Miller makes a point to call or connect via FaceTime with her family once or twice a day. She’s thankful to work a day shift, allowing her ample time to talk with them when she’s off work.
Along with regular phone calls, one of the things that helped Miller cope with the distancing was a sweet gesture from her middle child, Daniel. He placed all of his favorite stuffed toys on her bed the last night the family spent together. He told his mom the toys would keep her safe. Miller hasn’t moved the stuffed toys since Daniel placed them there.
“Every time I get home from work, they serve as a reminder that my family loves and supports me,” she said.
Miler keeps in touch with her eldest son, Jacob, by emailing him as much as she can. Jacob is on the autism spectrum, and this change in their family dynamics has been the hardest on him. Although Miller worries about Jacob, she is extremely proud of him for staying strong and following through with his schoolwork.
Though it’s easy to assume it’s only Miller making adjustments, she emphasizes how grateful she is to her entire family for their sacrifices. Her mother-in-law took the family in, with no questions asked, and helps the kids stay engaged with schoolwork and crafty activities. Her husband, who serves in the military, has an evolving schedule that can change at any time. Despite this, he stays dedicated to his work and is also thankful for his mother’s help and his wife’s sacrifice to keep the family safe.