My husband and I have been Young Living Essential Oils Independent Distributors since May 5th. We just received our Start Living with Everyday Essential Oils Saturday. I haven't really played with them a whole lot so far. This morning I decided to try some out. I just rubbed some Peace & Calming on the bottom of my almost-four-month-olds feet. He had been fussing for about 5 minutes and was rubbing his eyes. I held him and started using my usual methods to try to get him to sleep (patting his bottom, rubbing his head, singing, rocking..). I could tell he was tired, but wasn't really wanting to take a nap. So, I decided to try one of our oils. Within a minute after rubbing the oil on his feet he was fast asleep!
Peace & Calming® is a gentle, fragrant blend. When diffused, it helps calm tensions and uplift the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace. When massaged on the bottoms of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night's rest. Peace & Calming may be especially calming and comforting to young children after an overactive and stressful day.
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January welcomed the birth of our son, Tyler. He has been an absolute joy and wonderful blessing to our lives. I love spending my days with him. He started sleeping through the night (8-10 hours) when he was 7 weeks old and usually wakes up smiling and cooing. About a week before our son was born we had an 18-year-old girl move in with us. She had been converted to Christ, but had fallen away as a result of her environment. She wanted to get back on the right track with God and she already had a place in our hearts so we offered her a room in our home. The first few weeks were very rough, especially as I was dealing with all the emotional ups-and-downs of being a new momma. For the most part, everyone gets on very smoothly and I've come to really enjoy having her around.
February was a blur. I don't remember anything too significant happening during that month. I spent most of my time taking care of and cuddling with our precious little boy...which I absolutely loved!
March was fairly uneventful as well. I started blogging again and have realized that it's too much to keep up with a schedule. I'm just going to blog when I have the time...which won't be as often as I would like. I have SO much that I want to share with you though! I have still been able to do a few projects here and there. Hopefully I'll be able to share them with you soon.
April brought a visit from my parents...aka Granny and Papaw. Papaw taught Ryan how to replace drywall and install a shower surround in our upstairs bathroom - which we hadn't used since March of 2011 because water had gotten to the drywall and caused mold to grow and we just hadn't had the money to fix it. So, with our tax return we finally fixed our upstairs shower...I LOVE having our shower back! Especially having another person in the house! Papaw and Granny might have spoiled our little guy just a bit. But that's alright. That's what grandparents are for, right!?!?
This month also brought a great surprise! On the 15th I received this message from Jenn at Clean&Scentsible:
Congratulations!!! You are the winner of the $1000 custom closet
organization system from Easy Closets!! Please confirm your email and I will
forward your information to Easy Closets. I hope you enjoy your
prize! We would love to see what you do with it!
I couldn't believe my eyes! I read, re-read, re-read, and re-read the e-mail again. Then the tears started. We had won! I sat at my computer for at least ten minutes, still in amazement that we had really won this amazing prize! Our master closet is a major need of some organizational help. This is perfect for us! - A special and huge "THANK YOU" to the amazing hosts of the Spring Cleaning Challenge and this amazing Giveaway: Clean & Scentsible, Ask Anna, Clean Mama, I Dream of Clean, A Real-life Housewife, and Spring Cleaning 365. And of course, I want to thank Easy Closets for sponsoring the giveaway and making this prize possible! I will definitely be sharing our closet makeover with you all!
As exciting and wonderful as the beginning of the month was, there had to be a challenge waiting for us: Ryan's overtime stopped. Initially they told him it would start back up in a week. A week came and went and overtime still wasn't starting back up. By the end of April we came to the conclusion that overtime isn't going to start back up anytime soon, perhaps not until November. This is very bad for us financially. We made some ignorant decision in the past and now we're paying for them. Ryan was working 16-20 hours overtime a week. We need for him to work at least 12. Thus April was an emotionally and spiritually challenging month for us...and we're still trying to figure things out. Which brings us to...
May. Today is May 6th and this has already been the longest month ever! On May 2nd we got Ryan's first 40 hour paycheck since the winter holidays. Needless to say this kind of woke both of us up. We have to do something to bring in a supplemental income. I am going to be opening an Etsy shop as soon as I have a small collections of items ready. This is something I have been considering doing for some time now, but our financial situation has given me a final push to really put things together and take the plunge! I'm really excited and hope this can help us so Ryan doesn't have to get a second job. On May 5th we took an even bigger plunge and signed up to be distributors of Young Living Essential Oils! Ryan and I are very excited and cannot wait to receive our oils! As soon as I have more information I will share it with you. Until then, please feel free to visit www.youngliving.com for more information. You'll be glad you did! Backing up to May 2nd: This was the first night that little man slept in his crib...in his
own room...away from mommy and daddy! He slept all through the
night...just like usual! This pushed me to work on his crib bedding
some more. I had finished the crib skirt in April and so on Friday, May
3rd I made one of his crib sheets. More on those two projects later!
My current "To-Do" list is ginormous and the amount of "free time" that I have is anything but! However, I know I can make it through. I serve a Mighty and Powerful God who has always been there to be the strength that I need to survive the tough times, a wonderful, loving husband to encourage, help, support, comfort and just be there for me, our precious son to make me smile when I feel like crying, a wonderful spiritual family close in proximity and physical family who are close at heart. I am blessed and so very thankful that God considers me and that He has blessed me so bountifully.
As you can see there's a lot going on at the Pugh home. Lord willing, I'll be able to share bits and pieces with you along the way. Thanks for listening and being a source of support and encouragement for me! You're wonderful!
Obviously, there are many reasons why we should spend time praying, today I would like to focus on one I find to be critical to our spiritual well-being. I believe we should spend quality time in prayer is to deepen our relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Being a mother, I am developing a greater appreciation for communication. Our almost-three-month-old communicates via facial expressions, body language, cheerful coos and upset cries. It breaks my heart when he cries and I don't know what is exact need is. I try to read the cues he gives me, recall his patterns, and logically assess each situation. Sometimes, no matter how many attempts I make to comfort him, he remains upset. He's a baby. Babies cry. This is normal. And that's okay. However, when I see him smiling up at me and we look deep in each others eyes, my heart absolutely melts. Sometimes we have long "conversations," which brings a great deal of joy to my heart. I love spending quality time with our son. Even though he cannot communicate with me verbally using words, we share with one another and grow closer every day. I am striving to develop a strong relationship with open communication now, so that when difficult things come up, he will be more apt to share them with me.
Our relationship with God works the same way. We cannot grow closer to God unless we consistently spend time talking with Him. Just as I want to know what our son thinks and feels, God wants to hear from us, His spiritual children. He longs to share in our joys, as well as our sorrows. Sometimes we only turn to God when times are rough, and that is definitely a time when we should be seeking His comfort and strength. But just as I enjoy the "happy times" with our son, God wants to be a part of - and be thanked for - the blessings that make up our "happy times." When we openly talk to God and thank Him for all that He has bountifully blessed us with, our appreciation for Him grows. We "see" how generous He has been towards us, even though we haven't always been loyal to Him.
Talking with God means we not only spend time in prayer, but time reading His Word, as that is how He communicates with us today. We learn about His character, His desire for us and His plan for us through reading and studying the Scriptures. I cannot meaningfully communicate with our son unless I take time to learn him, his moods, his likes, his dislikes, etc. The more we strive to know God and the more we let Him into our lives, the closer our relationship will become.
Remember, God is ALWAYS there. He has given us EVERYTHING we need to know about Him so we can have a close relationship with Him. He is just WAITING for US to COME to HIM.
Take time today to talk with God. Let Him know what is on your heart. Read and study what is on His.
Since Tyler entered our lives and my role expanded to include that of "Mommy" I have really had to keep myself in check so that I am not neglecting the role I took on December 2, 2010, when I vowed to love my husband until death do us part. (See this post for a in-depth study of this command.) This was very challenging for me at first. Tyler's needs were such that the majority of my time was devoted to him. That really hasn't changed much, and I don't expect it to anytime soon. However, my super-wonderful, tender-loving, oh-so-understanding husband has needs, too: spiritual, emotional, and physical. If I am to keep this vow (I'm only focusing this one for now...though I vowed much more on that blessed day) then I must make time to fulfill his needs.
Occasionally this means that Tyler has to wait for one or more of his needs to be met. No, we don't leave our son screaming for a bottle, sitting in a messy diaper, or crying hysterically just so we can have some "alone" time. We love our son dearly and we both understand that his needs are often more pressing than our own. Generally speaking we are able to wait until he's cooing in his bouncer or sleeping soundly before we take time to focus on each other.
There are times when I shift my focus from Tyler to Ryan in an effort to show Ryan the love and attention he needs. For example, I might be in the middle of feeding Tyler a bottle when Ryan calls on his lunch break. For those of you who have ever fed a 2-month-old a bottle, you know it requires two hands - one to hold the baby, and one to hold the bottle. So, when daddy calls, the bottle gets put down and the phone is picked up. Daddy and I have a brief conversation - usually less than 3 minutes - and then I pick up the bottle and finish feeding Tyler. Yes, Tyler may fuss a bit while the bottle is out of his mouth, but he is okay. Some days Ryan really needs to hear my voice to help him make it through the day at work, especially when he generally works 6, 10-12 hour days a week. Instances like this happen several times throughout the day. I'm in the middle of doing something with Tyler, Ryan needs my attention, I give him my attention, and then return to finish caring for Tyler. Tyler is home with me all day and he knows his mommy loves him. It's good for him to see the love and devotion Ryan and I have for one another and to understand that he is not the center of our world. God is the center, then we have each other, and then Tyler.
Sadly, there have been a few times when Ryan has called me out for paying more attention or talking nicer to Tyler than I am him. Recently I have been striving harder to continually reaffirm my love for Ryan. I don't want him to ever question or have any reason to doubt my love for him. This has made our marriage stronger, more fulfilling and over-all more enjoyable. The more I love Ryan, the more he loves me, and the stronger our love grows. It's a beautiful, God-pleasing experience.
I hope this has encouraged you consider how you can shower your spouse with some extra time, love and devotion.