Caregiving Dad Learns to Celebrate Wins!

Caregiving Dad Learns to Celebrate Wins!

Once September rolls around in the Haynes household, there is one thing you can guarantee will happen, and no, it is not the kids going back to school. The fall is about football here. Football on Saturday, football on Sunday after church, even football on Monday and...
Your Story Matters

Your Story Matters

Each of us needs to know that we matter to God. It is a gift to receive reassurances, now and then, about our value. And it is inspiring to hear from others about how God makes a big Kingdom deal out of our seemingly insignificant personal lives. As we turn pages to a...
An Uncomfortable Family Update

An Uncomfortable Family Update

Good heavens, this is not how I expected to title my first blog of 2022! Yet, alas, I’m online today for some “real talk” with friends who will “get it.” Our daughter Carly is 23 and has Angelman Syndrome. Her needs are complex and relentless. We have been extremely...
Pivotal Markers in My Faith History for 2021

Pivotal Markers in My Faith History for 2021

I’m excited to reflect with you today on a year-end tradition I enjoy. Every December, I ask God to show me scriptures that defined, repositioned or grew my faith and relationships in that year. There are certain Bible verses that developed relevance for me in...
Ruts to Recovery

Ruts to Recovery

A lot of family caregivers are starting this near year depleted. As a special needs mother myself, I understand how wearying it is to provide 24/7 care for a medically complex and intellectually-developmentally delayed adult daughter. I’m also a pastoral counsellor...
God’s Words: Rich with Meaning and History for Us

God’s Words: Rich with Meaning and History for Us

Psalm 16:11You will show me the way of life,granting me the joy of your presenceand the pleasures of living with you forever. I have history with this verse. My first recall of resonating with Psalm 16:11 goes back to 2009 when I was writing curriculum for a women’s...