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6 Great Sensory-Friendly First Communion Dresses

March 2, 2021

Simple. Relaxed. Affordable. Mass appropriate. I rounded up some sensory-friendly First Communion options that won’t break the bank for your daughter’s special day — a couple even have my own kids’ seal of sensory approval.

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The Message of Lourdes (Free eBook)

February 3, 2021

I’m releasing a new eBook today called The Message of Lourdes, explaining why the words of the 1858 apparition are for all of us today, too. Sign up for your free copy in honor of the upcoming feast of Our Lady of Lourdes (February 11).

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In Which We Learn that My Book Has a Title!

January 29, 2021

I’m delighted to announce the title of my forthcoming book with Ave Maria Press! Awakening at Lourdes: How an Unanswered Prayer Healed Our Family and Restored Our Faith will be released this fall. It’s the story of our family’s pilgrimage to Lourdes with the Order of Malta in 2017, the miracles we received and the ones we didn’t, and why the wide gulf between those two things is awash in grace upon grace.

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The Best Books on Disability That I Read in 2020

January 27, 2021

Making sense of the world means reading about what’s going on in my life, so for many years, that’s means books about disability or by disabled writers. Here are a few that helped shape my thinking in 2020, in no particular order.

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I’m Launching a Newsletter

January 21, 2021

Where’ve you been and where’re you headed, Christy? Find out more here, and sign up for my newsletter to get updates on all the exciting stuff to come in 2021.

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Spiritual Communion for Social Distancing

March 14, 2020

In preparation for our first Sunday watching Mass via livestream from the couch, I created some printable Spiritual Communion prayers. Feel free to download and share!

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The death of innocence and the death of innocents

January 22, 2020

There’s no denying the fact that valuing and respecting all life, including the lives of the disabled, is never the easy or politically expedient thing to do. In fact, it’s usually the most difficult.

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Why EMDR therapy is great for special needs parents

January 9, 2020

EMDR is a great tool for healing from the traumas and PTSD that naturally occur raising medically complicated kids. Here’s how it worked for me.

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On Loan, On Layover [Guest Post by Annamarie Adkins]

January 2, 2020

As we raise our children, we try to remember that we are their stewards for the time being. This practice is a little more intensified when your child nears the brink of death, and is brought back to life again.

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What your grandma meant by “offer it up,” and how to make your life a gift to the world

May 7, 2019

You’ve probably heard the phrase “offer it up” as a super-Catholic, sometimes flippant response to life’s problems. If you’ve ever wondered what it actually means, this is the post for you.

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Christy Wilkens

Meet Christy

I’m a Catholic wife, mother of six, and writer who wrestles with the problem of pain. What does faith look like in times of adversity and struggle? I’m so glad to have you here, joining the conversation. Learn more about me 🠖

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