The Joys and Challenges of Raising a Special Needs Child with Lynn Blackburn

If you or someone you know and love has a special needs child or adult in their life then you are going to love hearing Lynn Blackburn’s story about her sweet daughter, Emma. Emma was diagnosed with Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome when she was a baby and Lynn says that having a child with a disability rocked her world, but God was both patient and faithful as she and her husband, Brian, wrestled with their new reality. Being Emma’s mom has changed her in ways she never could have imagined. On this episode Lynn shares the joys and challenges of raising a child with special needs into adulthood. Emma is now 20 years old, and Lynn tells what the next chapter of life will look like for her and their family. She also shares practical takeaways and some guilt-free advice for taking care of special needs children to adulthood and beyond. Lynn is the author of ten Christian romantic suspense books, homeschools her boys and loves sharing stories of her family life to encourage other parents navigating their own family challenges.

Quotes From Lynn and Scripture

“Why haven’t we grown up with [those with special needs] in our churches? Why haven’t we grown up with them in our community where they’re visible?”

“Being around these individuals is humbling, it’s beautiful. It makes you smile; it makes you laugh.”

“Your ability to handle it will grow with your child… You’ll be okay when you get there.”

“I will acknowledge that her DNA is not spelled like everyone else’s, but God doesn’t misspell anything… It is who she was designed to be.”

…we don’t know what to do, but our eyes are on you. – 2 Chronicles 20:12 ESV


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