407-645-5933 ext. 236 marisa.west@shalomorlando.org

I have found that the best way to navigate parenting in a world of Covid is to approach each day with love and laughter. Laughing makes light of our day to day craziness. In my family, we start our day by waking up my daughter with music as I believe this is a great way to start the day off right. A favorite in our house is Whitney Houston’s, I Wanna Dance with Somebody. Mr. Big Stuff, my daughter’s rooster, also makes for a fun and silly way to wake up and tackle the day.

After our long days at school and work, we come home to 5 acres of land. We have dogs, cows, chickens, and a chubby hamster, Charlie Wigglebottoms. As you can imagine, our evenings are filled with fun and delight. An outdoor family by nature, my daughter loves to do her homework outside in her playground castle, or on a blanket under our large oak tree while our dogs chase each other around. This is a calm way to end our day and helps everyone relax. I am truly grateful for all that we have, each new day and the health of my family.