Tuesday, March 24, 2015

And he ran...

So, when I was 10 years old, I was a brat.  I was a self-absorbed, moody, back-talking, stubborn brat.  I don't deny it.  I wasn't nice to a lot of people, and I was especially not very nice to my mom.  I said a lot of things to her at that time that were just downright mean, but she was gracious to me and many times overlooked my sinfulness.  But there was one time, on Mother's Day, when I said something to her that hurt her deeply.  Over the next few days my guilt really started to weigh on me, but I struggled to find the words to express to her how sorry I was for the way I acted.  She did forgive me, but I never really got over it.  The next year, one week before Mother's Day, she died from cancer.  

This morning I read Luke 24:1-12, and was hit hard with the last verse. 

"But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, 
he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home,
marveling at what had happened."

When I read it, I cried.  Maybe it was partially because I am in the throws of a hormonal pregnancy, but I think it was mostly because of what I read yesterday.  Mark 14:66-72 recounts the story of how Peter denied Jesus three times the night Jesus was arrested.  

I realized then how much I am like Peter.  Loud, brash, shooting off at the hip, making promises I can't keep, and whatever else you want to throw in there, but when I read verse 12 this morning, I think I felt what Peter may have felt when he realized there was a possibility that Jesus was alive.  He would get a second chance to do things right; to make sure that his friend and savior knew how sorry he was for denying him on the very night Jesus was voluntarily being beaten and tortured for the world.  I can't imagine the pain and grief that Peter experienced three days before, when he realized what he had done; the hopelessness he felt at the thought that he would never get to say he was sorry for denying Jesus.  

"BUT Peter got up and ran to the tomb..." because he had just been told by the women, who were visiting the tomb moments earlier, that Jesus was not there.  Can you imagine the thoughts that went through his head?  I'm sure at some point during that early morning sprint that he replayed the scene of himself denying Jesus and thought maybe he would get the chance to tell him how sorry he was.  

I know that is what I would be thinking.  

The good news is Jesus was not there.  He had risen from the grave, and Peter did get a second chance.  The scriptures don't explicitly tell us that Peter officially apologized for what he had done, but I'm sure Jesus knew the guilt that was weighing on his disciple's heart.  

I cannot express to you how this good news makes me feel.  Everyday I'm alive, God gives me a chance to start over and recover from how badly I wrecked the day before.  He reminds me that his mercies are new every morning and that He has forgiven my sin once and for all and he gently draws me close to him as the guilt of my sin sometimes consumes me. 

I will never get it right while I'm here on earth, but he has given me hope and joy through his work on the cross, and one day I will see him face-to-face and will marvel as his lovingkindness.  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Essential Oils and Why We Use Them: Part 2

Hey ya'll!
How is your week going?  I'm eager for this weekend because Mr. T is going to be 30 and I can't wait to celebrate him!  If you are friends with him on Facebook, make sure that you wish him happy birthday on Saturday.

If you are reading this post, then hopefully you have already read part one.  If not, go here.  As a result of that post, I received a few questions that I want to answer in more detail and hopefully give you more convincing evidence to try essential oils (EO).  Also, if you have any other questions other than the ones I address here, feel free to send them to me.  I will be happy to answer them.

So here goes:
1.  What exactly are essential oils, and why have I never heard of them?
     So essential oils are oils.  (I know, simple, right?) They come from plants that live all over the world, like lavender, cypress trees, geraniums, oranges, and many more.  They are called essential because the plant needs them to live.  In other words, these oils provide 'life' to the plant.

     The biggest reason why you have probably never heard of them is because, well, many people associated them with 'hippy, granola eating people', and just steered clear of them.  I know that is what I thought at first, but it's so not true.  Not that 'hippies' don't use EO, but many other types of people do as well.  (And for the record, I have no problem with 'hippies' or people who eat or make their own granola. I actually kinda admire them.) Also, the particular company that I work for, Young Living, didn't exactly do the best job of marketing their product, until some pretty awesome people came along and changed everything.

2.  How do essential oils work?
     It's funny to me that people are so curious how all-natural things work and affect them, but don't question over the counter medicines, or prescriptions that the doctor gives them.   We are so conditioned to think nothing about taking a tylenol, or heart-burn medicine, but hesitate to try something that is completely natural and good for us.  The science behind the oils is really interesting and crazy cool to read about. Basically, the oil is made up of teeny tiny molecules that can make their way into every cell in our bodies.  What they do is help our cells operate properly, and can even rewrite bad information that our cells have been given. Unfortunately, we put lots of things in our bodies, that mess with us and make us unhealthy and our cells are trained to work in such a way that is not natural.    For example: think about sugar, and how consuming lots of it is harmful.  When you have sugar in all kinds of food (believe me it's there, just read the labels) and you've been consuming that food for years, your body becomes accustomed to getting sugar ALL. THE. TIME.  Just try going a few days without any sugar at all.  You will see that your body won't like it at first.  If any of you have done Whole 30 then you know what I'm talking about.  And it's not just food we eat, but we catch colds, and get the crud which also makes our bodies misfire.  The oils can help to correct all that stuff.

3.  Why can't I just buy my oils from the health food store?

     I'm so happy you asked that!!  There are a couple of reasons why I would discourage people from buying their oils from the store, a) You may not be getting the purest form of the oil, b) you really can't be 100% sure of what you are getting.  

     One of the reasons why I chose to buy and sell oils through Young Living is because they have a seed to seal guarantee.  Basically, from the moment that seed goes in the ground to when it makes it to your doorstep, they know everything that has happened to that oil.  That is why they can guarantee that you are getting the real deal, and that there is nothing synthetic in your bottle.  You can't get that guarantee from the bottles in the store.  A friend of mine that uses EO shared this with me a couple of weeks ago.  Think about a Keruig coffee maker.  They require K-cups in order to be used.  When you want a cup of coffee you use a K-cup, right?  If you want another cup of coffee, then you get another K-cup, and make more coffee.  You don't use the same K-cup.  Many times the oils that you buy in the store uses the same 'K-cup' over and over, and then combines all that liquid and bottles it up to sell it to you.  So you are getting a pretty diluted form of the oil.  Does that make sense?  The other good thing about getting oils through Young Living is since you are getting the purest form of the oil, you really don't have to use more than a couple of drops for each use because it's that potent.

I'm not going to lie, every time I see someone complaining of an ailment on Facebook or wherever, I want to scream from the rooftops that I have something that can help.  But I don't want to annoy people, plus that is not our method.  And I totally get that it takes time to understand and get to the point that you are willing to try it.  The kicker for me is that the Bible talks about oils.  For real!  People back in biblical times used oils.  Just read again what the wise men brought to baby Jesus.  Yep, that's right!  OILS!!  I believe that God provided a way for us to maintain our health and help our bodies, and it's in the form of oils from the plants that He created.

So I hope that I answered your questions and didn't confuse you even more.  Please let me know if you have any other questions, and I will be happy to help.  If you are interested in trying the oils, let me know and I can share which ones are my favs.  https://www.youngliving.com/signup/?site=US&sponsorid=1950676&enrollerid=1950676

Love ya'll!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Legit Pinterest Recipes

Hey ya'll!
How is your week going?
One more day and it's the weekend.  You can do it.  (I can do it.) 
I keep reminding myself that the new season of Walking Dead starts this Sunday!!  Any other Walking Dead fans out there? I'm a weirdo, I know.  But I just can't help it.  I saw this on Pinterest the other day, and I crack up every time I see it!!

Ok, so this post is not about The Walking Dead.  It's actually about Pinterest, specifically the recipes on Pinterest.

So, unless you have been living under a rock, I'm assuming you know what Pinterest is, and you are probably addicted to it like me.  I love finding recipes on there, but many times I'm disappointed when either the link doesn't work, or the recipe itself is horrible.  So I thought I'd share some recipes that I have tried and lurve, and all of them are healthy.  Your welcome.  :)

1.  Paleo Chicken Salad Wraps

I made this last week and it is so good.  
Ya'll my husband does not eat Chicken salad and he went to town on this stuff. 

I have made this twice now and the second time around was even better.  
It is super easy to make and cheap.

I cannot get over how easy this was.  
If you have a food processor, then this is a must try.

Ok, I have made this dish several times.  
It is totally my go-to for healthy breakfast options, and the good part is you can add any kind of veggies you want.  

These are a pretty good snack.  
I have made them twice, and each time I think I may have eaten more of the batter than the actual finished product.  

Try these dishes, and let me know what you think.  And if you know of any other good ones, send them to me on Pinterest.  All of these recipes can be found on my Pinterest board Whole 30 & Paleo.

Have a great rest of the week!

Also, thanks for the feedback and questions that I received last week on my essential oils post.  I'm going to be doing a follow-up post next week to hopefully explain a few more things.  So if you have any other questions, just let me know.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Essential Oils and Why I Bought Into Them

Ok, ya'll. Yes, I'm still alive.  No, I have not blogged in...like...forever.

But here I am now.  And I wanted to share with you all about my witch oils essential oils.  And I really want you to read this post.  For reals. (Thats for you Kristen.)


So if we are friends on Facebook or Instagram, then you have heard me talk about essential oils.  And you are probably wondering what kind of cult have I fallen into.  At least my hubby thought that at first, but I am slowly winning him over.  Muahhhhh! (that is my evil laugh.  Just kidding.  Not really.) Ok, stop.

Well, I wanted to give you a little info on essential oils, and my journey to using them.

You may have some knowledge of essential oils (EO), or you may be totally clueless.  Either way, that's ok.  I was clueless when I started seeing stuff about them all over the interwebs, and really didn't pay much attention to them until one of my friends started talking about them.  The only reason why I took notice then was because I knew her to be one of those gals who 'didn't buy into that kinda stuff'.  She eats at Chick-fil-a almost as much as I do, likes frozen meals, takes the meds that the good doc prescribes...you know, the kinda of person that is like 'whatever can get me and my family of 5 through the day alive, and fed, and relatively happy.'

So I asked her a few of the typical questions in the beginning: 'Did you drink the koolaid?', 'Do you smell like a hippy that lives in the woods and makes their own toilet paper?', 'What kind of look did your hubby give you when you told him about this?'

Ok, so I didn't ask her those questions, but I sorta thought them.  Once she answered my initial questions and I got a VERY basic understanding of what EO were, I did nothing.  I just sat back and 'watched'.  For about 3 months, I followed her testimonies and others, looked into some Pinterest boards on EO, and checked out the Young Living Essential Oils website.  And honestly, it was the best method to me entering into the EO world, because I will be real, it is crazy overwhelming.

But, EO are just that, oils.  They are completely natural, and there is NOTHING manmade in them, and they have SO MANY USES.  You can use them for anything from insomnia, to getting gum out of your carpet.  For my family, we use them to help us with boosting our immune systems, killing germs, aiding in sleep, cleaning, and my beauty routine.  

Ya'll, with this crazy unknown respiratory thing affecting all these children across the county, and now a documented case of ebola in the States, I'm all about these oils.  Already I have seen them reduce my daughter's 104 fever without the aid of medicine, keep Sweet P and I healthy while Mr. T came home from work early due to an earache, and nasty cold, and reduce the life of that cold so that he could return to work the next day.  This stuff is legit.  With our background with Sweet P, and all the meds she had to take for her heart condition, I would be the happiest mom in the world if I never had to give her medicine again, and instead used EO for her various needs.  I am NOT saying that anyone should dismiss theirs doctors advice, diagnosis, prescriptions, etc.  But what I am saying is that EO may be able to help with certain things without all the side affects that meds can cause.

Basically, for us it is a way to be healthy, and live naturally without all that 'extra' stuff that we were accustomed to using/doing before.  I love, love, love knowing that I have an arsenal of awesomeness in my pantry for when things come up that threaten the well being of my family, and it's an arsenal that is completely safe, and in the long run helps us to save money.

Do like I did and sit back, watch, learn, read, study and see all the goodness that EO can offer you and your family.  Please let me know if you ever want to try anything or have any questions.  I am happy to share my discount and split the shipping/taxes cost.  https://www.youngliving.com/signup/?site=US&sponsorid=1950676&enrollerid=1950676

Love ya'll lots!

PS.  Check out my Pinterest board, Natural Mommy.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Dear P

Dear Sweet P,

You are two!  I'm not going to lie, it kinda makes me sad to say that.  I feel like you are now officially a toddler, and no longer my baby-baby.  
This past year has brought so many great memories.  You have changed so much in one year that it is weird to look at photos of you from your first year of life.   
You have become 'mommy's little helper', miss independent, quite sassy, Chickfila's number 1 customer, and a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse enthusiast.  
You are starting to speak in sentences and I love hearing your little voice, except for the occasional banshee screams that you like to do for. no. reason. at. all.  
You also LOVE to be read to, chased around the house, and to go 'ou-side' (outside).
My favorite thing you do is when you tell me how excited you are about something.  You are so stink'n cute!
I'm excited to see what this next year brings, to watch your personality develop, and see you learn new things.  

Baby girl, I love you to the moon and back.  You are my favorite, ever-ever.
Happy Birthday!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sweet P turns 2!

My Sweet P is 2 years old ya'll!
Oh man is it bittersweet to say that.

We had a great day besides the fact that she had hand, foot, and mouth and the AC went out about 30 minutes before her party.  (Yes, this momma was stressed.)

But everything went well, and our Sweet P was well loved.

Goodness my kid is cute!  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Thank you!

I just wanted to say  THANK YOU so much to everyone for your kind responses to my blog post on Friday.  
I received the sweetest comments, Facebook messages, emails, and text messages over the weekend.  
God has been good in reviving my soul over the past few days and you gals were a part of that.  
I wanted to share a verse that has been on repeat in my thoughts and encourage you to memorize it with me.  

I am thankful for you all and your encouragement!

Friday, June 20, 2014


So I guess it has been months since I last did this thing called blogging.

There are reasons...

Many reasons.

But basically, I didn't feel like writing.  I didn't feel like I had anything worth saying.  So I didn't say anything.

But that is not all.

There has also been a struggle going on in my heart.  One that I hesitate to write about, but I feel prompted to share.  So I'm going to get vulnerable.

Before Mr. T and I had Sweet P, we struggled to get pregnant.  I kind of hate using the word struggled, because compared to some women, ours was not much of a struggle.  But according to the Dr.s, there was no rhyme or reason why I should not be getting pregnant.  I just wasn't.  Eventually, I was put on fertility meds, and 2 rounds later along came our daughter.

During my pregnancy and even afterwards, I was confident that getting pregnant and having a child would somehow 'right' my body, and having baby 2 would be easy.  But it didn't happen.

This is where I struggle to speak about this journey.  I am thankful to the moon and back for our Sweet P, and see God's blessings on Mr. T and I by giving her to us.  But there is still that sadness that lurks in the corners of my heart, wanting another child that I cannot seem to have.  I do not want to seem ungrateful, or have a complaining spirit.  There are women out there who have miscarriage, after miscarriage, or have tried everything and still cannot get pregnant and my heart BREAKS for them.  I have never experienced that and would never compare my story to theirs. My story is my own, and I recognize that God is writing it.

But, the desire and struggle for another child is very real.  And for me, it's been a lonely road.

The journey has not been quite as emotional since we already have a child, and if anything, it causes me to cherish her even more.  But I struggle to speak about it since my plight is not that too great of a burden.  Obviously, there are worse things I could be facing.

But, God has been working in my heart.  I am recognizing more and more that my desire is a godly one, and not something to be ashamed of.  I believe He wants us to desire to have many children, whether naturally, through adoption, or spiritually.  I just need to learn to not exalt my desires above his.

We may never have another child.  It is painful to say that, but I need to be open about it.  I'm sure I'm not the only mom that has experienced this, but it's not too often that I hear the raw honesty about this specific struggle.

We are praying fervently about our next steps and God's will for our lives.  It's frustrating to not have answers, and I don't know that we will ever get any.  But this statement with always ring true for me, 'He is still good.'

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Crawling out of the Dumps

Is winter over yet?

Sorry, I have not been around.  I have found myself in a funk that I just can't seem to shake, except for the last few days, which have been W O N D E R F U L with 70 degree weather.

This year winter has really kicked me in the rear.  I feel like the last few months have just loomed over my head, with sickness, anxiousness, worry, and the plain old blues.  For a while there it seemed like one of us was sick with something every weekend.  Then there were some changes with Mr. T's job which made me a little anxious (everything is good now), and few other issues swirling around that now are seeming to settle in the dust.  

So this morning, I decided to make a conscientious effort to start 'crawling out of the dumps' and have better days.  I also started doing the Whole 30 cleanse.  Today is day 3, and let me tell you it has not been easy.  But I hear it starts to get better after the first few days.  I can already tell a little bit of a difference.  I don't feel quite as lethargic as I would at the end of a typical day.  I'm still tired, but not that gross kinda feeling that I used to have.  I will try to share some recipes that I have used already, and ones that I plan to use.  

Everything else in our life is good.  Sweet P is beginning to enter into the 'Terrible Two's' stage, but really for the most part, she is still just as sweet as ever.  She's just learning to be more independent, and sometimes it gets her into trouble.  

I'll leave you with some photos, and hopefully it won't be months before you hear from me again!


Monday, December 9, 2013

Tis the Season...

Hey y'all!  

Sorry I haven't been around here for a while.  I always get distracted when the holidays come around.  And I luv it!

I love seeing all the lights, listening to the holiday music, eating great food, seeing the people I love, and making new memories.  Especially since I now have a little one that can start to enjoy these things too.  

So, since I get so distracted, and since it will probably get worse as Christmas gets closer, I am going to officially take a break from the blog world until the New Year gets here.  

But in the mean time, enjoy some photos from the past couple of months.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!