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Monica Pickard spent twenty years of her adult life as a child care provider. During that time, with the help of her husband, she raised her son who has been diagnosed with Autism and Developmental Delay. She learned to navigate a world that was new to her – the world of Special Needs. She now shares these experiences and the wisdom they taught her, with love and heartfelt compassion for the human condition.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Imagine Yourself in My Shoes

This is a very important topic that I hope you will share with everyone you know. Recently, I was in the car with my husband and Joshua, driving around and looking at scenery… basically getting Josh out of the house with nothing else to do, except drive around. He loves to ride around and listen to the radio. My husband and I have some great conversations during these times. This time, as we often do, we were discussing autism and its difficulties. We love our son to no end and would never give him up, want him out of our lives, or want to go back in time and not have him. That being said, raising him has been no picnic, but then again, raising children is no picnic no matter the circumstances. As our discussion progressed, it suddenly occurred to me how this conversation might affect his feelings. He never shows if he is paying attention to us and we can’t tell if emotions are arising in him, so we tend to think he is not listening. We are not sure how much he understands. But what if he is listening? What if he does understand? This article says it best; straight from an autistic person’s words. I have to believe that people of all disabilities must feel this way. After this realization and especially after reading this article, I will never speak of the difficulties in his presence again. I will only speak of how much joy, love, and wisdom he has brought into my life when he is present. Click the link below to read the short but powerful article. Take care, Friends!

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Rob Bell and Richard Rohr

I’ve done some posts on religion several times and you may be wondering how religion relates to lessons I have learned from my child with disabilities. The interview I am posting today will help you understand that relationship. Maybe you’re tired of reading about religion here in this blog, or you’re tired of it in general. Maybe you like these posts and want more. Maybe this election season has you fired up about religion as you see a chance to take this country back from those who you feel have damaged it. Maybe you are dumbfounded by religion because of what is happening in politics and you don’t understand how the religious right can see the world the way they see it. Whatever you feel about religion – one way or the other – whether you believe in God or not, you will get something from this interview.

My wounds as the mother of a child with disabilities, your wounds from whatever has happened to you in your life, the way we understand God, Jesus, and religion, the political climate we find ourselves in right now, and the ways in which science and art play a role in religion are all covered in this mind blowing interview I am sharing with you today. Rob Bell has done an extraordinary interview with Franciscan priest and author of many books on religion, Richard Rohr. It is one hour and twenty-six minutes… I want to say long, but the time will fly by so fast as you listen that I must say one hour and twenty-six minutes short. Sit back with a cup of your favorite drink, maybe grab a snack, or do as I do and listen to it while you put laundry away, clean around the house, or drive to a fro in your car. You can get this interview and more from his website RobBell.com or get a free app for your device and listen to podcasts on your device, but whatever method you choose, your mind will be blown, I guarantee it. 

Click below to enjoy, My Friends!