Coffee Break

I love a great cup of coffee…Mark and I make ours with a French press…we buy flavored coffee and add flavored creamers…. I add cinnamon to mine as well. I especially enjoy it on a cold, rainy morning. Many don’t know it but Yemen was the “birthplace” of coffee, I actually didn’t know it until I went to Yemen. I was given some coffee as a gift when I was there, and I must say it was some of the best coffee I ever had. I was sad when I ran out of it….haven’t really found quite as good since. It isn’t only the coffee itself though, the location, calmness etc… Is part of the “coffee break” experience. One of my favorite times of the day when my older kids were younger was to sit with my legs in our pool and drink my morning coffee. We lived on acreage and it was so quiet and peaceful. It was a nice way to start my day before the stresses of kids, homeschooling, work etc…..started. My kids used to buy me coffee mugs for presents and to this day I cherish them and other personal mugs! There is something comfortable about a quiet coffee time. It calms the mind and the body. As my older kids became adults they started to understand why I valued my morning cup of coffee, as they now have their own morning rituals. 

My Morning “coffee break” was much

less consistent and calming after Peyton was born as he didn’t have regular sleep patterns like my other kids. He slept in spurts so therefore, so did I. I was much more tired and coffee became my go-to for energy and a way to make it through the day without a nap. I know this is true for others who have an autistic child, as well.The level of stress and lack of sleep can and is very overwhelming at times. I have often wished well (actually fantasized) a company like Dunkin Donuts would come out with a coffee that references Awesomism Moms……then when everyone else stopped in for their morning cup they would be reminded to do something special for an Awesomism family!  I remember a friend of mine who has 2 autistic sons say to me she had her “coffee break” many times at 3 am for 5 minutes…. I could relate. When Peyton was young I was lucky as my older kids helped me, so I did have a support network other parents may not have. Now that Peyton is older I can and do have a “coffee break” time again. I look forward to that first cup of awesome coffee when I wake up, it’s once again a calming way to start my day. When I really want to start it right I have my coffee and listen to my 2 favorite country singers…Luke Combs & Zelena Hull….Check them out you will Thank me! I am lucky Peyton doesn’t require all my attention these days. Other families aren’t so lucky. Next time you are having your morning coffee stop for a moment and think about how you can make an Awesomism families day by giving them a “coffee break”

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