What I learned shoe shopping


My last two weeks have been consumed with getting shoes for these little feet. Olivia's little chubby feet, EJ's super long but super thin feet, and Jack's ginormous tootsies! It started with Olivia needing shoes and nothing fitting. I got both girls' feet measured...Liv has double wide and EJ has narrow feet (a size bigger than the shoes she was wearing). Once I knew what sizes the girls were, I thought it might be smart to have Jack try on his shoes. Yep, not one pair fit! Yikes!

I would like to say I handled buying shoes for all my kids very well, but...not so much! I mean I was thankful for lots of great hand-me-down shoes from my friends and sis-in-law. I was thankful for outlet malls & online ordering convenience. But beyond that...I was pretty much a hot mess of stress...complaining about odd sizes and high prices and where to even find shoes that would fit them!

Even after I was given & purchased the basics I would need for each kid I continued to worry too much about the littlest things. Do I have the "right" kind of sandals for the girls (both playground ready & dress-up ready pairs)? Should I get Jack two pairs of crocs or should I buy sandals that will breathe for his second pair? Do I buy a size ahead now or wait to see how fast they grow? What colors/type/brand should I buy? Eventually the decisions all got made and the kids are again fully outfitted for the Spring & Summer with plenty of choices of super cute shoes.

The day after I received the last of the shoes for my kids (thank you Zappos for upgrading us to overnight shipping for free!), I got an email update for the student we sponsor in Guatemala. I opened up the photos to see this...


School starts in January in Guatemala and this is Jorge receiving the only shoes he will have for the year. To be perfectly honest, I was surprised he had two pair as normally he just gets a pair of the black shoes (which he wears until September when we replace them for a special parade the children participate in).

All I can say is...thank you God for this incredible reminder. I need to remember my blessings every day! Instead of stressing out about the logistics of buying shoes, I need to give thanks that we can afford shoes. Instead of stressing about odd sizing resulting in pricier shoes, I need to to thankful that there are shoes I can buy that will fit them. And that what kinds of shoes and how many different pairs we purchase are "luxury problems." I need to remind myself of the many, many, many blessings I have and continue to remember to be truly thankful!
tracie @ tsj photography said...

great post ... thank you for sharing!! we all need to remember to be thankful that we, for the most part, are dealing with "luxury problems" ...

great reminder! and could jorge bee any cuter?!?

Bridget said...

Agreed, great post and great reminder for all of us! Isn't it amazing how life sends us these "little reminders" at the times when we most need them?

Jackie G said...

Definitely a perfect reminder for all the things we take for granted. I was stressing about some of those same shoe issues and you are so right, I should just be thankful I can even get my kids more than one pair of shoes!

southern daze said...

What a fantastic reminder!

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