My October Challenge

This October, beginning on the 1st, I’ll be following the FlyLady’s 31 Babysteps. I first followed the YouTube version in July. This did wonders for me, since I’m a visual learner. I improved so smoothly, and the habits set me up for a peaceful home. With the routines in place, I was able to grapple hosting a family gathering of thirty people for the first time last August. I already need a refresher course, so I invite anyone to follow along with me as I watch one of FlyLady Diane’s videos each day. 

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We Caught a Cold

Though a mild case, my children caught a cold that threw me off kilter. I am not accustomed to sick kids and holding them all night long.  Snotty noses just aren’t our norm. We were able to bounce back quickly to easy-breathing nights with the following regimen, consisting mostly of essential oils.

  • Eucalyptus Radiata
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
  • Thieves
  • Lemon
  • Fennel
  • Colloidal silver
  • Sitting in a steamy bathroom. 
  • Some saline and suction.
  • Cuddling 

Hot and citrus essential oils can be rubbed on the clothes and blankets, or diffused. Mild oils I can apply directly on my kids’ skin without diluting, but everyone is different; try diluting oils when first introducing them to your children.

This is merely a conversation I would share with friends and family, and is not to be construed as medical advice.

Season to Listen

As the “Dear Mama” series has wound down, this season seems to be a time for me to listen and read others’ stories. Now is the time to drink in wisdom and inspiration from others. Here, I shall list some sources that have held my focus.

https://surroundinggrace.wordpress.com/2017/09/12/shelter-security-and-song-its-all-in-a-home/


http://www.faithwire.com/2017/08/05/the-one-thing-guaranteed-to-end-all-marriages/

http://www.faithfullycommitted.com/2017/04/12/prayer-walk-home/

http://homeschoolingtorah.com/a-day-of-rest-with-little-ones/

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/when-kids-wont-bow-to-your-idols

Word study of “Shema.” https://youtu.be/6KQLOuIKaRA

What About Me? https://unveiledwife.com/where-do-i-come-in-what-about-my-needs-my-happiness/

Rosh Hashana/Yom Teruah https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1702978129744269&id=145537805488317

Does it Get Easier?

Overwhelmed mothers all over the social media groups ask for affirmation that their current troubles will improve. “My twins are four months. Please tell me it gets easier?!” 

Well. . . Not really.  There is a major trade-off for every improvement in parenting. You’ll be able to do housework once the baby can go four hours between feedings, but there will still be more work than you can complete. Babies won’t need to be carried everywhere forever. You’ll merely have to chase them down all day.  The child will learn to vocalize his needs, but then you must consistently monitor and correct mean and disrespectful attitudes behind the words. Little ones grow to care for their own physical needs, but they require your wisdom on complicated and deeply emotional matters.


Apply this to parenting, but also work, marriage, grief, faith, skill, lessons, health — life doesn’t get easier; you get stronger. The seasons change, but with every improvement of your situation, there will be a regression of some sort, another pressure to endure. Like the winds on a mighty cedar tree, our circumstances may stir or bend us. They do not cease, but we grow in strength.

“The righteous one flourishes like a palm tree, He grows like a cedar in Leḇanon. Those who are planted in the House of יהוה Flourish in the courts of our Elohim. They still bear fruit in old age; They are fresh and green, To declare that יהוה is straight, My rock, and in Him is no unrighteousness.”

‭‭Tehillim (Psalms)‬ ‭92:12-15‬ ‭TS2009‬‬