Monday, December 22

Celebrating Jesus Christ's Birth and Life

I love these words that I have written in my journal from College;
"Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son might also glorify Thee - as thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."  
"I have glorified thee on earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do."  JOHN 17:1-4

Christmas is Coming!

Today was a very productive day!  With Dan's help, we were able to get pretty much the whole house cleaned and Daniel took the kids (all three of them...a first) to the Library to allow me a couple hours to do what I could to get my house in order.
Mommy's sure do work hard, and feel ignored sometimes.  But I feel a great sense of fulfillment and gratitude that this is my lot in life.
  This year is going to be more fun than ever before because our children are old enough to get excited about Christmas morning.

I'm finally feeling like three is doable.  Angela is so independent and FIESTY.  I haven't had such a fiesty one yet-it makes life interesting.  Two teeth have poked their way through in the past week or so, and she seems to be in a lot of discomfort still...guess she was holding out to get a bunch at once.  Poor girl, hasn't been her smiley self in the past few days.

We've received quite a few goodies.  The neighbor's here go all out - they tend to bake a huge assortment of baked goods and stuff a paper plate as full as it can get, then wrap it up all fancy like.  I've also noticed that women from around here tend to call other women "hun" or "sweetie" a lot.  Mid-western hospitality.  Love it.

Next year is a new start and will come with many changes.  I haven't yet had to deal with outside influences.  I'm just grateful to know that here in Ohio, there are far more good, well-grounded people than not, who teach their children right from wrong.  And, the schools here are rated nine's and ten's.  So, I'm not too apprehensive about Hyrum going to Kindergarten next year.  I will miss him, I'm sure.  But, really  he'll be more than ready by that time.
I'm really hoping my husband gets me a new camera so I can start taking pictures again and posting them.  My blog is getting more dull by the moment.
As for his Christmas gift, I need to get it done soon.  I'll try to blog about it later.
Happy last minute shopping to you all!

Wednesday, December 10

Family and Gospel

I love my in-laws.  I spoke with Dan's younger sister who is just my age for an hour or so today.  Every one of his sibling's to me, are great examples...in word and deed.  They're wonderful.  I have come to know each of them (nine) a little better each time we get a chance to visit.  I LOVE my in-laws.  I'm so grateful that when I married my husband, he brought a whole new family into my life.
Other than family, I am thankful for the knowledge of the gospel in it's fullness. Here is an excerpt from the Book of Mormon.  From chapter two of Nephi.  Those of you who don't know much about the Book of Mormon, in this particular book, this is a prophet named Lehi, addressing his sons about life, and redemption, Jesus Christ's role in it. Since it is Christmas time, and most of us are celebrating the birth and life of Jesus Christ, I thought this was appropriate.
6."Wherefore, redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah; for he is full of grace and truth.
7.Behold, he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin, to answer the ends of the law, unto all those who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit; and unto none else can the ends of the law be answered.
8.Wherefore, how great the importance to make these things known unto the inhabitants of the earth, that they may know that there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah, who layeth down his life according to the flesh, and taketh it again by the power of the Spirit, that he may bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, being the first that should rise.
9. And because of the intercession for all, all men come unto God; wherefore, they stand in the presence of him, to be judged of him according to the truth and holineess which is in him.  Wherefore, the ends of the law which the Holy One hath given, unto the inflicting of the punishment which is affixed, which punishment that is affixed is in opposition to that of the happiness which is affixed, to answer the ends of the atonement--"

For those who are interested about our religion, or about reading more of the Book of Mormon, go to lds.org.  There is plenty information there, and by the way, Book of Mormon's are free for anyone who want's to read more.

Sunday, December 7

Echinacea and Goldenseal

Echinacea and Goldenseal is my new best friend.  
In the Dictionary
Echinacea;
  • "a North American coneflower.  It is used in herbal medicine, largely for its antibiotic and wound-healing properties."
Goldenseal, in google;
  • "...is one of the most popular herbs on the market today.  It was traditionally used by Native Americans to treat skin disorders, digestive problems, liver conditions, diarrhea, and eye irritations...it has strong activity against a variety of bacteria, yeast and fungi, such as E. Coli and Candida.  
  • Goldenseal gained widespread popularity in the early 1800s due to its promotion by a charismatic herbalist named Samuel Thompson. .
  • Over the years, goldenseal has gone through periods of popularity.  There is currently great demand for it, which has driven the price up.
  • Good for:
  • minor wound healing
  • bladder infections
  • fungal infections of the skin
  • colds and flu
  • sinus and chest congestion
Ginnie fell flat on her face in the parking lot during a snow storm three days ago, biting her upper lip connected to her gums and scraping her nose and both lips pretty badly.
Hyrum has broken out with strep yet again, sores all over his bum after ten days of antibiotics, and yesterday, he put his three fingers on the hot unit and got himself some pretty bad second degree burns.
For Ginnie's lip, I put Echinacea and Goldenseal powder on it.  Here it is four days later and you'd never know she was hurt.  If I'd of taken her in for stitches, I'm almost certain there would be some sort of scarring.  It was bad.
For Hyrum's strep, garllic oil which has antibacterial properties, and echinacea and goldenseal powder sprinkled over that.  Within a day and a half, it's almost completely cleared up.
For his burns, aloe first to take out the heat and sting of the burn, then chamomile ointment for comfort, followed by, once again, echinacea and goldenseal.
It happened yesterday morning, and he can't even remember which hand it is that was hurt now that's how much it's not bothering him since yesterday early evening.  

This stuff works wonders.
Now to try to build up Hyrum's immune system...this kid has come down with ANOTHER cold in the past couple days.  Maybe he has allergies (stinging nettle, that's good for allergies I've learned).  He's always fighting something.  This morning I made them a shake with banana, frozen peaches, spinach, purified water, yogurt (probiotics), and stevia (an herb whose leaves are the source of a non-caloric sweetener, thirty times sweeter than sugar, but without the side affects that regular refined sugars have on the sugar-sensitive).  Anyway, that, their regular vitamins which are all naturally, derived from fruits and vegetables, and some good old Air Borne.  I made cookies the other day with molasses and unsweetened applesauce for sweetness.  They were delicious.  I love doing healthy things for my family once in a while.  I just hope to incorporate what I know more often than not, rather than once in a while.  This week has been a test from the Lord, no doubt...to see if I'd apply what I have learned, and to prepare me to be of help to others in the future.
For athlete's foot, tea tree oil works wonders as well...but echinacea and goldenseal and garlic oil - also really good...they all have in common antifungal, antibacterial properties.  That's what makes them so useful in irritating skin problems.

I think I'll put a bunch of capsules of this stuff into my first aid and seventy-two hour kits.  It's a great immune booster too.



Thursday, December 4

CHRISTMAS!

I LOVE Christmas time.
We have a little book with Christmas stories, hymns, and a scripture to go along with each story. We're doing the twenty days of Christmas in December each night before regular scripture study.  I think the kids enjoy it...the stories are a little advanced, so once in a while, I stop Daniel for a moment and tell them what's happening at their level.
Our overall closeness as a family has improved so much since we moved here.  We've set individual and family goals that help us to feel more unity in our home.

Ginnie has really grown into a little girl recently.  I don't know where she comes up with half of what she says.  But she reminds me of a seven-year-old more than an almost three-year-old.  She picked up a Book of Mormon and said, "This is the Book of Moemon, huh."  Then she thought for a moment and said, "Jesus told me to wead the Book of Moemon.  Jesus taught me to wead the Book of Moemon...and the Holy Ghost told me that I should keep the commandments."
These are the sort of things that come from this child's mouth often.  It makes it hard to remember that she is only two and a half.
  Every once in a while she'll make a comment that sort of reminds me that I shouldn't expect quite so much from her.  Often it's in correction of my impatience or immaturity. I love her strength and genuine wisdom.

Hyrum is being particularly consciencious of his behavior lately.  He's improved greatly.  I don't know if a talk that Daniel had with him really impacted him or what.  Now that I think of it, he's always had a keen sensitivity to things of a spiritual nature, and perhaps it is the spirit of Christmas that has brought on this abrupt change. But, wow I'm impressed.  Before this, he was beginning to lie, blame Ginnie for everything, get into things and becoming so destructive.  I feel like I see the old Hyrum that I've been missing for a long time now.  Some special vitamins that I order for myself and my children might have something to do with the evening of moods I've taken note of in both Hyrum and I.  They always make a difference in me.  But, I'm very grateful for the different characteristics in my children.

Dan is amazing.  Need I say more?  I'm grateful for him, for his hard work and dedication to our family, and to improving.  He's picked up my slack and just been there for me and the kids more than ever.  He's a great man...I love him more every day!

Angela has discovered the DVD shelves.  She crawls from room to room until she finds where everyone is usually, but today I snuck in to see what she was up to and she was standing up pulling the DVD's down.  Her latest endeavor has been pulling herself up to standing, slowly, controlled, with one hand.  And, as in other seven-month-olds, the attitude is here.  She comprehends when I tell her no.  I let her play with my cell phone sometimes as she enjoys pressing the buttons.  She is very much a mouth explorer unlike my other two.  Each time she goes to put it in her mouth, I move it away and say gently, "No, not in your mouth."  She usually grunts at this in retort "Ugh".  After about four times of stopping her from putting it in her mouth, she consciously works to not resort to the habit again and studies it with her hands instead.  It's a miracle to me to see how her mind works, she's an intellectual child beyond any I've seen.  She says "Dada" regularly and sometimes "Ma" when she really wants me to hold her.  I say "Kiss" and kiss her each time afterward to help her relate the word with the act.  A couple days back, I asked, "Where's Dada?"  I repeated it and she looked over at Daddy acknowledging him, then went back to studying whatever object was in her hand.  I said "Kiss Dada".  I repeated it a couple more times.  At first, she didn't seem to want to divert her attention.  But then she leaned over and gave him a quick, soft kiss on the cheek.
 I marvel at who she is and her ability to communicate and to comprehend so much in her young age.

Hyrum and her have a neat relationship.  They have a spark between them that is extremely entertaining to watch.  Hyrum will laugh at something Ang does, then she'll do it again a few times realizing that she's  the one causing his reaction.
I gave her my ring to play with yesterday and watched as she turned it and studied it from one hand to the other.  Sometimes it landed on her finger as she passed it back and forth.    My Father in Heaven spoils me for no apparent reason except that He loves me as His daughter...I continue to fall short in every way yet, it must please Him to make me smile because He keeps doing it.  I really love Him.  I really love His  Son because of whom, I can repent constantly and become clean.  He is the source of my happiness.

My Daniel has been praying for me, and has spent more time than ever before on his knees and with his nose in the scriptures.  He is finally discovering his relationship to his Father in Heaven, and loving it.  His countenance has changed.  His desires and heart have changed for the better.  He was a good man before, but now he is beginning to really see his own potential.  This is a great miracle in our family.  All my dreams are beginning to come true.

It is a testament to me that God knows how to work with His sons in His own way and time.  The best way for us wives to work with our husbands is to ask the Lord how to respond to them at any given moment.  This has worked wonders in our marriage.  At times, when I might naturally be defensive or close up, I have asked a simple question.  Thoughts, or a quiet desire to act, come.  We can have great influence in anyone's life if we simply ask what we need to do.  We are God's children.  He knows us.  He knows how to comfort and meet our needs...even if sometimes, it be through others.



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