Category Archives: Reed

Less than a week

In less than a week we will be moved. Well, sorta. We pack up the moving truck this weekend, on the 4th of July no less… I guess you could say we have no plans for the 4th… :-\ – although I do hope we can do some sparklers or simple fire works with the boys… something to celebrate in the midst of all the packing.

We’ve had a rough few weeks… emotionally this has been so hard for me. I look so forward to it yet I dread the move. I think the stress of selling a home, finding a new home… all the while dealing with four boys, is just a lot to handle. It has without a doubt been one of our more stressful moves. In the midst of it all we got sick. We haven’t had a cold in over a year… and it seems as soon as things got busy, we got hit.

Our #medicinecabinet the last few days. Our insurance is not active for like a month so I'm avoiding taking Taite to the doctor for antibiotics. If I had insurance I probably would have gone just to get this junk gone faster. Antibiotics do serve their puOwen, Taite, Reed and Travis all got colds. Owen a few weeks prior. Then the other 3 really close together. Reed experienced his first night terror from it. It was horrible to witness… poor thing just screamed and screamed.

Our insurance right now is in a state of limbo too. Travis’ last job as a cop was June 19th.. with that, went our insurance. Our new insurance doesn’t kick in yet… so we are kind of in a vulnerable state. While we know if something major happened we would be okay (its complicated but the police dept. insurance we had, has a 1 mo. cushion for anything serious, like broken arms, etc…). So we knew we would be fine in those situations.. but with something like a cold… we knew going to the Doctor would just rack up some more bills. So we had to treat these bugs naturally.. and while it does take longer, it does work.

I used my rocky mountain oils religiously!! (btw, they have free shipping until the 30th!! be sure to take advantage of that). I diffused their Immune Strength blend (I make my own now, since I own all the oils in it). I also used their Immune Strength on the boys feet, my husbands feet… and myself. Even though I wasn’t sick, you better believe I was taking precautions not to get sick.

I also diffused their Breathe Ease oil to help the boys out with their cough and congestion.

Taite ended up with an ear infection… and to treat that I used Lavender & Melaleuca oil around the ear (mind you, never in the ear, do not put essential oils into your childrens ears!). I also used these garlic drops (I got mine from whole foods, but amazon has them too).

I also used Zarabees night time cough syrup with Taite. Seemed to help settle him A LOT. Walmart carries this btw. Its great and natural!

and… on top of it all, I made Taite and Travis (Reed couldn’t handle it obviously and Owen recovered really fast, so he never needed most of the above). I crushed up raw garlic with a grate… and put about a clove into a teaspoon of honey. Made them down it with a cup of whole milk… From what my friend Nichole told me (mom of 9), its a great natural antibiotic.

While we still have a lingering cough… there is no more ear infection… no more fevers…

Thankful that we were able to knock this out without a $100 doctor visit. :)

Essential Oils are awesome and I am thankful for natural healing.

I think our sweet Toby is a wee confused as to what is going on with all the furniture moving out and boxes. For three weeks he'll have to stay with my parents ???? I hope he does ok. We'll then have to move him again into our new house July 27th. HWe close on the house July 6th (Monday)… and make our way to SC that same day. We wont close on our house though until July 27th.. so for roughly 20 days we wont have a house. We have a place to stay though. I will stay with my parents and Travis’ will stay with a church member. Complicated :) – but thankful for options.

Pray for us as we get into some sort of routine out of our home… also for Toby our cat! He has to stay at my parents house with us… and there are some nerves right now on edge, worried he may have accidents or claw their nice furniture. He doesnt claw our furniture (Ever!!) but you just never know how an animal will respond in a change of environment. We have def. noticed Toby seems on edge since the “boxing” up the house began. I totally think animals sense change…

Sorry for the lack of blogging :) – I do miss it!

I look forward to blogging more once we move and settle. I cant wait to show everyone photos of our new house!!

Look back

I have a book I made after the 1st year we had here in Atlanta. A book I wanted to fill with memories of that 1st year… One my boys could look back (esp. the older two) and remember how God moved throughout a circumstance that was less than ideal at the moment. He knewContinue Reading

Few Packing in betweens

In between all the packing we’ve been doing. I did try and break out the camera some. Tomorrow we will have the realtor’s photographer come in. Its part of her percentage she takes, so despite being fully capable of doing the photos myself, I’m handing that rope off to her photographer and sitting this oneContinue Reading

Trip to the Farm

Trip to the Farm

I still haven’t decided if im keeping this blog or relocating to “Grace for that“… but since I don’t know what I will do yet, I figured Id post this post here for the time being :) – do check out www.graceforthat.com and comment, let me know what you think. Yay or nay on theContinue Reading

Rest of our Easter 2015 Pics :)

Rest of our Easter 2015 Pics :)

I totally meant to post these already… but im behind. Here are the rest of our Easter photos. We celebrated Easter with our old neighbors (who we lived beside for two years while in our City of Refuge Home). We have spent I believe every Easter with them since we moved here in 2011. ItsContinue Reading

Faint

Faint

Just a couple scriptures that have spoken to me lately. Thought Id share with those who don’t have instagram :) Those btw were made with the new IMAGE option in the Bible App. Its fun to create and free! & to end, a few grams from our weekend…. Our cat lives on the wild side.Continue Reading

Fire Fighter Museum

Fire Fighter Museum

Today we took a little field trip. We don’t do field trips often (although I hope one day we can be settled enough to do more with a local home school group… ). This trip worked out great. Travis has a 3 day weekend due to rotation week… so we made the best of aContinue Reading

Waking up with Reed

Waking up with Reed

Decided Id capture a few snippets of what I see every morning when I get baby Reed. It wont be long and he wont be in a crib any more.. and life with Reed will be different in a small way. I guess he isn’t so much a baby anymore… he seems so big eachContinue Reading

Teaching Care

Teaching Care

I get stopped often while out with my boys. Especially if I am running an errand… waiting in line somewhere… or trying on clothes (yes I have taken all four of my boys into a dressing room area – now that they are older they wait outside my dressing room, but you get the idea).Continue Reading

Being Boys

Being Boys

One thing I firmly believe in, is that we need to allow children to be children… to explore. Rip of the band aids… and learn to relax enough to let them play. To be boys. Without every moment worrying about how dirty they may get or “if” they may possibly encounter a bug… or aContinue Reading