About Abra Carnahan

Abra and her husband, Ben, have been married since the summer of 2004. They live in Idaho where she stays home with their four children. Having survived Hyperemesis Gravidarum and diagnosed with PTSD, Abra is passionate about pursuing God and her hobbies: reading, archery and eating cheese.

The Gift of Depression

  Truth be told, I haven’t been doing well. Depression weighs heavily on me, and the worst part is that I know I’m not really. It is just a feeling, suffocating the life out of me. Don’t tell me to read my Bible more, I already do. Don’t tell me to look for sin in [Read More…]

Abilifying

It got worse, but now it is starting to get better again (i hope). I’ve been having constant headaches 24/7, with only temporary relief from an essential oil blend (which I ran out of mid-month). Then there was my ever swelling body, four inches bigger in circumference from the last time I measured. Now, I [Read More…]

Vlog Episode 2

The Sermon I listened to today: God Is Good, God is Present and He is Not Silent [Read more…]

Vlog Episode 1

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Frankincense, Lavender and Rosemary, oh my!

This is what I’ve been up to lately. Want to come?   [Read more…]

Caffeine and Alka Seltzer 

Guys, I’m so tired. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sleeping — that is the problem — I’m sleeping way too much. It’s called hypersomnia and it is a stress reaction not uncommon to those with PTSD. Usually, sleeping is a challenge for me, but when something is particularly stressful, it’s like, “tag, your it!” in [Read More…]

Thanksgiving Without Turkey (and stress)

I see all the amazing recipes and Instagrams of set tables. I see people playing football at the park and the mad rush to grab that last minute item at the grocery store. The air smells like roast turkey. It’s Thanksgiving Day….and I’m in bed. The last couple weeks have been rocky for me. I [Read More…]

I Why I Need to Celebrate Halloween

Firstly, Halloween isn’t inherently evil. You can just chuck that idea into the garbage disposal. Here’s a link to get you started with the history lesson, but the short version is that Halloween was originally All Hallows Eve, the day to prepare for All Saints Day (a day to remember and honor the saints passed in [Read More…]

Blessed with Work

Work is a blessing to me right now. Being employed outside the home forces me to put my housework aside temporarily. It requires me to interact with others, gives me a new outlet for my anxious energy and creativity. Working gets me dressed, fed and out of the house. It is good. I’m working mostly [Read More…]

Being Glad

Today, I am thankful for cold medicine to bring some relief to my kids’ colds. I’m thankful for a bathroom that works and is pretty, for an awesome washer and dryer for laundry. For leftover chicken parmesan made by a friend. I’m thankful for getting past the worst of my ear ache, for my husband [Read More…]