Thanks Living

Thanks Living

A friend recently loaned me a book which she believed I was meant to read. (Thank you, Tiffany!)  When I received the book with the cover on backward and upside down, I was also certain this was mine to leaf through.  My life often seems backward and upside down. The treasure discovered in this book was the reminder to be… Continue reading Thanks Living


Guatemalan Gift of Grace

I wrestle with grace.  I resist the acceptance of something freely given.  My chief obstacle in swallowing grace is myself.  Pride.  The need for control.  The desire for the credit.  Do I hear an "amen"? In Greek, "grace" is translated Charis.  Charis means favor, goodwill and gift.    Undeserved favor comes to mind when I consider grace.  Charis also involves joy, gladness and the giving… Continue reading Guatemalan Gift of Grace


Goodbye Murky ~ Hello Berkey!

We have used many water filtration systems over the years in an attempt to produce non-murky drinking water.  I've had numerous people ask for my recommendations.  This year, we switched to the Berkey system.  There are a ton of thorough reports on the internet about the amazing advantages of all the Berkey systems.  So, I won't reiterate what's already been written.  I… Continue reading Goodbye Murky ~ Hello Berkey!

Health, Recipes

Refreshing (and affordable!) homemade facial toner

My favorite (and affordable) homemade facial toner: Ingredients: Aloe Vera juice [your preference - can find in Wal-Mart or health food store.  I usually order mine from iHerb for quality and price (link at bottom of page) but have used the aloe juice from Wal-Mart/Walgreens] Witch Hazel (from Wal-Mart) Orange Essential Oil Tea Tree Essential Oil Lavender Essential Oil Frankincense Essential… Continue reading Refreshing (and affordable!) homemade facial toner



Years ago, we brought our son to a doctor (my husband would prefer I use the term "doctor" loosely) for a rash which found a home on his back for some time.  She prescribed Essential Oils for internal and external treatment.  I was absolutely amazed at the restorative ability of the God-given, fragrant and healing droplets.  From that point, I have been… Continue reading My ESSENTIAL Oils


Life Turned Right Side Up

There are times when life simply isn't clear. Chaotic days.  Muddled thoughts.  Sloppy.  Messy.  Unsettled. Hang in there. Allow Christ to turn everything right side up.  He'll make sense of it all for you. You will never be the same. (Turn on your speakers) Related articles Is God's Will My Will? - Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers… Continue reading Life Turned Right Side Up


Maw Maw DuBee’s Corn Casserole

This is so unhealthy I can't even believe I'm admitting to cooking this.  However, it is so yummy I can't keep it from you, either!  I am asked for this recipe time and time again.  With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, here's a very easy recipe that's sure to please anyone (just don't share the ingredients… Continue reading Maw Maw DuBee’s Corn Casserole

Faith, Family

Tired of Being Tangled

At my youngest son's recent birthday party, he planned several competitions for his friends.  One of the match-ups involved the challenge of an "obstacle course" {Technically, this wasn't an obstacle course since it entailed one event.  Bless the heart of the sheltered, homeschooled boy.} The competitors were required to race under a large, heavy net pulled tightly and spread over the expanse of the backyard.  There… Continue reading Tired of Being Tangled


Feel Good About FUDGE!

We love this treat and it's completely guilt free! 1 cup Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 3/4 cup Cocoa Powder (you could try a Carob or Cacao substitute) 1/4 cup Almond Butter 1/4 cup honey 1 tablespoon vanilla Mix all ingredients together.  Pour onto a cookie sheet or something similar (line with wax paper for easy removal).  We pour… Continue reading Feel Good About FUDGE!


Quick, Easy (Delicious) Kale

This has become my favorite quick meal (snack) and it's so nutritious! 2-3 handfuls of Kale (washed and chopped) 4-5 cloves of Garlic (chopped or minced; I chop into large pieces) 2 tablespoons of Pine Nuts 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Dash lemon juice Heat oil in small frying pan.  Add chopped garlic… Continue reading Quick, Easy (Delicious) Kale