Entries tagged with “Hurricane Sandy”.


Day 31: 31 Days of Life in the StepMom Trenches (Vlogtober)

We did it!!!! Thirty one days ago, I said “sure I’ll vlog for 31 days,” not really knowing what I was getting into because I hadn’t done much vlogging at all. A few days in, I thought I’ve got to take this day by day because thinking of it all at once is overwhelming.

Today, I am grateful to have power back on and I am grateful to say I stuck it out. I vlogged everyday. Even in the dark with my flipcam. I took it day by day and I completed my challenge.

Often, the road ahead with our stepfamily can seem daunting. We can convince ourselves that there cannot be light at the end of the tunnel. But there is. In my last vlog of Vlogtober, I’m sharing with you lots of stuff (I totally go off topic many times so please forgive me in advance as I’m a little giddy to have power again) and urging you to take it day by day and focus on the blessings of the day.

Takeaway: When we look at what we face it can be challenging. When we chunk it up and focus on each day, life seems more dobable and the blessings seem more clear. You are stronger than you think. You bring so much to your family. Never ever let go of that. Stepmom friends remember to always Stay Strong and Press On!

Day 30: 31 Days of Life in the StepMom Trenches (Vlogtober)

Today, you get a sneak peak into my blessed chaos (title of a book I want to write in the future).

Our area of Cleveland was hit hard by Sandy and we lost power Monday night. I had committed to vlogging daily so I got out my flip cam and decided to interview the kids as we were having a “camp out” in the family room.

Here’s what they had to say about the power outage. Caution: this video contains high drama. The kids were eating dry goods and canned goods all day (i.e. peanut butter, bread, cookies, snacks) and I am putting the silliness of their “priorities” on sugar.

Takeaway: My takeaway during this power outage is that I as long as I have my family, I have what I need. I will never understand why these things happen but I will tell you I felt God’s hand on our family. I felt an amazing sense of peace which I know came from my prayers and not from my own strength. Spent time with the kids. Laughed. Giggled. Played cards. My husband and I worked together to keep the house running. It is never easy to walk through tough times. Looking for the blessings in the burdens does help.

Hope this video brings a smile to your face. Remember to Stay Strong. Press On.

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