A Beautiful Adoption Story

This is a beautiful story of a family who adopted.

A Nebraska couple who adopted two little boys from foster care put even more smiles on their faces by adopting all six of their brothers- who range from a baby to teenagers — the last of whom they welcomed into their home on National Adoption Day on Sunday. 

Click here to learn more.



Vinegar Uses

I like to write about my weight loss journey to encourage my readers. I also think it is important to clean up our homes with less toxic cleaners. Vinegar can be used in many different ways. Today’s featured post provides several ideas. Hope you enjoy it.


A gallon of white vinegar can be purchased for just a few dollars, and a little goes a long way. Here are five ways to use this household workhorse.

1. Keep the Ants From Marching In

Pour equal amounts of water and white vinegar into a spray bottle, and shake to mix. Then spritz the solution in water-resistant areas where ants are common, such as kitchen floors or the crevices in painted baseboards through which the pests often enter. You can also use the repellent outside, spraying patios, porches, and picnic tables before family and friends gather. Click here to learn more.


Special Kids for Special People

Special Kids for Special People

I read a story on Facebook the other day in which a family with a special needs child was eating at a restaurant. I don’t know if their child was disrupting others or not, but the waitress came over with a piece of paper telling them that their bill had been paid and that God only gives special children to special people.

I started to cry when I read that story because someone out there made a difference. I have a special needs child and let me tell you, it’s a lot of work and going out to eat is hard. I love him to death, but it is tough some days and to hear about a story like that, really made me smile.


What is an IEP?

Special Needs: IEP’s



What is an IEP? Why does the school district want you to fill out forms for testing and why do they keep throwing things like 504 forms at you?

First of all and IEP is an Individual Education Plan as opposed to an ILP or Individual Learning Plan. It is composed of present levels of academic performance, transportation needs, long term goals, specialists that are needed and hours of services and how those services will be delivered small group, large group and also testing data.

Do not fear the IEP, it is for kids 3 and over and it is to show how they can better accommodate your child. What some parents do not know is that the IEP is a legal document that goes with your child wherever you go. An IEP can be modified but it must be signed by all parties.

In my opinion I think every child in America should have an IEP, we associate it as a negative thing, but if every child had one we could better facilitate each child in the education system. Think about what having a plan in place for each of your children that are completely designed just for them would mean. Strengthening their weaknesses and continuing to enhance their strengths, I think it would bring us up in the national and global standings, but that is just me.

Let me know what you think.

A Dusty Diamond,


That Nagging Feeling

When my son was born, I thought he was perfect. Ten finger and toes with a set of crystal blue eyes. His smile would light up the room and I thought I was the luckiest woman alive to be his mom. At about a year, I began to notice that he wasn’t doing all the same things others his age were.

My doctor told me not to worry about it, that he was fine. I couldn’t shake the sense that something wasn’t right though. At fifteen months he still wasn’t walking and again I went to the doctor, a specialist this time and they once again told me not to worry, he was fine. It wasn’t only the not walking part; he said a few things Mama, Dada and that was it. I noticed when he grabbed food he would use his whole hand and not the pincher technique.

As a new mother, I was told that I was overreacting, even my husband told me to not worry so much. It wasn’t until around 20 months, and he still wasn’t walking, that my son was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Apraxia of Speech. It was gratifying to know that I was right, but difficult to hear the outcome. If you have a nagging feeling that something isn’t right, listen to it. I remember calling Nancy in tears so frustrated that no one would listen to me, she did and she kept telling me that a mother’s instinct is usually correct, she was right.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb” Psalms 139:13


A Diamond In Plain Sight

One Sunday some months back, I wasn’t feeling well and decided to stay home from church that day. Grabbing the remote and surfing through the channels I came across a sermon of Joel Olsteen’s and before I switched the channel, he began telling a story about a young man with Downs’s syndrome. The young man worked as a bagger in a local market. One day he came up with an idea.
He went home and asked his parents for help to find encouraging and uplifting words. He printed out lots of copies and cut them into small strips. On his next work shift he took them in and for each person he bagged groceries for he would slip one of the strips into the bag. As the customer would leave he would tell them that he put in a good word for them.
Days and weeks went by, before the shift managers began to notice that the lines where this young man was working began getting longer and longer. The managers tried to move people to other lines, but to no avail. Word had spread and people would stand in line as long as it took to get a good word from this young man. You may be thinking that a single word wouldn’t be worth the line, but words have power. So many times when you are a parent of a special needs child you hear what they can’t do, it’s wonderful to hear uplifting stories of young people who turn their disabilities into possibilities. I give this young man five diamonds. You truly are a gem in the Kingdom.

A Dusty Diamond,

If you get a chance to watch this sermon, I’ve posted the link below.
Joel Osteen, “Make Deposits Everywhere You Go”.