I met Barb at Snappin Ministries Inc. at a very rough time in my life. I attended a retreat that made me laugh as I have not done in a long time! I walked away feeling blessed and hopeful. Thank you Barb for showing me there is compassion in this world.
Snappin just makes everyone feel ok with whatever they are going through. It could be as little as a hangnail, or as big as a 24hour surgery, you'll know SnappinMinistries will be right there with you be it in person or in prayer. They are so caring and provide wonderful retreats for all mothers! They have special events for kids as well! What an awesome ministry!
SNAPPIN' Ministries has been a huge blessing in my life as a special needs mother. I originally discovered the ministry through their blog. I had just left my full-time job to become my daughter's full-time caregiver. She is medically fragile and medically complex. During a very trying year with 8 hospital stays in 7 months, Snappin' Ministries sent a care package to me. This care package allowed me and my family some time to regain normalcy when we returned home after our last hospital stay. I felt so loved and so cared for. The package also included some practical things to ease the burden of care while trying to unpack our hospital bags at home. I have been in touch with the ministry for the last 2 years long-distance since I live in Florida and the ministry is based in Wisconsin. I have also been blessed to tell other parents across the country about the ministry. Having Snappin' Ministries available contributes to my spiritual and emotional well-being. I thank God for them.
I was blessed to be able to attend the Special Needs Mom's Retreat this year. I enjoyed being pampered! The food was very tasty and there was water,tea or coffee available. Friday night Karaoke was a blast! The workshops were enjoyable and interesting. I made some new friends and was able to catch up with some old ones. I will definitely put this event on my calendar for next year!
This ministry comes along side the parents in the trenches if you will. By providing encouragement and support to parents they share God's love for the least of these. Snappin Ministries has been a special gift of encouragement to our family. TK
Outstanding organization! I was so impressed with their mom's retreat this weekend! There were so many selfless volunteers who helped make all of us special needs mom's feel spiritually nourished as well as pampered!
Thank you for the wonderful encouragement! I am a parent of 3 children with special needs and participated in a small-group book study. It was such a positive and helpful experience, not like many of the other groups I have tried where I left feeling worse than when I arrived. I really appreciate how the study helped me gain some perspective on my family's situation and caused me to reevaluate some of my reactions and biases. I have felt so understood and supported by the group!
Snappin' Ministries gave us a care basket and I STILL use stuff that we got in it a year later. Their ministry is phenomenal and true evidence that God does NOT leave us alone while we are here on earth...he surrounds us with love and support.
I attended the mom's conference, while I was asked to come as the speaker, after I addressed the mom's, I enjoyed an amazing afternoon being pampered, enjoying good food, and having great conversations. I walked away feeling refreshed and thankful to have attended the reatreat, and especially thankful for the leader, Barb Dittrich, who is passionate about helping parents know they are not alone, and they are loved.
We LOVE SNAPPIN Ministries!! I learned about their organization about 4 years ago and they have become an invaluable resource for me and my family. I only wish I had learned about them a few years sooner when I actually lived in WI. But thankfully, they are there to help families nationwide. I have received some great resource books from them on special needs and special needs ministry that have been amazing!
My first encounter with Snappin' Ministries was when I signed up to be a vendor for one of their fundraisers. By the time event actually happened, I found out that our own little baby-to-be would be one of the special ones. Fast forward to a couple of weeks after Tobias' birth and we were already stationed at Children's Hospital so that he could be treated for a respiratory illness. Snappin' Ministries sent a care package to our home that provided not only gift cards to various businesses, but also some toiletries and other items. Tangible and practical love was given through that package, and with no family living near us, we truly felt like the care package was a hug from above!
As a parent of 3 special needs children, I sometimes feel so alone in the world. Snappin Ministries has helped our family through a few crisis situations and most importantly, day to day troubles. They have provided us with friendship and spiritual leadership. The family events they hold are wonderful. Our children are able to be around other families with special needs. It is so nice to be able to talk with other parents and share our challenges and celebrations. It is one of the few times we can relax and let our children be children without being judged by others.
Snappin' Ministries has blessed us far beyond words. They have reached over many states to help us carry our burdens. Facing major medical issues, while trying to care for 4 children, each with their own special needs (medical and learning), has been overwhelming. Snappin' provided gift baskets to help lift our spirits with some sweet little goodies, but they also eased the financial burden with gift cards to ease our basic daily expenses. Thank you to everyone involved at Snappin' Ministries!
Snappin' Ministry has been a great and valuable resource to my family and I several times in the couple of years we've known about it. Here are two instances that I hold on to dearly: In 2011 I received a care basket full of items like gift cards, lotion, a candle and inspirational/encouraging literature. It came at a great time when my family and I were experiencing a great waiting period about our living situation. It really was exactly what we needed in our special needs journey to help us remember God was in control and was taking care of us at the time like He always has and always will. Recently in 2013 I received another care basket from Snappin' Ministry after I posted a facebook status update expressing my frustration with the special needs journey my husband and I are on with our daughter, Aria. I really didn't want to be up before dawn preparing life sustaining medication for Aria and I was overwhelmed and frustrated about doing again for over 9 years straight. Barb Dittrich read my plea and responded with kind and encouraging words in a private facebook message and again a few days later with a care basket full of familiar goodies. It's so wonderful to know that there are people in a ministry hundreds of miles away from us that are there to pray for us and encourage us on this journey that is also familiar to them. We are so grateful for Barb and all those that help to make Snappin' Ministry possible. Families like mine can always make it another day because of them.
Love what Snappin has done for me and my well being. Can't wait to see what else they are up too next!
I literally fell upon SNAPPIN' Ministries in my quest to help my daughter newly dx with autism. Our lives have been so richly blessed with the God connections since I was lead to them. I have a wonderful mentor and friend who has selflessly guided me along this journey and carefully brought me little nuggets of her experience and guidance that she learned along the way....priceless!
Our family feels so loved by this organization that says you are important and you matter and "we get it." Although each special needs parent has a unique journey, there are just longings and heart cries that resonant the same desires and needs for all our children. Thanks Barb for your tireless and transparent efforts to meet me on the same page at times speaking what my heart feels through your blog....it gives me such encouragement and strengthens my character for Him. I am so grateful!