i’ve thought long and hard about what to write for this post, and nothing seemed to even touch the surface of the emotions, the love, the blessing it is to have witnessed the story of alyssa and barrys adoption unfold. every bit of the past year has fallen perfectly in place for them to bring jocobi home where he belongs – in the arm of his mama and pops. i had the immense honor to photograph the three of them together, and it was like every other family birth session i’ve done, but dare i say it, with much more love.
what I’m liking so much about blogging is the lack of commitment. now hear me out- it’s not so much laziness as it sounds. It’s the fact that nine times out of ten, there is no set deadline for a post- that I can say “yaknow, Id really like to watch a movie with Steve instead tonight” or “Oliver and MariBelle are playing together so sweet tonight and Id be darn if I missed it.” In an effort to transition from photographer to stay at home blogging mama, this has been the easiest aspect to get behind- rest. relax. enjoy.
this post has been a long time in the making. so long, in fact, that it’s existence was thought up before this blog was even in the works. my original plan was to have a set day weekly to post this, but that is just too much of a commitment when tiny babies are quickly reaching milestones that I want to be around for. so I will be posting, likely once a week, about our journey in oils- how we use them, where we buy from, as well as little known facts or tidbits of information that come in handy.
this week in oils:
our laundry was scented with lavender : a few drops of oil on each Dryer Balls does the trick. the scent reminds me of my memom putting laundry outside on the clothes line. sweet memories.
a few drops of Calming the Child on MariBelles teething anklet: she’s only been able to wear her anklet around the house since it’s still a little big for her petite frame, but I’m loving that oils can be applied to the lava beads.
Lemon and Pine in our Jasmine diffuser : this is steves favorite combination to diffuse. He says it reminds him of pine sol – hah! it really is a simple combination with the most refreshing and cleansing aroma.
muscle aid oil for achy nursing backs: I’m a big time huncher. I start out fine, poised, but by the time we’re done nursing, I’m hunched over and aching. this oil has been helping with those pains and in my opinion, smells relaxing as well. a few drops dilluted in your preferred carrier oil goes a long way.
essential oils have taken off in the last few years, but are nowhere near new. It is simply going back to the way things used to be- working with the land to supply our needs. we have been moving towards less pharmacy medicine and more oils, and our “medicine cabinet” goes to show how well they are working for us as a replacement. (more on what our cabinet contains later)
I’m so psyched to share our life in oils with you, and I pray it’s influential and encouraging for your family and lifestyle. if you have any questions regarding oils, leave a comment or shoot me an email!
Over the past year, we have gotten to know the Horners so well. Jeana had gotten ahold of me on instagram (seriously, what did we do before the internet?!) and we found out she had bought her house from my cousins. We began meeting up for dinner together, and became so close. Mark and Steve have so much in common, we (now) each have a little boy, and Jeana and I are basically twins ; ) On more than one occasion we’ve had people ask if we are sisters. This weekend, we all went camping at Parvins together — Steve, Oliver and I ended up having to leave our camper for the night because the temperature got too cold for Oliver. Then, today around three until about nine pm Oliver had a wicked case of the achey gums that had us leaving a night earlier than expected. Through all of that, we still had an awesome time, and got some cutesie pictures to show for it. Before we left, Mark prayed for Oliver – for his pain and for him to find peace. We’re beyond blessed to know this absolutely precious family who we honestly consider part of our own.
This is literally the only picture she and I have together – what kind of craziness?!