Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Homemaking and Life

Hello Friends,

Our new norm maybe a real wake up call for families. Many are working from home, teaching/home schooling, constant interactions, cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and making sense of it all. 

Many families that normally do not see each other much now interact all day long. Children look to you for attention, love, schooling, and understanding. While you still need to cook, clean, home school, organize, work, and so much more. 

I encourage you to embrace these changes with love and patience. 
Let this be a beautiful time for you and the family. Let your voice be gentle and words kind. Let love be the word everyday. Picture God and Jesus sitting in the room with you watching your interactions with your family. Being proud of your love and guidance during difficult times. Taking a time out when you want to yell/scream or curse. Say a prayer and re-group breathe and keep calm. It makes a real difference in the day. Less stress and a happy environment. 

Many families incomes have come to a halt. Now, they are struggling with making ends meet or even putting food on their tables. You see the short comings of your pantry and home needs.
You have a clearer picture of what you really need to have when you cant get it.

This is the time to take note of your experience and what your family needs and your plan how to get it. Pulling together with family, friends, community, food centers, church pantries, and school lunch distribution location. Figuring out how your family will eat, keep warm/cool, shelter, medicine, clothes, electricity, utilities, cell phone, cable/internet, car notes, and insurance (medical/car) and more.  Looking at your real needs and getting rid of non-essentials (bills). 

There are ways to get help:
Food Stamps (Snap)
Medicaid (Medical)
Food Pantries
Church Pantries
Social Service's Programs
Many States have instituted No Evictions for Rentals/Mortgagee's
(Some States do not have to Pay Rent/Mortgage During the State of Emergency)
Stimulas Money: Buy Food
Selling Your Items You Do Not Use/Need
Grow Food
Barter with Neighbors/Friends
Coupons/Ibotta and other Apps/Youtube Couponers for deals/rebates

Note: when you dont Pay Rent/Mortgage: These payments may become a lump sum due as soon as the 
State of the Emergency is Over. You could be quickly Evicted. There are no clear rules of how those affected would proceed with monies due when everything gets back to normal. Something to think about and work out with your Landlords/Mortgage Companies.

Covid-19 will be here for a long time and it will have its ups and downs on infection rates. We may have another Stay At Home Order during the Winter Season. If so would you/family be able to eat, keep warm, and have shelter. Think about these things now! 

I pray that you all are embracing these changes and settling in.  A hug, smile, and gentle words create beautiful memories during hard times.