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It’s incredibly hard and incredibly sweet. Today I took my two boys to a doctor appointment. I was armed with snacks and Elmo. But it wasn’t enough for my youngest who just wants to run. He started shrieking. My blood pressure started rising. We finished the appointment and as I buckled him in his car …

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“Will my brother ever talk?” My daughter asked my husband. It was an innocent and valid question. Her brother is four-years-old and has Down syndrome. We have other four-year-old’s at our house often. They ask their parents for refills of water in perfect six-word sentences, they make one too many poop jokes, they tattle on …

The post As Parents of Kids with Disabilities- We Move On appeared first on Jillian Benfield.

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I cried today at a theme park designed for people with disabilities and made for all. A woman at the ticket counter had a physical disability. We chatted about my son with Down syndrome and blogging. Another woman without a disability walked over and joined. I had to move on because a line was forming …

The post On Earth as it is In Heaven appeared first on Jillian Benfield.

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Confronting toxic positivity in church. This short talk by Jillian Benfield takes a look at the Psalms and grieving well together.   Everyone goes through rough patches, right? It’s expected. My husband and I went through a rough half-a-decade. I only have 7 minutes to speak to you today, so I’m going to take you …

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News Anchor to Homemaker by Jillian Benfield - 1M ago

The sun will come out again. Two years ago my life was dark. Despite the blazing June sun, I could only see clouds. I checked into a Ronald McDonald House, leaving my husband and kids behind because our new child still growing inside me was sick. I was 34 weeks pregnant with a baby who …

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News Anchor to Homemaker by Jillian Benfield - 1M ago

I carry him I know it looks silly, his toes dangle past my knees. He’s getting tall and heavy, too. It sometimes hurts my back to lift his frame, but, I carry him. It starts in the morning when waking up is hard. I should make him walk down the stairs, as it’s still something …

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News Anchor to Homemaker by Jillian Benfield - 1M ago

Everyone has a before and after moment. For some, it’s something wonderful like having children, for others it’s something horrible, like an accident. My before and after moment came while wearing this maternity shirt and sitting on a medical bed covered in white crinkle paper. The last time I wore this shirt was four years …

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News Anchor to Homemaker by Jillian Benfield - 2M ago

I know this is a weird picture. I know you can see up my nose, but I’m showing it to you anyway. Because this is what I look like when I’m healthy. This is me taking a minute before I go on to the next task and saying simply, God, help me. God, help me …

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This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Lasting. All opinions are my own.  A military marriage is more. A military marriage comes with more challenges #sponsored. For us, it means more obstacles as we parent children with special needs and the burden of changing doctors, services, and schools with every move. For others, those …

The post Military Marriages are More (Giveaway!!) appeared first on Jillian Benfield.

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I am carried. This was me earlier today. Before I snapped this shot, I was sobbing. The thing about parenting is, it’s hard. The thing about parenting a child with special needs is, it’s often harder. This morning I hit my breaking point. My son’s behaviors threw me over the edge. I fell too far. …

The post I’m a Special Needs Parent and I am Carried appeared first on Jillian Benfield.

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