Weekly Newsletter

Good morning, Trench Climbers!

Did you get a chance to read Suzanne and Carrie’s stories about their special needs sons? Did you head over to the forums to chat about some of the obstacles we face as parents?

This week, we will be reposting stories from Katy, owner of The Tidy Cottage, and Ameliaof Book Wife share about toxic relationships with their parents. Leave a comment on each story to discuss with our authors, and then head over to the forums for this week's topic in the Parenting thread: dealing with toxic parents.


We are looking for a social media director! We would like to work with someone who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about all social media platforms, someone who is creative as well as thoughtful when interacting with online communities and building relationships. If this sounds like you, submit your contact information on the Volunteer page!


I’m Phoenix this week visiting Britni, baby Klaus, and the rest of the Arizona SFTT team members. Be sure to check our social media accounts for a special "Jen and Britni" Facebook Live event. You can find us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Jen G.
Founder, Stories from the Trenches

Jen's Journal

I have a confession: I am terrified of flying. Flying combines my fear of heights, lack of control, and claustrophobia into one giant panic attack. Nothing says "let's conquer this fear" like getting on a plane for a three-hour flight by myself. Pray for me, sisters, because this fear is real, and I’m not feeling particularly brave at the moment.

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Additional Resources: Special Needs Parenting

This week, we heard stories from two people who have experienced trenches as parents of special needs children—stories of hurt but also stories of growth and healing. We hope these additional resources offer strength and encouragement to those who are also in this trench. Please feel free to leave additional suggestions in the comments!

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Autism in a Nutshell

Hi! We are the Mitchell family. I am Suzanne. My husband Darin and I have been together since 1989 when I was just sixteen year old (now 43 . . . yikes). He was the bass player in my older brother’s band, and I was the cool “rocker” chick.

Our mutual love of rock-n-roll is what brought us together, and our deep love for each other and our little family is what has kept us going strong all these years.

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The Silent Anniversary

As I write this, it has been ten years—almost to the day—since our son Ted was diagnosed with autism. This is my husband’s and my story of the perpetual trench that this has brought our family, and how we have gotten through it.

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