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When You Feel Helpless (beginning of healing & strength)

Feeling helpless—getting to the end of “me”—allows for the beginning of deep healing and supernatural strength. Doing It All From the very first diagnosis of a cleft palate on the day Rachel was born nearly 18 years ago, My husband and I began to do all we could for her. When our precious baby girl quit…

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Two Little Words to Utter as You Grow Weary

Sometimes weariness builds over a long day or string of days. Sometimes weariness hits quickly, coming unexpectedly.  The only thing certain is that it will come. We All Grow Weary We will all have moments we aren’t certain we can get through. Hours or days or months that drag us down like a ton of bricks. Why? Because…

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The Truth about Pain and Redemption from My Daughter’s Parched Lips

We often shy away from what’s ultimately best for us because the process to get there hurts too much. But when we power through the pain, we discover healing and growth. Before Rachel turned a year old, she underwent surgery to have the cleft of her soft palate repaired. The recent confirmation that she had significant developmental delays only…

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Celebrating Every Life (because every life matters)

This lovely song and video touched me deeply, stirring up emotions that rest dormant in my dailiness. Through tears of tenderness, I’m sharing this video with all of you who love someone who has special needs. And to you, Rachel: I couldn’t love you more! You’ve blessed my life far more than I’ve blessed yours.…

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You May Not Be a Beauty Queen, but Shed the Mask Anyway (Reflect Christ)

One of the things I absolutely love about my daughter is her authenticity. With Rachel, you get what you see. There is nothing false about her. No pretense. No mask. When she likes something, you know it. You know when she’s upset about something. When she’s into a sermon or likes a hymn, you know…

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Discover the Perfect Plan

“The will of God is never exactly what you expect it to be. It may seem to be much worse, but in the end it’s going to be a lot better and a lot bigger.” —Elisabeth Elliot My Plan My plan for my life did not include a child who would have verbal language of…

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The World Needs You

“If Rachel didn’t have special needs, then she would be a pain and she wouldn’t be Rachel.” A statement out of the mouths of babes—my babes, that is. And oh so profound.  These words came from two of my boys years ago when asked if they wished their sister didn’t have special needs. I couldn’t be more…

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How Have You Been Surprised By the Unlikely?

I grew up expecting, and living, a “normal” life. I’d go to school, get a job, find a spouse, bear children, take a few vacations, grow old and die. Nothing spectacular. Nothing out of the ordinary. That’s just how life is supposed to proceed for someone like me. And that is how it went ……

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Kiss of Faith

Sweet lips clamped firmly shut. Arms warding me off. Eyes shredding this mama’s heart. Her eyes, my daughter’s big beautiful brown eyes, always so full of love and mischief, were now reflecting hurt and confusion. Pleading with me to take away the pain. Not understanding why I had to force her to swallow that yucky…

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Living the Joy (it’s contagious)

As parents, teaching our children is just part of the job description. But have you noticed how many lessons you learn from them? Today my daughter Rachel taught me an important one. ♥               ♥                ♥ We walked down the sterile, stainless steel–trimmed hall. Me in my surgical gown, booties, cap and mask, Rachel adorned in…

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Julie Sunne

Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's blessings to get lost in its happenings. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

May the posts and pages on this site offer you a measure of peace and encouragement.

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