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Natalie Maxwell

Natalie Maxwell is a writer and an advocate for special needs and adoptive families. She resides in North Dakota with her husband and their five children.

portrait of mother and her beloved son with disability in rehabilitation center

Embracing the Path of Special Needs Adoption

Looking back, it’s funny to me how God had to convince us that a special needs adoption was the right path for our family – because I now consider every adoption to be “special needs.”

Little girl with special needs enjoy spending time with mother

Appearances Don’t Matter: God’s Love for the Disabled

Before we adopted our son, those who only saw his disabilities told us that he would never give anything to us. They were so wrong. He has given us much more than we have given him.

Mother and son playing together at a table

Embracing Your Child With Special Needs, Just the Way They Are

When parenting a child with special needs, it’s easy to fix your eyes on the next surgery, therapy, diet or appointment. But it’s often difficult to simply embrace and enjoy your child in the moment.

I Used to be Anti-Abortion … Now I’m Pro-Life

Being pro-life is more than a bumper sticker or a picket sign. Being pro-life isn’t just about the words we say or the box we check on a ballot. Being pro-life is a way of life.

Special Needs: When Comparison Enters Your Home

The world labels our oldest son as disabled, but most days I don’t see it that way. His disabilities do not define him. Still, I can’t deny the heartache I sometimes feel when I find myself comparing our eldest to his siblings.

The Messiness and Beauty of Adoption

I realized with newfound clarity that the miracle of adoption has zero to do with me and everything to do with the One who invented it.