Blog Posts

The care and feeding of a keto kid (now with 100% more gifs!)

March 29, 2019

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to feed a developmentally delayed 3 year old on a ketogenic diet — and who hasn’t?! — this is the post for you! Here’s what it takes to prep a single day’s worth of food, liquid, and medication.

St. Oscar Romero

What’s in a name? How our kids got their Catholic saint names and why it matters

March 7, 2019

Where did the Wilkens kids get those weirdo names, and why? All your questions answered here…

All Saints

#7QT: 7 great saints to know for neurological problems

March 1, 2019

Gotta medical problem that is neurological in nature? These are your go-to friends in heaven.

Woman sitting in a field overlooking mountains

How to manage your special needs grief (without letting it own you)

February 19, 2019

A couple months ago an unexpected wave of special needs grief hit me like a ton of bricks during Mass. Here’s why, and here’s what I did about it.


How we (fake) toddler Montessori at home with a special needs child

December 11, 2018

A peek into Oscar’s new big boy, Montessori(-ish) play space. What we love about Montessori is that it empowers him to take ownership, to easily express his preferences, and to engage with his environment and his family.


Different gifts, same spirit

October 19, 2018

We evolve as individual beings — not from incompleteness to a finished product, but from one wholeness to another.

Kids ready for their first day of school.

#7QT: Seven things about the first (normal) week of school

September 14, 2018

Ever wondered how we do what we do? Here’s a #7QT look (Seven Quick Takes) at a typical week in the life of Team Wilkens.


The courage to risk failure

August 29, 2018

That time I took a test for college credit and almost shot myself in the foot out of fear of failure…


#7QT: 7 thoughts about writing a book

July 6, 2018

To celebrate a finished first draft, I share some answers to common questions I’ve received about writing a book, and a few tips and tricks from the writing journey of a total noob.


It is finished

July 3, 2018

I’m sitting in Panera and 14 seconds after I typed the last word of this book about my pilgrimage to Lourdes, I hear singing in Latin. It sounds like the rosary being sung in Lourdes. I mean, it sounds EXACTLY like the rosary being sung in Lourdes.

Christy Wilkens

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