Parenting Special Kids Through the Holidays

nov 1

This side of Heaven…

I keep typing these words over and over again.

This side of Heaven, we won’t understand X, Y, or Z…

This side of Heaven I absolutely will not understand my daughter’s journey.

But, I’ve decided to skip the stress of it.


You can read the rest of my thoughts on the choice to skip stress this holiday season here, precious friends. This is your reminder that we “don’t got it” but God has got us. Always.

By the way, as I wrote this post, I kept hearing (and keep hearing) these timeless words from James:

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.

It takes lots of work to consider this space an opportunity for great joy, precious friends. But my Father knows what I need to remain close to Him… And sometimes, that just might mean letting a storm (or seventeen) get in “my” way.

Cheering on your journey! Always. Always.

xox J.

Psst – here’s a picture of one of my opportunities for great joy in the midst of sometimes-trouble (aka this homeschool ride with an emotionally high-need wild child). Raising Bliss is a gift, in every season.



Published by Jennifer Magnano

Inspired by a woman's transition into and transformation in motherhood, Jennifer is passionate about acceptance, inclusion, growth, and inter-generational mental health. Over the last decade, she has encouraged masses of mothers around the world through her writing, yoga instruction, and as an Ayurvedic postpartum doula. As a candid storyteller, Jennifer's muse is "shared-experience" with mothers and families who face diverse life challenges. She is a melanoma survivor, a chronic disease "thriver" and special needs parent. Residing in Arizona with her husband Scott, they raise two miracle kids, a future therapy dog named Mya, all the edible plants, and hundreds of worms on a perfectly imperfect, tiny piece of desert land.

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