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Broken

IMG_9468I spoke briefly about this on my instagram over the weekend… but thought I would speak about it in more detail on my blog.

On Friday this weekend… my family and I went to a nearby beach/lake type place about 20 minutes from our home. While our neighborhood has a nice pool for the boys to cool off in, after the same ol’ pool, the boys often want to swim elsewhere. So the lake is a good option and close by. So Friday we went on our way to this lake… Up til this point we had been twice before. Both times enjoying our time there with no issues at all. We’ve noticed if you go on a week day, there is literally no one there. A friday however, seems to be the day people come out.

So we pull up to this lake… and begin to unload and set up our picnic area nearby. This lake has about 10 picnic tables in the shade right by the lake. So its nice to be able to relax, eat a picnic on an actual table, all the while watching your kids play on the shore.

While Travis prepped charcoal for a grill… and I helped baby Reed get into the chips. We all of a sudden heard a lady yell at the top of her longs “HEY KID! Don’t be throwing Sh$* at my kid!!” – My automatic reaction was “Oh no, she better not have said that to my child…” but even more so I was thinking “Who in their right mind is cussing at the volume in front of children!” I had a very big rush of anger hit my entire body and the Mama Bear in me wanted nothing more than to get my COP Husband to arrest her HAHAHA… Although, he obviously had no grounds at that moment.

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I cannot even imagine the brokeness my husband has to face daily in his line of work right now. I know he has had to deal with suicides face on… people shooting their brains against the wall or hanging themselves in a bedroom. He also has to deal with families broken and falling apart… spouses going at each other and neighbors bickering over someone stepping foot onto their grass. He see’s it all…. and I know because of that he was able to retain a proper composer better than I was.

I was so upset at that woman that it completely ruined my entire night. I could not relax… and was watching my children like hawks to make sure they stayed away from her. We could hear her continue to drop curse words throughout her conversation with her friends, as she sat in the water smoking a cigarette… but we just spoke to our boys and kept them away.

Her behavior makes me never want to go back to that place.

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I am trying very hard to remember that we cannot shelter our children. We can in some degree…. and I believe it is wise to protect our children from the world… but one way or another, our children will hear the F bomb, or random curse words. They will be faced to see the depravity of our world, one day.

Caleb who will turn 10 next week, noticed a magazine cover at a grocery check out the other day. He looked at it and saw Robin William’s’ face on it. He then saw where it had his birth date… and date of his death. Caleb was very confused as to what the two numbers meant and asked me what happened. He knew who Robin William’s was… and ill be honest. I had no intention of telling Caleb he had killed himself…. I didn’t want Caleb to face that truth until he was older. I didn’t feel he needed to. He loved Robin William’s in Jumanji and in Hook. Why tell him he killed himself? … you know? However, in that moment of our conversation Caleb asked me point blank. “How’d he die?” and I knew, I had to be honest. So I told him what happened… and I just saw a very puzzled 9 year old looking back at me and he just said “Why would anyone do that?”

It was sad to have that conversation with Caleb.

It made me sad for him.

The Brokenness of our world is all over… and my prayer is just that my boys would come to know Christ early… and grow in a maturity from a very young age. I want them to be equip for battle against the depravity we face… and know they have a Savior who can see them through.


And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
- Phil 1:9-11

The same week I faced this situation at the lake, I also came across randomly a persons instagram account that had photographs of a blogger I followed for years. The photographs looked like paparazzi photos, taken of her, to do nothing more than poke fun. The person created their instagram account to belittle this individual, ridicule… and bully this mom. This person also has a website that is there to expose personal things about this person. From police reports, to bank statements and other information regarding their family. Now while I do not believe the person they are doing all this against is innocent… regardless of what she has done in her life or is doing, NO ONE deserves to be bullied or treated the way this person on instagram is doing… Calling her names like Fat Cow… Check out that Neck, Spare Tire, and so forth… everything about what that person is doing is just complete evidence of our worlds depravity and state. That anyone would think that doing that is right, is beyond me.

… and yet, we live in a world today, that would actually allow this type of person to accumulate followers who agree with her bullying ways, as if her words are justified by the way this mom is living.

IMG_9496-3Where have we gone? What is wrong with people!?

Satan has got a grip on peoples hearts – people are literally blind to their wrongs.

The night we came home from that beach… while I felt very weighed and heavy by what had happened… my husband ended our evening, with a family devotional time. He tries to do this every night with the boys. This particular evening a neighbors boy happened to be over. We asked him if he wanted to join and he said yes. This young boy who I believe is 8, sat on our couch… heard my husband speak about how much God has done for us… and ended the time with songs of praise. We sang songs like the Doxology… and this young boy who said “I’ve never even heard these songs but I like them!” – sang along with us and ended the evening praising God from whom all blessings flow, without even realizing I am sure what he was saying.

All we can do is learn to be a light in this dark world….

I don’t think my light shined very bright at that beach :) – but I know the Lord was pleased with our end to the evening by inviting that boy to be a part. Even tho part of me didn’t want him there – ashamed as I am to admit that. Even those with good intentions can be selfish. I would not be where I am or who I am without God working in my heart too. Cause really without him, I can be pretty harsh myself… Thankful for Grace.

Essential Oil Back to School Giveaway

ED9A5565For those local to me, the journey back to school has already begun. However, I know lots of peeps elsewhere that have not begun…. so I suppose this giveaway is a little late for the Georgia peeps but just in time for those in other states with later start dates.

With going back to school comes the dreaded war of germs…

Even though we homeschool, we face this as well. Not to the degree of those in a public or private school setting… most of our colds seem to come from parks, grocery carts or church nurseries. Kids getting bugs, regardless of where they attend school, is a part of life… It seems to be something you just get use to once school starts. Or maybe not. I kinda don’t get use to it ;-) – and with 4 kids now, having a house with sickness, is so difficult.

If I know of a way to keep my kid from getting sick, I am all for it.

Rocky Mountain Oils (AKA NAN) would like to giveaway some essential oils today on my blog!

TWO hand picked oils geared towards going back to school. Two oils I own and have used for many months now. Two oils I love and lather my kids in.

Those two oils are called:

Attention Assist & Immune Strength.

To those unfamiliar with Rocky Mountain Oils… yet familiar with Young Living or DoTerra EO… Immune Strength is comparable to Young Living’s Thieves® Oil and DoTerra’s OnGuard.

Immune Strength is: Formulated to strengthen the immune system and is a powerful all around maintenance oil. It is beneficial against infections, inflammation, viruses, bacteria, fungus, parasites, and microbes, a general tonic, supportive to the nerves, respiratory, urinary and circulatory systems.” The blend of oils in this product are formulated to assist in protecting the body from the onset of malaria, flu, colds, and coughs.

Read more on this oil over on the Rocky Mountain Oil website. It has so many benefits.

Any time we plan to go into a public setting with lots of lil germie hands :) – I use this oil. I prep my oils into roller bottles… Making it easier for my kids to apply the oils on themselves when needed. They are always monitored though. Oils are expensive. Last thing I want is a kid getting happy with a bottle and wasting oil.

Diffusing them is also one of the main ways I use my oils. I think breathing them in is key, esp. when sickness is going around.

Next oil…

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Attention Assist is: Formulated specifically to help you treat ADD and ADHD. In research tests it was established that these oils were definitely beneficial for those with ADD and ADHD. The Vetiver was the most effective, showing that it helped 100% of the test cases*. Since all the oils in the study showed some benefit, we have blended them together so that all their benefits are synergized into a powerful blend.” – Read more about this oil on the Rocky Mountain Oil Website.

ED9A5564I diffuse Attention Assist any time we school. I find it really helps my children to stay on task. In fact I schooled the other day without it and there was a significant difference. We made it through “A” single science lesson…. that was it, before my boys minds began to wonder and showed signs of irritability and the inability to pay attention or focus. The oils help without a doubt. DIFFUSE DIFFUSE DIFFUSE! :) I keep the larger AROMACLOUD Diffuser from Rocky Mountain Oils in the school room for those curious. I also have the smaller one. EITHER one works great. The larger one just requires less refilling. The image to the right shows the AROMACLOUD on full blast. It puts out a pretty large cloud. My kids love to just stare at it.

Alright, to the good stuff.

I have 6 bottles to giveaway.
So 3 winners! Each winner will get an Immune Strength as well as an Attention Assist Oil!

Canadian’s and USA readers may apply.

I have a few ways to enter… but one way is mandatory to enter. You will need to sign up for the Rocky Mountain Oil Newsletter. It is a great one to be a part of… and you will not be spammed or hassled with daily emails. Those who subscribe to them will be the first to be notified of discounts and promotions up to 50% off. So if you plan to purchase any oils from them, its worth signing up for any way. They send out around 3-4 emails a month. Thats it!

Additional entries can be acquired as well.
Below is a Raffle Copter Widget. Check it over in order to enter.
If you have any questions or have trouble entering feel free to comment. I will help you out.

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Disclosure: I was not provided with these oils in order to conduct this giveaway. The oils are mine and purchased by myself. Thankful to Rocky Mountain Oils who agreed to sponsor this giveaway however and is shipping the winners prizes direct. They rock!

Feel free to read WHY I chose to go with Rocky Mountain Oils over the more popular brands out there today HERE.

Learn how to make my homemade lotion bars using their oils HERE.

My go to BUG spray using their oil Bug-Off HERE.

…and a new favorite surface cleaner recipe using their lemon oil HERE.



Be sure to take advantage of the coupon code
Rocky Mountain Oil’s has issued me as well.
“wood10″ at checkout – 10% off your order.

**EXPIRES August 31st!**

In just a week – ailments!

#homeschoolbreak by the pool  #homeschool #wesleptinIn just 1 week.

We had 2 kids barf. More than once.  Stomach bug… food poisoning. The world may never know. Whatever it may be… anything barf, is about as bad as it gets in my book (for child related cold-issues). I hate everything about throw up… and would rather give birth without any pain killers, than to barf for hours. NO THANKS!

Parents came in town. Always nice… but was a lil scared they may contract whatever nasties we had… thankfully they did not.

While they visited. Owen contracted some weird facial rash. Pretty sure it is some sort of poison ivy rash…. sent it to a friend of mine who went to school for skin stuff and works for a dermatologist… shes pretty confident that is what it is.

Tonight Reed fell, hit his fore head onto a wall socket plate. Split the plate with his head, resulting in a Y shaped cut on his fore head. Thankful a band aid did the trick this time but it may leave a small scar. Then again, maybe not.

I tell you though. Some weekends I feel as if every wall is caving in. I think the overly rainy weather in Georgia has been putting extra fuel to the fire… I hate rainy days… A RAINY DAY, is ok. COUNTLESS ONES, not so much. I believe in environmental changes affecting peoples moods and depression. As much as I hate heat, I need sunshine. Amen.

We hoped to attend church tonight after Travis got off work. That also did not happen. He got stuck at work and didn’t make it home in time. I was looking forward to going too. So that was kinda a bummer. Although we did get some much needed house stuff going tonight. Still. Sunday for me without church, feels off. Worship is so important. When you miss it, you feel it.

In it all. Thankful to be in a country where we are safe… where our children are sleeping comfortably in bed…

Travis showed me some stuff going on overseas with Christians being persecuted… to the point they started to behead their children…. I try not to even think about it to much because its so terrible to think of. PURE EVIL… how messed up… and sad. Really you cant even put into words how terrible that is.

Prayers go out to those there… I truly cannot imagine.

 

 

 

Diffused – Repost

You all know I love diffusing EO. I own a few diffusers and love them all. Recently I found one though that was a little cheaper than most available. While I love my Rocky Mountain Oil / NAN Diffusers (I recommend those before the one below… but both do the job), I do realize people have budgets (amen)… and sometimes you have to bargain shop in certain areas. While I don’t suggest going with dirt cheap oils (there’s something to be said if the price is to good to be true)… when it comes to things like a diffuser, I think its ok to look for price cuts. Esp. if it is an item for a child, who may not be the most gentle with things. If they break a $25 diffuser its one thing. They break an $80.00 one, Id prob loose it.

I purchased my oldest a diffuser from the company Puritan’s. Feel free to CLICK HERE to view the diffuser. Its $5.00 off right now and shipping is free!

It works well and its easy enough for my 9 year old to fill up and use himself. It does not produce the amount of steam that my NAN/RMO diffusers produce… but it still produces the smell just fine. So if you are looking for a cheaper alternative that is an option.

I am now off to clean my closet. Its in a disastrous mess!

My parents are in town visiting… so see yall next week. Hopefully I will get up my giveaway then for some free oils.

In the mean time… Here are some popular pinned post of mine to look back on.

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Farewell Facebook, leaving yall with photos :)

This month Aug-Sept… I plan to take a HUGE leave from Social Media… well facebook mainly. I have done this in the past… just not for this length of time… so we shall see how it goes…

Lately I have just been a bit tired of facebook. Streaming the feeds brought nothing but harsh feelings for me… often times I saw people speaking in ways I knew, without any doubt, they would never speak or say things in that manner, in person. I saw people post on there every few moments it seemed… and it just got me questioning the wisdom in always being connected. Every 4 post is a random video from youtube… and an inappropriate ad.

While I for one see the great use and pro’s to social media… esp. for those who use it for any sort of business…. the constant need to be known and seen by those around us, is consuming and often times not the best.

You can’t help but get drawn in….

On evenings when my husband would be at work on a special holiday… Id log into facebook, only to be faced with feelings of loneliness and envy. Wishing my husband would be there… envying what others had… lonely… and questioning why my friends weren’t calling… or reaching out, when I needed it. I would put expectations on people, who really didn’t deserve that. My brokenness only seemed to be magnified by the constant desire to feel important and seen, heard…

While I do plan to try and keep up with my facebook messages… as it is tied into my business. Groups I am a part of who stay connected and tie into my business, can’t be put off for a month… even if I wish it could some times… I cant just abandon it completely… I think the damage of social media comes though not from those things… but from the streaming…. and obsessiveness of it.

I deleted facebook from my iphone… to avoid temptation
(shame that you feel tempted by social media huh?)…

I will not stream feeds….

I have a few friends due with babies soon …. that do not live near me… so I do intend around the time of their due date, to check on them… and look at “their facebook page” only…

So here is to the break… yall want to take the challenge and take it with me?? if so, comment letting me know – Id love to know who’s following and who plans to do the same. I btw will still be on Instagram and blogging. So if you follow me on Instagram you will see updates there. Far less drama on instagram than facebook :) – @dreawood – is my handle.

To end… I very rarely post lots of photo work on my personal blog. I kinda leave all that for my photography blog… but for some reason tonight, I was looking through some photo work of mine… and felt like posting some. May as well, leave facebook for this time with a shout out to all my amazing clients from the last year or so.

I have been a bit burned out with my photography these days. A little bummed by a lag in business… and a little stressed over the fact we depend on my business… with Travis’ current job situation, my income is a must for us… We never ever wanted it that way though. My main responsibility was to be with our 4 boys… not working. While some don’t seem to mind working full time… for me, its not a desire… and often times very hard to balance motherhood and work… not to mention schooling children.

Thankful for the clients I have that are loyal… encouraging. So amazingly generous and kind. I may not have as many as some photographers… but the ones I do have, are the best. Thank yall for all the great memories and fun.

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*instagram photo shooting the above shot*

Shot the beautiful @Jessie Faucette today while in nc. She was beautiful carrying her twin boys. So fun to photograph people from wedding to baby births :) I love that part of being a photographer. #atlantaphotographer

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For those curious in what gear I am using…
(although I think most who have read my blog for a while, know this…)

I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III
My lenses rotate around a bit, typically always a Canon 50mm 1.4, 28mm 1.8 and the 85mm 1.8.

Those are my favs! :) Would love more gear… but moneys tight… so you use what you got and you MAKE IT WORK. Gear doesn’t make the photographer… the photographer makes the gear. So work with what you are using and press on.

Editing software I typically use, Lightroom 4.