For Such a Time [Book In Review]

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This is a must read! I thoroughly enjoyed this book- so much so that I am sending it to my Mom to read. Kate Breslin writes about the time period involving the Holocaust and Auschwitz. The main character, Hadassah follows the storyline of Queen Ester in the Bible. She gets placed into a position of authority for such a time as this to save her fellow Jews. With each chapter the reader gets a parallel synopsis of the well known story in the Bible. The author does a wonderful job of conveying what Queen Ester must have been thinking and feeling through the character of Hadassah. This book is a page turner and will keep you in suspense until the very end. Please note, the book is fiction and does not accurately portray the real life events of 1944.

Hungry Souls [5 min. Friday]

When I see the move of God, His hand at work in someone’s life, I burst at the seams with awe and excitement. I love to watch Him work. He deserves the glory for it all.

This week I was able to have a front row seat to God’s healing hand. It was awesome! I don’t write this post to toot my own horn, but to express the message that God is still in the business of healing. He’s alive and well. He cares about our aches and pains. In 2011, I experienced my own personal healing touch from God. He healed my kidneys. And even last year, when I was struggling with fatigue, I doubted it actually happened and had my kidneys rechecked. They’re fine- His healing stands firm.

Anitbiotic Free, All Winter Long

If you are a mom, you know that Winter means sickness, germs and doctor visits. In the 9 years I’ve been parenting, I’ve learned to just expect it. Germs in every public play area. Strep, stomach bugs, and cold viruses that lead to ear infections. It’s all on the menu for wintertime. I have become very good friends with my Pediatrician, and who wouldn’t be after visiting them at least a dozen times over the cold months.

Probiotics

Fermented foods are termed the “missing link” in the American culture according to Dr. Mercola. He believes that if Americans would start to embrace fermented foods and probiotics in general, we would see exponential turn around in our health crisis. Why are fermented foods so necessary in our diet? I’m still learning, so let’s learn together.

Cultured (fermented) foods are traditional foods:

  • Plain unflavored yogurt (not store bought)
  • Kefir
  • Sauerkraut
  • Miso
  • Pickles
  • Tempeh
  • Kimchi and
  • Kombucha tea

The most effetive fire drill ever [5 min. Friday]

When I first started this blog, I intended it to be a digital scrapbook of sorts for my kids. Anticipating that my brain would not hold 100% accurate memories, I hoped that this would be a place for them to refer to as they began their own adventures of growing up and raising kids. Now, I am kinda starting to think I was romanticizing that. It could very well be that embarrassing scrapbook no one wants to show people, but inevitably gets pulled out for the obligatory wedding video. I guess we’ll see how that cookie crumbles.

Heaven Come

Never once have we ever walked alone because He’s been faithfully by our side. Even in the hardest of times, when life gets turned up on it’s end and death seems louder than life, He’s there. Every step of grief, is matched with grace. God is so faithful.

It’s been a year since my Grandpa died. This is the first time I’ve ever come toe to toe with death and grieving. The brain fog that encompasses those first few days.  As I process the feelings that this week holds and the memories of last year, I can see God’s tenderness on the tough days and I’m thankful.

Allergies & Essential Oils

Allergies are a big deal at our house. Each year as Spring hits, my husband and I have the same disagreement over the open windows. I love to smell the fresh air, and let in the outdoors to feel the gentle breezes, but he has allergies, and prefers the house to be locked up tight. Everyday, when I sneak in my open window time while he’s away, he always asks me after work if I had the windows open because his allergies can tell. It’s a loosing battle, as 4 out of the 5 of us have serious seasonal allergies. Hundreds of dollars spent on medications, tissues, and indoor activities (movies) to escape the sneezing, itching, watery eyes drama. This year I plan to take a new approach for relief.3575 3578 3614The Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint allergy bomb. I have read testimony after testimony of these 3 oils working together to bring full relief of seasonal allergies for others and I am so excited to test it out on my family in a few weeks.

Cold Sores & Essential oils

My husband has been getting cold sores since basically, forever. They are such a disruption to everyday life, not to mention a huge embarrassment to have on your face! “Don’t kiss the kids, don’t kiss you wife. Don’t share a drink.” These are just some of the constant reminders going through his head when he has one festering on his lip. We’ve tried all of the remedies on the store shelf. L-Lysine has been the most natural of our treatments, but we still didn’t see the kind of results we were hoping for.