Hiya! I’m so glad you’re here to embrace life with me!
My name is Jenn Soehnlin (pronounced sane (as in not insane) plus lin. In German, the ‘oe’ makes an ‘a’ sound. Didn’t know you’d get a lesson in German, did ya?). I’m a middle school English teacher, writer of Embracing This Special Life: Learning to Flourish as a Mother of a Child with Special Needs, wife, and mommy to two precious little lads who both happen to have special needs. I enjoy hiking, relaxing with my husband, reading, writing, blogging and spending way too much time on Pinterest. Oh, and most importantly of all, I love the Lord and without Him, I couldn’t do anything, because He is my source of strength. 🙂
About the Blog
The heart of this blog is to encourage anyone who feels like that flower, stuck in a hard place where life is overwhelming, and yet stay rooted in God’s truth, keep the faith, and bloom and flourish regardless of our circumstances. Because that’s what God wants for us. He wants us to bloom where we’re planted and grow into the beautiful person He created us to be. To show off our colors to this hurting world and to bring Him glory.
The best ways I have found to keep the faith and flourish is to keep our thoughts focused on the positive, on our blessings. And the second, is praying scripture. When we add His own words to our prayers, we align our hearts with God’s will, and that’s when your perspective changes and you see God start to move in powerful ways.
I blog about special needs parenting (that’s my overwhelming life circumstance) as well as faith and praying scripture (my tools for flourishing regardless of my circumstances). It is my heart to share the things I am learning with anyone longing to grow despite their life circumstances, desiring resources about praying scripture, and ready to grow in their faith.
Why “Embracing Life”?
I had two boys under the age of four with various diagnoses. My life was filled with therapies and specialists, with anxiety and depression, with loneliness and anger toward God. And one day, while asking God yet again “Why?” He whispered just one word to my anxious, grieving heart.
Embrace what? I wondered. And idea after idea came to me. So much so, I wish I would have written it all down, but I don’t think my pen would have flown across the pages fast enough.
I was convicted. Encouraged. Loved by the God of the universe.
He would gently remind me of something I needed to embrace fully in my life. Something that I needed to not only accept, but cherish. My role as a mother. My children. Their diagnoses, their progress, their personalities and their hearts. This special needs journey. Myself. My husband. And most importantly, God and His mysterious, yet trustworthy ways. My perspective was transformed to the Biblical, rather than the worldly way of doing things that I’d been trying to do unsuccessfully for years.
What do YOU need to be embracing?
About My Book
This is a book I have written for encouraging mamas of children with special needs. Embracing This Special Life will help:
- Provide a biblical view on special needs parenting
- Free you from unhealthy expectations and emotions
- Enable you to embrace the special needs parenting journey that God has for you
This practical and encouraging book will guide you toward spiritual victory and renewed purpose in your special needs parenting journey.
It’s available now on Amazon!
Please subscribe below and join me in the journey of learning to embrace life fully and flourish. 🙂