Smiling Away Allergies
Faith: Another Level of Food Allergies
The Art of a Messy House
To start, I must admit that I am a strong believer in cliches and an even stronger believer in God working in 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 perseverance to do everything that I possibly can are my driving forces on this page, and in 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 daily 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 recreating this blog. Plus, someone very wise and dear to me sparked the fire in me years 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 and forced to deal with a lot of my past I had been hiding away. Before that single taste, I had been naive about the severity and seriousness that could be associated with a food allergy, with a moment. It was extremely eye-opening on so many levels. How a moment can change everything.
The struggle with food was not a stranger to me. 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 on paper, I continue to have to catch myself during difficult times to ensure that I didn’t 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. Instead, someone who turns to you and says with no words, only with their innocent 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 2015, 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.”
UPDATE (JANUARY 2019):
Let’s try this again. My name is Jen. I am follower of Christ, wife of an amazing man, mom of two beautiful kids, teacher, writer, runner, oiler, baker, and anything else life wants to throw at me. On this blog, you will find ideas, inspiration, encouragement, and hope. There is always hope. There is always a way. My goal is to bring you just that.
Three years ago, after about a year of blogging, I decided it was best to take a break. And that is where our story became and continues to become much more than just food allergies…it’s an unfolding story of faith, motherhood, food allergies, writing, healthy living, teaching, heartaches, triumphs, love, and embracing life in the moment…in the mess.
Read about our comeback story here: (The Comeback)
Are you wondering? Why the name change? Here you have it: (The Name Change)
Thank you for reading and following our story and I look forward to hearing about your experiences as well.
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you!
Disclaimer: This blog is a personal blog and used as a way of sharing and connecting with other readers. The posts, articles, and stories shared on the site are meant as a source of encouragement. In this challenging world of food allergies, motherhood, and life, I have found reaching out to other parents and people in my shoes to be extremely resourceful and inspiring. Therefore, I want to give back and do the same. The information on my blog is not intended as medical advice so as always, please consult with your doctor.