Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Essential Oils Part 3

 I am still a fan of essential oils! 
The more we use them, the more we love them!
I have found a regimen that works well for keeping my migraines under control. 
I layer  Plague Defense(HEO) and Migraine Relief (HEO) on my neck throughout  the migraine, and they never get bad anymore. I am still able to function, and not ever hit the intense pain phase. 
Purify(HEO) has worked wonders on all our bug bites this summer, and on my son's wasp sting. It took the swelling and pain away instantly (I do not dilute this oil).

My son was also stung by a wasp right on his lip, and I wasn't sure if Purify(HEO) was safe to ingest, so I waited to do anything to that sting. It swelled up bigger than a grape very quickly, so I decided to put some Plague Defense(HEO) on hoping it would give some relief.  It also stopped the pain, and the swelling went away shortly after I applied it (this did need diluting).

If I could have only one oil, it would be Plague Defense, hands down!

I had posted previously that I was upset that Pain X hadn't worked for me, but I pulled a muscle in my neck pretty badly a couple months ago, and for muscle pain I have found that Pain X is amazing!

I also bought Adagio for my oldest son. He has tics, and for the last few years, he would unconsciously rub his eyes, until he rubbed the skin right off from under his eyes. He had no idea he was doing it, and it frustrated  him that he could not stop or control the tic. It left scabs, that he would just rub right back off. We struggled for years, and no matter what we put on, we couldn't stop the behavior, so we were worried he would have permanent scars. I read the testimonies for Adagio, and didn't really think it would help, because nothing else had, but figured it was worth a shot. I made him a roller bottle and asked him to put an X over his heart when he woke up and when he went to bed. After a week I completely forgot all about it, and stopped reminding him to apply. A week later I realized that his scabs were gone, and I hadn't seen him rub in days! He had stopped, and was so glad about it that he remembered on his own to apply the oil twice a day.   This behavior had gone on for YEARS, and it stopped within 2 weeks of beginning the oil, and has not returned in 2 months. We are absolutely amazed, and he is so thankful!
I had diluted my oils with my regular kitchen Coconut Oil at first, but recently  invested in some Roller Bottles from HEO, and they have been amazing! I bought some Fractionated Coconut Oil to add to the oils in the roller bottles, and since they are prediluted, they are so easy to just roll on when needed. 

I also have a few non Heritage brand oils that have helped me a lot. 
Living Flower Essences Sleep Spray has absolutely helped my insomnia. I spray it on after a warm Epsom salt bath before bed, and while I rarely do need a second application, it has helped me to fall asleep quickly and consistently.

Their Sports Relief Salve, made with essential oils(Cayenne, Cedarwood, Clove, Ginger, Lavender, Marjoram, Pine, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme). has also helped with my migraines. I rub it on my neck as soon as I start feeling that tightening, and it relieves the tightness and lessens the pain.

Also, this has nothing to do with oils, but I cant recommend BioNatura Arnica cream enough. It helps with bruises, sprains and  muscle pain. It was a life saver when I threw my back out, and for all sorts of other ailments. I end up giving away bottles faster than I can use them up, because people who try it are amazed and ask to keep it! 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Age of Opportunity Part 4

"We must reject the self-centered survivalism that sees success as making it through our children's adolescence without sanity. We must settle for nothing less than being instruments in the hands of God who is doing important things in the lives of our children. "

"Pursue your teenager. Daily express your love. Ask questions that require description, explanation, and self disclosure. Don't just relate to them during times of correction. Don't only catch them doing something wrong; catch them doing something right and encourage them. Pray daily with them, even if it makes them uncomfortable. Always say a warm goodnight to them before they go to bed...Enter the world of your teenager and stay there. "

"We need to be skilled at talking about the spirit of the law with our teenagers. We need to talk about the heart issues behind the command. We need to show them the difference between inner purity and Pharisaic performance of duty. We need to see teenage legalism as an opportunity to  talk about what it means to have a heart for God and a heart for doing what is right." 

"Human legalism leads to human self-righteousness. Human self-righteousness denies the need for the saving grace of Christ."

"We need to ask good questions that help the child to examine his thoughts, desires, motives, choices, and behaviors. We want to lead our children to heart insight that will lead to much wiser decisions. We are not accomplishing anything on the heart level when we judge in fear and decide things for them."

"Teenagers need to be taught to think in  terms of long term. Teenagers tend to live for whatever they want at the moment and put off their responsibilities until the very last minute. We need to teach them to examine the kids of seeds they are planting now, and the kind of harvest those seeds will bring."

"Who are the heroes of our culture? They are people who live for the moment, people who are laying up treasure on earth. They are typically people who have no more sense of eternity than the most immature teen. In God's eyes they are antiheroes who lead our children to believe lies and to lie for what is passing away."

"{You must} assist her in seeing the places where she has exchanged the Creator for some aspect of creation, such as peer pressure, a certain possession, or some coveted position."

Friday, July 4, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Abigail's Garden 2014

 Here is what has bloomed in her garden of wildflower seeds so far, this year

Buffalo Spot
 Bachelor's Button
  Bachelor's Button

 Double Poppy


Monday, June 30, 2014

Slimy Putty

A very creative friend  gave Andrew the instructions and supplies to make homemade "slime" as a birthday gift. 
He had a blast making it, and even more fun playing with it.

 It even bounces!
Instructions for slime:

In 1st bowl  mix:
2 cups school glue
1/2 cup lukewarm water
liquid  food coloring

In 2nd bowl mix:
2 Tablespoons borax
1/2 cup HOT water
Stir until borax is completely dissolved or it wont work.

Add contents of bowl #2 into bowl #1, and mix until goopy. 

Store in a ziplock bag in the fridge. Always wash your hands before and after playing with Slime. It will eventually dry out or get moldy. Throw away and make a new batch.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Practicing Reading Skills

We are reading Pocketful of Pinecones, and she mentioned cutting apart poems to help Emily learn to read. I thought it was genius, so I took some poems Abigail had already memorized, and cut them up and she thinks it is great fun to put them back together!
 Kitty enjoyed scrambling them back up, for her to try again :)
 Abigail liked this activity so much, she made sentences for her bunny to unscramble too. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Snowflakes in Summer

We just finished reading Pocketful of Pinecones as a read aloud (yes, my children enjoyed it as much as I did!), and her mention of "Snowflake Bentley" sparked an interest in my children. So we grabbed some books about Wilson Bentley (the first man to photograph snowflakes-very interesting!) and some about snowflakes.

 God's creation is so breathtaking! And to think that EVERY SINGLE SNOWFLAKE is unique! No two are the same. 

We also enjoyed comparing the quality of the first photographs in 1885, to the photographs we are able to take with current technology, as seen at the website below. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Age of Opportunity 3

 "Modern Christians have wrongly attempted to handle the Bible as if it were an encyclopedia of religious thought. We tend to have a "where can I find a verse on" approach to Scripture. This approach robs the Bible of its vitality, its genius. The Bible is not put together like an encyclopedia, organized by topic. For instance, you would not understand what the Bible has to say if you separated out all the verses on marriage, government, sex, parenting, communication, work, money, church etc. Whatever you would learn from  these verses would be distorted and out of context."

"Teenagers desperately need to see the larger story. They need to see their lives as part of something bigger and more important than their own happiness."

"In every situation we want our teenagers to have a heart for God. We want them to have the goal of living to please Him."

"The family will teach and model what it means to love your neighbor as yourself or it will violate that standard at every point and teach a self-centered individualism. Powerful messages about the nature of relationships will be taught in the way Mom and Dad talk to each other, serve one another, make decisions, and deal with their differences. It is impossible for a family to escape teaching and modeling some philosophy of relationships to its children." 

"When selfishness, individualism, and demandingness create conflict, strife, and tension in our homes, we must thank God for the opportunity to deal with something that He has said is second in importance only to our relationship with Him (Loving others as ourselves). If we are truly thankful, we will not opt for quick, surface solutions, but we will work to uncover the issues of the heart that are the real reason for the conflict."

"There is no better place to do this than the family. Here children are called by God to love people with whom they did not choose to live. Here they can not escape the daily responsibilities to give, love and serve. Almost everything around them must be shared. Here their desires will conflict with another's plans. Here they will face the utter impossibility of loving your neighbor as yourself, apart from the help of Christ." 

"These are the moments when God is calling us to something greater than our own comfort and ease."

"When God reveals sin, there are only two responses for the Christian. One is to generate self justification  to make wrong desires and behaviors acceptable to ones own conscience. The other is to admit your sin, confess it to God and man, and place yourself once again under the justifying mercy of Christ. Parents who do the former will not have a home that functions as a redemptive community. They unwittingly teach their children to hide their sin, to explain it away, to deny its existence, or to blame others. Parents who do that latter will teach their children to rely on Christ, to confess their sin and to believe that where sin abounds, grace abounds more." 

"We must teach our children that there is a Redeemer who has come, who forgives, delivers, reconciles and restores. You model this when you do more than tell your fighting children to go to their rooms and leave one another alone. You model this as you require them to face one another, to deal with their differences, to confess sin, to ask forgiveness and to restore a relationship. In doing so you are teaching the Gospel."

"Often we miss these opportunities because we are too busy solving the problem at hand. We expend energy trying to keep the brothers from fighting, rather than exposing the sin behind the quarrel, leading the individuals to Christ. We also miss these opportunities because we see our children's sins as personal affronts. We get caught up in our own hurt and anger." 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Our The Boxcar Children Picnic

"Jessie...cut the loaf of brown bread into five big pieces..Violet put the bottles of milk on the table, and Jessie put blueberries and cheese at each place. "

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