Sunday, February 25, 2018

Isaac Turns 5!

Five years ago today, our firstborn son was born, and changed our world forever. :)
We are so thankful to the Lord for Isaac's life! From the time he was a baby, he has always been an easy-going child who has been a joy to be around! As time has gone on, it has been such fun to see him develop into a cheerful, helpful, creative, bright little boy who loves life and is learning to love the Creator of life!

This past year has been particularly full of growth for Isaac in different ways. It hasn't been instant, but rather day by day, line upon line, here a little, there a little.  Not only is he taller, but he is more mature, more capable, more helpful, and more "grown up." He no longer uses a bib or a booster chair. He rarely has potty accidents while sleeping anymore. He can be counted on to do a job and has learned how to rinse dishes, fold laundry, crack eggs, and sweep floors in addition to other chores. He is now reading simple books and excitedly completed his kindergarten math book as of this month! He has also made a lot of progress with writing numbers and letters although Bible, science, and art remain his favorite aspects of school.

I love to see Isaac's personal interests awaken and deepen as he grows. This past year, he has spent a lot of time creating and building. Block towers and blanket forts are his specialty. He still thrives on playing/working outside and LOVES to play games of any kind!  His competitive spirit seems as strong as his daddy's! ;) 

Isaac has grown a lot in his desire and ability to obey quickly. He has also become more responsible and diligent with his work. He absolutely dotes on his baby brother Silas and is a particular help to me by playing with him while I prepare meals. Lest you think he is perfect, though, he is still working on kindness and patience with the other brothers along with not whining! ;) 

Exciting as all the growth in his life is, seeing Isaac's understanding of the Bible and spiritual matters deepen has been the greatest joy of this past year! He seems to have a really good grasp on concepts like sin, forgiveness, salvation, who God is, why Jesus came, and what it means to be a Christian. His child-like faith is genuine and I can't wait to see how it will continue to develop!

Here is my annual collection of pictures from the birthday boy's past year of life!

His 4th birthday last year.

A Curious George party!

Meeting Silas for the first time.

Look at that proud big brother!

Handsome little fella.

All dressed up for church with Grandmommy!

Liquid water colors, salt, droppers, and a mirror = lots of fun sensory play outside!

Counting practice and snack time all at once!

Dressing up as a soldier.

One of his many creations.

Some kind of fancy house.

Carousel ride at Silver Dollar City

Checking out Branson, Missouri with Mom from a high lookout point!

Silly boys!

Learning to write.

First day of school.

Fine motor practice.

Making a hot air balloon all on his own.

Big painting.

Spelling at work.

Weaving with fabric scraps on chicken wire.

More writing practice.

An art project.

A trip to a fun farm!

Little boys' paradise!

Man of Mud.

Sensory writing.

Firefighters do math too!

A pumpkin volcano!

Exercises with Granddaddy!

King Isaac!

Indian boys.

Meeting Alistair.

Snow lovers!

So much improvement in his writing!

Happy Birthday to our big 5-year-old!
(photo credit: Jessica Edwards)

We love you!
(photo credit: Jessica Edwards)

Monday, February 5, 2018

A Little Update on My Side Business

You guys!
I am amazed, excited, and blessed by something so much that I had to share!
I just sat down at my kitchen table and wrote out a list of everyone I PERSONALLY know (not just strangers on the internet) who have been helped by the natural products that I share about. These are MY friends and family who have jumped onboard the “let’s get healthy from the roots up” train with me...and the changes they have experienced as a result are INCREDIBLE!
- I could tell you about one friend who had pre-diabetic blood sugar numbers that have lowered into a healthy range, is off acid reflux meds, and has lower cholesterol.
- I could tell you about my own mother who is restored from adrenal fatigue, has a stronger immune system, has energy to care for her aging parents, and lost 10 pounds to boot!
- I could tell you about another friend whose seasonal allergies and sinus infections improved drastically, who is enjoying clearer skin, stronger nails, and who lost weight!
- I could tell you about another friend who no longer struggles with anemia, has energy to keep up with her toddlers, has much healthier skin, and is now actually absorbing the nutrients from her foods/supplements.
- Or how about my friend who is free from the disconcerting issue of heart palpitations and the pain of hemorrhoids?
- Or my other friend whose tremendous pain levels from fibromyalgia have been cut in half?
- I could tell you about my dad’s victories over tendon pain and prostate inflammation.
- I could tell you about a 73 year old man who no longer deals with gout or sugar cravings or blood pressure medications, and who lost 20 pounds!
- On the other end of the age spectrum, I could tell you about a teenage girl who is getting much needed help with low blood sugar problems that were causing concerning symptoms.
And this is less than HALF my list!
I am truly, truly thankful for all of the above! It never ceases to amaze me how God has built into His creation of plants, minerals, and animals the very things needed to keep our bodies running well!