About Us

I’m Sonya Shafer, wife to best friend John and mother to four daughters. (I like to call them my “little women.”) Through the years many young moms have asked me for counsel and advice. I love sharing my heart with them—reminding them of God’s Word, helping them regain their vision in the midst of the never-ending routine, assuring them that they are good mommies, and discussing what has worked and not worked in my parenting experience.

Then I got to thinking that if so many moms just in my little corner of the world are looking for mentoring, how many more might need the same kind of help across the country or around the globe. So with the help of an Internet-savvy friend (and intentional father), Intentional Parents was launched.

Little did I know what God had in store for this ministry.

I thought I had a pretty good handle on intentional parenting. Then in 2002 we diagnosed our youngest daughter with autism and began the journey of learning how to parent intentionally with a special needs child.

Through the months and years after that diagnosis I met many moms reeling from similar diagnoses for their children. So I added another section to this Web site to share what we are learning as we continue along the journey with autism.

I don’t know what God has in mind for Intentional Parents in the future. But I know that He has promised to walk right beside me as we go down the path that He has prepared—together.

Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest (Joshua 1:9).