This is such a wonderful idea and so needed. I'm a mom of 6 with one child having Down syndrome. Being a mom in general will wear you down and respite is a life changer but seldom encouraged. Moms tend to put themselves last and that isn't healthy for the mom or the marriage or the family. Having a child or children with special needs obviously makes the need even greater. Andrea's heart to not only meet the need for respite through partnerships with B&B's across the country but to also be a spokesperson for moms/caregivers and their essential need for rest is tremendous. To top it off, A Mother's Rest keeps the whole family in mind and sets up all types of respite for fathers, siblings, mom and me, grandparents, etc. I can't wait to take advantage of one of the wonderful retreats being planned!
WOW. This came to me when I needed it the most! Just signing up for the retreat gave me something to look forward to! I get to sleep!l
They have been very supportive and understanding of just what it takes to raise a child with special needs. It takes a little (or a lot) more physically, financially, and emotionally. This group helps Mom's get that little rest needed to gave the next day and the one after that...
A Mother's rest is a dad's dream. Our wives are the front lines of providing nurture and structure in the lives of our children, especially our children with special need. I am a dad of five children and four of those children have Down syndrome. I witness my wife's strength in wading through the river of insurance red tape, IEP meetings and doctor's visits. We lead our home as a team, but she is the glue that holds the team together. Retreat and rest for our wives and moms to recharge is the dream discovered in A Mother's Rest Organization. God bless as you continue to bring the dream to reality.
I am SO grateful for this foundation! I happened to stumble across A Mother's Rest and it blew my mind that this was a thing that existed. It sounded too good to be true, to be honest. I saw a B&B in Annapolis that was available for a weekend (donated!!!) and contacted AMR. Andrea was extremely responsive and I instantly enjoyed talking to her (I loved AMR before I even understood what it was for)! I only live minutes from Annapolis, so it was more or less a "staycation" for me. I just wanted to get away from the house, stop doing laundry for a weekend, let the grandparents watch my little girl, and just "check out." My incredible daughter has Down syndrome and was very recently dual-diagnosed with ASD. She is my entire heart, soul and world. Between raising her as a single mom, going to school full time, working part time, and helping to start a non-profit in Annapolis, I am tired. I needed to get away from everything and just take some time to myself.
I was still skeptical about the whole thing, but my "staycation" at Meadow Gardens B&B was absolutely perfect. The innkeeper was a wonderful woman with a beautiful home. I had my own bedroom, bathroom AND living room! I've never had a more delicious breakfast in my life! To top it all off, it snowed in Annapolis :) There is nothing more peaceful than sitting in a sunroom, eating a wonderful breakfast (that you didn't have to cook OR clean!) and watching the snow fall. I got all my Christmas shopping done AND wrapped most of my presents! I enjoyed a bottle of wine, a nice dinner and laid around in my pajamas Friday night!
Thank you so much to Andrea, AMR, and Meadow Gardens B&B for the much needed weekend getaway!
I’m a mother with five children, three with special needs. My Retreat to Florida allowed me exactly the break I needed to be completely refreshed. It was an amazing opportunity to run next to the rays as they swam next to me. Thank you A Mother’s Rest!
I just returned from the Buddy Cruise with AMR. What a wonderful group of new friends who get .... life.
I had never heard of AMR, but just two days after hearing about it, I was enjoying the best rest I ever had since becoming a mom. Andrea is a genius for coming up with this idea, and being able to fund it. It was so easy to sign up and attend a carefree weekend with other moms in the same situation. I know the cherished memories will last a very long time, maybe forever. If you are able to go to one of these, please do. I didn't know anyone going, and I feel like I found new friends, as the bond is so great when you have a child/children with special needs.
I can not say enough about how important respite is. Not only a break from the daily needs of your children with extra needs but the opportunity to connect with others who are walking a similar path is priceless. This is an amazing organisation that is providing a critical, overlooked need.
A wonderful idea and Andrea is so wonderful and easy to work with!! I'm looking forward to my retreat in September!!!
As the mother of a child with extra needs, I can't tell you how often I've wished for an organization like this in my life. While I've not been on my retreat as yet, I'm booked and going on my first one in October 2017. This will be the very first time I've had a break in 14 years and I owe it all to AMR, as I would never have been able to afford it on my own nor would I have ever gone by myself. The thought of being able to connect with individuals who know what's it's like to be "me" on this upcoming retreat is priceless. AMR is helping to fill a huge gap in the world of our families, one that's usually forgotten in the urge to assist the children; the parents are not inexhaustible and we need respite.
The vision and heart of AMR and it's founder are unparalleled. When Andrea first spoke to me about this project, my thoughts as a single mom were "Yes, please"!!! I know the challenges as a single mother and the desperate need for down time that rarely came. The needing time to recharge and regroup or simply get a break. And in order to do so I had to think of the expense of child care plus costs for me to get away.
That being said, I can only appreciate the challenges and just as desperate and most likely a more frequent need for time to recharge, regroup and energize for parents of children with special needs. I can appreciate, but not fully understand, the complexity for those parents to find the appropriate qualified care, the cost of that care AND compound it with the cost of going away. And like me the added stress of figuring out the cost was and is prohibitive.
The vision of A Mother's Rest to provide a place at a deep, deep discount or no cost at all to the special needs (SN) parents where they can recharge, regroup and fellowship with other SN parents is unheard of but much needed. To remove that burden from those who already carry a heavy weight is a blessing. I hope that the full vision of AMR is reached and reached soon and I am proud and happy to be any part of making this happen.
I've known Andrea for 14 years and I'm so excited about AMR. I can't wait to experience the Mommy & Me retreat next March! This will give me the opportunity to spend some very much needed time alone with my typical daughter. Thank you, Andrea and AMR, for your vision!!
A Mother's Rest is providing a very much needed service for families who have children with extra needs. This organization is a huge step in the right direction giving families the opportunity to take a break and hang out with those who understand.
This charity understands the need for respite. Besides providing a way for respite they provide articles and connections to parents seeking help.
AMR is filling a significant gap in service in the special needs community. These families are real and the stresses are real. We as a community can support our own by ensuring caregivers get the adequate rest they need to be their very best for their *children*. Thank you for sharing and giving! www.amothersrest.org