Balance

I’ve entered into a new season of life and it’s exciting and changing. When I reflect on my responsibilities it amuses me because not one thing was on my ‘life radar’.

In my life I would be dressed up every day heading to an office where I’d climb a corporate ladder and be self-sufficient in my finances. Instead, I’m at home (often in my pajamas) out on complete faith, repeating scripture back to God.

In my life I would have dreamt of being a fashion designer with no confidence to try. Instead, I’ve drawn fashion illustrations (when I said I couldn’t draw), made a few pieces (when I said I couldn’t sew), and started pattern making (there’s no way I would’ve attempted that on my own).

In my life I would’ve stayed on medications and lived with a ‘that’s just what you do’ mentality. Instead, I’m into these weird oils that resulted in a jewelry line where I get to create and design.

In my life I would’ve never had kids because they’d take away from my life. Instead, I’ve learned a new level of selflessness and these little creations have brought unimaginable joy.

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Life for me now consists of being a wife, mom, small business owner, house manager, ministry leader, family member, and friend. While I know where my strength comes from, that’s a lot of ground to manage.

So much of my life has been a tiring race of planning and doing. It’s just ‘what we do’ right? We plan and conquer. We try to get done so we can get on to the next thing and our days become blurs of busyness. I could make a daily life checklist and feel temporarily accomplished but there would be no room for excitement in that.

I believe balance comes from finding enjoyment in the season we’re in. To put down the cell phone, to close the lap top, to rest with God, laugh with my husband, make pancakes with my girl, and hold my teething boy. For me, that’s a deeper level of selflessness.

If you’re feeling bogged down and overwhelmed I challenge you to look at areas of your life that are consuming your time but not benefiting your spirit. What really needs a yes and where can you confidently say no? And then there’s that thing called discipline that comes from dying to your self. Ah, there’s the answer I was looking for.

Be blessed,

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DIY: Essential Oil Blends

Joining Young Living has been one of the best decisions I’ve made this year, they offer a variety of products that promote health and wellness. I use my oils every day, all day long and now I can’t imagine not having them around. I was excited about my most recent essential rewards order that had 2 free oils {aroma seiz & ravinstara} free thieves cleaner, my purchase of copaiba, and these convenient rollerball caps.

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To make these blends I first cleaned up empty oil bottles I had put aside {don’t trash your empty bottles}, wrapped them with washi tape and labeled with a marker. I followed the recipes below then topped off the bottles with grape seed oil and attached the rollerball caps. Enjoy!

Skin
{apply directly on any skin irritation}
7 drops lavender
7 drops tea tree

Motivation
{apply to wrist, temples, & back of neck when you need a push during the day}
5 drops geranium
5 drops orange
5 drops lavender

Sleep
{apply to wrists, bottom of feet, temples, & back of neck before bed}
5 drops lavender
5 drops cedarwood
5 drops copaiba

Wake Up!
{apply to wrists, neck, and temples first thing in the morning}
5 drops grapefruit
5 drops black pepper
5 drops peppermint

Blessings

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Sacrificial Love

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It’s another week day and I’ve been busy cleaning, making food, changing diapers, and reading children’s books. I’ve been in a good mood working in my purpose and enjoying another day of what God’s called me to. The end of the day is starting to approach and my husband walks through the door, greeting me and the children. I’ve waited expectantly for this moment so that I can be back with my favorite person.

Then something happens.

My mood completely shifts and the tasks I’ve been doing happily, I now act as if they’re burdensome. I was perfectly content doing what I needed to but as soon as he steps through the door I start focusing on all the things he should be helping with.

Somehow he is able to sit down while Alaina is on the toilet yelling “I’m doneeeee” and Elijah is fussing in his bouncy. My mind is now simmering with negative thoughts towards him because of my own selfishness. I don’t take a minute to think about how his day went, what he had to deal with or how his work load was.

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

When did serving my children become easier than serving my spouse?

As a mom I know my children need me and there are many things they can’t do for themselves. My husband is capable of doing everything for himself but I’m his wife and he needs me too.

I want him to feel valued and I want to get my emotions in check so that they don’t wreck the time that we do have together. I want our now to be our best days. Maybe you’ve felt like I have and found yourself in a funky mood that you can’t seem to get out of. I know how that feels and I want us both to not let resentment grow in our hearts. What we intentionally do today will pave the way for our future, let’s put in the work to reap a great harvest years from now.

“Serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” Galatians 5:13-15

So what does sacrificial love look like?

– Cook their favorite meal
– Pull the trashcan up from the driveway
– If it’s their turn to do the dishes and you know they’ve had a rough day, do them
– Back massage anyone?
– Whatever that thing is that they’ve been asking you over and over to take care of, do that
– take the kids to the park and give your spouse a few hours to just relax

Even if its been awhile since you’ve intentionally done something for your spouse, today is not too late to start.

“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” John 13:17

I love you Mr. Madrigal

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If you’re looking for a bible study focused on building your marriage try this one by Gary Chapman.

Pesto & Gouda on Rye

The basil in our garden is doing well and growing tall so I thought it was time to cut some off and enjoy the leaves of my labor. I knew exactly what to use it for, pesto!  And that pesto led to the following creation, a very tasty creation.

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To make pesto:
2 c. fresh basil leaves
1/2 c. olive oil
1/2 c. grated parmigiano-reggiano
1/3 c. pine nuts
3 minced garlic cloves
salt & pepper to taste

Put basil & pine nuts in a food processor and pulse a few times. Add in garlic, parmigiano-reggiano, olive oil and pulse until smooth. Season with salt & pepper.

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To make sandwich:
rye bread
sliced gouda
pesto
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Melt butter on skillet and lay a slice of bread onto it. Butter one side of another slice of bread and set it aside. Place a slice of gouda on top of bread that’s on the skillet, spoon pesto on, add another slice on pesto and place the bread that was set aside on top with buttered side facing up. Let sandwich cook and flip when one side is light brown, let cheese melt and remove when other side of sandwich has browned. Enjoy!

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Blessings,
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Pivotal Motherhood Moment

This morning was spent in tears.

Elijah had his four month well check at 9:30am and I knew I wanted to talk to the doctor about his weight but I wasn’t prepared for the number on the scale: 10 lb. 13 oz.

What?

He is underweight and to a mom who’s passionate about breastfeeding, it’s heartbreaking.

Breastfeeding has been a struggle for me but I’m thankful to have exclusively breastfed for four months. Many people don’t understand how personal it is and their suggestions can be downright hurtful. As a mother, our bodies were created to meet our babies needs so when that isn’t easy, it sucks.

So now our breastfeeding journey has taken a different course, we’re going to supplement. I’ll continue breastfeeding as usual but after every feeding I’ll offer him formula until he is full and satisfied. And in the meantime I’ll be digging and searching how to increase my supply in hopes that we can one day get off of formula. It’s not a part of my plan but I’m trying to embrace the change.

Since we’ve made it home from the doctor I have given him 5 ounces of stored breastmilk. A few minutes ago I walked over to his bouncy and he was sound asleep. That has never happened, he hasn’t fallen asleep without fussing.

He’s happy so I’m going to be happy too.

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Be blessed,

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