I have been using essential oils to treat allergies, colds, the flu, fevers, cuts and scrapes, burns, coughs, headaches, stress, muscle and joint pain, and hormonal balance for 10 1/2 months. I’ve been making my own all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, disinfectant, deodorizer spray, disinfecting wipes, and hand sanitizer for almost as long. Throughout the year, I have also made lip balm, body butter, body scrub, insect repellant, facial scrub, cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and deodorant. Yet for some reason, I’ve been a little intimidated to cook with essential oils. My family and I already take doTERRA’s 100% pure and safe EOs internally on a regular basis, so that wasn’t my concern. I just didn’t want to screw up a dish and make essential oils look bad! Continue reading
I never thought answering the conversational question, “So, where do you go to church?” would be so awkward. Continue reading
I haven’t had a lot of first-hand experience with death, so I don’t feel at all qualified to write about it. Yesterday we lost our beloved family dog, and I know that losing a pet isn’t anything like losing a person. Except, it is. And when something profound happens in my life, I write. So I will attempt to tackle my emotions through my typing fingertips and hope you’ll forgive me if I make a mess of this post. Continue reading
“You haven’t blogged in a while. Where have you been?”
Where have I been? Nowhere. Everywhere. And all the places in between.
I’ve been in a strange, interesting, hard, and wonderful place this past year. It isn’t easy to describe, but you know me — I’ll try. Continue reading
I love photographs as much as I love words. The two complement each other so well, and yet they can also stand alone and sometimes should remain independent. I certainly agree that a picture can be worth a thousand words, although I would add that likewise a word can be worth a thousand pictures. Continue reading
Have you ever thought about the terminology we use for the sun? As a homeschool mom, I am asked to explain every word that comes out of my mouth, and that can get pretty interesting when little ones first start to understand how the solar system works. Continue reading
Yesterday as I hugged and kissed my kids, I couldn’t help thinking about the moms in Oklahoma whose arms are empty, whose hearts are breaking. As I tucked my kids in bed, I thought of the mom who buried her 9-year-old daughter in the ground yesterday.
There’s really no use in asking “why?” — and yet the question rolls off the tongue as naturally as I take my next breath. Some things in life make no sense, but we humans try to reason them out anyway. Continue reading
My 3-year-old is playing a game on my iPad, and his brothers have come to watch. “I’m good at this game!” he announces confidently. With barely a pause between, the next words out of his mouth are a question: “Am I good at this game?”
Lately he likes to assert what he knows or what he imagines to be true and follow it very quickly with the question, “Right?” (“I’m 3, right? That’s a cat, right? It’s a sunny day, right?”) Continue reading
Reconciliation would have been more than enough.
We who were far away have been brought near. The door that was closed has been opened. You who could not tolerate us can now bring us in because we’ve been washed clean of our sin. That would have been more than enough.
But You love us so much that you want more. Continue reading