Garlic salve and onion cough syrup

You know those days when you can hardly move because you’ve been up all night with your sweet kiddos who aren’t feeling well? My 1.5 year old had a bad cough last month that we couldn’t seem to get rid of, including all the natural things we could think of (and going to doctors). These two things were what seemed to help the most, which a friend shared after we actively asked people their ideas. Since she’s been around children a lot this past week, her cough has crept back. But I’m going to go make these to help her tonight, and keep praying she’ll get better.


Garlic Salve

~1/3 cup coconut oil

~2 Tablespoons olive oil

~8 cloves garlic

~5 drops lavender essential oil (make sure it is pure. I’ve done a lot of research that I will share one day. I personally use Young Living Essential Oils and EOX oils from online)

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend. I usually melt the coconut oil, but don’t know if it’s necessary. Then strain through a cheesecloth or strainer into a jar. Keep in the refrigerator after a few days (it will keep longer than on the counter).

Rub it often on their chest, throat, behind ears, back, and feet. You can do it every diaper change, or every hour, depending on need.


This helped more than anything we got from the doctor, or the other things we tried. My husband put it on her, as the garlic smell made my pregnant stomach unhappy. But it worked, and she didn’t seem to mind the smell!


Onion cough syrup

~1 onion

~honey (raw local)

Slice an onion in pieces, and boil it with 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of honey. Boil it down until the liquid is halved, and strain the onions. This is the best cough syrup I found for her this past cough. I’ve read that you can also cut onions in slices, and pour honey in-between each slice. Let it sit out for 8 hours, then use the liquid. Both of these should be refrigerated.


*** I am not a doctor or medical practitioner. These are just from my personal experience. Please read disclaimer on my about page.


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A New Page Is Turning…

I’ve realized that with all of my good intentions to blog, things (life) gets in the way. Primarily, no easy access to our computer,  juggling toddlers and babies, and pregnancy thrown in. J It reminds me of how I used to write in my diary when I was younger. I never wrote for  the “21 days in a row” to establish a habit, so I ended up only writing when big things happened. This time I plan on continuing to write, as the things we learn on this new adventure will hopefully help others looking at embarking on similar adventures .

The new chapter we are about to enter into is selling our home, buying a new one, and moving to another state (all of which are firsts for our marriage), with two toddlers and a third on the way in July. We are praying God will help everything move swiftly so we can be moved into our new home before our baby is born, but we aren’t sure what He has planned. The decision to sell our home feels quick, but it’s been a series of steps. We took one step, and God shone the light for the next step. Some doors closed, but windows opened. So we are proceeding with faith, trusting Him to show us if we are going the wrong way. He’s done it before very tangibly, so I know we can continue to trust Him.

In December I was talking with a friend who mentioned that they are going to wait to buy their first home, continuing to rent their home until the market drops, since it’s a sellers’ market currently. I hadn’t heard anything about that (we don’t have television hooked up, only watching movies online and DVDs on our TV screen), so I tucked it away as interesting information. Another woman who is like a mother to me confirmed the same thing a few weeks later, and said that they were planning to sell their home in the spring, moving  in with their son and his family. That made me take it more seriously, and I started discussing it with Tom. He wasn’t completely opposed to the idea (which surprised me), so I took that as a possibility and looked into the idea more in depth. As I began looking, I saw more and more green lights, and our journey took us through ups and downs, continuing the roller coaster ride until present day. I wish I had shared the lessons I’ve learned from this time of transition over the past few months, but figured now would be as good a time as ever. Several friends are in similar transitions, or looking at the possibility of making a similar move in the next few years. So here’s to lessons learned, and new beginnings wrought with anticipation, laughter, tears, and hope.

Are you planning to move soon with children? Or do you remember your first move with kids? Please share advice below, as we are still at the beginning of this journey, hoping to put our home on the market in 2 weeks. With it being a sellers market, we’ve been advised that our home will likely sell quickly, but it might be hard to find another one to buy. It’s a daily adventure around here!

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Awakening to a new life!

It’s been a long time, and so much has happened. Come in and join me for a cup of chai, and I know that I’ll keep waking up as we visit. In many ways, I feel like I’ve been asleep these past two years, and am currently in that awakening period when you realize you are no longer asleep, but not fully awake. The dawn is breaking through your window panes and you know it’s a brand new day. I’ve been figuring out this past month how I fell asleep, and why, and what to do now as I’m me again.

When I say I’ve been asleep, I mean that I haven’t been doing things around our home, like dishes, laundry, sweeping/vacuuming, and overall keeping my home in order. Many of you might have noticed that. What you may not have know was that I also had lost my creative side two years ago, and it’s finally come back. Of course, it’s in full force and wanting to do all sorts of crafty things. The kitchen counters now have no idea what to do now that they are cleared from dishes most days (although we were gone all day, so don’t look tonight 😉 ). And I still haven’t tackled laundry (meaning that it is always done, and I’m working to put it away before I do another load a few days later.)

It was fun reading my previous blog posts and remembering back. Right after that last one, following the holidays, I had our precious first daughter. That is a long story, and would take it’s own post. In short, God gave us our sweet little one via c-section after 12 hours of pushing. We had begun the labor of 26 hours at home with a midwife (she is a large part of what makes the story long), and Amanda Grace’s poor head got stuck. God was with us every step, and He made her a strong girl, who is now a fun child. We just celebrated her second birthday,  a fun tea party with family and friends (not chai lattes, but maybe next year). Something we hadn’t thought about that resulted from having a c-section was that we weren’t allowed to get pregnant for 6 months, with the recommended waiting time being a year. We unknowingly became pregnant 11 months later (anyone who has become pregnant but still had a period the following month understands our surprise to find we had a 9 week baby inside). 🙂  9 months later God gave us our lovely second daughter, who arrived naturally after another crazy labor that was an adventure. Aimee is now 5 months old, and at the fun stage of reaching out and grabbing things, as well as entertaining herself by rolling over. 🙂

I ended up with post partum depression after Amanda was born, and it was 6 months before I started feeling normal again. I think that added to the feeling of being asleep the past two years, as well as all the hormones involved, and the business of being a newlywed, and new mother. I realized something was bothering me, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I knew I should probably clean/organize, but I had zero energy, and no strong reason to change. It dawned on me about a month ago when the girls and I were sick for 3 weeks (after being sick for 6 weeks in the fall), that I wanted to change things around and take control of my home. The concept of being a Stay-At-Home-Mom, doing a hard but rewarding job, has been in my head my whole life, but it never made it to my heart. I realized that after years of doing other jobs with the mindset of doing them to the best of my capabilities, I wasn’t really viewing my life as a SAHM as important as other jobs. I also was trying to live in our home similar to my previous 10 years of being a single woman in that I unknowingly thought of home as a place to relax in the evening after a hard days work. So dishes could be left until tomorrow, as could cleaning, and picking up. I also was used to being gone all day, so I filled up the last 2 years with fun trips anywhere and everywhere. Being home was boring to me and my daughters, so I decided we’d go elsewhere. I’m working on all of these things now. The climax hit me in the middle of this last bout of sickness, when I was so stressed my eyes were being affected. I finally went in to the best optometrist in Spokane (who also happens to be my amazing father-in-law) to get glasses. After multiple tests, he said I didn’t need glasses, but my stress was causing my eyes to have problems. This is when I realized I needed to make some changes. He gave me some things to help with that, and a week later, I felt like cleaning the bathroom for the first time in 2 years. A few days later I tackled a part of the kitchen. When I went back for testing, my incredibly small tunnel vision had opened back up. I wasn’t as frustrated with my kids, and finally had the ability to multi-task again. It truly is like I’ve awakened. And now that I have, I want to live life to the fullest! I’ve been learning so many things this past month that I’ve wanted to share with friends who have asked, and so I have excitedly told three friends, and written four emails about what has been happening (and if you have received one from me in the past,  you understand why I begin each email with the lines “You should grab a cup of tea before sitting down…”, and why I haven’t had time to write any in the past few years). I have also excitedly texted or talked to a wonderful friend and my incredible husband about all of my “light bulb” moments, and they have graciously listened. But there have been others who have wondered, and so after praying, I’ve decided to start blogging again to encourage not only newlyweds and singles, but young moms. I’m here living life, and learning along with you. But I’ve been realizing that unlike so many of the blog posts I’ve been reading lately written by young women that encourage women to remain in the same stagnant place in life, especially those of us young SAHM, I want to encourage you to walk step by step into giving your best to God in whatever you do. I also want to encourage you through podcast conversations with older godly women, as I am learning first hand the importance of listening to older, wiser women.

“Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” Titus 2:3-5

I am not an “older woman”, although to anyone younger than 30 I am probably ancient. 😉 But I love to encourage women, and to help point them to God, the Bible, and help connect them with older women(be it how to find a mentor, relay advice I’ve heard that is worth passing on, or through books/podcasts/etc).

I’d love to hear your ideas and comments below, and any questions you’d like to learn about in the realm of life as a woman (I’ll make sure and ask the wiser women in the podcasts or guest posts). If you are happy where you are, I hope you will encourage other ladies, as there are many of us treading water. If you are like me, and have realized that there must be more than just surviving, and want to walk the road with me, lets start our new adventures today!

Please answer this question in the comments below: Have you had a time in life when you felt like you were asleep, or just awakened from a deep sleep? What was it that helped you awaken?

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Relaxing date ideas on Sundays during December…

Welcome inside! I’d offer to take your coat, but with the way the weather has warmed up, it looks like you left it in the car. And it’s Christmas next week!!! What has happened to the Northwest weather this week? It was in single digits last week, and now it feels like an early spring! Ah, God is having fun with the weathermen this week. 😉

Yesterday was such a fun day with my hubby(as was last Sunday). I thought I’d share some fun date ideas with you to do around Spokane(if you don’t live in a big city, there may be one within driving distance, or similar ideas in your town). Last week we went out to eat after church, using a gift card from our wedding. I found it to be helpful to use most of the gift cards in the first months of marriage to start our household, but I kept a few until now. But it is nice having them to use up during your first holidays as a married couple. 🙂

After a relaxing meal, we walked over to the Davenport hotel to look at the Christmas tree displays. They have Christmas trees decorated with different themes. Next to the tree are numerous gifts that go along with the theme. It’s a fundraiser for the Spokane Symphony, so you can purchase a raffle ticket for a dollar and place it in a box next to the tree display that’s your favorite. If you win, you get the tree plus all the gifts with it. It’s a fun date for only $2 (if you both purchase a ticket). Afterwards, we went downstairs and sat in the lobby, enjoying each other and the Christmas music being played on the baby grand piano.

After a while, we went to the Advent celebration we were invited too. Have you ever celebrated Advent? I did a few times growing up, when we attended church’s that help special Advent services Sunday night. It’s been years since then, and we found out that several families from our church got together to eat and celebrate Advent. It’s been wonderful to spend every Sunday night having fellowship with friends, and focusing on preparing our hearts for what Christmas is really about- the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are learning about it, and how this is a time for preparation for His birth, while there is a celebration during Lent that prepares your heart to lead up to the death and resurrection of our Savior. Celebrating this time with your hubby and family is a wonderful way to end the day.

Oh, where has the time gone? I’ll share next time about our date yesterday. 😉 I hope you enjoy this last week before celebrating our Saviors birth!

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Juggling our first Christmas being married, as well as getting ready for our baby, and everyday stuff

Welcome back! Come inside out of this crazy cold spell and have a cup of chai. A nice thing about 4 degree weather is how wonderful a warm drink tastes. 🙂

I’ve been busy trying to juggle decorating for my husband and my first Christmas together, making Christmas crafts, baking Christmas goodies, as well as getting ready for our baby in a month (reading books/making things), and trying to sort through things that still need to be put away in the house from our wedding 8 months ago. Not to mention the usual cooking/cleaning/laundry. It finally dawned on me yesterday that I was trying to do too many things at once. I would work a while on something, then move on to another project, cleaning, etc. Nothing was getting completed. So I stopped, and decided to focus on finishing the small things before starting working on something else. I still had to plan ahead to put dinner on, and then work on a smaller project while it was cooking, but I’ve been able to finish a few smaller things. The Christmas tree skirt is almost complete, I responded to some letters, dropped things off at the library, and made chocolate covered peanut butter balls. Do any of you struggle with this? It’s time management in a much different way than I was used to in college, or living as a single. Any ideas for better time management?

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GF Peanut Butter Cookies and encouraging Hubby

Good afternoon! Please, come in out of the blustery wind and falling leaves. Have a seat on the sofa. Go ahead and grab a cup of warm goodness while I take the gluten-free (GF) Peanut Butter cookies out of the oven (they’re almost done). You’ll have to try some, as they are one of my favorites.

Peanut butter cookies with only 4 ingredients: 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 cup peanut butter, 1 tsp. vanilla. Since the measurements are all “1” something, it’s easy to remember. 🙂 Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Mix the ingredients together, and scoop 12 spoonfuls onto your greased baking sheet. I like to use the back of a fork to press them down and make them look like a more traditional peanut butter cookie (press down on top, then press the tines across those marks in a “+” pattern).  Then put the baking sheet in the oven for 8 min. I like to check the cookies early, at 7 min, as different ovens will bake the cookies at different times depending on the heat/seal/etc. If they aren’t baked enough, put them back in for another minute or two. If they are overdone, check the next sheet a minute earlier.  But keep an eye out- these will slightly golden around the edges when they are done, but it’s easy to cook them too long so they are crunchy (although my mother-in-law loves crunchy cookies, so these might be for you!). I grew up with soft cookies and gooey brownies, which are the kind I will usually post on here. 😉

I apologize for not writing these last weeks. My husband and I had food poisoning (be careful at funeral potlucks, as some of the mayo/dairy salads can sit out too long) the weekend after starting this blog, and then I didn’t have computer access until now. I have never had food poisoning to that extent, but I am so thankful my husband and I went through it together. Not that I wanted him to be sick, but it strengthened us together, and we relied on God and each other in a unique way. I’ve never experienced being sick and hearing encouragement from across the room. I heard him saying “Good job Honey, you’re almost done with it” and “Good job, I’m so proud of how you are handling being sick”. The thing was, he was just as sick that night. Yet he pulled out of his misery to encourage me. When someone does that for you, you reply in like manner. So it ended up being an exhausting, difficult experience, but one full of learning how to lean on each other (even though we physically couldn’t touch, it hurt too much). Sisters in Christ, I encourage you to open your eyes and see how you can encourage your husband when you are both sick, or going through a difficult time in life. It could start a chorus of encouragement that can help you press through together, and you will come out the other side stronger and more united than before.

Hebrews 3:13 “But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,”…

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Welcome! Have a cup of chai!

Good Morning! Every time you visit here, imagine I have just opened the front door, with the smell of chai engulfing you, given you a big hug with a smile, and invited you in to my home. Shoes are optional (I always prefer barefoot or socks). I want this to be a place where you can join me in a cup of chai (I love chai lattes, but you can grab a cup of tea or coffee), and have fun chatting. Please, take a seat on the couch while I start the hot water.

My name is Sarah Wy, and the most important thing in my life is my relationship with Jesus. Right after Him is my relationship with the incredible man He sent me, my husband (TW). I’m almost 30, and it’s been amazing looking back at how God has been working on my life and his, preparing us for this exciting new adventure in life! We just passed our 6 month anniversary, and I’m starting the third trimester of pregnancy with our honeymoon bundle of joy! For those of you ladies dealing with change, I can empathize. This year has brought a lot of exciting big changes for us: getting married, buying a house, re-modeling the house, new jobs, new church for me, and a honeymoon baby on the way. Through it all God has been teaching me to lean on Him completely, and take one day at a time. I love people, and have a heart to share with women. I hope to encourage you in whatever you are going through, and use this as a place where women can encourage each other and share lives. You are not alone.

Along with all the other changes, I have also been learning about different lifestyles people live, and how you can research, and change if you desire. I grew up going to the doctor for every little cough/cold, and took medicine for everything. I thought the only option in America for having a baby was the hospital. Although I grew up cooking from scratch, (I was a mk (missionary kid) in Asia), eating natural and organic was never discussed. My grandma used to have a garden when we would stay with her on furloughs (a year sabbatical from the mission field), but it was small and I was taught it was more for fun than for nutrition or sustenance.

My husband grew up with a much more natural outlook on health care and food. It was a steep learning curve at first, and I’m still just scratching the surface with learning new ways of doing things. One of the things he encourages me with is to research, not just taking what everyone says is “normal” as the best option. I’m sharing this with you, as I am learning a lot, and will excitedly share things with you. But know that I respect your decisions, and know that not everyone agrees with me. I’ll mainly just encourage you to do your own research, and if you need some tools about where to look, I can share what I’ve been learning.

As you can see, I need lots of input also, and will be asking you for different ideas too. Please feel free to ask questions, or share information. I am planning on writing three times a week to begin, as this is my first blog. But I will respond to any comments as soon as I am able. Since this blog is meant to be encouraging women in life and in their walk with the Lord, any inappropriate comments/language will be removed (this is a family friendly blog 😉 ). I can’t wait to begin sharing life with you!

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