Hi. I am Elizabeth. 

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Time Away in Texas


I remember when I got the email about the Ruby’s Rainbow retreat, and I just casually mentioned it to Bryan. He immediately said, “yes. You have to go. We will figure it out flights, the money, everything. You need this. Go.” 


I was a nervous wreck leading up to the retreat. I was going to spend a weekend with some of my hero mommas, and mommas who I look up to so much. I shared my insecurities and how i felt like a middle school girl who wasn’t sure if anyone would want to hang out with me, to my friend Christy when she picked me up from the airport. 


As soon as I stepped out of the car onto the ranch, I knew this was going to be good. As these mommas arrived and I hugged their necks- it was like this unspoken bond was between us. Our kiddos had brought us together and we were going to listen, learn, cry with, laugh with, dance with and talk about how our kids are the most awesome on the planet. 



If you know me, you know I am not an outdoorsy girl- I am good with A/C, a good book and a hot cup of coffee. During the retreat we had downtime to sit and chat with each other and just rest. Liz and Heather also planned AMAZING activities for us- I was pushed and challenged and came home a changed lady. I am still journaling and unpacking so many of the things I learned- so more posts will be coming- but between the Equine therapy (life-changing), writing exercises, massages, yoga, mindfulness training, live music, and a personal chef- I left refreshed, renewed and with 25 new sisters to celebrate victories, and be there and just know without any words what is going on. 


Time away is such a gift. My husband is awesome, and sends me away at least twice a year for time away by myself or with girlfriends. He also makes sure we have time away just the two of us several times a year. 



I think this is so important for any momma, but for a momma of kiddos with special needs it is vital. It is so easy to get lost in your kiddos schedules, therapies, IEP meetings, doctors appointments, and although I wouldn’t change it for the world, I get tired and need time away to rest and come back ready to be the best momma again. 



Like I said- it was amazing, and the time away was so so good. More of the lessons I learned coming soon!

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