Saturday, January 5, 2013

You Are A Wonderful Mother

Dear, sweet mother--you are wonderful. Keep your head up, and know that God's grace is sufficient for you, no matter what stage of motherhood you are in. You can do this. And you can do it well. You are wonderful.

Enjoy this video created by Allan Spiers, for Sally Clarkson.

Friday, January 4, 2013

A Natural, Homemade Disinfectant

I'm not a fan of the many chemical forms of disinfectants out there on the market today. I don't trust their safety, especially around my little ones. I try to go for the more natural approach as much as possible, as many mothers do now days (and have for generations). I usually clean with a mixture of vinegar and water. That's my go-to.

However, when there's been an illness in the home, I need something stronger.
The other day, after cleaning up several episodes of vomiting, I knew I had to get workin' like a mad woman to start disinfecting everything. (I also vowed to accomplish my goal of decluttering--especially the kids toys--so there aren't so many things to disinfect!)

I wanted something natural, so I went with the following recipe. It's simple, and yet very effective. God has given us so much of what we need from His creation! Very cool.

Natural Disinfectant Spray
from Jaime at SlightlySteady

  1. Fill an empty spray bottle almost to the top with distilled white vinegar. (I used a 32oz. bottle of white vinegar and just topped it with a spray nozzle after adding the oils. Works great, and it's a glass bottle instead of plastic. Extra plus!)
  2. Add 8-10 drops of tea tree oil. {I also added some Eucalyptus Oil}
  3. Shake.  
To use, simply spray the disinfectant on any surface, and either just allow it to dry there, or wait a minute before wiping it up (vinegar evaporates quickly, so it really won’t take very long to dry, anyway).
Many recipes I came across called for Lavender and Thyme. I didn't have either of those on hand, so I'm glad I came across the one above. If you have them, though, certainly use them! Here's a recipe I found using those oils. Lavender and Thyme are two of the best oils for disinfecting, from what I've read.

Mountain Rose Herbs is a great site to purchase pure, high quality oils from, and to also learn more about each oil and its many uses! Here's the information about the oils I used in the recipe above: (Just click on the oil and it will take you to the information on the Mountain Rose Herbs website)
What natural, homemade products do you use in your home?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Not The Way I'd Hoped To Start The New Year...

We've been sick in this house since last year (hehe...had to say it)
Anyway, it's really not funny, of course.
Our little girl seemed totally fine and over her stomach bug yesterday, but she gave me a little surprise by vomiting again this morning...followed by the gagiest-causing diaper in quite some time. Wow. (Ok, that was a very unpleasant sentence, sorry!)

Praise God, she seemed to gain some spunkiness back as the day progressed.

Unfortunately, she has shared this bug with her big brother. He can't keep anything down now, and is lying pitifully on the couch, watching Power Rangers with his daddy, "barf bucket" nearby.

*Side note: Bob was able to have several days off surrounding New Year's and I'm so thankful! It stinks its been filled with sickness (he and I have also been fighting a cold), but at least he's getting paid to be sick, and take care of the sick =)  The Lord works even in the small details of our lives.

I hate seeing my little ones, usually vivacious and bouncing off the walls, lying lethargically on the couch not wanting to eat, play, talk, laugh...
These are the times I'm thankful for the crazy days of wild kiddos. I'd much rather them be healthy and rambunctious for sure.

Cleaning up vomit and continuously tackling the growing mountain of dirtied clothes, towels and blankets is certainly not the way I'd hope to start the New Year, but it's life, right? It's just another opportunity to give over to God every detail of life. To depend on Him, not the fresh start of a New Year, to bring health and happiness.

It's been a rough start, but looking at things on the bright side, we've had more cuddles than normal and I've learned a few more natural ways to care for the sick and disinfect the home during illness.
I'll share the simple, natural disinfectant soon!

Until then, I've got a little boy that needs his mommy. Prayers appreciated!

I hope your New Year is off to a great start!

"In everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."
~1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NASB)

Monday, December 31, 2012

Looking Ahead

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas celebration! We certainly did! I'm still trying to find a place for all the new toys the kids were blessed with =) It was a wonderful time of family, traditions, games, food, and meditating on what Christmas truly means to our family as believers. I'm always sad when it's all over. I'm not excited about taking down the Christmas decorations and seeing our bare walls and furniture. But in a way, it's always nice to start afresh, to look forward to a new year! I can NOT believe it's going to be 2013! This year will be 10 years since I graduated High School! Crazy stuff.

Anyway, we are nursing our little girl back to health as we head forward into the new year. My mom and I took her to the ER yesterday (my hubby was on stage at church playing guitar during all this). She came down with a nasty stomach bug, and so far in all, she's vomited 17 times since yesterday. Not fun. But soo thankful she seems to be feeling better. Lots of prayers, mommy and daddy snuggles, cod liver oil, coconut water, and probiotics have seemed to help.

As I type this, my hubby and son are playing Rock Band together, gearing up for our little Family New Years party tonight. We're always at mine or hubby's parents on the eve of the New Year, but since we've had sickness in the home, we're staying in tonight. I'm sad we can't all be together, but I'm also excited to just be at home with our little ones, enjoying some good food, games, and all the candy we can stuff down our throats before the new year, and healthier eating, beings ;)  Bob and I will be ringing in the new year together as our kiddos sleep and I can't wait! Isn't it thrilling to watch the ball drop in Time Square? I've always loved that.

Some of my desires and goals for the year ahead are:

~Wean my daughter and do a detox! I'm hoping to do a 10 day juice fast, but still researching.

~Make changes regarding my current diet and the diet of my family! Toooo much sugar, fried foods, and eating out. Blech. I've certainly reaped the consequences of such a poor diet with little to no exercise. I'm ready for a new beginning. I know it's going to be hard, especially kicking the sugar addiction (did you know it shows up in the brain like a drug addiction? Powerful stuff, that white sugar is.)

~I've got a bazillion organizational projects to do around the home. Maybe in a year's time I can tackle them? Lets hope =)


~Cook meals at least 5 times a week. I should have been doing this anyway. It's certainly achievable, I just need to be on top of things with meal planning and the corresponding grocery list. I haven't been too great at that so far. (Driving thru somewhere is much easier, although much worse for us!!)

~Exercise at least 3 times a week. I certainly would like to build on this as the year progresses. Gotta get that heart pumpin'!

~Read one non fiction and one fiction book a month. I love reading, so I'm thinking this won't be too hard. However, having little ones underfoot has a tendency to make leisurely reading rare =)

~To be more patient and kind with my children and nephew. On crazy days when it seems they've all woken up on the wrong side of the bed, it is so hard to walk in the Spirit, to remember they are just children, and to respond in a loving and gentle way. I need the Holy Spirit's guidance in this 24/7.

~To better implement date nights, not only with my hubby, but with our children, too! We want their little hearts, and a strong relationship with them will allow that. These date nights are a step to that strong relationship.

~Be more hospitable to my neighbors, family, and friends. I'm amazed at how much the Bible speaks of showing hospitality!

~Intentional prayer time talking with the Lord, listening to Him, and making supplication for the needs of others.

~This one is the same every year, but I want to be more consistent in my Bible Study. His Word is such a comfort to me which is why I don't understand my inconsistency. I'm human, though, and He's gracious. I truly want to know His Word, not for the knowledge (which if I'm honest, is what my motive was when I was younger), but to deeply know my Savior, the Word made flesh. HE is the key to the kind of life I want to live  in 2013!

Here's to Looking Ahead with hope and excitement for all the Lord has in store for 2013!
To God be the glory!

Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Letting Out My Thoughts on Life..on Connecticut.

Sometimes I don't know why I try to keep a blog.
I'll do well for awhile and then I totally lose interest in posting any thing.
Life gets busy. Things happen. Blogging takes a back seat.
Its not a source of income, and I don't have a bazillion followers (or even 5 for that matter--ha!), so I don't have that pressure to keep it up.

I guess that's a good thing, really.

This time of year, we're all more busy than usual. Buying gifts, planning parties, attending parties, making goodies, enjoying traditions....

That's been my story the past few weeks.
And it's been great. I love this time of year, especially now that our son is truly old enough to be super excited. Our little girl is getting there, too. I can not wait to see their expressions as they open their gifts!!

But my heart is just so heavy at the same time.

Friends are sick.
Finances are stretched.
The challenges of mothering little ones, followed by...
The failing and losing it.
(Praise God for His long-suffering and grace....what would I do without Him?)
Our crumbling nation.


Those precious, innocent lives.
I'm completely heartbroken and I don't even know them.
I cried over my children and hugged them tightly when I heard the news.
Waking up several times at night to nurse my daughter, I now see as a tremendous blessing.
I still have her to wake me up.
Struggling with my son's disobedience and trying to show grace when I want to scream, is an immeasurable gift. I still have him to teach, to train, to love.
Thank You, Jesus. Thank You, thank You, thank You.....
I can't say it enough.

Oh, those families and their deep, deep grief.
Those children who witnessed such evil.
I can't get them out of mind, and off my heart.
I'm so angry.
So sad.
So tired of this wicked world.

What does Jesus think when He looks down upon America?
Does He cry as He did over Jerusalem? (Luke 19:41)
Have things ever been this bad?

Around this time a couple thousand years ago, Herod would've been the one in the news.
He massacred the little ones. (Matthew 2:13-18)
Pride and envy over took him.
His heart escaped him. No conscience. No love.

I mourn for these families who have suffered this agony at the hands of such a depraved individual.
I pray for them, although the words are few.
What do I say?
I'm so thankful the Holy Spirit intercedes for us when there are no words. (Romans 8:26)
God knows I want Him to comfort these families in such a way that..that only He can do.
What good will He bring from this violence and tragedy?
I'm hopeful to see. (It's definitely a "walk by faith, not by sight" situation)
I'm hopeful to see in His sovereignty, His never ending goodness.
I'm hopeful to see the miraculous--His divine plan worked out in a way we could never have imagined.
He is that powerful, although I can't fathom any good from this story.
But His ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts than our thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9)
Again....walk by faith, not by sight....

God of love..please, show Yourself mighty in this. Make Your name even more famous!
You sent Your only begotten Son to earth to die for the very sins we witnessed this past weekend. (John 3:16) Jesus took those sins--that pure evil and hatred--upon His spotless, sin-free shoulders. He drenched them in His blood. He took them with every lash of the whip, every piercing of the nail, every gasp for breath.

And He forgave them all. Amazing.
He came to reconcile us back to You, most Holy God.
Thank You for that love, even when we were yet in our sin. (Romans 5:8)


I think of the ministry Christ has called us to. The ministry of reconciliation. (See 2 Corinthians 5:18-21)
"Come back to God!", He wants us to cry.
We are ambassadors for Him.

And while we wait and groan with creation, eagerly anticipating our Saviors return, (Romans 8:20-23) may we, more strongly than ever, heed that calling. That ministry of reconciliation.

I have to wonder if when we do that, we reach the heart of an individual leaning toward such heinous crimes. We, through the love of Christ, reconcile him to God, and turn his bitter heart into pliable clay for the Master's use, instead of for the enemy's use.

I don't know..
I'm just typing.
Letting out the thoughts and feelings I've had bottled up.
Maybe it makes sense, and maybe it doesn't.

But one thing is for certain. This world needs Jesus. It aches and groans under the wickedness we've clothed ourselves in. And the only, the only cure, is the Word who was made flesh and dwelt among us on that first Christmas so long ago. (John 1:14)

Jesus Christ.
The Savior of the World.


"Dear Jesus,
It’s a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately.
These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated. 
The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation?
Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas. But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod’s jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence.

Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.
Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won’t you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed. We, like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger.
This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.
Your Children
~Max Lucado

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thoughts on Thanksgiving {A Selection of Quotes}

"The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving."  
~H.U. Westermayer

"Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow."  ~Edward Sandford Martin

"Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds."  ~Theodore Roosevelt

"It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for.  He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire.  Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient.  But a thankful heart hath a continual feast." 
~W.J. Cameron

"We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning." ~Albert Barnes

"O Lord that lends me life,
Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness."
~William Shakespeare

"Not what we say about our blessings,
but how we use them,
 is the true measure of our thanksgiving."
  ~W.T. Purkiser

Monday, November 19, 2012

"Motherhood is a Calling (And Where Your Children Rank)" ~ {by Rachel Jankovic}

"Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for...
Christian mothers carry their children in hostile territory. When you are in public with them, you are standing with, and defending, the objects of cultural dislike. You are publicly testifying that you value what God values, and that you refuse to value what the world values. You stand with the defenseless and in front of the needy. You represent everything that our culture hates, because you represent laying down your life for another--and laying down your life for another represents the gospel."

You can read Rachel's full article here.