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My Parents: 25 Days 25 Ways to Care

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This post brought to you by Create the Good. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Queen of the Household.

Taking good care of our homes is important, and I love sharing tips for decluttering and loving your homes.

However, if we spend the day doing all of our homemaking duties, but get impatient with our children or snap at our husbands, we’ve missed an important part about creating homes we love.

We must not only care for our homes, but also for the people IN our homes.

My parents are a great example of showing care, and I would like to share their story with you today as part of 25 Days 25 Ways to Care. This contest allows you to nominate caretakers who do so much but often receive little recognition.

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you probably know that I live in Florida with my husband and toddler son. Other than that, I don’t share a lot about my family.

Well, today, I’d like to introduce you to my parents and siblings!

I grew up in Nebraska with my parents and 3 brothers.

My older brother, Matt is very special to us all. When he was young, my parents found out that he was mentally handicapped.

They were told by one doctor not to expect anything from Matt. Back in the 1980’s there wasn’t much support for parents.

My parents chose not to limit Matt. Instead, they put him in gymnastics and special olympics when he was young. They included him in all of our family activities and even gave him chores to do.

My mom and dad made sure that Matt didn’t miss out on anything simply because he was different. He has a love for people that I know he learned from my parents.

He also loves sports and will attend as many football and basketball games as he is able!

My dad is a high school teacher at a local Christian school, and he and Matt often go to the home games together. I’m sure that after almost 40 years of teaching, my dad has gone to his fair share of high school football and basketball games, but he knows Matt loves them. So they go and have a good time!

My parents have raised their children and at this point in their lives, they should be empty nesters. Most couples their age are able to pick up and go whenever they please, but my parents aren’t able to do that.

Instead of putting Matt in a home, they choose to take care of him.

I know there are days when my parents would enjoy a little more freedom, but I also know they wouldn’t trade their lives for anything!

Their church family has also been supportive of Matt and loved on him throughout the years.

There have been a few times that my parents have wanted or needed to get away for the weekend, and people from the church have let Matt stay with them.

I know that means a lot to my parents since they are constant caretakers and don’t get breaks.

Thanks, Mom and Dad for your example!

Who is someone in your life that has been a caretaker? You can nominate them by submitting a video to the 25 Days 25 Ways Contest.

Each day, your nominee will be eligble to win a gift card! You can even submit your video to Facebook and Twitter for more entrees. Here are the official Contest Rules.

The winning video will be selected by a panel of judges from Create the Good who will choose the winner based on impact on others and creativity of the video.

The grand prize is $2,500 awarded to the nominee’s charity of choice.

If you decide to enter, let me know! I would love to see your entry!




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