Sunday, September 21, 2014


I haven't posted much except my challenge for the last month or so, but here I am. It's half way through September  and I'm just now getting back to this.  

The kids and I have been keeping up with school and Victor is in Moab til next week, working his tail off to pay the bills. It's been nice and cool with some rain which is good for the garden. 

We had some crazy rain this month. Washing out roads and stranding people for hours until other routes could be opened. The interstate was shut down for a couples days and then partially reopened. It's still not completely fixed but at least people can get through without having to travel around extra miles. 

At church, I've had to run the sound system for the most part with Victor gone. So I did double duty playing the piano and also going back to run power points and videos for people. Yesterday, the sermon was all on PowerPoint but we have a remote, so I just sat in the back to make sure it ran smoothly. 

In the afternoon, after lunch, my friend Amy stayed awhile and we visited a little bit. She was just getting ready to go, as the boys were making some tea. Josh handed me a hot cup to taste to see if it had enough sweetener in it, which I then set on the kitchen counter. I turned to say goodbye to Amy and all of a sudden there was a blood-curdling scream. Sarah had climbed up in the stool to taste the tea, too, and poured some down her front. It was scalding hot.

Now, that it's over, I almost could cry thinking about it. I pulled her shirt off really fast and took a wash cloth with cool water and put it on her chest. It was very red. 

I grabbed the Lavender essential oil, (thank God for Oils!) and poured a bunch all over. Then we put the cool cloth back on. Amy had brought some frozen juice and flax milk for us, so she grabbed the milk out of the fridge and we put it on Sarah's chest to keep the cloth cool. 

Long story short, Amy suggested we should go to the Insta-care and have it looked at because it was starting to blister. The doctor said it was about 15-20% of her body, so he said to give her lots of fluids, and put silvadine cream mixed with numbing cream all over with a bandage and keep an eye on it so it doesn't get infected.

So we stopped by the pharmacy and got what we needed and I added lavender oil to the mix as well. The doctor said to give her some ibuprofen for the pain as well, but I only gave her a little last night as she didn't seem to be in a lot of pain by then. 

Gods remedies really do help. I am amazed at the way it works. Today, I have had to rebandage her twice because she gets excited and runs around and it comes off, but she hasn't had any pain medicine except what is in the cream. 

I will try to remember to add a picture later tomorrow when I changed her bandage. It is a lot less red then it was yesterday and most of it didn't blister at all, for which I am thankful.

I am very impressed with the effectiveness of the lavender and also very thankful for my great friend Amy, who was there to help and watched the boys for me while I was in with Sarah at the Insta-care.

Anyway, I can't say enough about how wonderful the essential oils are and how many uses they have. We have used them for so many things, improving our health in different ways. If you want to check out essential oils, you can visit my website at . There are many places to get essential oils, but Youngliving is where I get mine from and I've been really impressed with the quality as well as the pricing.

Anyway, that's our adventure for the weekend. Time to head for bed!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Challenges report end of August

Well, I managed to curb my sugar intake for a couple of weeks and then kind of fell off the wagon. But it's ok, because i noticed that I don't crave it so much now. 

I didn't get as much walking in as I hoped I would, but I did do more swimming. We've gone swimming almost everyday that it wasn't raining, except for a few days. 

I stayed off Facebook until Sabbath the 30th. Having spent so much time off, I went into it expecting to binge on it. However, I found that it wasn't as appealing to me. I can get sucked into reading comments and debates about stuff, but is realized that there was so much junk and negativity and drama, that I am not so likely to jump on there. I'm hoping that I can now keep it to a minimum. Just a quick peek for messages and maybe a status update or two, rather than every time that I am bored. 

Today, we jumped into more schoolwork and pulled some weeds in the garden. I pulled some ragweed and now am paying for it with itchy eyes, sneezing and sinus drainage. We went swimming and had some fun. Now the kids are all in bed and Victor is out of town working, so I am sitting here watching a movie. By myself. With the cat, in the living room.

Maybe I'll get to bed early tonight. Or at least on time. I managed to get more water in today. Having a chart helps since I like more checkmarks.

Well, that's my update. Later.