Hi, 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 late husband who was a head taller than I am.
I am a widow and a mother of four children: a 9 year old son, 6 year old daughter, a 4 year old son and a 1 year old daughter. We live in Tulsa, 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, 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 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 my life’s perspective, I needed to include information about my husband’s cancer and parenting my four kids.
Fast Forward Again
My husband passed away on April 20, 2017. I spent the following 6 months grieving and generally learning about grief. In October 2017, I decided to reduce my hours at my day job, spend more time with my kids and dedicate a bit of time again to this blog. I am still grieving. Life is weird. It will be weird for a while yet, but I think I’m ready to start sharing some of my journey on this blog. I’m not just focusing on preparedness topics. I’m just writing about whatever comes to mind that I think might help other young widows mamas.
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.
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