Thursday, May 1, 2014

Serenity is working!

FINALS! The dreaded school finals are over and I can breathe! I had plans to really track the affects of doTERRA oils on Zack, but in actuality, I have only been able to make observations and mental notes. Here is what I can tell you at this point: I will not stop using doTERRA oils! Why? Because they are making a huge difference in Zack's ability to process the strong emotions that he feels! I would say that his biggest trip up is anxiety. Anxiety may not be all inclusive, but it is a good summation, so I'll stick with it. If he THINKS I am going to be upset with him for anything, his body automatically responds with a very strong sense of anxiety. If he THINKS that a younger brother is going to do something to annoy him on purpose, he is instantly in that same state of mind...extreme anxiety. It is very hard to communicate with someone who responds to a very minor situation with such a huge emotional response. It is taxing for HIM and for everyone around him. (maybe even the neighbors, as well!) Now that I have described the "before oils" Zack, let me describe the "after oils" Zack. Peace. Calm. Perfection? But, I'll take the peace and calm! I think at this point, we are creating a new normal. Whereas it was normal for him to hyper-respond, now we are working on retraining his response to situations that would otherwise have been hard for him. The result has been that we are all calmer which definitely helps HIM be calmer. Oils of choice? Well, we started by using the blend called Balance for two weeks. Zack responded well to this oil and we definitely noticed that he was able to process situations of conflict a bit easier. We switched to the Serenity blend and have noticed an even bigger difference. Last weekend, it hit me that we made it the whole weekend without any drama! Zack has always been good about expressing his feelings (typically coupled with rage) but with the oil, he has been able to express them calmly! I love that he can talk through and process his thoughts in a much more calm manner! It makes it so much easier to navigate through difficult situations! I know that this is a long post and there aren't any pictures to break it up, but hang in there, I'm almost done thinking out loud! At this point, I'm not sure I want to move on to the next oil we have to try, which is Citrus Bliss. My plan was to try one at a time, but if Serenity can help him this much, I'm loathe to give it up. I'll let you know what we decide!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

To doTERRA or not doTERRA

Over the years, we have tried many different medications and therapies for Zack to help him with the affects of autism. Some meds have been beneficial; most have not. The therapy that made the biggest impact on him was chelation. I won't get into the details of that on this post, but after the very first treatment, he stopped most of his repetitive body motions. This was years ago, and he is now almost 18 years old. Last year, due to our medical insurance changing the tier that his most recent medication was in, we could no longer afford to pay for it. (and that was WITH insurance!) We made the decision to take him off all meds and just monitor his diet. Although he has done ok without his medication, it hasn't been trouble free. Now, here we are, facing sweeping healthcare changes due to Obamacare, and more than ever, it looks like our health is in our own hands and we need to really start thinking more naturally-minded about how we approach things! Looking back over the last six months, I can see time and time again where people have talked about essential oils and my interest has been gradually building. I was approached by a friend to give them a try based on how the oils have been helping her child. I finally made the decision to go for it and we are getting ready to launch a doTERRA experiment! So far, I have used a long list of samples on him, layering them on his big toe and up his neck and spine. After some careful consideration, I have decided that I am going to try one oil at a time with him and evaluate the affects (or lack, thereof) and keep the results posted in my blog. This post is longer and ramblier (my new word!) than normal, but this is my introduction in a nutshell. So, if you are interested...stay tuned! I will leave you with a picture of my highly active, normally can't be still for even one second, lanky, soon to be 18 year old son. This is him right after I "anointed" him with doTERRA oils!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

1st Birthday of the Year award goes to.......

Nathanael!  Otherwise known as Nate the Great.  Nate, my 3rd son, and fourth child,  
was my first homebirth.....6 years ago. 
Really?  It's not fair that time goes so fast.  
Wasn't this just yesterday?  

Well, I can't escape reality.  He's six years old, and loves cowboy boots so much that I'm not sure what we'll do this summer when it's time to wear shorts.  Can you get away with wearing cowboy boots with shorts when you are six?  Since his old pair were quite worn out, we thought that a new pair would be just the thing to get him for his birthday.  Rob left work for a bit to meet me at 
West of Ole England to help him pick out a new pair.  A quick, but fun excursion.  

As per Nate's request, his birthday dinner menu looked like this:  
hot dogs
Dr. Pepper

Mommy added:  baked beans
baked potato salad

Healthy, huh?  Nate also ordered a lemon flavored cake with white icing, monster trucks and cars.  Thank goodness for Google!  I got some ideas in no time as to how to put that cake all together.  

And thus begins the birthday season!  Next up?  Me!  :-)  I used to be first.....

Monday, March 7, 2011

Crafty Classroom Giveaway!

The Crafty Classroom has a wonderful giveaway this week!  While you are visiting her blog, be sure to check out all her fun ideas and homeschooling hints.  This site has a wealth of information and it'll quickly be one of your favorites! 

Here's what she is giving away:

A program for 2-3 year olds. It uses colorful books, songs, games and activities about animals to introduce the alphabet, numbers, shapes & colors. This program is designed to excite your child about school. Each day has different ideas to keep your child busy as well as the flexibility to work at your own pace. Bible time will introduce creation and other Bible stories that will give a Biblical foundation. You will also learn some Biblical characteristics by looking at animals

A homeschool program targeting students in K3-K5. The programs Biblical focus is on the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians. The student will learn Bible verses and stories that teach different “fruit” and character qualities. In this program the student will master letter sounds using a vertical phonics approach. Math concepts cover counting, number recognition, colors and shapes, measurement, ordering, and more.
They will explore the body, nutrition and healthy habits for science. Each lesson tries to target different learning styles. There is a variety of different worksheets and activities to keep learning fun and engaging. There are “Bigger Step” options for those students who are ready to do some book work and are ready to read.

A program developed when a homeschool mom couldn’t find a cursive program that she was 100% satisfied with. As a result, The Joy of Handwriting was born. She took the best methods and ideas that she thought would work best and developed a program that is high quality and easy to use with kindergarteners as well as older elementary students. After having such good success with her own kindergarten student she wanted to make it available for others to try. The program was originally developed for cursive handwriting, but updated with a manuscript version

Good luck!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Why Bother?

I have hesitated to blog lately for many reasons.  The first reason being:  there are tons of blogs on the net to fit all kinds of personalities.  The blogs I love to click through happen to be along the lines of
inspirational like this one,
crafty blogs like this one,
or food blogs,  like this, for example.  

While I love reading blogs, and I do like to blog, I still hesitate.  Why?  The question for me, is 'Why Bother'?  With so many top notch blogs out there, who needs mine?  Another reason I hesitate (and it's a big one for me) is I don't want anyone reading this to think I'm bragging about where I have been with my kids, what I made for dinner or what crafty thingy I have made lately.  Truth is, I'm NOT crafty!  I just happen to love copying OTHER people's craftiness!    I love finding new ideas for cooking.  And I love passing it all on because, let's face it....worn out moms like me need all the inspiration we can find!  So, I may not have beautiful words of wisdom, or an original thought in my head, but what I do glean, I pass on to you.  It's not about me.  Please believe me!  I guess my blog is sort of like my journal.  I find great ideas for life and I need to remember them and pass them on.  

OK.  I DO have ONE GOOD reason for blogging.  My Mother!  She loves to keep updated on her grand kids, and this is a great way to do that for her.  So, for that reason alone, I'll keep at this.  :-)  And hope and pray that nobody takes this blog as my "bragging page".  'Cause it certainly isn't meant to be that.  :-)  :-)  OK?  :-)

Whew!  Guess what?  My sister and her 5 beautiful children are coming for a visit very soon!  I'm beside myself with excitement!  I can't wait to hug her neck and all the nephews and nieces, too, of course!  We have plans.  Yup!  One of those is to get all 10 of our children together for a NICE cousin photo.  (Nice meaning no dirty fingers or faces, combed hair and .....matching outfits.  

Well, ok, matching shirts, anyway.  I lucked out at Old Navy with cheap polo's and free shipping.  Since I typically buy new polo's for my boys for Easter, I figured the shirts can do double duty.  Cousin photo AND Easter.  'Cause they were so cheap, I outfitted my nephews with some snazzy matching polo's as well.  Still have to figure out what the 3 girls will wear.  

 Photo location: thinking of the possibilities.  Here are a few choices for a green location.  

Which location is your favorite?