My journey to find fellowship and support has left me with a fire in my heart to reach out to other special needs homeschoolers. I have found HSB to be a place to stop in for encouragement at any time of the day. When the children are sick and I need support or have a prayer request, I know right where to go. I have my own blog now to reach out and share our homeschooling experience, http://www.HomeschoolBlogger/gfcfmomofmany/. I also host the Special Words for Special Needs blog on the Company Porch at HSB,  

When I found out I was hosting the Special Words for Special Needs blog, I praised the Lord. My husband and I have prayed that the storms in our lives would lead to sharing God's grace with others. I believe this is a wonderful opportunity to support, encourage, and inform the special needs homeschooling community.

There is no reason to travel this journey alone. You can homeschool your child—with all of his strengths and all of his weaknesses. I pray I can help you reach beyond merely "existing" to helping your children thrive!

Originally posted on Crosswalk Oct. 2009.

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Heather Laurie is the host for Special Words for Special NeedsOn the Company Porch at She and her husband homeschool their five children, who have a genetic disorder that has left them with many special needs. Heather is also learning to live with lupus. To find out more about Heather, visit her blog at

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