So thankful for all the hard work and time Andrea puts in to give us tired special needs mamas a break! My retreat was a piece of heaven. Our B&B was beautiful and perfectly located for a trip down to the beach, shopping and delicious food. I can’t wait to do it again and we haven’t even headed home yet!
A Mother's Rest provided me with three much needed days of peace. The location was a quiet bed and breakfast at the shore just before the summer season. The weather was sunny but brisky. Invigorating but perfect to curl up with a book or to sit and talk with some of the other Mom's who understand the situations that we face. I highly recommend this organization to anyone with a special needs child. Thank you Andrea!
What a great opportunity to have time to be who we were before having kiddos with extra needs. Thank you for this time to recover and rejuvenate.
Thank you for a much needed opportunity to refresh! This weekend gave me exactly what I needed to regroup and be a strong mama again in this crazy life of mine!
Thank you for this wonderful weekend to bond with other moms and to relax from the daily grind of taking care of a medically fragile young adult!!!
I had the pleasure of spending an incredible weekend with fellow moms. It was exactly what I needed to recharge and come back to my children. I can't say enough about this organization. An absolute blessing!
Finding this foundation has been an amazing experience. I have two children, one of whom has been diagnosed with combined ADHD and Autism Spectrum disorder. She has just entered puberty and it has been a really rough ride, with self harm and clinical depression added to her mix. I work full time and take care of my family full time, and there really is no room for me. A Mother's Rest held a retreat in Camas, WA and I had the privilege to attend. We had beautiful hotel rooms, with a bed I didn't have to share with ANYONE; discounted massages (I went two days in a row!); nearby trails for hiking; and fantastic nearby restaurants. But what really brought me to tears was the incredible kindness of all the people involved in the respite retreat. From the booking, to the Facebook group, to the staff at the hotel, absolutely everyone was so appreciative of what we face as special needs parents. Believe me, that is NOT a common occurrence. Thank you, thank you, for giving me a chance to be seen, to feel respected, to connect with others who live in the same special needs world that I do. It can be so lonely and isolating, but not with a wonderful nonprofit like this.
Our retreat to Valle Crucis was a DREAM COME TRUE. I highly recommend any of A Mother's Rest retreats. It is a fabulous way to rejuvenate and relax when you need it most - and God knows we need it!
A Mother's Rest's motto is "You can't pour from an empty cup." This is so true and sometimes you don't realize how empty your cup is until you get away from all the stresses of life that are draining you. I am a full time working mom with two boys, one with special needs. I attended a retreat in January 2018 at a lovely boutique hotel in SW Washington. What a treat to have my own bed and bathroom that I didn't have to share with anyone! It was almost overwhelming having an entire weekend to myself that I could choose to spend however I wanted. The weekend was so affordable, there was no way I could say no. AMR partnered with a massage therapist who offered her services as well.
While I enjoyed spending time by myself, what I enjoyed most was getting to know other moms. While our children are different, the feelings of being a mom are the same. We could share freely without judgment because we all understood. I have stayed in touch with these moms after the retreat too, furthering the circle of support.
I would sign up for another AMR retreat in a heartbeat! And despite the name, it is open to all parents. Thank you for the opportunity and I hope to help promote this amazing non-profit in anyway I can.
Did the Brenham Tx solo retreat. The hotel was SO COMFORTABLE! And the location was quiet, with a lot of culture around. The restaurant below was delicious as well. I disn't want to come home so quickly. :)
My mom, daughter, and I attended the Mommy and Me Retreat at Jekyll Island. We adopted a little boy with Down Syndrome over 2 years ago. Before then my, now 11 year old, daughter had been an only child. While the adoption has been amazing for our family, our life has changed to accommodate our son and his needs...which means our daughter had to take a back seat for a little bit. She's taken her big sister role in stride and has really stepped up in helping out around the house and with her brother. Even though she had been amazing, I know all of these changes have been hard for her. This retreat weekend was an opportunity for her to feel pampered and special and for the women of our family to relax and bond. The experience was an unforgettable one for us and we made memories we'll treasure for a lifetime! We are thankful for A Mother's Rest for providing an affordable getaway for us! We are hoping to making this an annual trip!
I had a glorious 3 days at Holladay House, and I was completely rejuvenated and inspired. Having time away from my family and the day to day pace of our lives, I was able to finally start planning for my future projects, something I gave up on when my son was diagnosed with autism 4 years ago. I know many of my friends were skeptical that I was taking both my computers, my Amazon Alexa and all my production equipment to go relax at a B&B for three days....yeah, it doesn't sound that relaxing :) But, for me, being able to finally look at my projects and works, on my time, with time to think, and brainstorm, and file purge, and listen to NPR and new age music, it was one of the most refreshing times away I've ever had in my whole life. I can see myself again.
I would not have been able to give this time to myself had it not been affordable. A Mother's Rest has worked hard to make something available to me (and to others) that will reap benefits for the rest of my life.
This Non- profit works on getting Mom’s, Dad’s and couples respite to bed and breakfasts. This is very important to so many families who have never spent one night away from their medically complex child. I went and met 15 other mom’s who were strangers on Friday but friends by Sunday when we left. We could relate with one another in so many area’s. Healthy Mom’s= heathy communities
I saw a posting about a retreat on Facebook and immediately booked a spot, and lucky that I did because it filled up quick! The retreat was lovely. I met other moms at the breakfasts but other than that I spent a lot of time in my room resting and reading. I know some of the other moms went for a hike and went to the wine bar, but at this point I was exhausted and just needed to rest. I would definitely do it again, and next time I think I will be more social!
I participated in the retreat at the appropriately named Holladay House and enjoyed a holiday in Orange that pushed aside for a bit the realities of parenting two adult sons with autism. Coffee, wine and inn keeper Sharon’s delicious chocolate cookies available whenever I wanted. The best shrimp and grits I’ve ever had at a local restaurant. Going to James Madison’s Montpelier and actually being able to go on the tour instead of stay outside with my son. Finally using Lush bath bombs I bought last fall. Going to one of my favorite wineries and finding it makes lucious fruit wines I will enjoy this summer. I will be monitoring A Mother’s Rest daily so if and when this retreat is offered again, I can nab one of the beautiful, comfortable rooms! I wasn’t home 10 minutes before reality returned bringing the sometimes minute to minute struggle of dealing with #1 son who is frustrated by the “state of his life” and takes it out on me because I can’t fix everything. A Mother’s Rest is addressing an important need. Caregivers burn out but don’t have the option of quitting. It’s so nice to be pampered a bit in a wonderful b&b at a lower cost, which is what makes it doable. It is disruptive enough for mom to leave without it also being a costly endeavor. Thank you to all the b&bs partnering with A Mother’s Rest!
I booked a retreat about 2 hours away from my home (at The Holladay House Bed and Breakfast in Orange, VA) within a week of learning about A Mother's Rest and it was great to be able to have something to look forward to. Mom of three (one with special needs) + full time stressful job = I needed a break. All weekend long I did what I wanted to, when I wanted to; I ate gourmet breakfasts cooked by Sharon, our fabulous hostess; tried local restaurants for lunch and dinners, watched a bunch of movies, went hiking in Shenandoah, took long, hot baths, went to bed when I wanted to and woke up when I wanted to --it was a luxury to have uninterrupted "me" time say the least. (The third night really is the key to the relaxation!) I came back to my family refreshed and I cannot wait to do it again soon!
I was able to attend the Mommy and Me this past weekend with my girls. This was a much needed time to rest myself, reconnect with my girls, and relieve the stress that comes from having a busy home life and a child with multiple needs- physical and mental- and 2 others with mental health issues. I never take time to care for myself and I get overwhelmed and stressed. Then, everyone wonders why I spiral down in fatigue and craziness. Thank you to A Mother's Rest for giving me a place to rejuvenste and rest! I'm a better me and a better mom. And, BONUS, you meet others that share your issues and make new friends!
As a mother of 6 with varying needs, you get emotionally and physically worn down, day after day. It was quite the interesting experience to get away to Jekyll Island with just me and 2 of my daughters! I think I need more practice "relaxing" before I really can appreciate all respite has to offer, although I did return home "recharged". Now if only there were a home maid service involved for when we return home LOL.
This past weekend, my mother and I went to a Mommy & Me retreat in Jekyll Island, GA. To say I am well-rested would be a serious understatement. We both found this service to be a life saver. Having 3 children with special needs takes a toll on a mother and grandmother. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity.
A real life saver! I have never thought I deserved to go somewhere alone. This idea of rest was self-indulgent to me and something selfish mothers do. And then I had 2 kids with special needs. The toddler stage seems to never end for one child. We have been treated like royalty and I realize how little time I actually spend on making sure I am ready to take care of my kids. This was just what I needed. I can’t explain what it means to be able to set it down. I returned with more patience, more kindness, and feeling like I had more to offer this world than caring for my kids. And, I rode a horse for the first time in 10 years...because I could! I can’t wait to come back! Beautiful inn, and beautiful people!