When You Love Someone With Special Needs

Gina Butz parenting, personal, relationships 4 Comments

One of the things that brings me the greatest joy is to hear my children talking to my sister. When they talk with her, they sweetly ask questions and patiently listen to her stories. They treat her with compassion. They make her feel loved. It’s like a balm to my soul. Why? Because my sister is mentally challenged. What it’s …

Being Human

Gina Butz courage, grace, identity 2 Comments

So I’m in this women’s group about shame. Yep, shame. Sounds fun right? And not at all awkward. We’re talking about it because it’s the topic of a book we’re reading by Brené Brown, and if you don’t know who she is you should go find out. Wow. Just wow. The book we’re reading is called I Thought it was …

Stirred

Gina Butz grief, transition 1 Comment

Transition is a bit like someone coming into your life with a giant paint stir stick and swirling it around in your heart. It brings to the surface a whole lot of emotions that might normally stay hidden. If you’ve ever stirred a paint can, you know that vigorous stirring can result in overflow. That’s how we feel these days …

I’ve been there

Gina Butz transition 1 Comment

A man spoke yesterday at church. He was visiting from Africa, where he and his family work at a rural hospital. Listening to him, I felt a strong kinship. I could imagine the hardships he and his wife have to face with their four kids. I’m guessing that the decision to homeschool some and send one to boarding school must …