Prayer in Progress…

We have been praying that God would move Tristan to a group home closer to our house. This prayer has been in progress for five years. Tristan became eligible for this move 11 months ago. We have been waiting for a phone call from the State to say a bed is open. In seven days, we received two phone calls for possible placements! We were thrilled to have choices. After some discussions, we decided to move forward with one of the options. Tristan did a trial overnight at a group home 47 minutes away from home!

It was difficult dropping our forever toddler off at a new place. I did not anticipate the transition to be stressful for both the parents and the child. God put the right people in the home. As we entered the group home, Brian and I could sense the caregiver’s love as they serve the special needs population.

Tristan will need to complete another overnight, and then the team will decide if this particular group home is a good fit.

This prayer is still in progress.


When You Pray…

What a week it has been for all.  As we lengthen our prayers list, could I ask for one?  I received a heart-wrenching email from Tristan’s school.  He lives 3 hours away.  If feels like I sent my giant toddler off to college.  The email sent said home visitation would be postponed for two weeks then re-evaluated due to Covid-19.  School is canceled.  Community outings are canceled.


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Practical Tip #31-Everyone Can Help

Lately, I have been asked by friends and family, “What can I do to help you?”

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I will share one tip that almost every special needs family needs. I would even go out on a limb and say all special needs families need–prayer.  Specifically prayers for sleep.  Prayers that all the children in the home sleep through a full eight to ten hours.  Prayers that the parents sleep through the night.  Life is so much easier when we are all getting the correct amount of sleep.  I know many families spend years with interrupted sleep patterns.

I know it may sound too simple, but believe me, it truly is a blessing.