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Dave and Ann Wilson

Celebrating Special Children

August 31, 2012
Rest for the weary. Cameron Doolittle and Brenda Solomon come together to talk about Jill’s House, the respite care facility that’s giving much needed rest to families in the Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland area. Founded by Brenda and her husband, Lon, after they experienced the need for respite firsthand while caring for their daughter Jill, Jill’s House provides overnight programs and weeklong day camps to children with special needs ages 6 to 17 and their siblings.

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Life’s twists and turns can be unexpected and unimaginable. Brenda Solomon knows. In 1992 she gave birth to a daughter, Jill, who had a severe seizure disorder, which would eventually leave the child with intellectual disabilities. Brenda explains how the 24-hour care her daughter required sapped the life out of her family and lead them to nearly total exhaustion. But as she prayed for help, God stepped in with respite, and the idea of Jill’s House, a full-service, overnight respite center, was born. Joining Brenda is Jill’s House President, Cameron Doolittle.Download Transcript
August 30, 2012
Do you feel more like the household maid than the queen of her castle? When Kay Wills Wyma asked her son to clean his room and he replied that it was her job, she knew something had to change. Kay and her husband began a 12-month experiment with their five children, introducing a new chore each month and rewarding them for a job well done. Amazed by what her kids were able to accomplish and the confidence they began to have, Kay began to realize the value of making kids work.Download Transcript
August 29, 2012
Are you doing for your kids what they should be doing for themselves? Author and mom Kay Wills Wyma decided to end the entitlement attitude she saw in her children by kicking off a one-year experiment in her home that would reward her kids for household chores. From making beds to grocery shopping to cleaning toilets, her family experienced for themselves the ways meaningful work can transform self-absorption into earned self-confidence and concern for others.Download Transcript
August 28, 2012
Mom, are you tired of doing it all? Self-described enabler and mother of five, Kay Wills Wyma, tells how she introduced her kids to the basic tasks of independence by implementing an unusual one-year experiment designed to teach her kids to be helpers, rather than the helped, one household chore at a time.Download Transcript
August 27, 2012
Mom, has cleaning, cooking and changing diapers all day lost its luster? While your daily “to-do” list may seem trivial to you at times, it doesn’t mean it’s not of vital importance. Today, mother of two, Tracey Eyster, creator and editor of MomLifeToday.com, reminds mothers that what they are doing — shaping and molding the next generation — is more important than any other job out there. Tracey talks about some of the attitudes that often hinder a mother emotionally, including the attitude, “I’m just a mom.”
August 24, 2012
We all dream of what life will be like once we’re married. But the reality doesn’t always match the dream. Tracey Eyster, author of Be the Mom, talks frankly about the early years of her marriage as she and her husband, Bill, were climbing the corporate ladder. A season of infertility, followed by the joyous birth of their daughter, showed her that her focus now had truly changed, and she longed to be home. Tracey tells Dennis Rainey how she supported Bill while he earned accolades as a rising up-and-comer.
August 23, 2012
Only 9% of high school girls say they want to be mothers. Erin Davis didn’t think she wanted to be a mother either, preferring instead a life of ministry beside her husband. But a high-risk pregnancy and a miracle named Elisha changed her mind and heart. Today Erin talks about her pregnancy, the ongoing ultrasound tests that hinted that something was wrong, and the advice of a doctor to abort. Erin gives mothers a kingdom vision for their role as mom.
August 22, 2012
Erin was excited to impact the youth of her culture. But she is more excited now to impact generations to come as she diligently loves and mothers her two children. Author Erin Davis reminds listeners that it’s not a matter of whether or not you work inside or outside the home, but a matter of faith as you seek to fulfill God’s agenda rather than your own. Erin reflects how her ministry to kids has been enriched since she had children of her own, and how God is using motherhood as a way to reach the world.
August 21, 2012
Children are a blessing from the Lord. Do you really believe that? Erin Davis, founder of Graffiti Ministries, tells how the Lord changed her heart about motherhood. Erin and her husband had decided not to have children in order to serve the Lord wholeheartedly in youth ministry. But when she found out she was pregnant, and told at 12 weeks that the baby may not survive, she began to discover God’s heart for children and the valuable role that mothers have.
August 20, 2012
Feeling like you’ve been edged out in popularity by your tween’s friends? Take heart Mom and Dad — you are still the most important person in your child’s life. Mom and daughter duo, Dr. Brenda Hunter and Kristin Blair, talk about raising tweens during the perilous middle-school years. Although peer pressure is powerful, especially since “fitting in” is the most important thing in a middle-schooler’s life, parents need to be at the top of their game, recognizing bad influences and encouraging good friendships.Download Transcript
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FamilyLife Today® is a weekday podcast featuring fun, engaging conversations that help families grow together with Jesus while pursuing the relationships that matter most.

About Dave and Ann Wilson

Dave and Ann Wilson are co-hosts of FamilyLife Today©, FamilyLife’s nationally-syndicated radio program.

Dave and Ann have been married for more than 40 years and have spent the last 35 teaching and mentoring couples and parents across the country. They have been featured speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® since 1993, and have also hosted their own marriage conferences across the country.

Dave and Ann helped plant Kensington Community Church in Detroit, Michigan where they served together in ministry for more than three decades, wrapping up their time at Kensington in 2020.

The Wilsons are the creative force behind DVD teaching series Rock Your Marriage and The Survival Guide To Parenting, as well as authors of the recently released books Vertical Marriage (Zondervan, 2019) and No Perfect Parents (Zondervan, 2021).

Dave is a graduate of the International School of Theology, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. A Ball State University Hall of Fame Quarterback, Dave served the Detroit Lions as Chaplain for thirty-three years. Ann attended the University of Kentucky. She has been active with Dave in ministry as a speaker, writer, small group leader, and mentor to countless women.

The Wilsons live in the Detroit area. They have three grown sons, CJ, Austin, and Cody, three daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren.

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