10 Best Oils on a Budget

Essential oils are everywhere these days–I see ads for new essential oil companies weekly.  Even one of our local hardware stores carries a line of essential oils.  It’s tempting to grab an easy, cheap eo purchase and hope to benefit.  However, cheap oils readily available at the grocery (or hardware) store aren’t going to provide…

100 Years Ago: Advice for Fathers

Fathers are important.  Despite this, the past few decades have been rife with worries about workaholic fathers, absent fathers, distant fathers, all sorts of needs-improvement fathers!  It  must be a modern phenomenon, right?  Surprisingly, a century ago, mothers and experts were already worried about fathers and their role in the family. A full one hundred…

Essential Oils Improved My Marriage

What’s a marriage without some ups and downs?  Those of us with more than a few years of wedded bliss know that even happy marriages have their own challenges.  We’ve been through depression, anxiety attacks, a near-fatal birth, and a rebellious teen.  No, life has not always been smooth sailing.  I am happy to say…

When Present Is All You Can Be

We spent hours in the emergency room of our little hospital a few nights ago.  My grown daughter’s new pregnancy was ending.  My child lost her child. There were signs before this.  A pregnancy that should have been nine weeks along only showed five weeks of growth on the ultrasound.  There was no heartbeat, just the sac….

What I Want to Tell My Mother-in-Law

Dear Mother-in-Law, According to society at large, you are supposed to be meddling, controlling, bossy, and possibly narcissistic.  Also according to society, I should resent, even hate, you.  I ought to take everything you say as uncharitably as possible.  Many women I know consider me lucky because I have never met you. You died in…

If a Baby Gave Advice to Babies

As I tried to fall asleep around midnight a few nights ago, Little Bird, my baby, woke up and decided she had something on her mind. LB: Mom! Mom! You know how I’m the one who always gets to go grocery shopping with you? Me: Uh-huh.  Sleep. LB: I love the grocery store.  Everyone there…