Call me crazy, but I often hear God's gentle whisper while in nature. Join me on the LOMAH instagram page as I question, see, wrestle, and find His truth during our journey to the Land Of Milk And Honey (LOMAH).
Our 12 week #advocacy series begins with a discussion on housing #inclusion for individuals with #disability
Full episode of our conversation with @thekelseycommunities and how they are changing the way inclusive housing is done, can be found by clicking the link in our bio and going to season 2 of the #lomahpodcast. It’s good stuff.
Sometimes you just have to do it.
One of Miranda’s four diagnoses is hypotonia which makes mobility challenging. Pair the effort it takes for her to walk with her autism presenting an equal disdain for the unknown and walking new trails is not her idea of a good time. Digital cameras and the glorious delete button give me the capability of crafting any reality but let me tell you how this went down. Miranda was not loving this adventure (and especially having to step over fallen trees and why is there an upside down car on the trail anyway?). BUT this little adventure unexpectedly ended up taking her to two of her favorite things which are dogs and water (who knew there was a doggy swimming hole in the middle of the forest?). So sometimes we just have to do it. We have to step over the obstacles. We have to shake our head at the meaningless debris on the path. We have to do the thing that’s hard to be surprised by things we love.
To all of you, great job doing “all the things” in 2018. May your 2019 be filled with surprise pockets of pleasure.
(caffeine) !CHEERS! to all of you who are a bit tired. ☕️☕️
My little lovely was wandering the halls at 1:30 AM so today she is learning about coffee. Well...kind of. She has water but I’m sure she could use it, too! ☕️Java up and big hugs to all of you adjusting to holiday travel and different schedules. 🎄
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The amazing @marysusanmcconnell created this coloring book for her daughter and all who value diversity and inclusion. It’s a 20 page pdf download you can print and distribute as often as you wish and also use with the assistive technology capabilities on your computers/devices.
Great for holiday down time and travel!
Color while listening to the story behind its creation on this week’s episode of The Mama Bear Podcast.
Have you ever wondered what #behindthescenes of the LOMAH #podcast looks like? This is the “recording studio” used for interviews and is made out of couch cushions and a yoga mat while I chat w our guests via Skype. When there is no guest, the “recording studio” is my clothes closet. Now you know...
So, ya...just a mom fumbling through like so many of you and grateful to be doing it with ya!
Interviews on #advocacy are happening now for our January series. Hope you join us for the conversation!
We are both giddy with excitement for Miranda to attend her first @younglife outing! So much so that we arrived 30 minutes early and now have nothing to do but sit, wait, smile, and be grateful for the friendships that await. @ylsanjosecapernaum
On the counter, in this envelope is a signed #iep . Woot! Woot! This work of art took 3 months of creativity and collaboration with multiple people from teachers to district supervisors to outside consultants. 💕She’s a beauty.💕 It got me thinking a lot about the #advocacy process and how it will always be a part of our parenting gig. I am now in that space where I am advocating not only in the schools but also looking ahead to policy and areas of importance for adulthood. SO....coming in January the podcast will focus on advocacy and I can NOT wait for you to hear from our guests. I also had the privilege of sitting with @marysusanmcconnell on the Mama Bear podcast talking about how we can be strong advocates for our kids without loosing ourselves and our souls in the process. This, too, will be coming out in January. Until then, get caught up on past episodes by searching LOMAH Special Needs Podcast and also The Mama Bear Podcast (which is so full of heart and love!)
Is the sky really blue?
I have vivid memories as a child pondering this question. I would reach my hand out and with every fiber of my being, long to touch the color blue. Then I could believe. Did I see blue the same as everyone else? That didn’t seem possible and some days I wrongly convinced myself the sky was not blue.
Hope feels a lot like the color blue. We want to touch it before we believe in it. We want to see proof of it thru the experience of others.
I’m here to tell you, friend, your hope is as real as the blue you see in the sky. Keep reaching for it until it finds you.
#nofilter #blue #believe #hope
This morning my feed was filled with pretty advent studies done alongside steaming cups of coffee and perfect glittering Christmas trees. That’s all wonderful but it’s important for us to celebrate and sit in the truth that Jesus left the throne to enter into our mess. His crib was a feeding trough with cow spit. The above photo depicts where I did my advent study today bc that’s where my daughter needed me to be with her and it’s exactly where I need Christ to be with me. In the humble and unglamorous corners of my world where His hope and light shine the brightest. May we all be overcome with the wonder of this truth as we enter the advent season.
The path we tread in the world of differing abilities is unique. It’s delicate. I notice the gift we have for celebration and awareness of details that simply get washed away in the consciousness of others. We don’t take things for granted. We see beyond the noise and clutter of what the world ascribes as worth. We see the value and beauty in moments that may be fleeting. We are walking a magnificent journey, you and I.
Today I met so many beautiful families, saw old friends, and learned from a slew of inspiring folks working hard for the I/DD community. So thankful for each and every soul. 🎤🎤🎤
(I also grabbed some future interviews for upcoming episodes on #advocacy and medical issues coming this winter. Get caught up on past episodes by searching LOMAH on your favorite podcasting app or online at LOMAH.org)
#specialneedsmom #disability #specialneedspodcast #podcast #autismmom #autism #specialneedsfamily
Trick or Treat?
Working on the #iep on Halloween.
Swipe right for photos of a morning filled with reminders to root us in hope. I just did a 24 hour getaway w 2 special needs moms. We had meaningful and deep conversation including why, does it seem, our children have to be the sacrifice that allows others to grow? This conversation pointed to WHO is and was the ultimate sacrifice, nailed to the cross. The next morning I do a praise walk, ascribing to God who I understand Him to be. It concludes w me standing on a ridge, arms spread wide declaring Him the Alpha and Omega. The beginning and the end. Upon leaving the trail and heading back to the house, I see the above (swipe right for photo). Alpha & Omega, nailed to a tree, just like our ultimate sacrifice.
#specialneedsministry #autism #cerebralpalsy #specialneedsmom #specialneeds #downsyndrome #disability #sacrifice #alphaandomega #hope
“I felt the LORD telling me that even though everyone comments on the flowers, He still loved creating the grass...that grass fills our world with gorgeous shades of green.” Words from #godsmanyvoices by @lizditty
Grab this book, folks.
#specialneedsministry #specialneeds #autism #downsyndrome #specialneedsmom #specialneedssiblings #disability #cerebralpalsy
The farm stand at @costanoacommons is open! Beautiful flowers, tasty produce, lovely people, and opportunities for individuals of all abilities.
The LOMAH podcast was just named as a “podcast you should be listening to” by the media and news channel SoapBox.
Since we are so lame keeping this IG account, subscribe on the Stitcher, Google Play, or Apple Podcasting apps. (Next week starts a new series on safety.)
What feels like a dead end may actually be the beginning of an abundant life filled with more light and more growth than you could ever foresee.
I always thought it was myself with trained educators and therapists who were best equipped to set goals for my daughter. I was leaving out an important group, her peers with disabilities and what they know about achieving. Read about a powerful lesson in advocacy. (Pictured: my daughter on skis...unbelievable)
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It's good to occasionally pause and see where we have come from and where we are headed on our journey to the Land of Milk and Honey (LOMAH)