"No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow." ~Lin Yutang

Saturday, March 29, 2014

what happened to the last year? doTERRA.

hello!  what's going on???

we are finishing off a nice week of spring break.  the kids are all home from school and we've had perfect spring weather.  the week started out with sunny skies and picnic-y weather, followed by nice sunny days with a brisk feel to them... the kind of days where you head out with a light coat and after playing for a short while the coat comes off.  yesterday and today were spring showers pouring down all day long.  i can see the plants all soaking it up and loving every minute of it.  it's not too cold... just perfect for the rainy spring day.  i love spring!

at the beginning of last year i was introduced to the idea of using essential oils for healing and health purposes.  i thought it might be a hoax, or maybe not a hoax but maybe a scam... so i dove into research on the validity of essential oils.  i also dove into research on what's the going rate of essential oils, which is the best company, etc.  i was introduced to essential oils by a couple that used doTERRA's essential oils.  i did a ton of research on that specific company. 
by march, we had sampled several different oils and seen results.  so, we decided to dive into not only the oils and using them, but the company -doTERRA- too.  i haven't regretted it since.  it took me about half a year to start making enough money to pay for oils every month.  now after a year, it's growing and growing.  the business is fun, full of integrity, and it's real... so it's not like i have to be a high pitched salesman.  i don't sell the oils.  i just teach people about the oils.  it is awesome.

so, if you don't know about doTERRA or essential oils, now you know someone who does.  ask me.  please let me tell you all about what they've done for our family and our life!!!

"Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart..." Prov. 27:9

Sunday, January 12, 2014

hormones and uniqueness

i've been doing some light research on hormones recently.  i have a good passion for women's health, pregnancy, and... babies.  and a minor passion for health in general. 
what happened last month is that i had a miscarriage.  after the miscarriage i had some major hormonal issues.  my moods were swinging as far forward as they were backward and then would twist up and hang as far right as possible and then swing back as far left as possible.  it has been an "exciting" ride.  no one likes it.  no one and that especially includes me.  
so i started lightly researching hormones.
what i first came across -which what i probably already knew deep down, but appreciated it being stressed in the teaching i was listening to, is that HORMONES ARE UNIQUE TO EVERYONE individually.  it's kinda a duh thing if you think about it, but it probably isn't stressed in teaching as much as it should.  kinda like all health things...  we are each unique.  no one is the same as anyone else.  and that includes identical someones. 
when i was looking into and learning about fertility awareness, the same thing was stressed because that is what awareness is all about.  i love it.  our bodies are unique.  dr's would like to know what everyone's base everything is (temp, blood pressure, weight, blood stuff, hormone stuff, etc.) but the truth is, unless it's their own body or a research body that they record and chart daily... they have to just go off the "average" number that's given to them as the acceptable answer.
too bad that we are SO unique, that the average can be extremely high for some, and extremely low for others.  and yes, i'm using extreme on purpose.  it's true.  some people are WAY OFF average, but that's them and they're still alive and well. 

anyway, i guess i have a lot to say.  i'll most likely say more later, but this is all the time i have today.  or right now, at least.  :)

happy birthday to my eldest blond kid yesterday.  she's 9 now.  that's just one year off from double digits.  i'll take it.  i love her!

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31

Thursday, December 26, 2013

costume party

since we refrain from celebrating Halloween as the world does, our family doesn't get very many opportunities to play dress up.  this new year's eve, we've been invited to a costume party.  our whole family!  how fun, right?!
so, here's the plan.  if you have any ideas that are free or extremely cheap, let me know.

otter:  minion, from despicable me
me:  red riding hood, from the story book little red riding hood.
wolfie:  merida, from brave
binkles:  a monarch butterfly, from planet earth
jones:  hal Jordan as a green lantern, from the green lantern
boo:  elsa, from frozen
starboy:  spiderman, from the marvel comics
buttercup:  TBD --this is where I could use some ideas!

so far we've limited our expenses.  we still need to take a trip to some of the second-hand stores.  I just have the perfect "red riding hood" cape, I don't know what to wear underneath...  we need a yellow hoodie (size lg.) for otter pop, and a pair of blue overalls (size whatever he'd be).  wolfie is also looking for a better cover-it-all green dress.  she'll probably make her bow, arrows, and quiver (or whatever it is that holds all the arrows on a belt.)

anyway, we're excited and hoping to bring home a prize or two...  stay tuned and next year i'll let you know how it went.  maybe i'll even post a picture or eight.  :)

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31

Sevin Emmanuel

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31

Saturday, December 21, 2013

this time of year

you wouldn't believe what I said last night.  I mean, if you know me, you (hopefully) know that i'm patient.  if i'm not anything else... I am patient.  I also try to be exceptionally forgiving, and I think I do alright.  I also like to exhibit love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and of course self-control.
so with that in mind, i'll say again, you wouldn't BELIEVE what I said to my husband last night.

here, first i'll set the stage.  we were sitting in traffic on a busy street bordering the mall at about 6pm on a snowy evening.  we hadn't had dinner yet, it was still in the oven at home.  we had just left a major department store after spending about 1-1/2 hours and some gift cards that we had been given to spend on the kids for Christmas.  nothing was happening, we were just sitting there probably with Christmas music playing on the radio. 
anyway, enough for-talk, what I said was this, "I hate people this time of year."


I know, I know...  I felt bad as soon as I said it, but it was indeed from my heart. 

what happens "this time of year" is that everyone gets so wrapped up in all the stress that people have made the Christmas season out to be, that instead of a wonderful celebration of our Lord and Savior's birth, our culture places parties, dinners, shopping, events, and stress all ahead of the celebration.  and what's really sad is that they look past the stress and horrible attitudes and blame it all on "the spirit of giving".  the thing is, there is nothing wrong with the spirit of giving.  but when it causes stress, discontent, unhappiness, and financial distress there is something wrong with it and it is not okay, even though it is a good initial intent. 
in all the other months of the year, people have a bit of humanity in them.  of course not all people, but a good enough majority that you can kind of expect some good in people.  it seems like as soon as December hits, and especially after the 15th, all the good in humanity leaves and is replaced by impatient, inconsiderate, unforgiving, stressed out frazzle-heads! 

I don't hate people, I love people.  however, I hate what people have turned the Christmas season into.  I really don't like that a good portion of society turns up their noses to Christmas carols.  I really don't like to deal with impatient, inconsiderate, unforgiving, stressed-out frazzle-heads that are so wrapped up in "the spirit of giving" that they can't see past themselves.  I really don't like to get honked at when I slow down so that my car-load of kidlets can get a good look at the beautiful lights.  I don't like it when my kindergartener is excited to come home and bash my 4-y-o's ideas of holiday traditions because it's more important to "know the truth" than to remember the generosity of a saint that lived long ago.  I don't like it when I am cautiously driving and I get a finger thrown up at me (or a dirty look given) because i'm not driving fast enough, or slow enough, or stopping where people would prefer me to, or whatever other reason might trigger anger in someone so stressed out that they're just LOOKING for reasons to release their pent up aggression. 

I DO LOVE the Son who came down to this rotten place to live as we live, and then died in a humiliating and grotesque death... to save the sins of all these people that I have mentioned above, and including me. 
I LOVE the Christmas season.  I LOVE the carols reminding us of the virgin birth, the lowly manger birth place, the bright star that guided the shepherds, the gifts that traveled far to find Jesus as a young boy, the excitement that just hung in the air around the Messiah, the names of Jesus (Savior, Lord, Christ, King of Kings, Messiah, Immanuel).  I LOVE the Christmas decorations that bring cheer and happiness to those who gaze at their beauty.  I LOVE that we have a desire to celebrate the spirit of giving even though we are so selfish in our core of sinfulness.  I LOVE that Jesus' birth --the best gift that has ever been given-- is the season that we celebrate giving. 

if you're stressed, over-worked, too busy to be waiting on anyone, or angry just waiting for someone to raise your middle finger at, remember the true reason we have this season:  a baby was born to us, and his name was called Jesus and it was he who saved us from our sins.  MERRY CHRISTMAS!  may you give glad tidings and share great joy with those around you.  start by putting a smile on your face. 
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31

Saturday, December 14, 2013


I was making carmel, and it popped and splattered in my eye!
it fogged up my eye and everything.  seriously.  ouch.
i'm just glad I wear contacts.  they're like permanent safety goggles.

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

happy thanksgiving la la la

la la la
thanks a bunch.

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." 1 Cor. 10:31