Happy Mothers’ Day

As I reflect on the privilege and honor of being a mom, many thoughts and emotions race in my mind and well up in my heart. Chief among them: There is no such thing as a perfect mom, so motherhood comes with lots of questioning, second guessing, guilt, and feelings of failure.

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ice crystals

ice crystals and flakes fall down
covering my deck …
dashing my hopes and plans
with each white fleck

ice crystals grow heavier;
thin flakes grow thick …
children’s hearts dance and leap
hoping they will stick

ice crystals, like pixie dust
shimmering in the light …
a blanket of fresh and new
hiding dirt from sight

ice crystals — talk of the town –
the only news is weather …
as they fall from the clouds,
families come together

ice crystals halt busy schedules
making time stand still
young and old alike gather
at the window sill

ice crystals — what can you do?
you just have to smile …
and maybe you secretly hope
the cold stays for a while

ice crystals will fade soon;
ice will melt away …
i’ll enjoy the peace and quiet
of this rare snow day.

by crystal ;)



10 Things You May Not Know About Me

Many of my Facebook friends recently listed several random, interesting, or relatively unknown facts about themselves, and anyone who liked their posts was then given a number of items to list in his or her own status. I have enjoyed reading these posts, and I have subsequently been assigned numbers ranging from 5 to 13. Being the wordy writer that I am, naturally I have decided to turn this into a blog post instead of a Facebook status. Continue reading

Crystal’s Christmas Chronicle: 2013

Here we are, just a few days before Christmas, and I finally have time to sit down and jot some thoughts about the year. I know these days few people have little time to sit and read Christmas newsletters, and even fewer have time to write them, but I am one of those who actually enjoys doing both. Last year I decided to post my newsletter on my blog for those who care to read it and leave it out of my Christmas card for those who don’t, which worked out well and saved me both paper and ink.  So, here I go again … 2013 in review, from my family to yours! Continue reading

Cooking with Essential Oils

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