Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I'm going to sound like a broken record here...

I know...you've heard me say this many times before, everything happens for a reason! But I keep reading, hearing, or experiencing this for myself and I just can't stop talking about it. Just last night I was reading a magazine and I read this article that caught my attention. It was about a woman and her 3-year old daughter that were in a car accident. A woman that was in the car that the first woman hit got a scan done after the accident because she felt some whiplash from the accident. Well, during that scan they found that she had stage 3 lung cancer. If it wouldn't have been for that accident, she would have never gotten that scan done because she never smoked one single cigarette in the 40 years she's been alive.

This story reminds me of someone I know who was diagnosed with a form of leukemia while she was pregnant with her youngest daughter. The kind of leukemia she had causes you to bleed from the inside out, so she is very lucky that they caught it when they did. It is a curable kind of cancer and it may not have been found if she weren't pregnant. So I'd say her daughter is definitely her little miracle that saved her life!!

It's almost coming up on a year since I was in a minor car accident with the kiddos. The backseat wasn't touched at all so they didn't have a scratch on them. And I came out without any injuries as well. But that event was the first of the "everything happens for a reason" things that have been happening to me over the past year. I had never thought that way about things before this happened but I'm sure there have been a ton of things that I could use that saying for that have happened to me throughout my life. It just became a lot more noticeable this past year.

So what is one thing that has happened to you recently that you think definitely happened for a reason? Leave me a comment and have a wonderful day!!!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Family comes first

Family is forever. Your mother, father, brothers, sisters, aunt, uncles, cousins, grandparents...all of those people who are related to you, they are your family and I feel like they should always be in your life. It shouldn't matter how far apart you all live either. With the internet and cell phones, there is no excuse that we can't all keep in contact with our family. Unlike friends who may come and go (I've got plenty of experience with this, especially recently), family is forever because with every single family member, we can mostly say that we've all known about each other from birth. Think about it, your grandparents have known you since you were born, you have known your grandparents since you were born. The same goes for your parents, aunts, uncles, etc. These are the people that know you better than anyone else in life that you'll ever meet.

I know the point I'm trying to make is easier said than done. I know that every family has their issues and problems that may never be solved. Even if a family looks perfect from the outside, unless you are in that family you have no idea what problems they may be going through. All I'm trying to say is that family needs to stick together and be there for each other. So even if you have issues in the past with some family members, there's no better time than now to just move past that and start communicating and spending time together.

As I've said on this blog many times, life is way too short so we shouldn't keep grudges against those people in our life that we need most. Recently I feel like I've been trying to hard to make some friendships work and as a result I lost one of them. I think that experience has made me realize that I think I need to focus a little more on my family. I think I'm pretty close with a lot of members of my family but there are a few that I don't talk to as often as we used to and I think it's time to change that. If I don't make a change now, I'm going to regret that later in life when it is too late. I'm not completely cutting off my friends, but I'm just going to focus more on spending time with the ones that I know will always have my back no matter what...my family!

I leave you with this quote that is completely true:

Monday, November 6, 2017

Everyone needs friends

Finding and making friends in elementary, middle, and high school is tough! But...finding and making friends as an adult is even harder. From the time I was in Kindergarten all the way until I graduated, I went to 5 different schools. And throughout those years I've had a few different people that I considered to be my best friend. When I moved from school to school, I didn't stay in touch with my best friend from the previous school. So needless to say, my best friend from high school is no longer my best friend today.

When I moved to where I'm at now a little over 3 years ago, I found a moms club and I'm so glad I did! I've met so many amazing women through this club that I would have never met without it. And I actually found one person that I thought was going to be my new best friend. We're still really good friends but we just don't get to talk or hangout as much as we used to. When we met, we both only had one child and the ironic thing is that we were both trying for baby number 2. I thought it would be pretty cool if we got pregnant at the same time and it turns out that we did! Our youngest kids are only a week or 2 apart! So now we're both busy with 2 kids, I've been working 3-4 days a week, she homeschools her oldest and we're both pretty busy with our oils businesses.

Then just recently I met another amazing women and thought that maybe she could be a new best friend. Turns out she's busier than I thought so we don't get to talk or hangout as much as I thought we would. And I totally respect that. I know that people are busy and I can't expect them to drop everything for me. It just stinks that I met these 2 people that I mentioned at this stage of my life. If I had met them years ago, before we were all busy with kids and work, then maybe I would get to hangout with them a little more now.

So maybe as an almost 28-year old mom I don't need just one best friend but a few different best friends? I think as long as I have a few people that I can talk to about anything, that I'll do just fine. Every mom needs some friends that they can go out with or have over for a ladies night in. So yes, I don't have a "person" like Meredith and Christina from Grey's Anatomy. It sure would be nice to have a "person", but I can be ok with having several "people" that I can rely on.

I don't like every part of this quote (like the part about not needing to talk for weeks), but for the most part it is true.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Big E and Little E

Recently I've been noticing a lot of differences between Big E and Little E. I've noticed differences about them before but it's really becoming a lot clearer now. For starters, Big E was born at 32 weeks (2 months early) and Little E was born at 39 weeks. So Little E did things like crawl, walk, and talk a lot sooner than Big E did.

The thing that is amazing me now is the fact that Little E is about a year and a half and he understand so much! I think he understands a lot more at this age than Big E did. I think part of that reason is because he was closer to full term than his sister was, but I also think the fact that he is around her all the time is a big part in how much he can do and understand. He can tell us when he wants more, when he is done, when he wants down, it's just amazing!!

And Big E still amazes me every day as well!! Some of the things she says I'm like, "Wow, where did she learn that?" They really are little sponges and understand more than you think!! And her memory...wow! It's crazy how much she can remember. We will go somewhere once and then not go there for a while and she can remember who we were there with before and what we did! Her memory is something I wish I could bottle up and have some for myself!!

So my question for you today, what is one thing that your son or daughter can do that amazes you? Leave me your comments and have an awesome day!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Message in a bottle

From the book "400 Writing Prompts" found at Five Below...While at the beach you decide to write a message in a bottle. What would it say? Who would you like to find it?"

I would want anyone to find it. It doesn't matter to me who finds it, as long as they read the message and pass it along. And this would be the message:

"I don't know you and you don't know me, but you are totally worth it! You can do anything you set your min to. Any goal you have, you can make it happen if yo work towards it! Don't take anything in this crazy life for granted! Life is way too short and you never know yours will end. I know we don't like to talk about that or even think about it, but it's true. Cherish the time you have on this earth. Spend it with people you love and care about. Take time to cherish the small things in life."

What would your message in a bottle say? Leave me your comments! Have a fabulous day!!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

I love being a mom!

Being a parent has been one of the most rewarding experiences I've been given. I believe that any couple or individual who has the love and compassion for a child and is able to take care of a child, should have that opportunity. I'm sure that everyone reading this right now knows of at least one person or couple who has struggled with becoming pregnant naturally. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10 percent of women in the US ages 15-44 have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant. That's about 6.1 million women and that is a lot! To me it is just heartbreaking when I hear about people who have been struggling to get pregnant and all they desperately want to do is have a baby of their own.

So with that all being said...a few weeks ago I applied to become an egg donor. I didn't qualify to take the next steps but I'm alright with that. But I encourage others to become an egg donor if you are able. Like I said, being a mother is such an amazing feeling! Yes it can be overwhelming at times, but it's the greatest feeling in the world to have a little human being that looks up to you and relies on you for pretty much everything for the first part of their life.

My love for children is what made me to decide to go to college for teaching. I just love being around children and teaching them the things they need to know in order to be successful adults! So even though I can't make a difference in someones life by providing them a way to have a child, I still feel like I can make a difference by being a teacher. I can even help more people this way.

Have you ever donated your eggs or know of someone that did? I would love to know about your experience! Have a great day!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hello there again

This is my current view: getting ready to start writing a new blog post, diffusing Joy and Orange, listening to Kelly Clarkson's new album, and drinking a sweet tea from McDonald's (not pictured).

It's been a little bit since I wrote a blog post and I didn't quite know what to write about. I've just been so busy with life that my blog has been the last thing on my mind. I used to think about it more often and randomly think "Hey, I've got to write a post about that!" I'm hoping that I'll eventually get back to that point because I love writing and sharing my ideas with others.

I'm not sure how many people actually read my blog, but I hope that who ever is out there reading it, gains something from it. I try to write about things that I know other mothers out there will be able to relate to. So if you are reading this, I thank you so much for taking tie out of your busy schedule to read what I have to say.

So what have I been up to the past few months? Well, I started substitute teaching back in September and I've been keeping pretty busy with that! This week and next week I have a 4 day week of work! I'm not quite sure what I was thinking when I took on all those days of subbing! When I first started subbing again I wanted to just do 2 or 3 a week. But the occasional 4 day week isn't so bad. We had an amazing babysitter for the first 6 weeks that I've been subbing but just recently had to switch sitters and we found another great one! I'm sad we can't keep taking the kiddos to the first one, but I've gained a great friend through that experience. Things happen for a reason and I'm so glad I was able to meet someone as awesome as she is!

About 2 weeks ago I applied for a long term substitute position at a school I've been subbing at a lot. I wasn't looking for something full-time, but I figured that the opportunity was there so I might as well go for it. I didn't end up getting it because they wanted someone more experienced for the position, but I'm totally ok with that. I realized that I'm not quite ready to go back to work full-time. I've had a little taste of what it will be like being full-time by working 4 day weeks and I'm not ready to leave my kiddos for 5 days a week. Yes I know that 4 days isn't a full week, but it's more than 2 or 3 which is what I was doing when I first started subbing this school year. I'm definitely going to have to have a system in place to keep up with all the housework once I do go back to work full-time because housework itself is a full-time job!!

I'm still sharing my love of oils and using them more and more each day! I actually just introduced them to our first babysitter we had (and my newest friend), and she loves them! Maybe that was the reason I needed to meet her, to introduce her to the oily lifestyle? Time will only tell. But seriously, I love these oils and what they do for me and my family. I've been using peppermint a lot while subbing to give me some natural energy. I just roll some on my temples and behind my ears and I'm' good to go! I use DiGize vitality to help with my digestive system, Thieves vitality to help with immune support, and the list goes on an on. It's really not that hard to get started with oils. When you keep it all about staying above the wellness line, it's so simple and makes it all worth it!

Well, I'm going to wrap up this post now. I hope everyone has had a great October and has a great November! This year is going way too fast!! 2018 will be here before we know it!!