15 Days of Self-Care: Happy Memories

Look through old photos & remember happy memories

I love to look through old baby photos and feel that hint of euphoria that comes with seeing my babies’ faces.  Such happy memories.  These sights make my day and recharge me.

I keep old photos as my screen saver because it’s always reminding me that these “sometimes ultra-long days” are flying by faster than I’d wish.  The hard moments will only last for so long, and the same goes for the sweet ones.  I’m reminded that each of the hard phases did, in fact, end even when it seemed like it never would.

Remembering the sweet moments of the past is powerful!

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15 Days of Self-Care: Breathing and Meditation

Deep Breathing, prayer, and bible study

Breathing may be a no-brainer for a lot of us as far as self-care.  But did you know being aware of your body’s feelings and being in the present moment can alleviate anxiety and stress?

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The 30,000 foot view for a stay at home mom

The 30,000-foot view for a stay at home mom

Have you ever heard anyone talk about taking the 30,000-foot view on something?  This is something important, I believe, for you to do as a stay at home mom.  Especially if you struggle to see your value daily.

I had a really unique opportunity to somewhat literally (and figuratively) do that today, about 3,000 feet up (or so I’m told).  As soon as I got home and un-matted my hair, I knew I needed to share some thoughts with you ASAP.

Military life has its ups and downs; its peaks and valleys.  Today was a highlight day, riding on an HH-60 Pavehawk (basically, think Blackhawk Down).  I didn’t expect the thoughts that came rushing to my head after an almost pity party.

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When you’re Homeschooling with Chronic Pain…

Homeschooling with chronic pain gets frustrating

I know it’s enough to make you want to throw in the towel some days.  When I have back to back meltdowns added to Fibromyalgia flare-ups, I just want to hide in bed and have a good cry.  I’m guessing it’s not just me. Homeschooling with chronic pain is not for the weak!

Living with chronic pain can already be so demoralizing sometimes.  Then you add homeschooling, and yikes!  You’ve just added a ton of responsibility and pressure and worries about whether you’ll do a “good enough” job.  “How do I do a good job while constantly distracted by chronic pain and fatigue?”

There’s good news though…

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How to keep a great marriage as special needs parents

Marriage as special needs parents is hard

Maybe I’m just preaching to myself, but I, for one, think it’s dang hard!  All marriages are hard.  All relationships are hard, but marriage as special needs parents has a whole extra set of issues!  My husband and I had so many issues once upon a time, and they definitely were compounded being Autism parents.

Being in the military was difficult, for example, being away from family, deployments, and moves.  Autism amplified all the problems caused by that.  My husband and I were once separated for almost 2 years.    We went from having a pretty toxic set-up to now being very happily married (most days 😂).  We’re not the perfect couple, by any means, but I’d like to share what I’ve learned that help turned this boat around.  Below are 7 of my favorite tools in my marriage toolbox for a successful marriage as special needs parents.

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