My habits that had kept my life running smoothly got left behind. The few small habits I’ve been working on reinstating are truly life-changing for me. You might think that I’m using a word that’s much too dramatic, but for me, I’m not. Doing the following things regularly help my life run smoothly and make me a happier person, wife, and mom.
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.
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.
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!”
“Just a sec.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.