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Ten People + One Camera + One Tripod + Beautiful Flowers + Essential Oils = Fabulous Memories

On Friday our whole household loaded up in the van to go to the Bluebonnet Trail in Ennis. Even though it was late in the season, the bluebonnets were beautiful.

I love bluebonnets!

I love bluebonnets!

 

The real fun started when we got ready to take a family photo. We had never even attempted a photo of all ten of us at once. To add to the excitement, I had never used the timer on my camera or the tripod before. The first three attempts I didn’t get the timer set properly, and the natives were getting restless! On the fourth attempt, we had sweet success. Everyone was looking in the general direction of the camera with their eyes open and pleasant expressions.

The whole crew!

The whole crew!

By the time we finished with this picture, the sniffling, sneezing, and watery eyes had started in full force. Apparently, several of us are allergic to bluebonnets or something else blooming nearby. I was so glad I had brought my Young Living Essential OIls, because I wanted to get more pictures. I put some lavender on the bridge of everyone who was suffering’s nose, and the symptoms stopped. Yay! I was able to get some more adorable shots.

Boys will be boys!

Boys will be boys!

 

Sweet sisters!

Sweet sisters!

My incredible mom!

My incredible mom!

Fun with sister!

Fun with sister!

Here in Texas the weather is great and the flowers are blooming, so grab your camera and go capture some memories. Don’t forget to put some Young Living Essential Oils in your camera bag to make the photo shoot more fun. We used Lavender to take care of itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, runny noses, and scrape. When we noticed that Annie was playing in a patch of poison oak in her sandals,¬† we quickly grabbed the wipes I made with Lavender and Melaleuca Alternifolia and then applied Purification. One uncomfortable, itchy rash avoided. Yay! I also used Purification on the bites I got from stepping in an ant pile trying to get the perfect shot. There was no sign of any bites by the time I got home.

Essential oils to help make your outdoor photo shoot a success.

Don’t forget these essential oils to make your outdoor photo shoot a success.

 

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“Leaky Gut” does what???

In a culture obsessed by antibacterial soaps and antibiotics, knowing that there are 100 trillion bacteria in your digestive system that perform a critical role in preventing disease may be surprising.

These bacteria are responsible for

  • contributing to energy homeostasis
  • preventing infections
  • lessening immune hypersensitivity
  • and maintaining the GI barrier.

One of the most important functions of our GI system is to prevent  foreign substances for entering the bloodstream. Without an intact GI barrier, incompletely digested proteins and fats and waste products are allowed to enter the bloodstream. These particles trigger an autoimmune response that can contribute to a myriad of health concerns.

  • digestive problems
  • malnutrition
  • allergies
  • asthma
  • eczema
  • depression
  • ADHD
  • autistic spectrum disorders
  • bi-polar disorder
  • dyslexia
  • other neuro-psychological and psychiatric problems

So, what do we need to do to have a healthy gut?

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Quilting my stress away

While I love taking care of my family, there are times that the stress of being mom, chauffeur, doctor, confidant, chef, maid, school teacher, etc. starts to get the best of me. Patience becomes a memory, encouragement becomes a dream, and peace evaporates in our household. It is ugly! I don’t even want to be around myself.

Over the years I have learned that I have to be creative on a regular basis to keep for loosing my mind. I always have a small project in my purse for waiting rooms. Those are nice, but sometimes I just need something more substantial.

My solution is usually a sewing day or two. I love to sew. I’m not even picky about what I am sewing, as long as I am creating something new. Mending is a whole other story. Yuck!!!

Two years I decided I wanted to make a quilt for each of my kids for their birthdays. My husband has some beautiful quilts from his grandmothers that he cherishes. I wanted to make something my kids could keep, not wear out or outgrow. It sounded like a great idea. If Scott’s grandmothers could make quilts for all the grandkids, surely I could make one for each of our kids.

Well, I forgot to take a few things into account. One, I was pregnant with our seventh child. Two, I had six children at home to care for. Three, we homeschool. I’m sure there are more, but that gives you the idea. Now that I think about it, Scott’s grandmothers made quilts after their kids were grown and on their own. I should have noticed that since they made quilts for the “grandkids.” Not being one to give up even when I should, I started sewing.

I am so glad that I did. I had to juggle my time a lot, but my stress level was much lower during the pregnancy. I didn’t get all the quilts made for last year’s birthdays, but I did finish three. This year I am hoping to finish the rest.

This is the first quilt I finished. I love it because I was able to incorporate appliques from Scott’s mom’s dress, and fabric from my dad’s shirts. Being able to wrap our new baby in a quilt that I made was so special. Image

The hat and boots were my “purse projects” during my pregnancy. I spent a lot of time in waiting rooms, so they were easy to finish.

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What to do when the gluten monster attacks?

Our family follows a strict gluten-free diet for many reasons. Most of the time we are successful in keeping the gluten monster out of our lives. Sunday we were attacked on three fronts. Three kids got into gluten in one day! If you have never experienced the out-of-controllness (is that even a word?) that follows gluten, you have truly been blessed.

The fallout included an adorable one-year-old that fussed non-stop, was super sleepy, but would only sleep for an hour at a time. Our three-year-old princess was up all through the night with night terrors. The most affected, however, was our super sweet nine-year-old son. He was bounce-off-the-walls, roller coaster emotions, no focus, no fine motor skills glutenized. Not a pretty sight. Continue reading


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Pick Up Sticks

ImageDon’t you just love it when God gives you an opportunity to serve? Our family was blessed with a chance to help dear friends that had their tenth baby on Tuesday at 32 weeks gestation. Mom and baby are doing great, but with 6 other children at home, it was impossible for dad to spend as much time at the hospital as he wanted. Thankfully we have a van to transport and lots of floor space for pallets.

I quickly realized that with 13 children in the house, our normal morning and evening chores just weren’t going to cut it. If each child left one thing out of place an hour (only one?!?!?), we would be buried in clutter by evening chore time. I had just a few minutes to come up with a plan that didn’t involve me doing all the work and was fun. God dropped just the right idea into my brain – Pick Up Sticks. (Well, it started as cards, but has evolved into sticks.) Continue reading