October 2, 2014

Books in 3rd quarter of 2014

Wow! We have just started the 4th quarter of the year! Wow. This year has been crazy for our family. We are learning a whole new normal. We are learning what a home with two stay-at-home parents looks like. We are learning all about being self-employed. We are trying new homeschool programs for our 5 kids. We've had some pretty major health struggles...can anyone say mono relapse?? Ugh. Lauren had her first surgery in a year, followed by some pretty major complications. However, God is SO good and continually provides all that we need to get through our days. Reading is my escape at the end of the day, and sometimes in the middle of the day. I've read some good books (and series) since I posted the books I read last quarter. Here are some of my favorites from the past 3 months.


Kimberly and I flew through this Kindle trilogy, which begins with The Wretched of Muirwood. If you know me, you know I love fantasy. It is so hard to find clean, decent fantasy with good moral teachings that I can share with my kids. This one is a lot of fun, and well written/edited for a self-published Kindle edition. There are a lot of quotes from different world religions in this book, it's definitely not a Christian book, but an interesting and different read for sure. The whole series is good.


I first read Shadowfell by Juilet Marillier a couple of years ago and loved it. I've been waiting for the rest of the trilogy to come out and was able to read books two and three (Raven Flight and The Caller) this summer. This whole series is SO good. I love this author. She definitely knows how to spin a high fantasy tale. Love. I also love her books, Wildwood Dancing and Cybele's Secret, a sweet little duo. 


Oh my word. I feel like this book was written to me, for me, about me. The Best Yes is amazing. Rich and I stumbled across it in Lifeway a couple of months ago, when we had taken the kids to pick out new devotionals. I snapped a photo of it, knowing that I wanted to read it. I took a lot of pics of books that day. My little house is fast running out of room so no more buying "real" books for me! I decided to join the Kindle craze and I am loving it! I was so happy to find this book on Kindle. A friend of mine is doing the study and I love talking about the book with her. I'm actually re-reading it now. I am such a yes girl, always trying to please everyone all the time. It is exhausting. This book has been affirmation that by trying to please everyone, I am not doing my best to please God in the ministries He has given me to do. He does not call me to do everything for everyone all the time. There are very specific ministries that I feel called to, but how can I do my best at those if I am spread thin? If you feel overwhelmed by life and relationships, this is a book that you need. 

What have you read recently that was really good? I love adding to my list!

September 8, 2014

Busy!

Wow, it has been a busy summer! I have been plugging away at growing my doTERRA business. I love essential oils! So much has happened, I'm thrilled to tell y'all all about it.

First up, I finally have a website up and running! You can check me out at Wellspring Hope Essential Oils. My goal is to do one to two posts a week. I want to do some special give-aways and have guest writers. Lots of plans!


Next, my friend Hayley, over at Health Starts in the Kitchen, invited me to be a guest writer on her awesome website. You can read my post here: Supporting the Autistic Child, Naturally.

Third, the store where I sell essential oils and accessories moved to an awesome location. We are now on Main Street in Clayton, NC. You should check Unique Boutiques and Marketplace out. I love being a vendor there, the sense of community is awesome. Check their Facebook page often to find out about classes being taught, anything from creating jewelry to learning about essential oils.

And right now, I am hosting a week long Facebook event, Hormone Support with Essential Oils. I'd love for you to stop by!

Thanks to everyone for all the support they have offered my business and my family since Rich lost his job and we became two self-employed people running our own businesses. God is good! It's been exciting and humbling.

Take care and be well,

July 10, 2014

Books Read in 2nd quarter of 2014

So, I read 12 or 13 books during this second quarter of 2014 ( from April through June). Here are my favorites!


This is the book that I want to hand to all my friends who struggle with feeling beautiful. I will probably have to reread parts of this to myself often. It is an excellent reminder that true beauty comes from Jesus, and anything else is a false beauty, seen only through the world's eyes. I love that these ladies do still discuss the importance of not making excuses and just "letting yourself go" because you don't live in Hollywood. It's important to carry oneself well, we are daughters of the one true KING!


 I really loved this book. It is an excellent summer beach read. I've just ordered the next in the series and anxiously await the 3rd one in paperback, since I don't have a kindle. This is the story of Anne Boleyn as told through the eyes of her best friend. It is a great reminder of the moving hand of God throughout history. Each book in the series is about a different woman in English political history (during the time of the Tudors), the 2nd book is about Queen Elizabeth. 

 This is a heavy book as far as content, but not difficult to read. So much good stuff in here. One of Elyse's "platforms" is finding our identity in Christ (if we are believers). She really brings home the value of Christ's sacrifice, what He really did for me and how that should play out in my life. This is one to reread every few years.

 This was an interesting book. I don't think I have read this author before. The story is told from the perspective of a blind girl who sets out to rescue her father. I really enjoyed "seeing" things from behind her eyes. There was definitely a creepy factor in this book with all the talk about coincidences and famous people from history. This book definitely drove me to do some online research on the scientists/physicists/psychiatrists mentioned. Of course, I personally do NOT believe in coincidences:) Read the book and then tell me what you believe. 

This book was so, so good. This is another book to revisit and to share with others. What does it truly look like to follow Jesus? Not just for the individual but for the church body? Good stuff.

What are you reading right now? Would love to hear about some of your recent favorites!

April 5, 2014

Color Me Rad 2014

I had been hearing about the Color Me Rad 5K fun run for a while. It is a really fun and colorful race that is low key, no being timed, and all the proceeds go to charities. There were a lot of people walking, and many people running. There were lots of kids, lots of overweight people, lots of very fit people, lots of older adults. This race is the perfect race for the whole family. Next year, I'm hoping to have a couple of my kids join me. Now that I've done it once, next year I am going to GO BIG on color. So many people had such fun with their outfits; bright knee socks, colorful tutus, neon wigs. I am already impatient for next year! But I need to get through the rest of my 2014 races first:) Enjoy the photos from my fun first Color Me Rad experience. 

Before the color:





Lots of color stations:


Our RAD tats. We received the sunglasses and a cute tee for after the race also. And extra color bombs to throw on our friends.


I ran with my two running pals, Jen and Sara. We met up with two other friends from church after crossing the finish line.



We are so colorful! 





Even after shaking myself off some, I am COVERED in colored dust.








Headed to my new favorite place afterwards for a smoothie. Love my local Juiced Up! 


Who's joining me next year?

April 2, 2014

2014 Books Read (1rst quarter)

I've read 14 books since New Year's Day. That's about 4 1/2 books a month. There are so many good books out there, I want to read them all! Here are my favorite of this year's reads so far:



Shiloh Autumn
Beautiful, sad, and thought-provoking. A wonderful book for learning what being a true neighbor really means.


Fearless
Hands down, one of my favorite books of all time. I want to give this to every man and teenage boy I know. Excellent.


Maccabee
This is an amazing book that makes Jewish history come alive! 



Insurgent/Allegiant
I read the first book in this series last December. These are good, but the first one was definitely the best. Lots of thought-provoking material.


The Slight Edge
I think everyone who sets a goal and wants to reach that goal should read this book. Perfect for the small business owner, but also great for the person wanting to lose weight and be healthy or for the family who wants to buy their dream farm someday. 


Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen
Oh my, this was a fun book. Lots of fun stories and great recipes! I am going to be making the frog legs this month!


Chalice
This was a different book for me. I love Robin McKinley, but this wasn't her usual style. A very nicely written, haunting book. It made me remember that I'd like to try beekeeping someday.

What are you reading?

What We're Memorizing This Month

Romans 12:9-21
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.