Missing Someone I Never Knew

I have to make the Blogger’s Apology.  I am sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  A looooong while.  Mostly, I hit a point in life where I was busy and then I was overwhelmed, and then life really decided to be horrible. In August, my husband and I decided to try for one more…

Christians Should Stop Saying This

There hasn’t been much good news for the US lately.  Montana has been burning for a while, and it looks like it will burn till first snowfall.  Oregon and Washington are burning too.  Half the US is choking on smoke. Houston and most of coastal Texas is underwater.  Florida is bracing for Hurricane Irma, which…

Create a Thriving Life

We all know when we are thriving.  We have energy. Our to-do list turns into a got-it-done list.  The family is happy.  When we are thriving, we look forward to life.  Sure, we might be tired at the end of the day, and there are hiccups in life, but  overall, we know we can handle…

100 Years Ago: The Rights of a Mother

If you browse through parenting advice and articles today, certain ideas pop up again and again.  Children are disrespectful.  Mothers and fathers are overwhelmed.  Parents feel like they’ve lost themselves in the process of being parents!   This is a new phenomenon, right?  We are assured by our parents and grandparents, and perhaps even by…

Forty is Fabulous

The big four-oh showed up last week.  I am supposed to be mortified, according to society.  I ought to be grasping at my quickly waning youth with my desperately aging hands.  Or something like that. But I have to say, I like forty.   That isn’t to say that other times in my life were…

Can You Give a Little?

I find it too easy to be caught up in my own little bubble based on my location and experiences.  For example, I’ve lived most of my life in a small town of some sort.  Some towns have been smaller than others, but none of them were really big enough to be cities.  When I…

The Tornadoes Came

We knew when we woke up that they expected severe storms today.  The possibility of tornadoes blasted on the news and across social media.  Some people joked about it, because destructive tornadoes are, thankfully, rare here.  Others talked about evacuation plans, emergency places to hide for those without basements.  Thunderstorms, sometimes with damaging winds and…

Lemon Oil, Limonene, and Logic

There are plenty of hot-button issues in the the essential oil community.  One of the biggest, hottest, buttoniest issues is lemon oil.  Specifically, is it safe to ingest lemon oil (or any other citrus oil)?  Take a minute to Google, “Dangers of ingesting lemon oil,” and you’ll find articles with a whole range of opinions….

Two Secrets to Happy Motherhood

How in the world did anyone manage motherhood without the endless advice of the internet?  It’s not just the mommy bloggers like yours truly.  Even the experts are online now, quoted in online magazines, news columns, and other articles.  Parents, and mothers in particular, have been deluged with advice for decades, and now it’s at…

Why Live Toxin-Free?

All-natural. Chemical-free.  Toxin-free. Chances are, you’ve heard one or more of these phrases bouncing around the internet.  They’re pretty popular.  Although each one technically has a different meaning, their connotations are all the same: remove harmful things from our lives. But why strive to be toxin-free?  It’s quick and easy to run to the grocery…