Good morning, Trench Dwellers!
Last week's stories from Paul and Amelia were packed with raw honest emotions about Paul's deployment and their marriage. You can still read their stories on the blog (or follow the links below). This coming week, we welcome a guest blogger: Natasha Haus from Maintaining Miracles, a community for empowering women in recovery. Natasha shares her beautiful brave story of how and why she started Maintaining Miracles. Her story of overcoming addiction is powerful and insightful.
GET TO KNOW NATASHA
Natasha is a recovering addict and loving mother to three beautiful children. She believes every living creature has the right to be loved and treated with dignity. The focus of her site, Maintaining Miracles, is to inspire, empower, support, and guide women to live the life that they have always dreamed. She knows that creating a life after the chaos of addiction is both exciting and scary, and the community at Maintaining Miracles is there to ease the transition, to help every step of the way so you can build a new life while finding yourself.
NEEDS & OPPORTUNITIES
Our May series will be honoring grieving parents as Mother's Day and International Bereavement Day approaches. We are still accepting submissions from those who have lost a child. We are also looking for submissions about your own mothers: superhero moms, grandmas, women who have influenced your life as you walked through the trenches. Get started on the Submit a Story page, where you can find more information about other upcoming topics.
Mark your calendars for our next Facebook Live event: Sunday, April 30, from 7 to 8 p.m. CDT. Britni and I will be on the SFTT Facebook page, talking about the upcoming May series as well as sharing our own experiences coping with child loss. We will be answering any questions you may have about supporting and loving those who have lost a child.
Founder, Stories from the Trenches
Trench Sisters, I am so excited for the coming months! SFTT has so many cool projects, stories, and ideas in the works. To be honest, it is all a bit surreal. Surreal that a year ago, the team was beginning to meet, plan, and execute this dream of mine—and now a year later my days are filled with emails, calls, beautiful stories, and opportunities beyond what I dreamed of.
There is a balancing act in my head: I would not be living this surreal life if it weren't for a sweet baby boy who left my arms way too soon. Definitely hard to wrap my brain around these days. The only consistent emotion that I know is absolutely true is how unbelievably grateful I am. Grateful for Eli, for SFTT, and for you all. May you find some things to be grateful for this week, too.
Recent Stories and Resources
Additional Resources: Anxiety & PTSD
This week, we heard a shared trench story of military deployment, anxiety, and PTSD—told from two perspectives. We hope these additional resources offer strength and encouragement to those who are also in this trench. Please feel free to leave additional suggestions in the comments!
Scars of Survival
Most days are difficult. I mean, it’s better now that it was at some points in the past, but I know that I go through peaks and valleys. Not every day is a particularly good day. And when days get stacked together full of work and stress, and I can’t stop for a while and let every thought leave my head, those are the worst days. The days where I switch to autopilot except for the really important tasks at work or in class. But things are better now than they were in the distant past.
The Horrors of War
Everything went to hell as soon as we got married. I was twenty, halfway through a double major in literature and psychology, taking eighteen credit hours per semester. My husband, two years my senior, had left school to work full-time at a great job in city government . . .