Encouraging Words

Simple Holidays are Best

I have tried to post this for the last 2 days. I have made 3 drafts but each did not post with an error message. My title was 1000 Way to Make the Holidays More Meaningful. Then I went into the reason for the title and then gave you my 1 tip and how we simplify in our house. It was a beautiful post. And I truly wanted to share all those words of wisdom. But alas it was not meant to be. However, my tip for all you this year is simply to:


That is it. So go simplify. Don’t stress over your simple holiday plans. You need to simplify for your own sanity and because having a kid with sensory issues this time of year is tough. Don’t over plan the season to the point that you can’t enjoy the season. So what if you only have 4 sides to the Thanksgiving meal; 2 of them being cranberry sauce and store bought rolls. So what if you don’t do Elf on the Shelf or Advent Calendars or bake cookies for the neighborhood.

Take a step back. Breathe. You are doing good.

You don’t have to do every thing with everyone. Saying “No” is okay. With friends and family wanting our time I have to say no, a lot. However, it has allowed our family of 4 to niche out traditions that we want to do and that the kids are interested in doing. Be flexible and be willing to ditch traditions that are not working. Or at the very least modify them so they can work.

Like I stated above, I had a beautifully written post on many ways to simplify. Ironically the post itself was not simplified. So taking a cue I will end the simple post with a simple message.

May your days be filled with joy. May you and your children find the wonder in the simple things. May God give you patience and grace. Keep on trail blazing! 
Encouraging Words

One of those Months

It has been that month. You know the month were it seems your kid is on the upward track and then it either a) stalls or b) takes a nose dive. That month when you question if you can do this thing called Home School and with your child with a disability. That month were friends and family (mostly family on my part, aaarrrrhhhhh!!!!) ask when you are going to get tutoring because the child is so far behind, in their eyes, that there is something wrong.

At times I just wanted to scream, “Yes, there is something wrong. He can’t communicate clearly thus he is struggling with reading. His little mind is trying so hard. And can we stop talking about him like he is not in the room!” That is what I am thinking but didn’t say. Luckily my husband was home from his business travels and shut the conversation down before I went praying mantis on everyone.

My remedy for this is family time. Not time with those family members who want to remain clueless but our own little family. I tend to need to recenter myself as a wife and mom with just the four of us having time together. This weekend will be spent outside and getting our energy out. We will explore the river, perhaps drive to the mountains, or there is always the Zoo or Discovery Center. A date night is happening this weekend too.

There is a day this month were I will get together with my friends. Who have a better understanding of my son then some family members. Why is that? A support system is key. I have written about this before. They pray for me, study the Bible with me, and truly rejoice and cry with me.

If you are having one of these months I encourage you to step back, reevaluate, and have some fun.

I hope your school year is off to a better start than mine. If you are having one of these months I encourage you to step back, reevaluate, and have some fun. I pray that each of you will find joy during each day.

May God give you patience and grace. Keep on trail blazing.