Emily's Puzzle The Pieces - Family, Autism, Homeschooling, and Me

I am blessed with a beautiful life.  A loving husband, two healthy, beautiful children, and supportive family and friends but it doesn’t always feel that way.  Some days, weeks and even months are a struggle.  My life has taken many twists and turns over the years, some wonderful and some heartbreaking but through it all I found an inner strength, confidence, faith and respect for life and others that I didn’t know was possible.  It’s during these difficult times that I discovered who I really am.  I’m unapologetically feminine, gentle and nurturing, strong and confident, insecure and fearful, wise and naive, selfless and selfish, unique and common all at the same time.  I cannot be defined and I don’t want to be.

Perfectionism is forced on us from perfect parenting articles, to pictures on social media of perfect families, perfect bodies, and perfect marriages.  I’m so over it.  I want heart and soul, struggle and strength, loss of hope and then renewed faith.  Through sharing my candid day-to-day struggles and celebrations, I hope to empower other women to feel less alone navigating life while embracing their imperfections and letting their inner divas roar!

Part of my puzzle and putting those pieces together is being unabashedly me: A woman.  A wife.  A stay-at-home, special-needs, homeschool mom.  A recovering alcoholic. And so much more.  This is me, the good, the bad and the beautiful.