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Learning to Articulate

Krisann is making progress in being able to articulate what she is thinking and feeling.  For a long time, Krisann’s only way to communicate her feelings was when she expressed her anger and frustration. We are so thankful that she is learning to articulate feelings and emotions other than just anger and frustration.  However, at the same time, it’s hard too!

This past week, we were in the car on our way home from gymnastics.  I look in my rearview mirror, and I see Krisann crying.  She was crying because of a story she heard a local radio host share on the radio.  He had shared about how his little girl came running to greet him when he got home from work.

“All Because of STUPID MS”

Krisann with much emotion articulated to me how sad she was that she had never known a dad who went to work.  She has never been able to greet her dad when he comes home from work and make his day.  “All because of STUPID MS!”  Now, Zine did work early on in her life, but she doesn’t remember those days.  She only has remembrance of the past two years.  I loved and hated the fact that she was able to articulate what she was thinking and feeling.

I told her we might need to come up with a list titled “All Because of STUPID MS!” and I could add some things to that list as well!

I sure do love this articulating girl! Now, if she could learn to articulate her math facts!!

I’m reminded this week that “All Because of STUPID MS” entered our lives wreaking havoc.  This week is the week seven years ago we spent at Mayo Health Clinic in Rochester, MN.  And the way Krisann articulated it fits perfectly this week.  STUPID MS!

Every year at this time, I reflect on our beginning of life with MS.  I think we all wish MS hadn’t entered our life.  However, there are things that I am grateful I have learned because of MS.  Just tonight I prayed with a family and could pray with great confidence because I have walked deep struggles and I have learned His grace is sufficient.


Wife of 20+ years. Mom to 3 children. Love sharing my life with weary hearts so that we can know the One who is Good, who is in Control, and Whose strength is made perfect in our weaknesses.