restaurant one day. He followed his speech by saying I didn’t have to be a hero, I could have my child under his care but then let him die of natural causes. I thought…

  • When You’re Living in the ‘Meantime’

    When You’re Living in the ‘Meantime’

    I can’t help but feel that I’m living in the meantime. I know I can’t be the only one.   I have a big goal, one I have been working on for over a year. Any time I have to work on something that doesn’t have to do with that goal it feels like a…

  • His Mercies are All around

    His Mercies are All around

    His mercies are all around. As a special needs family, it is sometimes hard to know which events are newsworthy. At my youngest son’s recent checkup, I learned he needed surgery as soon as possible. I was a little shocked by the news, but life has been so chaotic it didn’t dawn on me to…

  • What it Means to be a Special Needs Parent

    What it Means to be a Special Needs Parent

    This is what it means to be a special needs parent. Do you see this? This is a picture of me. My son, Anderson, scribbles a lot. Sometimes he spends nearly half an hour on his creations. Yet, with limited verbal skills, he’s never told me anything about them. This picture came home with a…

  • Marriage Means Doing Things You Don’t Have To Do

    Marriage Means Doing Things You Don’t Have To Do

    I casually mentioned to my husband I was taking our son in for a blood draw the next day. I had asked him to do it the last time because this procedure takes it out of me, but he is in the thick of it at work and I felt I needed to step up.…

  • The Most Important Thing You Do Everyday

    The Most Important Thing You Do Everyday

    “This is the most important thing you will do today.” The thought came over me the moment I saw him over my laptop. I see him often, a sweet old man at a coffee shop. We have the same conversation nearly every time, he tells me about his children and then does his best to…

  • Why Special Needs Siblings are Amazing

    Why Special Needs Siblings are Amazing

    Apparently, I missed National Daughters Day last week. So, I want to tell you a story about mine. I tell this story because I know some other special needs parents will nod their heads, I know they may want people in their lives who may not understand to see this part of their family’s story.…

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