Ask Jackie: Unexpected Blessings

Finding your value…

Posted on Fri, Oct 18, 2013

I just have to share with you what I saw today.  I went to Wal-Mart this morning in my jammies. Yes, I did! And I’m not ashamed of it at all! It actually felt good to go somewhere wearing my comfy clothes.  I did it all the time when I was a stay-at-home mom and had no time or energy to take a shower in the morning, to put on some nice clothes (which I didn’t have), and to put my “face” on.  I wasn’t rushed today so I took my time. And I noticed a couple of things that made me think and see and then become grateful for.

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Tags: developmental disabilities, inspiration, Autism

Making music with Slinkies.

Posted on Tue, Jan 29, 2013

One of Dillon’s passions is playing with his Slinky toys. He’s enjoyed them ever since he was 4 years old. As a matter of fact, his first real conversation was with a Slinky! It was hilarious, and also incredibly heartwarming.

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Tags: developmental disabilities, Autism, Dillon

Valentina…….You are absolutely adorable

Posted on Thu, Aug 02, 2012

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Thank you Valentina for showing the world how beautiful you are.
Baby with Down Syndrome Lands Major Fashion Campaign

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Tags: developmental disabilities, special needs, Autism

End the R-Word

Posted on Tue, Jun 19, 2012

I heard it again last night.  The “R” word.  And it was intentionally hurtful.  I’m o.k. with the medical term “Mental Retardation” when it’s being used in the correct connotation. It’s when the pejorative forms, “retard” or “retarded” are being used to insult people with intellectual disabilities that makes me sad.  In today’s society, the “R” word has come to mean stupid or dumb and is used casually to describe not only people, but anything someone doesn’t like.

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Tags: developmental disabilities, special needs, Autism

A Mother’s Love

Posted on Thu, May 17, 2012

What a blessing Christian is to his parents and to the many lives that he has already touched. 

http://www.godvine.com/Mother-s-Inspiring-Video-About-her-Blind-Baby-Boy-1484.html

 

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Tags: developmental disabilities, special needs, inspiration

My Sisters in Christ – Another Blessing

Posted on Tue, May 15, 2012

I have met some pretty amazing women! We were gathered at the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) meeting at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oak Creek, WI. My co-workers, Bill, Jim, and I had the opportunity to share with them all about Jesus Cares Ministries and the News Friends Program. I absolutely loved listening to them share the experiences they have had because of Jesus Cares Ministries and how much of an impact it has had on each of them personally.  It is a tremendous blessing, the amount of lives that have been touched by God, through them. For me, there is nothing more empowering than getting together with women who have all been on the same journey, each with different life challenges.

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Tags: developmental disabilities, special needs, inspiration