Thank you @http://cathylynnbrooks.com/ for nominating me for this blogging award. I really appreciate the encouragement and recognition.
My purpose for blogging:
To start, I must admit that I am a strong believer in cliches and an even stronger believer in God working in my life through the good and the bad. With that being said, I am no expert and will never claim to be. Instead, my faith and determination to do everything that I possibly can are my driving forces in this as well as everything in my life.
Going back to cliches and beliefs, “everything happens for a reason” and “God will never give you more than you can handle” are two pieces of major motivation for me. I believe that I was given this life and dealt its cards for a specific reason or reasons. It is in the moments that I feel a sense of inspiration that I must act. This is exactly what I am doing by starting this blog. Plus, someone very wise and dear to me sparked the fire in me a couple of months ago when he said, “prayer with belief is powerful.” Therefore, I have no choice but to pray the biggest prayers and believe with the fullest faith. They say that one’s true character builds during times of difficulty and struggle. When I gave my son his first taste of yogurt, I did not know that I would be thrown into the world of food allergies. Before that single taste, I had been naive about the severity and seriousness that could be associated with a food allergy. It was extremely eye-opening on so many levels.
Throughout much of my life, challenges with food were definitely on my list of vices. After winning the battle against an eating disorder as a teenager, I continue to have to catch myself during difficult times in life to make sure that I don’t start to resort to old ways as a way of trying to control the inevitable, life. However, battling for yourself is much different than battling for someone else, someone too young and innocent to know what is going on. Someone too young to be scared and speak up from themselves. Someone who then turns to you and says with no words, only their eyes, “Mommy help me.” On Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 5 pm in the evening, just when I was getting into the routine of being back at work as a working mom, food challenged me to my biggest obstacle yet. Food allergies!
Back in March, I started this blog as an outlet for all of the emotions I was feeling and information that I was learning. Instead of sending long-winded text message updates to everyone who simply asked how TJ was doing, I also saw this site as a way of keeping family and friends updated on our journey. By sharing our story and the valuable information that we learn along the way, I hope to help educate others about this world of food allergies and eczema. Most importantly, I want to encourage all who reads this blog to “let your faith be bigger than your fear.”
Thank you for reading our story and I look forward to hearing about your experiences as well.