Restlessness and Contentment

I found myself awake at 2 am. I was staring at the ceiling and wishing I was dreaming. But I just could not fall back asleep.  Some nights are like that. I am exhausted, but I just can’t sleep. Do you ever experience sleepless nights? That’s the worst, right? When I can’t sleep, my mind starts to run. You know, I think about EVERYTHING under the sun… My kids and their “stuff”, things in our house that need to be fixed, the start of school, finances, my marriage,  etc… Well, this night I was thinking about me. A dark, heavy blanket wrapped itself around me and I just felt overwhelmingly sad. I thought of all the wrong turns I’ve made in my life. I thought about the decisions that I *should* have made. I thought about...

Well, Shoot.

Well, Shoot.

Here it is day 4 and I have been enjoying my soup and milk and bananas today. That is until this evening. I fell off the wagon, HARD. I ran today. I followed the diet today. And I ate pizza today. Yeah. There’s that. 😁 So for the sake of keeping it real with you, I had to share. Weight lost today: 1 lb (which I will probably gain back tomorrow!) Total Weight Lost: 6 lbs   Until next time, Joy...

The Hard Work

The Hard Work

I am raising 4 kids. It’s the hard work. The daily grind. The stay-consistent-or-you-will-regret-it job of shaping ninja babies into respectable people. Some days it feels like “them” against “us”. And, truthfully, it IS that way. I’m facing a season right now with my oldest that is straining. I’m white knuckling it through this journey and holding on to my title of parent, as hard as I can. I breathe prayers almost one moment to the next in an effort to gain power from my Heavenly Father. I beg HIM to give me strength through this roller coaster of teenager.   “God, guide me as I parent this strong child. Shield him from the enemy. HELP ME as I do my best as his mother. Protect his mind from evil things. Help HIM...

Frankincense – Earthy and Ancient

Frankincense – Earthy and Ancient

This is the first post in a series highlighting the Everyday Oils Collection. The oils mentioned in each post can be purchased separately, together as a Collection, or in a Premium Starter Kit. #1. Frankincense This is an oil that I am never without – you’ll notice I will say that about a lot of my oils. 😉 I wear it as perfume, to bring a sense of peace when I’m overworked, and I use it on my face and around my eyes. The scent is earthy and ancient. I don’t mean you’ll smell like grandma, but it has a lovely well aged aroma. It was a gift given to baby Jesus. It was highly valued then, and now. Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) includes the naturally occurring constituent boswellic acid, and has a woodsy, warm, balsamic aroma....

My Fave Blogs

My Fave Blogs

Ok guys, here’s my top 5 favorite bloggers. If you are looking to follow some pretty great gals, then here you go. 😉 1. The Encouraging Home. This little gem is an excellent resource if you’re looking for encouragement, recipes, marital inspiration, and information/education about Essential Oils. Here’s what Mary is saying, ” The Encouraging Home is my little corner of the world where I hope to help brighten your day. I want to inspire hope, health and happiness in my home and in yours. I would love to be able to chat with you over tea and homemade chocolate chip cookies. I would love to show you around our farm. I would love to see the excitement in your eyes as you share your dreams and offer an encouraging word when you confide about...

Honoring… cancer?

Honoring… cancer?

This year I am participating and am a co-captain  for a Relay for Life team. The thought of helping with a team really pushes me outside of my box. I’m not a “get ‘er done” kind of person. I’m a helper, but not a spear-header. My other co-captains are, thankfully. 🙂 Here are the reasons that I am stepping outside of my “comfort zone” and helping to raise funds for cancer research. 1. My Mom. 13 years ago, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Stage 4. They gave her 6 months to live, at best. She had a full mastectomy, chemo and radiation. It was *hard* on her body. It changed her. She fought hard. We prayed and prayed for her… LOTS of people prayed for her. For reasons unknown to us, God chose to spare her. A...