Teaching our babes about Jesus

This year when I sat down to write goals and be inspired for 2018 in my business nothing came to me.  There was nothing...just blank pages!!   But I didn’t put much thought into the “why” because…..parenting, sleepless nights, traveling, holidays, flu virus,....all the things! You know the drill.  I was tired and my brain works at like 40% these days.  As I started thinking more and more about what I’m passionate about and what type of goals I would even want to focus on the Lord kept leading me to be inspired in my motherhood.  My personality is a go-getter type. I love to have goals and challenges and this year my focus has shifted a bit to be challenged in my motherhood.  As I scroll through instagram or flip through magazines what has stood out are the crafts to do with kiddos and the adventures to take them on.  

 

Hudson is 4 this month and Ford is 18 mos.  They are both at an age where their little minds are growing.  They’re playing with each other and they’re paying attention more to what’s going on around them.  A few weeks ago I was playing “solo parent”, because Jordan got caught in the blizzard of the century in Boston and didn’t come home for a few days, I was doing all of the bedtime routines alone.  As I laid in bed with Hudson I asked him if he wanted to pray.  He answered, “But when I pray God doesn’t hear me.  He never says anything back!”.  Usually Jordan is the one to do the bedtime drill with him while I rock Ford to sleep so this conversation was a first for me.  I was in tears thinking about all of the time I have with him and how it quickly slips away.  And as I do have time with him….what am I instilling in him?  What am I teaching him about Jesus?  I’m not the organized type so being intentional for me is a stretch.  I like to go with the flow and react rather than come prepared.  But seeing how fast these years are going by has me really inspired to think ahead and do some fun challenges with the babes to teach them about Jesus.

When I asked on social media what other moms do to teach them….there wasn’t a lot out there.  I think this is honestly a need.  Teaching doesn’t come naturally for a lot of us.  So for me, I need guidelines.  But I’m finding that I’m just going to have to make my own.

 

As I come up with little “lesson plans” i’m going to share with all of you so you can also use it for your babes at home!  It’s been fun to watch Hudson engage and learn from what we are teaching him!!  Share with us how you teach your babes! We would love to hear!

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Here's what we've been doing a couple of mornings during the week! And don't worry, I wonder if Hudson is paying attention at all or so annoyed or whatever! But I know it's just about slowly planting these seeds that will one day grow! So give your babes grace if they aren't that into it! :) . Also bribing with m&ms is always a solution! just sayin!

 

 

CHARACTER OF GOD: Creator

VERSE: In the beginning, God Created the heavens and the Earth.  Genesis 1:1

MORNING ROUTINE: During breakfast read a Bible story from the Rhyming Bible.  We have started with Genesis (obvi) and are talking about how God created the heavens and the Earth.  

CRAFT: As we are talking about how God created the heavens and the Earth, we are focusing on how He is a creator and he gives us the gifts and ability to create things too.  He even gave Noah plans to create and build an ark that saved his family's lives.  So we have tied in the Bible story about Noah and the Ark as well.  With that our craft has been to create a rainbow that shows the promise of God that God created himself.  It was super simple and easy to make.  Just buy some pipe cleaners on amazon, cut out cloud shapes on white paper and glue cotton balls to them.   Let your kiddos stretch the cotton balls out so that they are "cloudy".  They can also do the twisting of the pipe cleaners or pick out the colors.  I also bought Popsicle sticks to build a boat...but Hudson wasn't into it! :) 

   

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SONG:

To learn scripture that goes along with the lesson, we have been playing a kids worship song from "Seeds Family Worship".  They have an album that teaches about the character of God which is amazing!  The music is good and you wont want to crawl in a hole when you listen ;) I've played it for Hudson probably 5 times and he already sings it by himself.  Jordan has also been singing it with him at bedtime! <3

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These are a few little books that I bought at Barnes and Noble that are a fun little addition.  This is the Noah's Ark story book that I read to him to tie in our craft! You can find them here.

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To keep us reminded about the verse we are working on and the character we are talking about, we are using our little chalkboard wall to write on!

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Tag us on instagram and show us how you are teaching your kids!!! <3 

Pregnancy with Oils

I started the oily life shortly before I was pregnant with my first son, Hudson back in 2013.  I wasn't using oils very consistently but I knew I wanted a lot of them around during labor and postpartum.  They were SUCH a huge help for me and for him.  I came home from the hospital with a terrible cough ((maybe because I had been laboring for 40+ hours and my body was DONE)).  But using YL's oils in this situation was one of the first times I saw such amazing benefits and the power behind them.  My sister came to stay with us and help us with Hudson and she saw how the oils helped me also and we were all in shock.  

My second son just turned one and I went through my entire pregnancy with him FULLY using all of the oils that I possibly could and it was such a gift to me.  I think the biggest benefit to them while being pregnant is that you actually have some help and a natural option when you CANT use so many other things because....you're pregnant.  

My MUST HAVE list is this.  Now you're going to have to research all of the benefits on your own because the ways I used them I can't talk about because of FDA regulations.  SO get to researching!!!!!

Pregnancy: Cypress (normal blood flow), Lemon (support lungs), Frankincense (support lungs and muscle tension), Deep Relief (support aching feet and tension), Sleepyize-Lavender-Cedarwood (support sleep), Ningxia Red (another post on this coming soon. Claraderm Spray (listen, you might think that this one is a big investment but I'm telling you you NEED this spray.  I used it after using the bathroom every single time and it became my bestie)) AND MOST DEFINITELY Progessence Plus.  

The minute I got home from the hospital I started using Pro Plus.  I started off with 4 drops and worked my way up to 8.  Now I'm down to 6 currently after one year postpartum.  THIS is such a game changer for women of all ages.  Typically women of all ages have low levels of progesterone unless they are pregnant.  These low levels can wreak havoc on your body in countless ways.  THIS is how we "tame the dragon" if you know what I mean.  Pro Plus is a natural form of progesterone made from wild yams.  

I pulled some resources that I have loved for you to look through while you are pregnant and navigating postpartum.  I hope this helps!

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https://www.youngliving.com/…/pregnancy-and-essential-oils…/

https://www.youngliving.com/…/essential-oils-by-trimester-…/

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Important for digestion: Essentialzyme between meals or Essentialzyme-4 with food
Constipation: Prenatal with a good source of usable iron, ComforTone, Digest & Cleanse
Gums: Thieves oral care, Tea tree oil
 

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Using Supplements & Oils during Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum


Hydration is SO important during pregnancy and helps to normalize a lot of systems.


**Tip: before using oils on the skin during labor, drop into a wash cloth and smell them to make sure they aren't too strong at the time.


+Drink plenty of Ningxia Red throughout pregnancy and have on hand for labor and nursing
 

+Using oils to support your body's natural response to stress can really help you during labor. Use Endoflex on the neck, lower back and base of ribs. Nutmeg, myrtle, myrrh and cedarwood for adrenal support. 

+SuperCal provides calcium and magnesium. 

+Nursing: Basil and Fennel, start after baby is born and clean off breasts before nursing

+Make smoothies and add in Pure Protein Complete for an added boost of protein during pregnancy.  The baby needs a lot of protein and so do you.  This is the ONLY shake I will drink because it doesn't have toxic ingredients and added fillers.

+Supplements I highly recommend during pregnancy and postpartum: Ningxia Red, Multigreens, Life 9 (probiotic) and OmegaGize (omega 3).  THIS is my list!!!! OmegaGize is huge postpartum as well because of brain support during sleepless nights.

Oils: ((notes based off the class taught by Dr. Cindy Haggerton))
+Peppermint - energizing, great to diffuse while in labor, supports normal body temperature, use in toilet to urinate after giving birth. *Can decrease milk supply

+Lavender - use during pre-labor and for emotional support. Soothing to the stomach during contractions. Has a calming effect.

+Lemon - uplifting and energizing emotionally

+Frankincense - great for both emotional and skin support - can use on baby after birth for umbilical cord and on top of the head

+Cedarwood & Cypress - emotional support during labor and delivery

+Copaiba - use for muscle support, and can be applied to skin immediately after cut or tearing

+Claraderm - use on perineal area before and after childbirth

+DiGize - supports proper digestion during pregnancy

+Thieves - immune support, apply to bottom of feet
*Thieves cough drops are great to suck on while in labor

+RC - respiratory support, is energizing and can help prevent with exhaustion

+PanAway - great for muscle support and massage

+Purification - cleansing and immune support. Bring a bottle to spray in room after birth and use in bathroom.

+Stress Away - supports healthy blood pressure levels - great to diffuse during labor

+Citrus oils - liver support

+Lemongrass - soft tissue support

+Valor - supports proper alignment, use during labor on hips

+Release, Surrender and Clarity are great blends to use for emotional support during pregnancy and labor

+Animal Scents & Rose ointment - supports nipple and breast tissue

+Melrose - skin support, can be combined with a carrier oil to support the skin during a rash

+Ortho Ease massage oil - supports circulation

Gentle Baby - skin support
Other oils/products recommended to have on hand for labor and delivery:
Deep Relief
Cool Azul
Ningxia Nitro
Lavaderm
Tender Tush
Clary Sage

 Sweet baby Huddy

Sweet baby Huddy

 Pregnant with Hudson!!!

Pregnant with Hudson!!!

 Sweet first days with Hudson!

Sweet first days with Hudson!

 Seeing Hudson become a big brother has grown my love for him. &nbsp;His heart is so sweet, encouraging and tender for others!!

Seeing Hudson become a big brother has grown my love for him.  His heart is so sweet, encouraging and tender for others!!

Hey there, mama!

Routines and babies and responsibilities and all the responsibilities.  Becoming a mom for me was like the crash course on how do LIFE as an adult.  I went from working for myself, waking up whenever I wanted to, traveling all the time, setting my own work hours, going to the gym 5 times a week, leaving the house alone with no one dragging behind me holding onto the back of my shirt while I choke on my coffee and try not to slam any fingers in the car doors, you know all the responsibility free lifestyle situations...to the opposite of all of those things.  

 

Becoming a mom opened up a lot of things that I had never dealt with in my life. On the surface what it ended up looking like was just a lot of anxiety.  I knew that at the core were a lot of roots that were attached to many things.  I worried about Hudson’s health, was he okay? Is he growing fast enough? Is he developmentally where he needs to be?  I worried about his safety.  Are these foods going to make him sick? Is he buckled up tight enough? Is he buckled up too tight? Is swaddling safe? Is he still breathing?  Can I breathe for him?  I worried about if I knew what I was doing.  Do I put him to sleep now or later?  Will I remember to feed him?  Did I bring the diapers?  Will someone tell me how to do this, please?!?!?! Yall! I’m KNOW that so many of you relate to this.  The tasks associated with the call to motherhood are a lot.  I can tell you that.  Of course it’s rewarding, yes.  But it’s a constant process of dying to selfishness and serving someone unconditionally.  Serving them because you love them, that’s all.  Whew! That was a heart lesson for me.  I have never understood unconditional love until this season.  I could talk for hours on what surfaced in my heart in the last 4 years.  And I have no idea what will continue to be ripped out and cleared out so that new, fresh life can grow.    

 

I have learned to not listen to the lies of worry.  Worry leads to NOTHING good.  I’ve worked to evaluate if that thought is a caution that I should listen to or if it’s a fear that is irrational.  If it’s a caution to pay attention to then I work to find a solution and strategy to protect Hudson and Ford against whatever it is that could be bad for them.  I feel that caution a lot when it comes to their health.  There are so many unknowns when it comes to the decisions we have to make for our babies for their health.  So my husband and I have committed to adding things into their lives to be PROACTIVE instead of reactive.  And BENEFICIAL instead of potentially detrimental.  

 

A big contributor to the proactive side of their health is adding in oils.  Nearly every day I say to my husband or my friends that I don’t know what I would do if we weren’t able to grab some of these oils to help our babies.  In this season of life if there is something that will make our lives more convenient and safe then I go for it.  I’ve learned that it isn’t the season for me to take on a lot more that I can handle and it IS the season to invest in things that I trust whether that’s with money or time.  

 

I have seen countless testimonies from mamas pour in on how they have helped those little bodies.  So I want to share with you some of the most common go-tos I have seen from these sweet mamas.

 

Here are two and more will come!  

 

+Immunity + Sleep

Everyone wants to keep babes healthy.  And everyone wants to get those toddler to bed quick.  Remember to always check the dilution ratios for your babes before applying.  You can find that on Young Living’s blog here.


 

+IMMUNITY ROLLER

+5 Drops Thieves +5 Drops Lemon +Two pumps of Liquid Coconut oil or V6 Carrier

We apply this to Hudson’s feet daily in the mornings and especially before he goes to his school.


+SLEEP ROLLER

+Kidscents Sleepyzie applied to feet

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+5 Drops Lavender +5 Drops Orange +3 Drops Cedarwood + Two pumps of Liquid Coconut oil

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+5 Drops Lavender +3 Drops Trauma Life +3 Drops Dream Catcher + Two pumps of Liquid Coconut oil

We apply the sleep blend to Hudson’s feet, chest and back of neck before doing our bedtime routine.