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She Is Special [Happy Birthday]

People say we are special for caring for her. People say they don’t know how we do it. But I know better. She is the one who is special. She is the one who graces our lives with love and laughter. Her Special Brand Here are some things I love about her: Her forever-friends: Winnie-the-Pooh…

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Hope Renewed—Disability Through a God Lens

Your daughter has Velo-cardio Facial Syndrome (VCFS). The report was in. Our daughter had a lifelong disability. I held onto the words as the unusual gift they were: dreaded relief. Finally, what we’d been waiting two years for: a reason for Rachel’s global delays. In some ways it was a sentence. Almost a pronouncement of…

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Essential Parts of the Orchestra [you and me]

They dance delicately in the breeze, brilliant yellow, snowy white. Leafy greens dare to be declared less lovely. Bees flit from blossom to blossom. An array of distinct splendors woven together into a tapestry of beauty. Each quite unique, different in the core of their being, but in concert, they sing a glorious chorus. Who…

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Delightfully Unique: It Applies to All of Us

We are all created delightfully unique. During a conversation with a dear lady from church last night, I was transported back in time to when my daughter was little. It allowed me to reflect on how I’ve changed in those years, maturing in my understanding of how Jesus sees us. While the early years of…

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Smiling faces light up the stadium. Genuine I’m-having-the-time-of-my-life smiles not fake I’ll-smile-because-I-should kind. Nearly every participant displays such a grin. Laughter and squeals of delight intermix with “Good job!” “Nice try!” and “You can do it!” I am welcomed into the world of Special Olympics and real people! And the weight of a difficult week…

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Tending His Garden

To most, it’s just a bed of weeds. To some, a waste of time. To others, a distraction from more important obligations. To me, though, “Pooh Garden” is sacred. For this is where I have pastured all of my hopes and dreams for Rachel. Sown with love. Watered with tears. Cultivated with tender smiles and…

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Taking the Next Step

Such a little thing but with great meaning … and Rachel did it! For more than a week we have been preparing—Lori (Rachel’s school paraprofessional) and me. We’ve been preparing for a presentation Rachel would be giving to her entire class. The kicker was that in the five years she’s had her communication device, my…

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The Race for Life Begins

If you have ever experienced the birth of a baby, you know what an incredible event that is! It is truly amazing, a miracle of the greatest magnitude, when 23 chromosomes from a father join with 23 chromosomes from a mother  to form a unique, new biologic entity (embryo) that has a gender and is…

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His Story, Not Mine (Choose to See)

Grammy and Dove Award winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife, Mary Beth, had an unimaginably hard choice to make in 2008. May 21 of that year, their 17-year-old son Will drove into their driveway and struck their youngest daughter, 5-year-old Maria, killing her. This incredibly painful time led them to a crossroad:…

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The Inspiration Behind the Text

There have always been individuals who have recognized the true value of those with different abilities (their innocence, wisdom, love, joy, insight, perseverance, and, yes, their faith), have fought for those less able, and celebrated life. Many of them have helped me (and perhaps you) through their writings and recordings/presentations/programs and will no doubt continue…

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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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