Drowning in Busy and Families w Special Needs

CatholicMom.com, CM Hangout, Family / Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Is it Wednesday already again? I don’t know how this keeps happening. A week passes by like a day anymore.

I’ve been having fun and spending more of my online time over at CatholicMom.com lately. I feel like my blog is giving me puppy dog eyes wondering if I’ve abandoned it? I’ll come back to you, I promise.

[Ok, I’m talking to my blog now this can’t be a good sign.]

So here are a couple things going on over there –

1. My September article: Drowning in Busyness

Funny how I wrote about this same topic last September. Anyone else feel incredibly overwhelmed this month? I shared a few thoughts about why we all tend to get so busy it drowns us and a few ideas for what we can do about it.

But after a while, if we allow ourselves to be ruled by our busy schedules, our search for meaning in all that we do actually paralyzes us and sucks the joy out of life and our families. We become overwhelmed and even sickened by our own busyness. We can even become addicted to our busyness.


Take time to prayerfully look at your list of commitments and activities. Discern which ones are truly necessary and which ones you could let go of, even if only temporarily. Then, give the rest to God and ask Him to let these works strengthen your Faith and allow the Lord to work through you.

2. This week’s CM Hangout Ep #3 “Families with Autism & World Meeting of Families”

I really enjoyed talking with David and Mercedes Rizzo yesterday! They have a daughter with autism and I’ve been more and more interested in that whole subject. I have a neighbor whose son is autistic and friends with children with special needs and they’ve really opened my eyes to that whole world.

My heart goes out for them because I know parenting is hard but when you add in extra challenges with varying special needs, parenting isn’t just hard anymore, it’s like trying to change a diaper while your child flails and screams and while a fire tries to engulf you. Or that’s what I’ve heard anyway.

Anyway, more and more I yearn to better understand families of children with special needs so that we, as a society and a Church, can embrace them and help them feel supported and not isolated.

Talking with David and Mercedes was very helpful and I think a lot of people will benefit from hearing their story and perspective. You can Listen to the audio podcast here (or on your podcast app) or View the video Hangout here.

I’d love to hear what other people think about it!

Alright, hopefully I’ll have time to give my blog some more attention soon. Hope everyone’s having a great week!

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