The end of the school year is upon us. As we look back on all our kids have accomplished, it is so apropos to select thoughtful gifts for the amazing people who made it happen. For special needs families, this list often goes far beyond just a teacher or two. Our “family” includes therapists, special … [Read more…]
The struggle is real. Because motherhood knows no holidays, sick days, nor days off. If anything, holidays like Christmas mean MORE work for moms. These tweets prove it. #mommyproblems: the Christmas edition Is it crazy to wrap the Christmas presents for a 9 month old that you’re just going to unwrap yourself on Christmas?! ???#MommyProblems … [Read more…]
I sat down to work on our yearly Christmas e-mail this past Wednesday. Three hours later I was still typing and formatting. I got done and was completely overwhelmed and undone. December has already been so full. Just. So. Full. Of. Goodness. Sunday two weeks ago, we joined a Sunday School class that is discussing … [Read more…]
Wouldn’t be great if your Christmas shopping not only blessed your friends and family but also went to support a special needs family? Look no further! Today I am sharing with you some lovely special needs entrepreneurs whose small businesses go to support their family’s financial needs. _____ Cindy from The Painted Daisy Company a MOMprenuer, … [Read more…]
Christmas is just around the corner. With the upcoming Advent season comes a great opportunity for parents to teach their small children the Christmas story. Songs, books, Advent calendars, and more…the ways truly are endless. There’s no right or wrong way to teach the Christmas story. The important thing is that our children capture, even … [Read more…]
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… But you know that’s not always the case. For kiddos that thrive on routines, face behavioral challenges, get overwhelmed quickly, need special diets, and more, facing the holiday season can fill a special needs parent with dread. (Secret: You are not alone!) That’s why it’s so great that … [Read more…]
You don’t have to do everything. It’s ok if you don’t do crafts, Advent calendar activities, or make your own decorations. Store-bought cookie dough is acceptable. It’s ok to do all your shopping in your pajamas from Amazon. It’s ok to give your kids more than four gifts. It’s ok to spoil them a little. … [Read more…]
It’s been a truly blessed couple of weeks. We found out just before Thanksgiving that Russ had been offered a job as a government employee. His new job would start December 15th, which gave us several more weeks to just be together as a family without stressing out about actually finding a job. Granted, the … [Read more…]
Having a whitespace (less stressed) Christmas sounded really good on a blog post, didn’t it? Ha-ha-ha. In reality, I’ve been very very busy. However, not too stressed, so, there’s that. I have said no to a lot of things: like decorating (beyond the Christmas tree and stockings) and baking (although there is a gluten-free cookie mix in the … [Read more…]
Christmastime last year was a very difficult one for me. My husband was working a low-end temporary job making $15 an hour – with no time off for the holidays (not even Thanksgiving or Christmas). We had no Veteran’s benefits coming in yet. Neither of us had healthcare. We were living in an 850 square … [Read more…]
I urge you – mom’s especially – to take some time (before we get all caught up in it all) and evaluate what you want Christmas to look like for you. Make sure there’s whitespace around the edges of the to-do lists, shopping lists, and activity lists for life – and Christmas – to just happen the way that life so beautifully does.
And now the deployments seem like barely a blip on our timeline. A distant memory that only seems strong when I’m Already There comes on the radio and at Christmastime when the music on Pandora reminds me of the three Christmases tinged by separation from the one I love.
While this definitely wasn’t the most perfect, intentional, awe-worthy Christmas, we were oh so blessed the entire month long.
Some of my favorite blog posts have been the ones I’ve written during the holiday season. I’m going to share them here in one tidy list.