The Deep Valley Year

Has 2018 been a year of conquering mountains or stuck in a deep in a valley?

For me, most of the year has been a pretty deep valley. And I contemplated not saying a word… just skipping over this topic but I feel like it needs to be said if I’m going to call myself an honest lifestyle blogger. 

In 2018 I did something I never ever saw myself doing, I got a divorce. The word divorce, can be a heavy word. And it definitely felt heavy for awhile. Honestly, reaching that point in my marriage was the lowest valley I have ever found myself in life so far. Walking through that pain, mourning, and grieving has been difficult because it was not something I was expecting in life. It was definitely a curve ball.

But even though I was walking through a deep valley, I still had a community around me that helped me keep my focus on all things good. In 2018, I was blessed with family, friends, and a church family that did not allow me to stay down. I had a circle of support around my family as we walked a difficult road.

I feel like deep valleys sometimes are used by Satan to change how we view ourselves. It is so easy to buy into Satan’s lies about who we are. Satan wants us to believe that we are worthless, full of shame, unloveable, unwanted, and even horrible at life. However, that is not what God says. God says that we have worth, that He took our shame, that we are loved and cherished, we are wanted, and that through every single day He is with us. We need to remember to always set our sights on God’s truths about us every day. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. We have a purpose designed by God himself. And He is on the ride of life with us. God has something good coming in 2019 and the years to come.

So yes, I am now a single mom. For the most part we have reached a new normal. We are doing pretty well. And 2018 was the hardest year of my life to date but the Good Lord and the circle of support that He put around me have gotten me through and will continue to do so. As a family we are picking up the pieces and letting God put them back together.

God has never and will never fail us. He has plans for all of our lives.

If you are facing a deep valley my best advice and hope for you is that you lean in to the Heavenly Father and find your support circle.

Blessing to all in 2019.

How to stop shaming yourself? You are Enough!

Do you ever have those moments when you feel like the worst mom ever? Those moments have crept up on me more often recently. And to say it has been a battle overcoming those thoughts is a definite understatement.

Anyone else with me on this?

This summer has been a challenge for my boys who are both going to be in Kindergarten this fall. It has been hard getting used to a new school with growing expectations. Anytime there was an issue I would get a call. Every single time. For me, this did not settle well. I took it to heart. I put myself down and was definitely critical of my own parenting. Always asking myself, “What am I doing wrong? Why are they (the boys) not excelling like I thought they would?”

I am going, to be honest with you. I have not been in the best headspace this summer at all. I haven’t always focused on the right things. I have allowed my frustrations to get the best of me. I stretched myself to thin at times. I put myself on the backburner a little bit too much this summer. I allowed the negative to overpower the positive in my mind. I didn’t let go and let God. I was shaming myself.

The Negative Overpowered the Positive

As I said earlier, I let the negative overpower the positive. Does that happen to you a lot? It’s such an easy thing to do. It’s like your somehow blind to the wonderful things happening around you. I definitely had a case of this creep up on me this summer. I saw the boys not excelling at school overall instead of seeing the small battles being won on the way to prospering at school. I saw a power struggle instead of a lack of communication. I saw a long-fought battle with potty training instead of the potty training victories that are bringing my son to the winner’s circle (we are almost completely potty trained. WHOOP. WHOOP.) I saw my child being labeled by teachers instead of what I know my son to be and more importantly how God sees my son.

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say Rejoice.”

“This is the day the Lord has made I will rejoice and be glad in it”

Search for the joy in every day. 

Guard Your Heart

It’s so easy to let this fallen world inside your head and deceive your thoughts. This is how we become ourselves worst critics. It doesn’t matter who you are, we all into this cycle of shaming ourselves for whatever reason. When we start seeing our life as the world sees it and stop seeing our lives through the eyes of Jesus that’s when we fall off course. That very moment is when we question if we are not good enough? I’m here to tell you, you are enough. Guard your heart always because the Devil is sneaky.

God’s the Master of the Plan

God has an awesome plan for your life and He will use you to do something unique. For example, there is a reason I am the mom to my three children and not the other mom down the street. God knew exactly what he was doing when he handpicked our family to be a unit.

5 Ways to Stop Shaming Yourself

  1. Stay true and Close to God- Do not give in to Satan’s lies. Put on the armor of God daily.
  2. Have a supportive group of people (I.e. spouse, church, small group, friends)
  3. Look for the positive
  4. Make yourself a priority- (i.e. write a blog, have a hobby, go to the gym, have that coffee with a friend)
  5. Show yourself grace in all areas of life- stop living life by a checklist or countdowns but instead resolve to be present in the day that you have been given. For example, it’s ok to play with your kiddos. Your house doesn’t have to be perfect.

The Bible says the Devil comes to seek, kill, and destroy. Do not give him that chance.

The Struggle is REAL. But So is OUR GOD.

We all struggle. We all have lemons. And we all will until our final breath on Earth because we live in a fallen world. But guess what? God is bigger than the mountains you face. When you’re in a struggle of mind and you need help to see God at work ask God to show you how he sees you. Ask God to show you how He is working in your life. Let God fight your battles.

The Bible says to cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you.

Let Go and Let God!

Does your family need to hit the reset button?

Being the CEO of a family can be a challenge. Do you agree? Running a household has many challenges. All these challenges can be simplified by setting priorities for your family. A few years ago my husband and I started reevaluating our family’s priorities every year. It has helped us make a lot of decisions for our family over the years.

How to know if you need to hit the Reset Button?

You may need to hit the reset button if you find yourself constantly on the go, if your kids are involved in every single activity you can squeeze into the waking hours, you find yourself extremely stressed or anxious, or your finances are upside down.


How to Reset Family Priorities?

  1. Define your core values
  2. Define your goals for yourself
  3. Define your goals for your kids
  4. Talk to your spouse or significant other about their goals
  5. Make a realistic plan of action

Define Core Values

Defining core values is your first step. This is when you need to really dig deep within yourself to decide what ultimately drives your every move. We thought initially about our spirituality, beliefs, and/or faith. Going beyond our faith we also thought of core values of honesty, kindness, loyalty, and the golden rule. What are your core values?

Define Your Goals

Defining my goals was a hard step for me. I’m not going to lie. As a mom, I tend to think about my kids before myself. I view my family as my first ministry and always will. It is family first for this mom. However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have any other passions or talents in life. And the same goes for you. I’m a full believer in the fact that we have dreams for a reason. My dream is to encourage others through my writing. So what are your dreams? Go ahead and dare to dream.

Define Goals for Kids

Kids are in this mommy’s opinion the biggest blessing a person can receive. Most parents have the same basic goals for their kids, right? Number one, finish high school. Number two, get a good job. And number three, live the American dream. Let’s go deeper than that today. If you didn’t know I am a blessed mom of three young children. Each one of my children is wonderfully made and as individualized plan destined for them. Because my children are so young what they want to be today will change tomorrow.

How do we define individual goals for kids?

  • Talk to your child
    • Talk about core values
    • Talk about your child’s favorite activities or dream.
  • Define strengths and weaknesses to help children grow in both areas
    • Look for ways to help your child grow in areas where he or she thrives
  • Look at your child’s academics
    • Don’t expect perfection, instead; expect your child to give it their very best effort.

Parenting is a crazy rollercoaster because every child is different and handles your reactions differently. Just like every goal in life do not expect yourself to be a perfect parent because there is no such person on earth. Give your child and yourself grace.

Spouse Goals

Encouraging a spouse to reach for and achieve goals is a never-ending task. I am a stay at home mom so my hubby works very hard to provide for our family. Often he gets crazy focused on the need to make an income that he forgets about his future dreams. I know he’s not the only husband that this happens to on occasion. What do you do to encourage your husband or significant other’s dreams? I have made his dream my dream. I sit and daydream with him. I let him know that I’m right there with him till we see his dream through to reality.

Make a Plan of Action

The next step is to make a plan of action. Goals without action are useless, right? Now we are going to make these goals into 30-day, 60-day, 90-day, 1-year, and 5-year goals. The short month goals are designed to help you reset your family’s priorities in any area you feel is needed. The long-term 1-5 year goals are meant to dare you to dream. These goals will only be accomplished if you put in the time and effort to achieve and thrive.


Write Mission Statement

As a CEO of a family, you need a mission statement. A reminder you hang in your home that you see every day. After you design your plan of action think about all the priorities we just discussed to form your family’s very own mission statement.


What is needed to hit the Reset Button?

If you want to change your family life you have to be willing to put in the time and effort, be willing to give up things that you love for people you love more, be willing to walk the walk and put your family first second only to God.

Hit the Reset Button!

5 Ways to Stop the Mom-Shaming Cycle

Fellow moms, can we get real for a minute? Being a mom is hard. Being a mom is the most rewarding and best job there is out there in the world, but there are so many challenges to being a mom in today’s world.

It’s so easy to jump to conclusions and judge a mom by how her child is acting at any given moment. We all have been on both sides of this scenario. We have judged. We have been the mom getting judged.  Or at least I know that I have been on both sides.

Motherhood should be a sisterhood where we all have each other’s backs instead of mom-shaming each other.

 

5 Ways to Stop the Cycle of Mom-Shaming

  1. Be a friend
  2. Be a prayer warrior
  3. Run your own race
  4. Don’t play the comparison game
  5. Don’t judge

Be a Friend

What does it mean to be a friend? I believe the meaning of this word has gone from a genuine face to face, interactive relationship to a button you click on Facebook. We consider a “friend” a person on a list of people we follow on social media. We watch the lives of our friends through posts on social media instead of being a part of the life of a friend.

What would the world be like if we made room in our day to day life to have face to face friendships?

5 ways to be a great friend
  1. Pray for your friends
  2. Get together on a regularly by going out to eat, working out, going on walks, or do a bible study (maybe even kid-free)
  3. Be there in the good and bad times- support friends through trials (i.e. financial, marriage, parenting, career, etc.)
  4. Have play dates with your kids
  5. Get your families connected (i.e. cookouts, game nights, etc.)

 

Be a Prayer Warrior

There is power in prayer. I have seen it first hand in my life and countless lives of those around me. Praying for our friends, enemies, and even our frienemies is one of the best things we can do even though it’s often far down on our to-do list. Lifting each other up in person is awesome but lifting each other up to the Holy Father is the best way to end mom-shaming because hopefully, the prayer is you are asking for a changed heart for you and potentially a fellow mom

So playing that thought process out, when we see a child melting down in the middle of Walmart let’s not be so quick to tell that mom how she should handle the situation, instead be slow to speak your mind and lift that mama up in prayer.

Run Your Own Race

Motherhood and life, in general, is not a sprint it’s a marathon. There are so many “experts” in this world that try to tell us how best to be moms that it’s hard to hear the voices that matter.

Most of us have probably heard this quote before but it’s true so it’s worth quoting yet again. “There is no way to be a perfect parent, but a million ways to be a good one.” Just because we all parent differently doesn’t mean that we are all bad moms. God made us all unique and gave us unique children. To stay the course and run my own race I have goals that I set in many areas in my life. These goals help me run my race not just in parenthood but in day to day life as well.

Don’t Play the Comparison Game

Raising children in this crazy world is difficult enough on all of us to add the comparison game. The trick is that the world we live in thrives on the comparison game. All we have to do to be bombarded with this concept is to turn on our tv. It seeps into our lives and even our parenting.

I often catch myself playing the comparison game when I see children sitting completely still and quiet or a child who was potty trained at 1. That’s when my green jealousy monster tries to creep out. When does your green jealousy monster come out?

Let’s battle the comparison game together as a sisterhood. We were made for such a time as this. God made us for His purpose. God has us right where we are meant to be, so let’s bloom as the women God created us to be.

I choose to see uniqueness as beauty. How about you?

Don’t Judge

The only judge that truly matters, in the end, is the Heavenly Father, correct? So why do we try to give God and the mom we are shaming our opinions on any given subject? We hate to be judged so why are so quick to return the misfortune. Does the golden rule still exist in today’s world? Let’s revive it. Let’s join together as moms and sisters in motherhood to encourage and treat others the way we want to be treated. Who is with me?

“Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success in will be how you treat other people- your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”

Barbara Bush (1925- 2018)

Let’s put an end to mom-shaming. Join the sisterhood of women who have been raised up and called blessed.

God bless mamas.

Witnessing the Bold Faith of My Little Boy

Do you ever have those moments when your child completely shocks you out of nowhere?  My son, Connor, is getting better at that with every passing day. In these moments I am usually shocked but also extremely proud.

Connor was in an evaluation for a therapy opportunity he has coming up. He was doing well. He was answering all the questions to the evaluator’s satisfaction until one question came up.

Connor was asked to draw a square. Now I have no clue what it was about a square that brought Jesus to the mind of my sweet little boy. But there was something about that a square that reminded Connor of Jesus.

When the question was given to Connor he had a pen and notepad in his hands.

Connor piped up and said “Hold on, let’s talk about Jesus school (church) for a sec. Let me show you. This is the cross that Jesus died on to save you and he wants to spend time with you.”

While he was saying this he drew a cross on the paper.

Everyone in the room, including myself, was blown away. Seriously, my jaw was on the floor.

The evaluator wasn’t sure what to do with the information Connor so boldly delivered. I explained that Connor loved Jesus. After Connor confirmed his love of Jesus with a big YES he drew a square as originally requested of him.

Childlike Faith

Connor’s boldness is something I admire. He clearly wasn’t afraid to share his love for Jesus. His faith in Jesus is so simple. He just believes.

“Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” ~ Luke 18:17

So do we, adults, make our faith more difficult than it has to be?

We, grownups, often think we have to go it alone and fix ourselves first before falling at the feet of our Heavenly Father. We are all guilty of it. We are all human and guilty of feeling shame when we fall short. All of us have hidden at one point or another and tried to fix ourselves.

Don’t give into Satan’s lies. The lies told to us by Satan himself so that he can remain in our ear to tell us even more lies. Do not be deceived you do have a Jesus story to share. Share what He has done for you. You don’t have to be fake or perfect to share your story.

We are called to have faith like a child. I hope and pray that when I am faced with the Holy Spirit calling me to share Jesus with someone I will have the boldness and faith just like Connor does.

Share your Jesus Story!

How to keep your sanity while waiting for your child to go potty?

Last week my son, Connor, came home and told me he went potty in the big boy potty at school. I was shocked. So shocked that I called his teacher to confirm Connor’s story.

Sure enough, Connor did go a little in the potty today. The class celebrated with Connor and of course, I made a huge deal about the success.

Connor’s Potty Training Woes

Potty training has been a big mountain for Connor. So, if you are climbing that mountain right now with a little one you are not alone. It is frustrating, stressful, emotionally draining, and expensive when you are buying pull-ups for a big 5-year-old.

There are so many potty training nightmares out there. Just look on Pinterest if you don’t believe me. The frustrating part of our potty training journey with Connor is that right before his 3rd birthday he was almost fully trained when he caught an infection. This infection turned into a big and traumatic emergency including a trip on a jet. At this point, Connor had not been officially diagnosed with autism but we knew the signs well enough to know the probability was high. The emergency combined with growing sensory issues derailed potty training completely.

So, as you can probably tell, when he came home from school and said that he had gone potty I was ecstatic. After almost three years of working with Connor, it is finally starting to click that the potty is not completely scary. The light at the end of the tunnel is starting to shine. Realistically there is still a long road. Next fear to conquer, underwear. No joke.

My Tips for the Waiting Period

  1. Above all, PRAY- I know many people think I’m silly but I pray for this potty training struggle. Even Connor prays for his potty training.
  2. Patience
  3. Love
  4. Understanding
  5. Show the potty is nothing to fear
  6. Don’t Compare – every child is designed to be different for a reason.
  7. Encourage sitting on the potty – if the child has been through a traumatic experience I recommend not forcing the issue. Maybe offer small rewards (i.e. stickers) for just sitting on the potty.
  8. While at the store look at big kid underwear. Explain when the child is ready he or she can pick out his or her own underwear.
  9. Use potty train books, apps, or games on a smartphone to teach the going potty process

Our Next Step

Our next step with Connor will be introducing a potty watch we have purchased. This method isn’t for every child. The reason we are going this route is that Connor has a big fascination with time and wearing things like watches.

Whenever I get frustrated, I start to think Connor will never get out of pull-ups I take a deep breath and remember a phrase my mother-in-law says often.

“This season will pass and you’ll want it back.”

That’s crazy, right? Who wants potty training days back? I know, but if we count down all these seasons that seem hard at the moment we will regret it later and maybe even want these times back.

Today the Lord has made. I will REJOICE and be GLAD in it even if it includes pull-ups.

Autism, through the eyes of this mommy

When you think of the word autism what do you think of?

I grew up around remarkable people with all different types of disabilities. These individuals have always inspired me in my own physical battle of living life after a stroke. But my understanding of autism and the impact it can have on individuals and families faced reality when my own child was diagnosed with autism himself at age three.

Autism through my eyes

We knew the signs. I saw more and more as time went on.  We went forward with the testing and I’m glad we did. Since Connor’s diagnoses, he has grown by leaps and bounds academically and in the day to day life skills that every little boy needs to know. The biggest improvement that Connor has made is communication. At the time of his test we could hardly get one word out of him, and now he is speaking complete sentences. We can’t get him to stop talking most days.

Having a puzzle piece as the sign is completely fitting for autism. There is no one person alike in this world. That is the same for autism. Thus, the reason for the puzzle piece.

The days with Connor are filled with every emotion. God made Connor exactly how he was supposed to be, he doesn’t need to be fixed. Autism isn’t something you cure. It’s a part of the person that God made Connor to be. And that is beautiful. Period.

There are many moments in life from time to time that remind me of just that. One being a couple years ago on Sunday morning in church. On this day his Sunday school teacher showed me an art project he did all by himself. This may seem small but this one little art project that morning brought me to tears. That’s right, a small art project made with yarn, scotch tape, and two popsicle sticks brought me to tears.

What I haven’t told you yet was that the school week before was a very difficult week for all of us. The end of semester academic evaluations were sent home that same week. Seeing how far behind my son was in the world’s view of where he should be sent anxiety and stress through me like shock waves. In that instant I began to believe the lie that Satan had been telling me, “Connor won’t contribute anything to society.” This is a lie. I was buying into that lie until Sunday morning when I saw the beautiful hand-crafted art piece that Connor made.

In that moment God showed me that it really was going to be okay. We may have crazy not so awesome moments in life. He may lay on the floor in the crowded fellowship hall of a church because he didn’t get to race a car screaming and hitting. Yeah, those moments will and have happened but light shines through like the moment with the art project that confirms in our human hearts time and time again that Connor was created for a purpose. God has great plans for his life.

When we tell people that Connor has autism we often get with a head tilt, “Awe, I’m so sorry.” I know this is said with good intentions but if you take one thing from reading this post today please remember this:

AUTISM IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE. IT IS NOT SOMETHING TO BE SORRY FOR. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL PART OF PERSON THAT IS FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE WITH A PURPOSE DESTINED BY GOD.

Always remember, every puzzle piece fits somewhere.

Dealing with the Diva Inside My Daughter

 

All my life when I thought about having a family there was always a little girl in the picture. Well, in November of 2015 our little girl finally came into the picture. She was given a name fit for a princess with two knights for brothers to love and protect her.

Like most little girls she loves all things girl related- babies, barbies, dress up- you get the point. Right off the bat, I realized that raising a girl is a lot different than raising boys. For example, the boys typically don’t care what they wear on a day to day bases, but Annabella cares a lot about her outfits. In this way, she is a lot different than me. Growing up I didn’t put a lot of thought into the clothes I wore outside of modesty.

However, one of the biggest differences that I see in Miss Annabella is her Diva side. Sometimes it seems as if she can go from a sweet little girl to a demanding diva with a flip of her hair. And boy, does she have one even at age two. Now don’t get me wrong, Annabella is very loving, compassionate, and funny. She is a blessing that I love very much. But, Annabella definitely does have a diva side.

How do you know you are dealing with a diva?

  1. If she takes everything to the heart very deeply. Even the smallest of infractions.
  2. If she puts a lot of time and energy into fighting mom in her opinion. She tells it like it is with no filter.
  3. If she does things like picks out her own outfits with attitude or spunk. (My daughter started this right after she turned two). My daughter hates to wear pants. If you are in the same boat I recommend the book Princesses Wear Pants.

    Dealing with a red-headed diva is not easy at times. Here are some tips I have found helpful that we use on daily bases with all our children not just our little diva.

    How I handle the diva side?

    • Clear rules. There are consequences.
    • We expect manners
    • Quality time
    • Teach kindness, love, and patience. Set the example.

    Rules and Consequences 

    Having rules in a home seems pretty basic, right? Everyone has them. However, if there are no consequences then the rules are pointless. Early on in my parenting journey, I struggled with the follow through and I didn’t have much of a backbone. Do you know the moment I’m talking about? The moment when your “sour patch kid” turns sweet again. Yeah, I often fell to the sour patch kid moments. But you learn from living. and I’m here to tell you don’t go down that road. Stay strong.

    Helpful Tip: Something I found helpful was the use of if-then statements. If you do this… then here is your consequence. This is so helpful with little ones that may not fully comprehend other ways.


    Manners

    The use of manners in a home is vital in many ways and one way is battling the diva side. In my home, we use the everyday manners like please and thank you. In addition, we also use yes sir, no sir, yes ma’am, and no ma’am. We view it as a simple sign of respect. However, the term manners are defined differently in every home and that’s okay. Every parent should do what they feel is right for their family.


    Quality Time Together

    Spending time with your children is very important to building a strong foundation of respect, love, and togetherness. Creating a strong bond with your diva is needed to help her developmental growth and for her to grow up knowing that she can come to you with anything, even the smallest of conflicts with siblings. Doing activities that your diva loves shows her that she matters and that mommy and/or daddy love her hobbies too.


    Teach about the Fruits of the Spirit

    “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” ~ Galatians 5:22-23

    Let your children “eat” of the greatest fruit ever, the fruit of the spirit. These fruits will expand the minds of children to not only understand how to dim the diva but also come even close to understanding the love that Jesus has for them.


    I know the struggle is real with the little divas of the world. Believe me, momma, I am right there with you. Take heart this is only a season that will soon pass and then our divas will be teenagers.

    Yikes, that is a scary thought. Am I right?

The Day I Took the Toys Away

The day I took the toys away

I know what you’re thinking, how could I take all of my kid’s toys away? Well, let me start by saying that I don’t do this every day.  I fully believe in helping children grow in all aspects of life, even their imagination. I want my children to have an imagination that can take them anywhere.

There are a few things I do to make this day successful. I believe they will help you too.


6 tips to a successful imagination day

  1. I tell my kids the night before that the next day will be imagination day
  2. I play music in the background during the day- in general music helps my kids and they love it.
  3. No TV on this day- try to unplug as much as possible. Be the example.
  4. Put the everyday toys away in a closet or spare room- the only exception I make to this is educational “toys” (i.e. puzzles or books) that I use for homeschooling each day.
  5. Think outside of the toy box
  6. Engage in imaginative play with your child.

Music speaks volumes. A musical beat can change the mood of a child. For my children music is a calming tool that they also happen to love. If you can imagine this, we have a lot of dance parties. If you are looking for free musical outlets I recommend youtube, radio, and Pandora. This is the only type of media I recommend on imagination days.

When putting all everyday toys away I suggest choosing a time when the kids are not focused on them (i.e. after bedtime). This can be nerve-racking I know. But trust me, your kids will still have a great day.

Literally, think out of the toy box. Make a list of things around your home that could be fun for your kids. Remember to think out of the box.


Out of the Box List:

  1. Blankets and pillows
  2. Cardboard
  3. Paper
  4. Laundry baskets
  5. Pots and pans
  6. Cooking spoons

Some of my kids favorite pretend games to play are beach and fort with blankets and pillows, race cars with laundry baskets and cardboard boxes, and cooking and making music with pots and pans. My kids even like to color the cardboard boxes.

I love jumping into all these games with my kids. It brings me back to my childhood and it’s fun. My personal favorites are blanket beach days, blanket forts, and making music with different household items around the house. My advice is to jump back to when you were a child and let your imagination soar with your child.

If you can’t let loose with your child who can you let loose with?

Instead of continuing the life-countdown to the next big thing take a step back. Our children will not be little forever. For one day let your imagination take over the stress of housework, life struggles, and just hit the reset button.

Let your imagination take over.

5 Tips to Surviving When the Whole Family is Sick

5 Tips to Surviving When the Whole Family is Sick

So this past week my family has been on the mend from every last one of us getting sick, including me. Needless to say, I’m so glad we are all better in time for Christmas.

There are many things that I did to survive the hurricane of sickness that hit my family. The past couple of weeks I have been to urgent care twice with two kiddos but besides that I have a system in place to survive times like this.

5 Tips to Surviving the Sick Week in Your House

1. Have plenty of easy-to-make groceries on hand, including drinks like gatorade

2. Be prepared for many movie days- if you homeschool take the school day off

3. Have medicines you maybe taking to help combat symptoms on hand (i.e. Tylenol)

4. Sanitize as much as possible and have good hand washing practices in the family.

5. Be gracious to not only your family, but yourself as well


I have put these tips to good use recently with my own family.

Some easy to make meals are Campbell’s soups and ramen noodles. An extra tip- make sure to have bread for toast, saltine crackers, and sprite (gingerale or sierra mist) at the ready. Everyone has their own favorite meal to have when sick. Mine happens to be chicken and dumplings.

Making sick days tolerable for the whole family can be tough. I suggest family friendly movies for entertainment, especially if your kids are like mine in that the second they get too active when sick that seems to make things way worse. Choose family favorites like Frozen, Wreck-it-Ralph, and Cars 1, 2 or 3. During nap time I always enjoy a good chickflic when I’m sick

Sanitizing the home is pretty important when you have a sick household. Everyone has their favorite cleaning products. During a sick week is the perfect time to use them, I typically start with the laundry specifically the bedding, and move to surfaces that are touched or used the most (i.e. bedrooms, bathrooms, living room, and finally the deep clean the kitchen)

Above all, we need to take care of ourselves and have grace for ourselves. Grace is essitenal to surviving a week of sickness in a family.