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About MeHi, this is the requisite page about me, Amanda. In the photo to the right, I am holding my youngest daughter at her baptism. You can also see the top of my sometimes bashful oldest son’s head and the shoulder of my husband who is a head taller than I am.

I am a wife and a mother of four children: a 7.5 year old son, 5 year old daughter, a 2.5 year old son and a daughter born in July. My family and I live in Oklahoma, USA.

I started Survival With Kids in April of 2016 discussing survivalism and prepping, with a focus on families with small children. Since May of 2015, I had been interested in preparedness and wanted to explore prepping topics and relating them to families with small children.

In May of 2016, my husband was diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, an aggressive brain cancer. The summer of 2016 was a whirlwind of surgery, radiation and chemo. I was also pregnant with our youngest child who was born in July, a week before he finished his radiation treatments. Needless to say, Survival With Kids was on hold during that time period.

Fast Forward A Few Months

After things settled down, I went back and looked at what I had written before my hiatus. I realized that I wanted to write about more than just prepping. In order to really put my concepts of prepping into perspective, I needed to include information about my husband’s cancer and our Catholic faith.

I discovered the concept of the ‘Lifestyle blog‘ and I think this is where Survival With Kids is headed. I will be discussing the effects of brain cancer, Catholicism and prepping on our lifestyle. I also will be including information about car seats as this is still a strong interest of mine.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you come back often. Feel free to leave any questions you have about me in the comments below.


Amanda Colby

Founder of Survival With Kids

Questions About Me?

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  1. Chris

    Hello, Amanda. It’s great to see you stepping up to fill in a void missing in the market of emergency preparedness and disaster survival for young children. It’s definitely something that would be great for them to learn (and I’m sure some of us adults will too). I will definitely be coming back to visit to learn myself as well. Shhhh, don’t tell no one.

    1. Amanda

      Thanks for stopping by, Chris. It is definitely a void that I have seen, so I appreciate your comments. I do hope that you will come back. I have lots of ideas for my future posts.

  2. Helen Doyle

    Amanda, we don’t have human children, only our furry ones. Living in Australia where it can be either flood or fire, emergency plans are a must. So we plan for the cats and ourselves.

    For years I was the natural disaster manager for the north east region of New South Wales. Funnily enough my partner and I often got flooded in so I couldn’t get to the office to co-ordinate things. I got pretty good at taking the high bush tracks to get places!

    Flood and fire plans include things to have prepared to take (like the cats or in your case the children!) and where to go. The local communities have nominated sites where shelter, food and water is available.

    As their children grow older my colleagues, friends and neighbours made sure a safety drill was carried out regularly. This is important as the kids then know exactly what to do. And they usually do it better than some adults!

    Your site promises to have some great tips on safety so keep up the good work.

    1. Amanda

      Thanks, Helen. I appreciate your comments and tips. I know that I am not the most experienced person when it comes to disaster management, but I’m hoping my research and subsequent posts will benefit both myself and many others.

  3. Liz Lechko

    Hi Amanda,
    We live in Iowa, right in the midst of tornado alley. I am always worried about whether we are prepared. I love this topic, it is such an important one. Thank you for tackling it.

    1. Amanda (Post author)

      Thanks, Liz. I am really excited about sharing the research I have already done and also the research that this website is inspiring me to do. I am learning so much and know I can help others by sharing what I’m learning. Hope you come back soon!


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