Oily Baby and Child Helps

When you love essential oils, you want to share them with your whole family—including the newest members! Essential oils can be fantastic for children and babies, but it’s important to use oils in a way that is safe for their sensitive systems. Here’s what you need to know about using essential oils for babies and children.

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Reminders of God’s Faithfulness at the State Fair of TX

Last year, on October 12, we visited the State Fair of Texas as a family. Everyone was there–Dad, Mom, and six “kids.” We did our typical things: attended a few shows, went to see the butter sculpture, watched the Marine Drum & Bugle Corps perform, and of course stayed to see the parade and the Illumination Sensation light show at the end. In 2016, it was during those last two that Dad starting having pain in his stomach. We thought it was from eating poorly by having one of those dollar dogs at the fair for dinner (other than planning for that splurge, we always bring our own food and snacks)…

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Thursday’s Tip of the Day: Replacement Purchasing

Hi Friends!  I hope your week has gone well so far and that you enjoyed the beautiful weather today.  After last week’s crazy weather and all the damage and cleanup my home city of Wylie has been dealing with, it was nice taking a break, sitting down on a shaded bench, listening to the gentle lapping of water, and thinking about what I wanted to share with you today.


This past weekend, I took Friday evening and all day Saturday off from the crazy insurance calls, climbing up on rooftops, and talking to repair shops (I even tried to stop thinking about work and our upcoming golf tournament Monday—praise the Lord for holding the rain off just enough for us to have it), and I went to Read more


Well, I am sure most of you know about the tornadoes that swept through our area of Texas just after Christmas. It was scary not so much because we feared for our own lives, but because of the destruction we knew was happening all around us. As morning broke that next day and news kept coming in through text messages, Facebook, or wherever else I could find it, I could not help but be relieved that the recurring theme was “damage to home but we’re okay.” I know there is much to be thankful for in the fact that so many homes were destroyed and yet most of us were not physically injured in any way. Things like this certainly bring us back to the simple things of life and help us remember Read more

Flowers from God

Excel 2009

In 2008, I spent two months at the Dallas Training Center studying the Word of God and learning from great speakers like Elisabeth Elliott Gren. The following Spring, I went again, but this time as a leader and mentor for my own group of young ladies. One of the biggest things I gained Read more

The reason I need Stress Away and more Jesus today!

11/19, 7:11a update: Got word while I was asleep that the trio did indeed make it safely to Australia last night!

Hello All!  In case you hadn’t heard, my sister left the country yesterday to serve as a missionary with Wycliffe for a year (see her blog here).  Those of you who know Deborah know that she loves people.  She has always been the social butterfly of our family, and her last days in the States were evidence of this.  She had such a crazy schedule trying to see as many people as possible (and believe me, she wanted to see so many more of you than she did) that we ended up being rushed until the very last minute packing and repacking to make sure bags were at the proper weight limits and that nothing had been forgotten.  Here are a few pictures Read more