|Refrained from posting the pictures|
with the taped on shells...lol
Tonight, I thought I would talk about preparing for storms. You don't always know when they are coming, but if you have taken the time in advance to make sure you have all the supplies necessary to push through in case of an emergency then there is a lot of security in that & a safety net to make sure you can survive until the storm is over & help arrives.
I was born in a state where tornadoes were the norm. Doing tornado drills, having flashlights always on hand, making sure there was extra food & water around, & all the other stuff that goes into storm prep was completely normal to me & my family. We didn't always have to use these things, but just knowing we were prepared was a comfort.
I feel like in parenting we should not sit there expecting "storms" to attack us, but we should take the steps to be prepared in case something ever does arise. We can't take it lightly. Every day that we are need to be investing & making sure we are consistent with our kids, have formed some type routines they can count on, provided our kids with levels of security (in their place in the family, their faith, etc), are doing the maintenance when a kid may need a lil' bit extra love or attention, & so forth so that when a lil' storm does arise the family is not completely shaken & falling apart. A lil' adjusting may be necessary, but if we have done our homework daily then in the challenge the family will hopefully rise up together & become even stronger.
I remember when I was pregnant with Adley & we were just heading home from a normal day at Gymboree & we got rear-ended. I had no idea how much that accident was going to greatly altar the next 4-5 months our lives. My placenta got torn by my seat belt & if it tore any further I could lose it & the baby. From that day forward, I was put on complete bed rest with 3 kiddos under 5 years old.
I am not going to stand here & say it was easy by any means, but I do believe that because my husband & I had invested so much before it happened in helping our kids develop as individuals & a family unit, establishing the boundaries for our family, sticking pretty close with a daily routine, both of us being consistent & on the same stage with our follow-through when rules were broken, & so forth that aside from a lil' adjusting our family was not completely shaken. We became closer & stronger.
We've had many new babies enter our family in these past 5 years, endured many unexpected hospital stays & stints of bed rest because of early labor, endured 3 surgeries & recoveries, & countless other family changes that I believe were made smoother because we did our homework when things were "easy" or "normal".
Life is always going to try to throw you curve balls, but if we establish a good foundation now, then we will not be broken but rather come out even closer & stronger!!!
|Woke up to this,|
sharing is caring
|Time for the big show!|
|Her famous fans|
|Burning time until their dance|
|Minutes before they went on,|
they were excited
|Best teacher ever!|
|Angry Birds Star Wars Party|
|She can hang!|
|Enjoying the spoils|
|Got brother & daddy to play Frozen|
|Red Store visit!|
|I don't know what it was about that|
Never saw any child enjoy one more...Ever.
|Beating the heat!|
|My natural born rock climber, Aidy|