For those who don’t know me right off, my name is Diana. Some of you I’ve known for a long time, some I’ve met in person, others I haven’t. Many of you may have known me when I used to blog at “Gold to Refine.” Others know me from where I blog - "From Survival to Serenity" (http://
For those who don’t know me well, I’m the mom of three kids, two of who were adopted internationally 6 years ago. Unbeknownst to us at the time, both our adopted children had experienced significant early childhood trauma and had also been prenatally exposed to alcohol. Both our adopted children have PTSD, RAD, and a bunch of other stuff that goes along with it. The road has been hard, and the way has been long, but ery gratefully, I can finally say that I believe they are healing and attaching.
As virtually all of us who are parenting kids who had a less than stellar start in life know, finding support and people who understand what we’re really living with is a daunting task. For far too many, it is non-existent. So many moms especially still lack this critical network of support. So many are still trying to do it on their own. Far too many believe they the only ones and that no one understands or cares and are still living in isolation. I’m not ok with that.
In May of 2010, purely out of my own need for a break from the intensity of my own life and to spend time with people whom I knew understood my life, I took a chance and began hosting annual weekend retreats in Utah specifically for “Moms of Trauma”…other mothers who are parenting kids who've been through hard stuff and now live with the scars of it. Though our initial goal was to find moms in Utah and other surrounding areas, we have become a wonderfully eclectic group of moms from all over the United States and Canada. As the years have gone on, our group has steadily grown into a much needed and beautiful network of friends who have carried each other through thick and thin. I am so grateful to have found these amazing women. I truly believe that without the support I’ve been able to find from those who walk this road with me, I would have lost everything…
Each year, however, we continue to find more and more moms who are in the same desperate need of help, a break from the unrelenting crazy, and network support that I have so desperately needed myself. Unfortunately, not all of them have the funds or even the ability to travel, let alone come up with the registration fee needed to attend our retreats. As our group has grown over the years, we have realized there is still a great need out there to do what we can to help our fellow travelers make sure they, too, get the help and support they need.
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Or, if you’d prefer, we also gratefully accept cash donations in any amount. Even just a few dollars helps us be able to help other moms. Donations can be made directly through PayPal to the address fromsurvivaltoserenity@gmail.
We would very much appreciate your support and know that many moms will be blessed by it, too. And yes, by all means, even if it's all you can do to help us at this time, please help us spread the word.