Friday, November 18, 2011

Thank You

Two words that mean so much, and yet we don't say them often enough. One aspect of this is with our military. Do we only thank them once a year when Veterans Day rolls around? This Christmas season I'm joining friends and sending letters/packages to those who are deployed in the military to not only wish them a Merry Christmas, but to thank them for what they've done to protect our country and the freedoms we enjoy.

Will you join me? You can go to to get addresses and even a list of specific things that they could use on their deployment. Our family sent out two packages today, and I plan on sending some letters this week too. If you do send packages, but sure to do it soon so they'll get to them on time.


Flakes & Quakes

I'm sitting downstairs. The fire is burning hot and snowflakes are gently falling from the sky. It's been snowing off and on since Wednesday, and I love it! As much as I love fall (which was very short this year), I just love to look out and see everything blanketed in snowy white. Especially since our house is sitting on a hill overlooking Okanogan. It's so beautiful. 

I've taken Braxton out to play for a little bit each day. He likes being out there, but he's not quite sure what to think about the snow. He has tried to get it off his gloves and shoes while exclaiming, Yuck! or Ewww! =) I've tried to tell him it's cool and even throw it at him (gently of course) but he's still not completely convinced. 


This morning we woke up at 5 am to the house shaking like crazy and a loud rumble. I personally didn't notice the shaking, but I did wake up from the rumble and in my half-asleep/half-awake state couldn't quite figure out what it was. Charlie started barking like crazy and then Josh came in and said I think we just had an earthquake. Sure reports said it was 4.0-4.6 magnitude (depends on where you read) with the epicenter being just 7 miles from us! Crazy!


Finally, while it has nothing to do with flakes or quakes, I just have to share something Braxton did today! We always pray with him before meals and lately he has started saying 'Amen', usually when asked to. This evening he took a bite of cookie, put it down and then put his hands up to his eyes and was saying 'pray'. I took us a minute before we realized what he was saying, but when we did I prayed and then he said 'Amen.' A little bit later Maggie asked him if he needed to pray. He said 'yes' and then I told him to pray so he closed his eyes for a couple of seconds and then said 'Amen'. It was SO cute! Love that kid!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Yesterday I was reading Psalm 13 and the first and last verses really stuck out to me and I just thought I would share.

Verse 1 - How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
If we're completely honest with ourselves, we definitely go through times in our life where it feels like the Lord has forgotten us. Sometimes the trials and tribulations in life seem unbearable and that there's nothing to be thankful for at the present time in our life.

Verse 6 - I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me. 
No matter what the situation, no matter how we feel...the Lord has dealt bountifully with us. There are SO many things to be thankful for. Things that the Lord has blessed us with that we take for granted and don't even think to be thankful for them. Yes, we may be going through a 'rough patch' in life (so it seems) but the Lord is good and 'hath dealt bountifully with me.' Let's take our eyes off of our problems and focus on the many blessings the Lord has given us! How about even being thankful for that trial in your life?? Start praising Him for everything you can think of and you'll soon realize just how good things really are!

I heard this song tonight and thought it fit perfectly!

Friday, November 11, 2011

A New Adventure

That's right, we've embarked on a new adventure...that of potty training! :) My days are now are now filled with --

Cute little Thomas the Train underwear :)

A Cars potty seat


From day one, Braxton has been doing great! Even though I'm spending ALOT of time in the bathroom, it's nice having only having one child in diapers! *smile*

And just because he's so cute!

He loves Dr. Suess books...especially 'The Foot Book' and 'There's a Wocket in my Pocket'


I'm not completely into the whole natural/homemade kick, but I like it when it works and makes sense. I thought I'd share some things that I've found to work well for me...some purchased, some homemade.

Black Soap is currently my favorite face wash. It's cheap and it works. Can't get any better than that!

Dr. Woods Shea Vision Pure Black Soap with Organic Shea Butter

I'm really bad about washing my face at night. So after seeing these homemade face wipes on Pinterest, I thought I'd give it a shot. The first batch I made I put coconut oil and black soap in the water, but I found that the soap made them smell really weird. I was getting into the habit of washing my face every night (yay!) and was really liking them (aside from the smell), but then I noticed that they started molding which was not good. I had read that people put tea tree oil in the water to prevent molding so I made a new batch with coconut oil and tea tree oil. I'm ashamed to say I've only used it once since then, and I NEED to get back to forming this habit...starting tonight! I know I'll be thankful when I do because it can't be good to sleep with makeup on my face. 

We've all heard about how women's deodorant has unhealthy chemicals in them. Rather than purchasing men's deodorant :) I thought I'd try doing a natural deodorant, both for the purpose of the chemicals and just the interest in going 'natural'. Probably a year ago I tried wiping my underarms with apple cider vinegar and then powdering them with a baking soda/cornstarch mixture. Things I read said that your body has to go through a detox period (a few weeks) before you start seeing positive results, but even then I was not happy with it. I gave up and went back to store-bought deodorant. This summer/fall I looked at natural deodorants at our health food store, but they're $6 and up! Call me cheap, but I wasn't about to pay that much. Then I saw a homemade deodorant on Pinterest that you could put into an old deodorant stick. So after I ran out of my deodorant, I cleaned out the container and made the homemade deodorant. It's a baking soda/cornstarch mixture with coconut oil and tea tree oil. I've been using it for a month now and am very happy with it! For anyone who might want to try it I have one piece of advice for you: put it on before you get dressed. If you put it on after getting dressed the oil doesn't get worked into your skin as well, and you may get it on your shirt and look like you have been sweating...not cool! I speak from experience. Haha.

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