Back- adv.: 2. In, to or toward a former place or condition. Into time past.
Basic-adj.: 1. Pertaining to, forming, or like a base or basis; essential; fundamental.
(Funk and Wagnalls Standard Desk Dictionary. Copyright: 1964, 1966, 1969, 1977, 1980)
If I put those two definitions together it will give you a clear picture of what this blog will be about. In a nut shell, my goal is to guide you back to a time past and former condition in order to experience something fundamental and, in my eyes, essential. Since you are reading this I would gather that you are at least remotely interested in the idea. Most likely you are very interested. Whether you in the process of getting married, have been married for ten minutes or ten plus years, this blog is for you. If you are considering having children, have one or more children, there will be things written here you can glean from. With that, let’s move forward.
My name is Tina. I have been married for over 23 years and have known my husband for almost 25. We have 6 beautiful children between the ages of 22 and 12. Our youngest son has Down syndrome. It is often when I announce those 3 facts that the eyes of the person I am speaking to get wide. Most often they respond with, “God bless you!” To which I reply, “He already has!” To say that our journey as a family has been difficult would be an understatement. My husband, Steve, has been laid off so many times I have literally lost track. I can tell you that if all of the time he was unemployed were put together it would be roughly 10 years. Despite this fact, our journey together has been and continues to be quite rewarding.
All of us born to this world have had, are having or will have a journey to take. The bumps and jagged peaks along the way can make or break us depending on how we choose to face them. Through our family’s experience, I hope to help you in whatever struggle you are facing. Our family has not only survived but thrived by getting “back to basics”. For us those basics are faith, marriage, child rearing, health and finances. I am here to encourage you not to quit. Like a runner aspiring to run a marathon, this will not happen overnight. But with patience, practice and endurance you will run that race and finish well.