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11 Sanity Saving Tips For Traveling With Toddlers

11 Sanity Saving Tips For Traveling With Toddlers

Panic? Dread? Overwhelm?

While those 3 words lined up horizontally in a row will probably never make you feel excited, here are a few things that I’ve done with my littles that make traveling with them a little more bearable.

Southern California to Northern Ohio. Over 2200 miles. In a car. With a 2.5-year-old and an 8-month-old. BY MYSELF! I like to refer to this as “The Ridiculously Long Road Trip of 2017.”

I’m happy to sit here today and tell you I (and the kids) lived to tell about it.

Since then we have traveled by car a considerable amount (though not anywhere close to 2200 miles at once!)

We have another big road trip coming up this week (Northern Ohio to Southern Florida) and I’m definitely going to my stash of road trip essentials once again.

How I Work From Home WITHOUT Selling Anything – VIPKID

How I Work From Home WITHOUT Selling Anything – VIPKID

What is VIPKID?
VIPKID is an online company based in Beijing, China. It is an interactive program to teach Chinese kids English. A friend told me about it over a year ago, but I knew I couldn’t add anything else to my schedule at the time.

The company started about 4 years ago and has grown by leaps and bounds ever since. It’s been featured as Number 5 out of the Top 100 Work From Home Jobs in Forbes magazine in January of this year. Bloomberg.com also featured an informative article on VIPKID earlier this month.

Changing Seasons

Changing Seasons

I have so enjoyed experiencing fall in Ohio this year. I’m so glad our God gives us beautiful things. The beautiful array of red, orange and yellow leaves He gives us every year is spectacular! I think he did that for us. He could have just as easily made the leaves change straight to brown and fall off before they rest for the winter, but instead, He gave us a vibrantly colorful display to enjoy. He’s a God of wonderful detail!

Wait a Minute, Honey

Wait a Minute, Honey

“Wait a minute, honey!”

“Just a sec.”

“Hold on!”

How many times a day do we say this phrase or variations of it to our kids?

There’s always something to do. Dinner doesn’t cook itself. Dishes don’t wash themselves. Laundry doesn’t fold itself. It seems every day is filled with a “to-do” list that somehow adds 2 new items every time you cross off one.

Give Handmade This Christmas

Give Handmade This Christmas

I teamed up with 8 Christian moms who make and sell handmade items and I asked them if I could feature their items on my blog. I want to make it easy for YOU to do some Christmas shopping while supporting fellow Christian moms who use their talents and abilities to bless their families and other families.

My Favorite Podcasts

My Favorite Podcasts

In my last post, “10 Ways to Stay Sane Until Bedtime When Your Kids Are Driving You Crazy” I mentioned that I enjoy listening to podcasts throughout the day. Krista commented that’d she’d like a list of my favorites. Ask and ye shall receive! 🙂

As I discover new (to me) podcasts, I’ll update this list.

10 Ways to Stay Sane Until Bedtime When Your Kids Are Driving You Crazy

10 Ways to Stay Sane Until Bedtime When Your Kids Are Driving You Crazy

There are days (like today for me) when your kids are on a mission to steal your sanity as quickly as humanly possible. First of all, I want to say that you’re still a good mom if your kids drive you crazy sometimes! Some people make other moms feel like horrible mothers if they mention they mention their kids are annoying them that day. I’m sorry, but every single mom gets annoyed at her kids at times. You’re not alone and you’re still an amazing mom! 

Here are some ways I’ve learned to stay sane until the kiddos are sleeping peacefully in their beds so I can recharge until the craziness starts all over again the next morning.

My Battle With Depression As a Minister’s Wife

My Battle With Depression As a Minister’s Wife

I felt like I knew what I should do. I was doing what I would tell others to do if they came to me and explained they were feeling that way, but it wasn’t working. Or at least I didn’t feel it working. I was making my requests known unto God. I prayed. Even though it was so hard to pray. I figured my depression would eventually go away. I didn’t tell a soul what I was going through. What would people think? I was in ministry. My husband was the youth pastor. We were making plans to move out of state to pastor a church. I couldn’t be depressed. I had to be happy. I had to be the encourager. I had to be the model Christian.

Goodbye, Comfort Zone!

Goodbye, Comfort Zone!

God called our family to this city and obeying Him wasn’t comfortable.

Leaving our church family, my husband leaving his good job right before a hefty raise kicked in, wasn’t comfortable.

Driving 2200 miles with two kids under 2 wasn’t comfortable.

Becoming the pastoral family in a new church where we only knew a couple of people wasn’t comfortable.

Meeting my new neighbors and people around my city wasn’t (and isn’t) comfortable.

That’s OK though because God didn’t call me to be comfortable.

I can’t change the destiny of my city if I stay in my comfort zone.

What I Want For My 30th Birthday

What I Want For My 30th Birthday

I want to be a better disciple in my 30’s.

I want to be a disciple of disciples.

I want to change more lives.

I want to touch Heaven more.

I want to shine my light brighter everywhere I go.

I want to have a bigger part in populating Heaven.

I want to minister more.

I want to encourage more.