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Today is a Hard Day

Today is eight years since our daughter Abby moved into a group home. She was only seven years old at the time. That means she has lived away from us longer than she lived...

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Good News: Cirque du Soleil

Today we went to see Cirque du Soleil. This was my first time seeing them but Amanda had seen them before. She was quite excited when she heard that they were coming to the city...

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Good News: Having a Ball

This weekend the girls were over at a friend’s house for a sleepover. That meant that we just had Justus with us. So what do we do with our boy? We ended up going...

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Good News: Sunday Night Fun

Sunday nights are one of my favourite times of the week. Over a year ago we started a tradition of going swimming on Sunday nights. This is something that breathes life into me in...

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Good News: The Final Test

Much of my Good News lately has been about moving into our new home. Does this make me materialistic? Am I too focused on possessions? This weekend was a reminder that our new home...

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My Daughter Reading a Comic Book

Today was a big day. Today was the day that my ten year old daughter read her first comic book. As a long time comic book fan, it made me smile. So what comic...

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Good News: All Moved In

This has been a great week for the Bedard family. We moved into our new home. We have been renting for the past two years and have been hoping to buy. Things worked out...

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The Year in Review

I have never had a boring year yet in my adult life and 2017 was no exception. I thought that with the year coming to an end, it would be a good idea to...

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Good News: Candlelight Service

One of my favourite parts of Christmas is the Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. We had a wonderful service tonight at Queen Street Baptist Church. Not only is the image of lighting candles meaningful, it...

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Good News: Break a Leg

My son Justus broke his leg on Friday. What? How in the world is that Good News? What kind of dad am I? Let me back up. On Friday, we received a call from...

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What a Rush!

This should have been a rotten day. We have been trying to buy a house and today we found out it wouldn’t work. Part of this was because of results of a home inspection...

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The Power of Little Victories

What are the things that you celebrate as a parent? It may be your child getting their driver’s licence or graduating from university. We may be looking for the big things to get excited...

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Good News: Ride for Refuge

Over the past number of years, I have had the honour of getting to know the work of Christian Horizons. Just a month ago, I was able to be the speaker at their family...

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The Hardest Job I Have Ever Had

I have been engaged in a number of roles throughout my life. I have been a pastor, teacher, chaplain, salesperson, warehouse worker, painter and numerous other things. But there is one job that I...

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It Never Fully Goes Away

One of the most frequent questions I get as a pastor is whether the grief from losing a loved one ever gets easier. I can only answer from my own experience. Today, I had...

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Good News: A Joyful Visit

As I write this, it is two days before our daughter Abby’s fifteenth birthday. It is hard to believe she is well into her teens. It feels like only yesterday she was our little...

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Good News: Family Reunion

A number of years ago, our daughter Emma casually remarked, “It would be neat to find out that you had a brother or sister that you never knew about.” Little did she know that...

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Disabilities and the Innocence of Children

We had an interesting conversation the other day. Our three youngest children are aged 9-11. We were talking about what it will be like when they get their driver’s license. Our youngest, Faith (aged...

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Returning to the Place of Sorrow

I led a funeral service today. That is not a surprise as I am a pastor. Some pastors do a couple of funerals per week. Thankfully that is not my experience. But this was...

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Good News: Good Cheap Fun

We get a visit from Logan and Abby every other weekend. Abby is happy to come for day visits but Logan likes to stay over night. Whether it is the autism or being a...

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Seven Years Ago Today

Today it is seven years since our daughter went to live in a group home. She was seven years-old at that time. That means that she has now lived half her life away from...

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Swimming Down Memory Lane

I will confess that I’m a nostalgic kind of guy. Moving back to St. Catharines has only intensified that. We have had a membership at an indoor pool but they have been closed for...

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Good News: A Proud Dad

This past week, our three youngest children were away at camp. When I arrived to pick them up, the leader of Justus’s cabin immediately sought me out. There was a moment of panic as...

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Why I Tease My Daughter With Autism

My oldest daughter is 14 years-old and has autism. And I like to tease her. Don’t worry, I don’t tease her about having autism. I’m not that much of a jerk. Abby doesn’t like...

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Good News: Bedards Assemble!

This past week was our annual assembly of the Canadian Baptists of Ontario and Quebec. I have only missed only a couple of these assemblies in my twenty years with the CBOQ. This year...

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Autism and Quality Time

Last weekend, our children with autism were visiting from their group home. It is always great to have them with us. At one point, Our daughter Abby was playing in the backyard. I grabbed...

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Good News: Our Son is Back

Although I don’t talk about it as much as our children with autism, we also have a child with ADHD. Some may think that ADHD is not near as serious as autism but there...

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Good News: Double Shot

There are actually two things that I want to share for my weekly Good News post. The first is that I want to share how much I’m enjoying my role as pastor of Queen...

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My Six Favourite Autism Memories

Our two oldest children have autism and our experience with them has shaped our entire family. Although there have been some hard days, we have also had some great times as well. I may...

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Good News: Daddy-Daughter Date

I have mentioned previously that we plan to go swimming as a family every Sunday night. While that doesn’t always work out, sometimes it is for the best. Amanda is still recovering from her...

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Good News: Seeing the Big Picture

The purpose of my Good News post is to pick one good thing that has happened as a way for me to keep positive. While there is often one thing that stands out, this...

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Good News: Being Uncle Steve

Family has always been an important part of my life. Being an only child, I do not take family for granted. Aunts, uncles and cousins were important relationships. Unfortunately, being an only child limits...

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Good News: Proud of Amanda

My wife has not tried to hide the struggles she has experienced. I won’t go into them here, but you can read about it in her words at her blog. I’m proud of Amanda...

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Good News: Long Lost Family

I thought I knew what my Good News post was going to be. It was a year ago that we were making our move from Cambridge to St. Catharines. Although there have been some...

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Good News: A Great Birthday

Normally, I don’t make a big deal of birthdays. While I reflect on a new year of life, I don’t expect much in terms of celebrations. However, this was one of the most enjoyable...

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Good News: Being a Model Parent

My good news for this week actually brings together two other things that I have recently gotten involved in. I have started keeping a Sabbath, as described in this post. My Sabbath keeping (which...

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Good News: Rhythm Section

My good news for this week has to do with a decision my son and I have made. I am very sensitive about trying to force my children to go to church. There definitely...

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Good News: The Present of Presence

One of the highlights of my life is our regular visits with our children Logan and Abby. Logan and Abby both have autism and they live in a group home about an hour away....

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Faith Living Up to Her Name

Our youngest daughter’s name is Faith. Yesterday she did something that me very happy. Her class had to do a Thanksgiving assignment that included the things that they are thankful. It includes many of...

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Good News: Happy Birthday Abby!

Tomorrow is our daughter Abby’s fourteenth birthday. It is hard to believe that she is this old already. It seems like only yesterday that we were bringing her home from the hospital. Abby is...

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Good News: Love My Kids

This past week, we had our two children with autism come for a visit. It was nice in that our other three children were away at camp and so things were a bit quieter...

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The Hardest Thing About Autism

I want to make it clear that what I’m about to say is my experience and is not meant to describe the experience of any other autism parent. I understand that there is pressure...

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The Assumption of “Normal”

It is common that when you meet new people, that you ask each other about family. I tell people that I have five children and they respond by asking about ages. When they hear...

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Good News: Vacation Time!

It is easy to come up with good news today. Today is the start of three weeks of vacation. What makes this better, is that my excitement is not about the chance to get...

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Good News: A Gift to an Introvert

This has been a different kind of a week for me. For the past week, three of our children were away at camp. That by itself is good news as they had a very fun...

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The Other Side of Being an Autism Dad 0

The Other Side of Being an Autism Dad

I won’t deny that there are difficulties that go along with being the parents of children with autism. We have had quite a few crisis moments over the years. The fact that both our...

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Good News: A Much Better Week 0

Good News: A Much Better Week

Last Sunday in my Good New post, I shared that it had been a difficult couple of days. I did not give many details about what happened and I will not in this post...

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Good News: Glimmers of Light 4

Good News: Glimmers of Light

I started my Good News posts a couple of years ago when I was going through a very dark time in my life. At that point, I posted daily about something that I could...

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Real Childlike Faith

It is frequently claimed that Christians should have an unquestioning faith since Jesus taught us to have child-like faith. We should bury our doubts and questions and just trust as a child would. The...

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Good News: Baptizing My Daughter 2

Good News: Baptizing My Daughter

Today was a day that I have been looking forward to for a long time. This morning, I had the opportunity and privilege to baptize one of my children. Emma, along with another young...

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Good News: Fun With the Kids 0

Good News: Fun With the Kids

It has been a while since we have seen Logan and Abby at our house. Abby has missed a number of visits and our last visit was at their house. We have been looking...

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Amazing (Emma) Grace

Today finishes off our season of birthdays for our children. Last month we had three birthdays and today is now Emma’s birthday. As I have mentioned before, our three youngest are not our biological...

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Good News: Thankful for Moms 0

Good News: Thankful for Moms

Mother’s Day is always a bittersweet day for me. On one hand, it is a day when I especially miss my mom. I had a pretty amazing mom (not that I told her that...

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Gotta Have Faith!

Our month of birthdays continues. Already this month, two of my sons and my dog have had birthdays. Today is my daughter Faith’s birthday. One of the interesting things about Faith is when she...

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Good News: Spring Has Sprung 0

Good News: Spring Has Sprung

We are finally experiencing some nice spring weather. Our family is enjoying it and we have now had our first barbecue. But that is not the spring that I’m talking about. When we lived...

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Good News: Feeling Blessed

For my good news post, I could speak about my love for my sons who just had birthdays. But I already did that here and here. Still, having these guys in my life is...

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Hitting the Double Digits

Having just celebrated one son’s birthday, it is time to celebrate another. Today is our son Justus’ tenth birthday. His story is just as amazing as Logan’s. After our first two children were diagnosed...

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My Boy Turns 15!

Today is my oldest son’s fifteenth birthday. I am always drawn to the memories of his birth. I was finishing up my Master of Theology and we had prayed that Amanda would not go...

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The Guilt of Relief

For some families, it is possible to care for their children with autism at home with just some additional support. In other cases, the behaviours that go along with autism make such a situation...

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Good News: A Fantastic Easter 0

Good News: A Fantastic Easter

There was no trouble coming up with a Good News post today. This has been a tremendous day on so many levels. It began with our Easter Service at Queen Street Baptist Church. This...

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Good News: A Great March Break 0

Good News: A Great March Break

I always looked forward to March Break as a kid. It was a good time to get away from school, sleep in and just have a break. As a parent, I don’t look forward...

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Good News: Things Are Well 0

Good News: Things Are Well

Often for my Good News post I like to share one particular story that highlights how good things are. In the past I have had some difficulties doing that when times have been rough....

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Good News: My Family is a Blessing 0

Good News: My Family is a Blessing

Today is Valentine’s Day and tomorrow is Family Day (in Ontario). Both days remind me of how blessed I am. I am so thankful that Amanda is my wife. She is an incredible woman...

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Good News: Sign Language

We had another great visit with our children Logan and Abby this weekend. Both have autism and live in a group home an hour away. We try to have them over twice a month. Logan...

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6 Things I am Thankful For in 2015

Every Sunday I write a Good News post, a short reflection of something good that has happened during the week. With this being the last Sunday of 2015, I thought I would go beyond...

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And It Was a Merry Christmas

I have had some good and some bad Christmases. There have been circumstances that I have allowed to turn me into a Scrooge. But this year was different, even though the circumstances that made...

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Good News: An Emotional Weekend 0

Good News: An Emotional Weekend

One of the first questions we received when we announced we were moving to St. Catharines was about Logan and Abby. Our two oldest children, who both have autism, live in a group home...

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What a Visit With Our Children With Autism Looks Like

We have two children with autism, both on the severe side, both considered nonverbal. They live in a group home together with two other children. We try to have them over for a visit...

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Good News: Bonus Edition

Every Sunday I publish a good news post, some reflection of a good thing that happened to keep me in the spirit of thankfulness. I did that yesterday. But something happened today that I can’t...

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A Very Blessed Week

A week ago, I would have had trouble imagining the good news for this week. There was some pretty rough stuff happening on a number of fronts. But now looking back, I am amazed...

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Two Major Milestones for Our Family

Today we had our regular visit from Logan and Abby. This is always a highlight for us. They bring a lot of joy and laughter to our home. But this was not just any...

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Got My Good News!

I was giving great thought to what I should share for my weekly good news post. Our family is still going through a difficult time. I am still in the process of finding a...

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Trying to Find Good News

Two years ago, I began writing regular good news posts on my blog. They started as daily posts and eventually moved to weekly posts. The original context was that I was going through a...

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Good News: Making a Joyful Noise 0

Good News: Making a Joyful Noise

One of the best things that has happened to our children has been camp. They have spent a number of weeks over the past two years at Camp Oneida. What has really had an impact on...

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A Whole Bunch of Little Things

Sometimes I have something big to share for my good news post. That is not the case this week. But there were a number of little things that have made me happy and I...

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I Love My Family

As I sat down to write my weekly good news post, I had trouble pointing to one event that stood out. As I reflected more, I realized that my good news is my family...

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Seeing the Progress

One of the hardest things that we have experienced in the past year has been our youngest son’s battle with mental illness. While I share a fair bit of personal stuff on this blog,...

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Camp Fun

This good news post is directly related to the last good news post. Last time I was thankful that the kids were going off to camp. This week my good news is that the...

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