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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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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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