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 …

A Year of Disney

Gina Butz gratitude, parenting 0 Comments

Yesterday, our Disney annual passes ran out. No more Disney for us. The first time we went, last September, I took the kids to Magic Kingdom, just the three of us. I was the “best mom ever” for taking them. It looked like we were going to have a year long vacation full of happy, loving, family times. But did …

Parenting Is Worth It

Gina Butz parenting 2 Comments

It’s all worth it. That’s the feeling I have while closing down this day. I spent the evening with a group of wives and moms who are about to go overseas to work. We talked about what it’s like to be moms in another culture, the ups and downs, the challenges, the joys. I walked in the house after the …

Adoption

Gina Butz faith 6 Comments

I recently had the joy of seeing a dear old friend  (and by old I mean we’ve known each other a long time. We are not old. There really should be a separate word for this in English) and her family realize their dream of bringing two new daughters home through adoption. They’ve waited so long and their hearts have …

Playing Together

Gina Butz 31 Days of Victory, parenting 0 Comments

Our kids are in that stage between toys and whatever comes next to fill their free time – jobs? Friends? I don’t know. All I know is that Candyland doesn’t entertain them anymore (and I think we’re all a little thankful for that). It’s hard to know how to occupy our free time well with them when it seems most …

Making Memories

Gina Butz 31 Days of Victory, parenting 0 Comments

Living overseas for over a decade means we’ve missed out on many things, particularly autumn activities, because in all that time we never came back during the fall. Now, we had a great community of expat friends which means that we certainly tried to replicate holidays and traditions we’d had in America, but it was never quite the same. Now …

Loving Me Through Her

Gina Butz loved 3 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 impaired. Growing up …