Friday, July 31, 2015

Seven Quick Takes: Essential Oils, Flower Arranging, and Free Time!

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Still here and finally have time to catch a breath! Here is some of what I've been up to this summer:

1. Test = Over!!!!!
The past 15 months have been an intense time of class several nights a week, a big paper, and a six-hour certification examination. During my studies I somehow amassed quite a collection of pink school supplies. It feels soooooooooooo good to be done. Looking back, I haven't had a weekend off since February. First I was working weekends during tax season, then I was studying every night and every weekend. I can't believe it's over. So excited to have more time. So grateful for the support and patience of my hubby, family, and friends this past year!!!

2. Celebration
We are going to a crepe restaurant tonight to celebrate. A jazz trio plays on the patio on Friday nights. I've never been, but doesn't it sound lovely?!?!?!

3. Essential Oils
Over the past year a number of friends have started using essential oils and raved about the results. I want to join in the fun but not sure where to start. Do you use essential oils? What's your favorite way to use them and which ones?

4. Flower Arranging Class
A friend invited me to a flower arranging class at the library. It was delightful. The teacher gave us some good tips and we got to create our own little arrangements.

5. Life's Tiny Graces
Check out my awesome SIL's blog, "Life's Tiny Graces". My SIL is super creative and crafty and she shares lots of ideas for affordable home decor, crafts, and toddler learning. Check out this patriotic themed decor craft and this post on no-sew baby doll diapers.

6. St. Martha
It was St. Martha's feastday a few days ago. I've always had a soft spot for St. Martha. Probably because I tend to fill my life with too much busyness and not enough time spent with God. I can relate to her struggle. This reflection by St. Teresa of Avila in the Magnificat was lovely:

"O my Lord, how does anyone who has so poorly served you and so poorly known how to keep what you have given her dare ask for favors? What can be entrusted to one who has often been a traitor? What, then, shall I do, Consoler of the disconsolate and Cure for anyone who wants to be cured by you? Would it be better, perhaps, to keep still about my needs, hoping you will provide the remedy for them? Certainly not; for you, my Lord and my delight, knowing the many needs there must be and the comfort it is for us to rely on you, tell us to ask you and that you will not fail to give."

7. St. Hannah and Infertility
The story of Hannah in the Bible has been on my mind lately. Probably partly because the infertility support group I lead is named after Hannah and we have a meeting coming up. Hannah cried out to God and was blessed with her son Samuel, after years of infertility. Infertility still hurts. So much. I feel like such a wimp. So many others are going through their own difficult struggles with way more grace than I am. Mike and I are so blessed in so many ways. What is my problem?!?!?! As excited as I am about the accomplishment of passing my test, I SO wish I could be a mom and join the ranks of my many pregnant friends. 

It is hard to understand why God hasn't said yes to our prayers for children these last six years. I struggle with surrender. "Jesus, please help me surrender and accept this cross!" This is also partly why I relate to St. Martha, I need to spend more time with the Lord! I know that only He can truly heal my heart, but sometimes I am not so good a letting Him. 

If you are in the Chicago area and interested in the infertility support group, more info here.

Thanks for visiting. Enjoy the weekend!!!


  1. Congratulations!!! That is so, so awesome :) Go you! I hope the crepes & jazz place was as delightful as it sounds.

    (At the same time, definitely understand the feeling of wanting the job title "mom" - prayers for your heart!)

  2. I am so glad that you finally have more time! Congratulations on finishing!

    The primary way we use essential oils is blended with sweet almond oil for massage oil.

  3. Way to go on finishing your certification! What a lot of dedication to get that done! I do like all your pink school supplies. I tend to do a similar kind of thing, only with purple.

    I feel you about being excited about work. I find myself getting more and more excited (okay, maybe obsessed) with some of the things I'm doing and how that may be able to work in my life... But the fact that I am still single and childless still hurts a lot and casts something of a shadow over it all. I think sometimes we can have some extra pain BECAUSE things are really good, and we know it would be such a great thing to be able to share that with children/a family. Recognizing our blessings can sometimes highlight what's still missing. Praying for you and selfishly hoping that a little more free time means we get to hear from you a little more often! :)

  4. I love the image of St. Hannah! Beautiful! Thank you for updating.
    I have been using Essential Oils here at Rogers- they are the Young Living ones, I really like "peace and calm" and peppermint. The peppermint for headaches especially another good one is stress away. I think the names give you an idea of how I use them. I usually put them on a cotton ball in my pillow or in my pocket. I also love your pink study gear, what girl doesn't love office supplies?!?!?!?!!!

  5. congrats on getting the test done! I know how good that all feels...Praise God you can relax some now. Whew! I get what you mean about not understanding God's will for your family and not answering prayers...I just keep reminding myself to let go and let God...and it's not my will but His. I guess those words help me to surrender.

  6. With oils I (AM) have seen a hit or miss. They either work really well or not really in a significant way for me to see a difference.

    1. Peppermint: works amazing for headaches and taking the edge off of them in minutes. Rub a little on the neck, temples and forehead. Helps with overall oral health too.
    2. Frankincense: helps with warts. I am embarrassed to say I had one and the traditional things at wallgreens was not working... but two weeks of the oil it was gone for good.
    3. Lavender: Works great in a bath or a little on the pillow for stress and helping fall asleep at night.
    4. Teatree oil: works amazing on the scalp for clarifying and preventing dandruff. I just read the other day it also prevents lice too... so school teachers who work with little kids, that might be a good idea. I also read that mixing a drop of the oil with coconut oil on the nails once a week helps with growth and strength. If you don't want to do strait oil, in the USA there are stores who sell teatree shampoo.
    5. Coconut oil: If you read about it, it sounds like a miracle cure for the inside and out... but I like this for skin as a lotion. I try to cook with it for health reasons but I have not seen a big difference in the ways I read about. It defiantly has not cured my IF :P
    6. Grapefruit oil: This is one I bought because it says is helps with progesterone, and I don't know if it helped with that since I was not doing the hormone tests like I was with all the IF treatments with NaPro... but what I did see after a month or two was joy... With it helped with mood and overall outlook.

    I have not tried all the oils but this is what I have found...

  7. Congratulations on passing your test!! That's a lot of studying and non-free time given to a good cause - and hopefully no more studying in the near future. :-D
    A beautiful reflection on St. Martha!
    Praying for you and Mike to be able to grow your family - waiting is the hardest part.