I’m quitting the ‘Poo!

Ok..I admit, the title is a bit lacking but I wanted to make a point. I’ve been doing all kinds of research on living a more natural life and one of the interesting articles I found was about giving up shampoo. At first read, I knew it was NOT for me but the more I read and thought about it, I have decided to give it a try. If you have never heard of this before, basically you give up washing your hair with “regular” products and switch to all natural or no products at all. And my all natural I mean…just baking soda and water. For those with longer hair or in need of conditioning, then a rinse after the wash can be done with an apple cider/water mix. And that is it….Soumds crazy doesn’t it!!!

My inspiration came from this article on Simple Mom, if you are interested in reading more about this. I am only on day 3 and to be honest my hair feels….weird. Like a combination of slightly greasy straw. Tomorrow I am going to rinse with the Apple Cider mix to see what that does but I’ve decided that I am going to stick it out for at least 2 more weeks and see if I can pull it off. I love the idea of not using chemical based soaps on my head or my children’s head any longer if I don’t have to. I don’t feel like I have anything to loose and if it gets too bad or gross then I’ll get the shampoo back out and rub my head with the suds.

I’d love to hear from you if you have ever done this, or still like ‘poo free. And if you decide to jump on the wagon and try it with me, please let me know. We can cheer each other on.  I will post updates as well to let you know how it goes.

Hugs!
Jen

Music is good for the soul

As a teenager I was a HUGE fan of music. I knew the name of all the bands that were popular in the genre that I listened to. I knew the band members names, the names of the songs and the lyrics to each and every song that the band played. However as the years passed I followed the music scene less and less and my taste in music changed, then changed again and changed some more. As a teen and young adult I always expected that I would enjoy the same type of music. Bus as many of us know, our tastes change and grow and the same goes for the music we enjoy. In the past couple of years I have been introduced to an amazing musician by the name of Shaun Groves. Shaun works for an organization called Compassion International. One of the jobs he does is find and recruit fellow bloggers to travel on behalf of Compassion and spread the word on the work that this organization does. But his first known talent is that of musician. Not a start studded, mass market musician but one who writes from his heart.At least that is what his most recent album is. Third World Symphony is an album full of hope and I really love it! I hope that you will check out this new album and if you feel led, then support Shaun with the purchase of his newest work. I know you will be blessed by it!

Blessings,
Jen

Season of waiting

I am not sure Lord what you have me doing right now. I hope that I am correct in seeing the signs you are putting out for me and that I need to be patient and wait this out. I know that your good will come from which ever direction you take us and I am happy and willing to be obedient. I just ask for confirmation Lord as I wait. I praise you and all the blessing you put upon our family. Holy, Holy, Holy are you Lord. Please just give me peace and calm while we wait.

In your blessed name,
Amen

We saw God at the library this week…..

We had started our day like all of the others. We did the calendar for the
day, learning the days of the week, months of the year and singing a few
songs to help reinforce the concepts for D Man. We discussed the weather and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The last thing we did before we started was we pray and give thanks to God, as we are trying to make Him the center of all things in our life.

Our morning went along great, working on math and reading. We listened to praise music as we studied and worked on our bible verse for the week.  By this time I could tell we were all a bit restless.I knew that we had movies that needed to be returned and we wanted to find a few new books so the kids and I headed to the library.

D man headed off to one area, Miss A to another. I had a few moments to browse around and grab the books I had put on hold the previous week. Most of them were school related. Chemistry, math, science….good old fashioned learning. While I was waiting for the kids to check out their books and movies, the librarian and I started chatting. Of course it came up that we were a homeschooling family…since we were at the library during the middle of the day, while most children are in school. The sweet gal I was chatting with shared with me that she and her brother had been homeschooled while they were growing up and she was a huge proponent of it. She was in 3rd grade and her brother in 1st grade when they started and it was a journey that continued all the way through high school. The love and enthusiasm that poured from Gabby was amazing. As we talked I realized that this encounter was not some accidental occurrence but rather a response from God to the prayers of that morning. In our daily prayer I had invited the Holy Spirit to join us that day, to be a part of our learning and and to be an active part of our day. He was there to reinforce to use that we were doing the right thing. We were following HIS will for our life and our obedience was good. He was using this person to speak to us HIS excitement for our journey and our learning and giving me the pat on the back that so far I was doing a good job.

It was another tangible way to show my children how God is alive and actively participating in our lives. We had asked Him to be a part of our day and He was there and showed Himself in a way that I could point out to my kids and they could understand. No parables or outdated language. Just a very sweet young lady at the library who showed enthusiasm and love of the learning that we are doing. A few weeks ago Miss A (age 9) had asked me how I knew when God was talking to me. That was hard to explain and I found myself grasping for tangible evidence in our lives that she would be able to understand. This however was an answer to that. And I know the library encounter it wasn’t all for me. Part of it was for her….a way that I can show her how God is always present, no matter where we go even though we cannot see Him. To me, it was a double confirmation….like a 2-1 special at the store!!!

I’m slowing learning to see God in all things. Not just the season’s of dry desert, or the times of hurt and emptiness. But also the times of regular life, like between seasons or during the season of peace that I never thought we might reach, and even the season when things are finally going good and I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. God is here and an active part of my life. I am so blessed to be able to now share and show my children this amazing gift as well. I hope that you can take some time after you read this and try to find Him in the little things. If you are needing Him….call out to Him! Reach out to Him!!! Lay it all out there and be open and ready for Him to respond. I promise you that if you ask He will come!

Blessings to you my friends. I am so happy to have you!
In Him,
Jen

Weekend Update

Hello fellow bloggers! Sorry for my absence this week. We are working hard to get into our new routine and it’s just taking some time. However for the most part we are doing OK! Today is my birthday!….Aw Thanks, for the wishes. This morning the kids and I went to the Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic with another HS family. Words cannot describe the scene of 25+ hot air balloons all being inflated at the same time and launching from the grassy area at Anne Morrison Park. I’ve never seen anything like it before and it was worth the 5am wake up call that it took to make it happen. When we returned home we freshened up and then finished our school work for the day. This evening we had a nice dinner out as a family and a quiet night at home. I hope by next week we will really start to settle in and then I can blog on a more regular basis like maybe twice a week.

Enjoy this last official weekend of summer and the long holiday weekend. Stay safe, have fun and watch for the small blessings of the Lord.

Always,
Jen