Cindee Snider Re

CindeeJBUCindee is married to Tony, the man she loves most in this world, and they are parents of five, ages 16-25. She and four of her five kids have Ehlers-Danlos, a genetic connective tissue disorder, and myriad co-existing conditions. While a life steeped in illness isn’t what Cindee would have chosen, she also wouldn’t have wanted to miss it, for she’s learning that the deeper the valley, the greater her capacity for joy – for it’s there, sewn into every hard, beautiful, precious moment.

Cindee is co-founder of Chronic Joy Ministry, Inc., author of the Chronic Joy Thrive Series. She and her family live in Sussex, Wisconsin, on an acre of towering pines, sugar maples and sprawling white oak that is also home to whitetail deer, wild turkey, red fox, sandhill cranes and a symphony of songbirds. Her passions include poetry, photography, research and tea. Luci Shaw remains her favorite poet, the Canon 100mm macro, her favorite lens (though the 85mm f1.2 is a close second), and though she frequently forgets to eat, she is never without a cup, glass or bottle of her favorite Earl Gray tea. She also serves as a patient representative on several medical grant boards.

Cindee’s writing inspires readers to dig deeper, lean harder and breathe deeply of God’s amazing grace.

Author Photo: Courtesy of Babboni Photography


28 thoughts on “Cindee Snider Re

  1. Bonnie Sanders

    Cindee was blessed to be a blessing, and this website will be used of our Lord to continue the streams of blessings He has already begun, not only for Cindee and her family, but for us as well. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!


  2. Heidi Peterson

    Cindee-whenever I have bad days and I question why certain things are happening to us, your writings remind me to try and learn from every opportunity. They allow me to know there can be growth from every situation, and to remember all the good things we have to be thankful for. It is nice to know that my thoughts and feelings are not alone. I look forward to the next writing. They always seem to come at the right time, to inspire me and get me through the challenges that I am dealing with. I thank you for that!


    1. Heidi, you’re so very welcome. We pray for you guys daily. Our hearts are with you as you walk this hard path, and we’re just across the street whenever you need anything — absolutely ANYTHING!


  3. Luminita Schartle

    One thing did lead to another and here I am discovering your wonderful blog posts…they were a fresh air to breathe indeed for me!
    I am so thankful to know you:-)



  4. Jany Merrill

    Cindee (aka Tea infused mom),

    I’m so glad to have stumbled on to your blog this day sister. Your words are beautiful and heart warming. We truly serve an awesome God.

    I look forward to reading more. God bless you and your family. I will share your words with my other family members.
    Thank you, Jany


  5. Cindee, I just found you on SheWrites… and am up late with a tummy ache… and just read through most of your blog entries. I feel like I have just dipped my head into a cool stream. I feel God’s love and adoration for you and your family – and, hence, for me and all of us! What a blessing He has bestowed upon us by having you write down your devotions and life stories. I’m a new stepmom, new wife, new Christian, for that matter, and I would love to keep in touch. Your writing is profound and touched with the Grace that only the Lord can infuse.


  6. Cindee – You come to my mind at the most random times. Funny thing, that. I’m guessing it means it would be a good time to pray for you. Certainly a good time to thank God for you. 😀


    1. Debbie, thank you for praying. Today has been hard, deeply, heart-wrenching hard. A dear friend’s husband (53) collapsed at work and is fighting for his life. Same hospital, similar heart issue to my brother’s 10 year ago. My brother was 32 and didn’t survive. Today brought back so much I’ve hidden away. My friend just kept saying, “I don’t know what to do.” “Just breathe,” I said as I held her. “That’s all I have to do?” she whispered. “That’s it,” I answered through tears too deep to breathe. “Just breathe.” So thank you, sweet writing friend for unexpected prayers and words like balm on open wounds. I am thankful for both your words and you!


  7. Jane

    Cindee – God works in very wonderful ways!! Thanks for writing your life…I can relate to so much of what you say…and thank you , God, for bringing you into mine!


  8. Stephanie Todd

    Good Morning Cindee,

    Your words and writings are so powerful, insightful and just beautiful. May you have a blessed day!

    Many Blessings,


  9. Nancy Kramer

    Cindee, I have finally checked out your writings. Your words are comforting and a kind reminder of what is important to focus on. I look forward to more


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  13. Hi Cindee!! Every once in a while, the Lord Jesus comes to all of us. In those all-too-brief moments He provides some encouragement. It is a rare moment when someone from a Pastor’s past thinks enough to share their Christian pilgrimage with him. In those moments, of course I feel pride. Of course the “Journey” and its discipline comes to my mind — that task of praying, reading Scriptures, and writing it all down! Most of all most Pastors including me need some kind of encouragement to keep us going, to stay on the path, to step on the heels of Jesus. I am, Cindee, so thankful to God for your walk — that I had even a very small part in your following Jesus!


  14. patbaer

    Hi Cindee, What a treat to stumble onto your lovely words and pictures. I am interested in some of your pictures. Do you share or sell your work? I couldn’t tell from your flickr account. Bless you as you continue to Breathe Deeply and exhale such beauty!


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