Howdy! Today I’d like to introduce you to fellow Texan: Amber from Grace In The Wait.
Amber and I started blogging around the same time. Grace in the wait, Amber’s Blog, is about faith, family, and real life. Anyone that has seen “Leave It to Beaver” knows that family life is not always as wonderful as June Cleaver’s clean and polished home.
Real life gets messy! It’s not scripted and things are hurled unexpectedly and we don’t always have the perfect response, the right answer, or the patience to wait.
Amber reminds us that we are all in a different stage of spiritual growth. We’ve all got some complex problems that only God can help us with. We need to remember where we came from when God found us, and be patient with each other as we grow in grace, faith, and love. It’s about grace in the wait.
Have you ever been somewhere and heard some sort of negative remark regarding your parenting? Perhaps you have been in a check out line with a WIC check and felt embarrassed. Maybe you’ve had the screaming tot in the check out line demanding candy.
Amber noticed that the rise of social media has contributed significantly to mom shaming. In order to help people understand more about where others are in their stage of life, Amber began Mom Interviews.
These inteviews show case different moms with different struggles in different areas of the United States. Who knows, Amber may also treat us to a mom in a different country!
All of these moms are very brave to offer their time and a window into their personal lives. (I’m not just saying this because I’m one of the interviewed moms either.) Opening up your personal beliefs, be they parenting styles, religioius views, or even something as trivial as favorite colors, is an oppurtunity for ridicule and critisim.
Let’s just face it, their are mean people out there. However, I believe the risk is worth it. We need to be able to sit down and talk to each other in a civil manner and try to understand why others think differently than we do. We recently celebrated 15 years of marriage and even my husband and I don’t agree on everything. We’d never have made it this far if we couldn’t sit down and listen to each other’s perspectives on life. (That’s not to say sin is OK, but we do need to learn to have grace.)
Mark 2:15 And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.
Be Still And Know That I Am God
Have you ever found yourself waiting for God to do something? Maybe answer a prayer or provide some special blessing just for you and your family? Grace In The Wait has stories about that too.
Psalm 46:10a Bestill, andknow that I am God
Sometimes it’s easy to read your Bible and know that you should be still and wait on God. The reality is, it’s hard to just sit and wait. As mothers, we often want to do something to “fix it.” However, God’s ways are not our ways and He wants us to just place our faith in Him and let Him work it out on our behalf.
Planning a wedding can be a time in life that is exhilerating and stressfull at the same time. We can be so excited and just run out and buy, buy, buy! Then we find ourselves in a mess because the Lord had a plan the whole time to provide you a special blessing of golf carts to aid in valet parking, a sister to buy the perfect dress, or a friend to bake the wedding cake.
Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
In short, we’ve all done something we aren’t proud of. We need to remember that. Jesus was loved because He was able to extend grace and overlook some sins in order to draw those that needed Him to His Word.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Many of us as mothers have heard and said the famous saying, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” It’s so true! With all the problems we have to face from life itself, we don’t need to add to each other’s problems. How could we change the world if we all tried to accomplish “ministering grace”? I’m eager to see!
Head over to Amber’s Blog
I think you’ll really enjoy Amber’s blog, Grace In The Wait. You’ll find other moms you can relate to and hopefully glean some wisdom from them as well. No one knows everything and we never know when life will change with just one phone call. You may find the mom whose gone on before that can help you along your path.
Mom and Lifestyle Bloggers, Pinterest is your friend! Here are my top 5 reasons you should use Pinterest if you’re not already.
Today Buffer did a webinar on Pinterest with Leon Lin and Aaron Ru hosted by Brian Peters. This was a very informative webinar that all bloggers in the mom and lifestyle niches can learn a lot from.
I never really intended to write a blog on blogging but, I found this information so helpful today, I felt I just had to share. I learned so much but these are my top 5 reasons mom and lifestyle bloggers should use Pinterest.
Below are the main principles I took away from that interview.
1) Pinterest is FOR creatives! I knew this in the back of my mind before I ever became a blogger. How did I know this you may ask? Well, I have been using Pinterest for personal use for years! What did I use it for? IDEAS. Pinterest is the perfect platform for a mom looking for inspiration. I went there to have my creative juices stimulated by other creatives.
2) Pinterest doesn’t use your friends or relatives likes to guide their recommendations for you. INSTEAD, Pinterest uses YOUR boards and likes to base recommendations for you. Wow! What a concept! I got to thinking about this and Face Book is a little more like peer pressure. They are usually giving you things like, “Hey, your friend Crystal likes this, maybe you should too.” This is not necessarily a bad thing since I am also interested in a lot of things my friends are interested in. However, Pinterest is more for individualism and personalizing to your actual tastes. Both media platforms have their place for sure but, Pinterest has a more personal feel.
3) Moms use Pinterest! Before I began blogging, that’s exactly who I was.; a mom using Pinterest for creative ideas! In fact, the interview alluded to almost 80% of Pinterest users being moms! First time moms, home school moms, working moms, veteran moms, all types of moms us Pinterest. If mom blogging is your niche, THIS IS WHERE YOUR AUDIENCE IS!
4) Another thing the interview brought up was, 1 in 2, (50%) of Pinterest users come there with an intent to purchase. Fashion and lifestyle bloggers as well as mom bloggers can use this to their benefit. Views and clicks are great encouragement to continue making great content. However, conversions that help earn the income needed to spend all your time creating is also very important.
5) Evergreen content is truly evergreen on Pinterest. I know from using Facebook myself, after just a few hours, anything posted on the feed is bumped way down. On Pinterest people often save your creative works AND return to it several times. They may even share with their friends and family who will in turn save and return. The life of content feeling “fresh” on Pinterest can be 6 months or more! Other platforms may give you only 3 days of traffic.
Buffer is a great resource! Especially for those bloggers who are just getting started. I highly recommend that you follow Buffer and see if you can get the replay of this webinar. It was amazing.
Pinterest Best Practices
The new guide to best practices on Pinterest was also released. Leon Lin and Aaron Ru both expressed that Pinterest is for the creator. They also recommend you pin daily but definitely not less than once a week. Go ahead and get a business account and use the analytics tool to help you. Do use the group boards for collaborations with other bloggers or social media influencers.
Pinterest No No’s
Don’t be spammy. No one likes a person that is self centered and only cares about themselves. Not only does Pinterest respect you as a creator, they also respect you as a curator. Help them find the good stuff and pin that too! As a Christian, I like the idea of a tithe, for 10 pins you pin, make 9 other peoples and yours the one. Don’t over pin though, 20 pins a day may cause you to look like a robot.
The biggie for me on group boards was, don’t expect these to help your traffic. The guys at Pinterest will start docking for non collaborative group board pinning! Use it as intended Leon Lin stressed, for collaboration!
No Giraffe pins! Users don’t like these they said. They take up too much space and make it difficult to browse on the phones.
Pinterest has success when you have success. Their goal is give creative content to their users. Pinterest wants great creators! Let them help you by using their tools as intended.
So, let’s take this knowledge, apply it, help each other, and get creating!
Thanks so much for reading!
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my top 5 reasons to use Pinterest? Leave a comment below and let me know if this helped you.
Pensacola Symphony Orchestra performed a great family event Saturday May 19, 2018. I’m so glad we were able to go! Music for families was an amazing event!
The event was held at the Saenger Theater in downtown Pensacola. We had never been to this theater before. The details of the inside were beautiful.
Blue’s Angels music store was one of the sponsors for the event. I really love the Blue’s Angels music store. They have a really awesome guard parrot that lives in the store. They also have fish tanks that look like drums.
The atmosphere at Blue’s Angels is really relaxed and enjoyable. The staff there make it a great store! Blue’s Angels has a lot of teachers available for all types of instruments as well. There is also a nice selection of pianos in their show room.
Cox and Wendy’s were also sponsors. I’m glad these two businesses teamed up with Pensacola Symphony Orchestra to bring this entertainment to us.
The “Petting Zoo” For Instruments
We absolutely loved this idea! The petting zoo was a place the children could visit nearly every instrument in the orchestra and learn a little about how it makes sound and give it a try on their own. Each instrument was accompanied by a member of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.
My DD went straight for the piano! She’s been playing for years and she’ll play it any time she has a chance. They had a nice black babygrand piano on display for all of the children to use.
Sneetch 2 went for the cello. He was recently given a cello by a nearby church to learn on. YoYo Ma is one of Sneetch 2’s favorite musicians. The man at the cello station gave Sneetch 2 a little mini lesson on the cello and we watched him play a few notes.
Violin and Viola were also on display. Viola is my personal favorite! It plays the alto and has a warmer more homey sound. It’s like the violin’s mom. Sneetch 1 didn’t go with us but he prefers the Violin. Violin is just so stereotypical though! Hahaha. You know you love someone if you let them practice those high E string notes on violin in your house.
We had to take a look at the Bass. I’m not sure if some of the kids were just done looking at it or perhaps intimidated by it’s large size. We have a Great Dane and the bass is bigger than he is! We really enjoyed talking to the man giving the demonstration. He let all of us play it and then he even played us a little song, Mary Had A Little Lamb.
Winds and Brass
They had an entire room of winds as well. We went there and saw the Tuba, Basson, Flute, and Trumpet. The lines in this room were also long. They did clean the mouth piece after each use but, my kiddos just couldn’t bring themselves to blow on a mouth piece that had been used by 15 kids while we waited. Perhaps my days of nursing school rubbed off on them!
One of our favorite attractions was the percussion demonstration that the Blue’s Angels music store staff put on in the “instrument petting zoo”. There were several different types of drums set up, maracas, and tambourines. The girl that lead the demo taught us different beats. The big drums got to bang “ham and cheese”, the smaller drums beat a “run for-est run” beat, and those of us with tambourines and maracas shook to a beat of “pea-nut but-ter”. Once we had it down they played the song “Happy” and we tried to stay on beat! This was absolutely hilarious with about 30 kids in the room!
After all the time in the petting zoo was over, the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra played a concert for us. The maestro, Peter Rubardt and a woman named Nicole talked to the audience about how instruments produced sound. The concert had a “music train” that the conductor (Peter Rubardt) drove Nicole around on. They pretended to look for all the members of the Orchestra. Those of us in the crowd had to help “start” up the train. On the floor level half of the people stomped feet to a beat. The other half of the floor level audience chanted “chugga chugga”. Those of us up in the balcony made the whistle sound of “woo woo”. It may have been a little corny but, I loved it!
When they got to Drumland, Nicole and the conductor introduced us to the “mayor” of Drumland. He gave us an overview of all the instruments in the percussion section of the Orchestra. Lots of people enjoy the drums but I think my favorite has to be the triangle. The triangle reminds me of the ‘wild west’ where I’m from (west Texas that is).
Once we were all familiar with the instruments that fell under the percussion umbrella, the three guys playing percussion played a short little song. I had no idea that composers even wrote songs for only percussion! It was neat to see.
Nicole acted as though she thought only the drum section was the entire orchestra. The conductor told her that he felt there were a few more people in an orchestra. They hopped on the train again and found Brassburg. Brassburg was home to the tubas, trumpets, and all those horns.
The mayor from Brassburg was a tuba player and he told everyone about the brass section. One interesting thing this mayor mentioned was that the sound for these horns first starts with the way you buzz your lips! I did not realize that the lips had to buzz to make the correct sound. I’ve always thought it was like a flute or something and you just blow on it.
Once again we were treated to another song. This song was brass plus percussion.
The next stop on the “music train” was Woodwindville. This section of the orchestra had bassoons, flutes, and oboes in it. This little town had our first female mayor! She played the bassoon.
Once we were educated on this section of the orchestra, you guessed it!, we got another song!
The flutes really added to the music. I enjoyed those a lot.
The last stop on the “music train” was the string city. This is my favorite! Our family really gravitates toward the strings. I’ve got a small YouTube channel showing my progress as I learn both violin and piano.
The mayor of String City played the bass but he said he got elected mayor due to his vow to bring the viola back! I don’t have a viola yet (hence learning violin instead) but I cheered loudly while the four violists held up their violas!
At last we had the entire Pensacola Symphony Orchestra assembled. It was time for the full effect!
The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra played a mash up of all the songs in the Disney Beauty and the Beast film. Nicole had picked this song for everyone. Once this song was over she asked the crowd what song they would like to hear next. Everyone luckily shouted Star Wars, which was already on the program!
This was a great program for kids and their families! People were excited to hear the wonderful live music and everyone was polite and courteous no matter how loud the babies were. We had such a great time we will definitely be back next year!
The best part was, the tickets were a mere $5 each. You can’t go to a movie theater for that folks! Your brain is certainly not going to be as engaged during a film either. Lastly, your kids may never get to see and touch that many instruments in a single day!
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I enjoy hosting Mother’s Day Tea parties just as much as I do attending them. Are you looking forward to this Mother’s Day? Have you thought about making memories with your loved ones with a tea party?
Hosting a Tea Party can be a wonderful way to make memories with your friends and family. If you’ve never hosted a Tea Party, don’t be intimidated, it can be a lot of fun once you a few parameters set.
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Picking a Theme!
A Mother’s Day Tea Party can be informal and simple or it can be a grande affair, also known as a “High Tea.” Some Mother’s Day Tea’s are a mix of the two with an informal or whimsical theme with a fancy dress. I personally LOVE big hats so I like to go with either a formal theme or a whimsical mix. What can I say, I’m a Texan, bigger is better right? Hahaha.
When considering a theme I like to think about weather conditions we are likely to have. Since I live in Florida it’s often humid but I’m really partial to a garden theme anytime the weather is good! Perhaps the fact that we often eat indoors daily makes the idea of a garden theme that much more alluring. I do suggest selecting a location that has some sort of shelter to offer a back up plan if you select an outdoor garden theme.
Song of Solomon offers a great garden theme if many of the guests to be invited are single. Song of Solomon is one of my favorite books of the Bible and I really love this theme for a formal affair. Gardenias are a particular favorite for me when I choose this theme. Since Song of Solomon also speaks about riding in the chariot with the King, I really like to embellish the decorations as much as possible and over emphasize the flowers.
An Alice In Wonderland theme is great for mothers with smaller children that would like to attend a special event with mom. This theme is excellent for both indoor and outdoor facilities and offers a wide array of dress to guests. Hats can big and tall or short and small. This theme also allows for mix matched tea cups and saucers, napkins, tables, chairs etc. I really enjoy hosting this type of tea party as well since the sky is truly the limit!
Another theme I like is the Proverbs 31 woman. I usually read over this passage and select a few features that tie in with it. For example, I use the color red in the decorations since verse 10 mentions her price is far above rubies and verse 21 says that her clothing is scarlet. Since this passage really demonstrates the high value of the famous Proverbs 31 Woman, I like to use this theme for a formal “High Tea” to honor a special lady such as a pastor’s wife, a very special grandmother, or another lady considered to be a “pillar” in the church. Fine tapestries are also mentioned so I like to use all cloth table cloths, napkins, and make a nice drapery area for photos.
Themes can be easy and simple too. My daughter and I once did a small little tea party for just the two of us during nap time of the boys. We had cucumber sandwhiches and pecan sandies with her princess tea party set. We made good use of her Disney Cinderella costume as well. Since normally I’m a huge stickler for food being only in our kitchen, we broke the rules and took the food up to her room!
When planning your theme don’t force an idea you can’t get excited about. If the stress takes the joy out of planning your mother’s day tea party, go simple and small. Afterall, the main purpose of the tea is to build and strengthen relationships and memories! Perfection is not required.
Choosing who to invite is pretty important! I’ve had a tea party as small as my daughter and myself and as large as 30 or so ladies. Your tea party can be any size.
Would you like to have some quality time with just your own children? Would you like to have a generational tea party with your granmother, mother, and daughter? Is honoring a lady in your community or church on your mind? Answering these questions will help you to determine how large your guest list will be.
When making your guest list you will also need to keep a date in mind. If your guests work outside the home on weekdays, you’ll need to keep this in mind for the best attendance. In my circle of friends, quite a few of us work from home or outside the home on Saturdays so, weekends are not always the best option for a tea party.
It’s also important to think about Mother’s Day traditions in other families as well. Perhaps many of your friends go out to eat on that day at the mother’s favorite resturant or maybe they take a weekend trip to hike at the national park. Whatever the case may be, you’ll need to try and anticipate as much as possible from your guests to get the best attendance.
Your location should match up with your theme and guest list. Some locations may require a large purchase of catered food or rent for the location. If your location will require a deposit or food purchase, you’ll need to make sure your budget allows for it.
Try to select a location your guests will be excited to visit such as a tea cottage, a beach house, or a country cabin. Take time to talk to friends that may be property owners or realtors that can help you find a hidden gem.
Also consider the distance from where your guests live to the location. See if you can find a central location that will make the drive time as equal as possible. If you do find a perfect place tucked out in noman’s land, consider offering a car pool! At least this way if they get lost, they are still all together. Hahaha. (It’s taken me a long time to develop what little sense of direction I do have! Thank the Lord there is now GPS)
Tight budgets may find a nice little church will offer a room for a tea party. Even a nicely kept public park can make a nice area for a tea party, especially with the Alice in Wonderland theme! If you do choose to go with a public park be considerate of music selections and clean up well before leaving. Some of my most fond memories come from parties we have done at a local park.
Planning the food can be the biggest challenge for the do it yourselfer! However, I find this part to be very enjoyable despite the challenges. Pinterest can be a great tool for ideas but, I’ve taken the time to round up some great ideas from my fellow bloggers for you as well. If you’ve choosen a location that provides catered food you may still get to make some decisions about what exactly is served. I hope these ideas help you to decide even if working with a caterer.
A formal or High Tea should be a full meal. Here are a few ideas!
When selecting teas, you want to be able to offer a variety of flavors. I always serve a black, white, and herbal blend of tea at a mother’s day tea. I usually also pick a really out of the ordinary tea such as a chocolate. My personal favorite teas are the fruity blends such as blueberry anything. Ask your friends if they have a favorite or if there is a type they’ve wanted to try!
When possible I really like to cover the entire tea party cost myself however, that’s not always feasible. If you’ve got money set aside for a tea party, look at your theme, guest list, location, and available decorations and see what you will need to plan for. A tea party for six in your grandmother’s back yard may not require the same expense as a luxury hotel conference room for 80 ladies.
A few years ago there was the sweetest and most adorable little tea cottage in our local area that could seat about 28-30 people at one time. Several ladies from our church felt this would be a great venue however it required a minium purchase agreement in order to rent the entire space. We had a meeting with all the ladies in our church and discussed doing a dutch treat tea party that year. The service was so wonderful that we did it another year as well! Sometimes the perfect venue is worth guests paying their way.
If you’ve decided to use a location that will require you to service both the food and decorations you will need to consider the costs of these in your budget as well. When my friend and I hosted a tea party at our church, we looked for decorations at thrift stores, yard sales, and craft fairs. Another good idea is to see if anyone you know has tea pots, linens, flowers, tea cups, or other decorations you can borrow. Several older ladies in our church has tea sets that had been boxed up in the attic for years! Asking for the use of these items really thrilled these ladies.
There is also the potential of teaming up with a local women’s shelter and donating some or all of the proceeds to them. Many businesses will be willing to sponser your event to help the community. You could have monetary donations, decorations, and even food donated for the use of a non profit mother’s day tea to benefit a women’s shelter.
The Dress! Big Hat or Small Town?
Personally, I’m a tradionalist and absolutely love to wear a cute dress to a Mother’s Day Tea Party. Something about a dress just makes me feel classy and boosts my self esteem. Just add a touch of lipstick and a matching pair of shoes and you can conquer the day in a beautiful dress!
Well, now that you’ve got some great ideas on food, teas, decorations, themes, it’s time to get that guest list down on paper. Once you’ve got your list made up create some invitations to match your theme. There are several places to choose from, Etsy, Canva (this is what I use), and old fashion card stock. If you don’t have time to press or decorate the old fashioned card stock, Canva may be your best bet. Etsy also has awesome options if you’ve got room in your budget.
It’s a good idea to put out a feeler or save the date by word of mouth to your guests so they will know to expect an invite. Many families are very busy in the spring and they appreciate a little heads up to reserve the day. I like to send out my physical invitations at least 7 days in advance but not more than 2 weeks or they may get lost.
Happy Mother’s Day Tea
I really hope that you’ve enjoyed this post and have some great ideas for your next Mother’s Day Tea Party! Have you hosted a Mother’s Day Tea of your own? Do you have any great ideas to share? Please comment below and let us know! If you’ve found this helpful save it to Pinterest.
One of my friends told me years ago that a new quality hair cut can do more for you than a new quality outfit. Her reason for this was that you have to wear your hair everyday but you can always change your clothes tomorrow. I don’t know about ya’ll but a new hair cut gives me a fresh new lease on life!
If you’re feeling in a bit of a rut, a new hair cut may just be what you need. As a mom and a wife, I find myself taking care of others easily. However, taking time for me isn’t something I always prioritize and I certainly should. Not only can haircut give you a new style but, it can also provide that pampered self care we need to keep us from burn out.
Fancy Salon or Not Salon?
What did you last spend at your Salon? The last time I went to a Salon to get a color treatment and a hair cut I paid over $150 and spent more than 4 hours in the chair. Now, I know that the cosmetologist deserves her fair share and a good one is priceless! However, making the time and money every 4 to 6 weeks isn’t easy for a busy mom either.
What if I told you that you could get Salon quality hair color for less than half the price you see in the Salon? No, it’s not going to Wal-mart and doing a DIY at home either! You’ll still get to sit in a Salon chair, have someone wash your hair, and all that.
Cosmetology Schools Serve the Public
My friend had only been working on the floor of her school’s salon for about 3 days when I made a bold and brave move to book an appointment for a hair cut and color with her. Yes, there is some risk with treating yourself to a spa day at a school, they are students after all. Everyone has to learn their skill at some point though and hair can grow back.
I must admit, I was a little fearful about how things would turn out. I had been cutting my own hair for the past 3 years though, it was time for a little pampering! As I sat down in the chair, we began to discuss ideas of how I’d like the haircut to look when finished.
Now just to be safe, I set the parameters for my haircut pretty long. If this is your first time with a stylist and especially if they are a student, play it somewhat safe. I left the layers of my hair long enough to be able to recover if needed. There is always a trained teacher watching and able to fix most student errors.
With the color, I let my friend pick. She knows me pretty well and what I would like and since part of the purpose of the haircut was to also pamper, I let her take the stress of picking the color. If you don’t know your student stylist well enough to feel comfortable with this, talk to their teacher about ways to have fun with color! My friend has a great teacher with a great eye for color. I would have been very comfortable with anything the teacher selected as well.
Waiting for the color to take I had time for girl talk. In the next chair there was an older lady getting a perm and she was a hoot! This had been a long morning with so much long hair so, I took time to eat here too.
Since I’m getting this done at a school, it can take more time than a regular Salon. We all had such a great time it didn’t feel any different to me than waiting at a regular Salon. Also, it’s been my experience that stylists at Salons will book several people at once and work on different sections of each person’s cut and color at a time. By doing this the stylist doesn’t waste so much time while waiting 25 minutes for my color to set however, it does seem to slow them down a little as they transition each person to the next stage. Waiting for the teacher approval is not really much longer than the usual switch around.
So, what do you think? Pretty good for a new student! I was very pleased with both the cut and the color of my hair. In fact I was so pleased that I’m going back next week for a root touch up!
The price was great too. I paid a mere $5.00 for the haircut itself and $25 for the hair color. I love that she covered the grays that were starting to pop up but kept most of my natural color. Taking the length off also made my head feel lighter. I had no idea I was carrying around so much weight.
Don’t be afraid to try out a school near you for your next budget friendly hairstyle! If you really like color but can’t justify the expense of a regular Salon, this is a great way to play with hairstyles. The students really love working on “real” customers too. It brightens their day.
As a person who has had endometriosis for as long as I can remember I can attest that myths about endometriosis still run amok all over the place. These myths aren’t found just on the internet either. I’ve heard them at school, the mall, even in doctor’s offices.
The myths and misconceptions I’m about to cover are not in any order of importance but they do need to be stopped.
All you need is a hysterectomy and you will be cured. It’s a very common thing for someone to say to those of us with Endometriosis. Unfortunately, it’s not the actual normal plumbing that is causing our pain. Endometrial lesions are OUTSIDE of the uterus itself not just on our reproductive organs. Some of my friends have had these lesions on bowels, ureters, a kidney, and really the list can just go on. Mine was in the peritoneal wall of my abdomen, ligaments, and the Sigmoid colon. Since hysterectomy only takes out the uterus and in some cases the cervix, all these painful lesions are left behind and so is the pain.
Endometriosis is just “monster cramps” take some over the counter pain medication and stop being a baby.When I had my excision surgery in September of 2015 with Dr. Ken Sinervo, that was the first time in my life that I remember having no pain from endometriosis. After only 2 days, I didn’t need any pain medication other than over the counter Advil. I didn’t need Advil for very long either! This was also the first time that I actually realized that an over the counter pain reliever ACTUALLY WORKED. Most people didn’t know that when they would offer me some of their Wal-Mart over the counter pain medicine, I thought they were crazy for thinking it worked. I’m not even kidding when I say that taking Naproxen, even prescription strength, was as useful as taking sweet tarts or tic tacs for my pain. If you also suffer from Endometriosis pain, you know that I’m not even exaggerating here! Most of my life I thought all of you taking over the counter pain reliever were being sold snake oil, imagine my surprise when I took some, and it worked!
Just have a baby and it will go away. This is really bad advice and please don’t say this to anyone. A baby is a permanent addition to your life that many women want and some of them can’t have due to Endometriosis and other issues. Some ladies will find they have some time with no pain at all. I on the other hand had a massive increase in pain due to the location of my disease. When the pain finally returns, you now have a baby that needs you even though you can barely breathe through your pain. Please understand, I don’t regret having children in spite of endometriosis and I’m not suggested if you have it, you shouldn’t have kids, just please do not think that having a baby will fix it.
If you have Endometriosis, there is no way you will EVER have kids.Again, this is simply NOT true. There are a lot of factors that will determine if a woman with Endometriosis can still have children. It is much more difficult for you to conceive if you have Endometriosis on your ovaries or Fallopian tubes for example. Personally, I was able to have some children, but my lesions were not primarily on my reproductive organs. Ironically, many women are not even diagnosed with disease until after the first child is born. Did you know that many of us have seen several different Doctors for as long as 10 years before we even get a diagnosis?
If you just eat/drink this/that and exercise, all your pain will go away. While I am completely aware that certain types of foods can trigger different pain reactions, diet and exercise alone are not enough for many ladies! My doctor actually has a great chart in her office showing how certain types of food break down into compounds that can increase the pain sensation. She also knows that I tried that (AND adhered to that!). I spent 5 years as a vegan and lost weight and had some good days but it never reduced the pain long and it did in fact increase my thyroid disease. (But we aren’t talking about Hashimotos today.)
Endometriosis is from retrograde menstruation/tampons.This one, I can sort of understand why it is still out there, it was the best theory years and years ago. However, science has improved and we now know that even babies still born have had the lesions inside their little bodies. While it is true that no one can agree on a definite cause, this isn’t it. My own mother has endometriosis and wouldn’t let me wear tampons for this exact reason! I still had Endometriosis though. Some great Endometriosis specialists like Dr. David Redwine, Dr. Andrew Cook, Dr. Robert Albee, and Dr. Ken Sinervo have all published work showing that this theory is nothing more than a myth. Unfortunately we still have pharmaceutical companies publishing this myth on their websites and pamphlets.
These are 6 of the most common things I hear regarding Endometriosis. What about you? Do you hear myths about Endometriosis too? I’d love to hear what you’ve learned about this disease and what has been proven false.
I have Endometriosis or think I may, what do I do now?
First of all, I’m so very sorry! While we can’t yet say, there is a cure, there are some better methods of surgery that are becoming more main stream. This is called excision surgery and it’s not the same as ablation surgery despite the many claims that it is. You’re not alone! At least 1 in every 10 of us have it. Below I will list some great resources for you.
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Are you looking for a project the whole family can enjoy during spring break?
It’s March and that means spring break is around the corner. Children with idle time on their hands can get into mischief. For this cause, I like to get a project together for us to work on that is both productive and enjoyable. A 3D printer involves math, creativity, and fun!
This Christmas I purchased my husband a 3D printer that we could build ourselves. He and the boys had a great time putting it together in just one afternoon. We bought ours from Banggood.com and the only issue we had was, they sent us a European plug. Thankfully, my husband doesn’t let go of useful things and we had an extra to put in place.
Trouble shooting and calibrating!
Once we had the printer set up, connected properly, and powered up, it was time to test it out. The kids had some great hands on education; trouble shooting the feed line and the arm that moves up and down. The base plate was a little tricky as well. In fact, the balance was so touchy the first print we made were little grips that go on the base screws that help both balance and ease of adjustment.
Next we had to get the filament feeding into the printer properly and then find the perfect temperature for our filament type. The kids mostly observed here since the nozzle can get pretty hot! Different types of filament require different temperatures to melt and re solidify properly. The filament we have had the most success with to date is PLA.
Hobby or Addiction?
We are really enjoying 3D printing. My husband designed a scale model of an automatic transmission and went crazy on printing organizational stacking boxes. I’ve printed a cool box shaped like music notes! The youngest boy is now working on modifications for Nerf Blasters that will help the arrows fly more straight.
Honesty, the more we print, the more ideas we seem to have! I’m excited to have found a company to order filament from. We have been using this PLA from MakerGeeks. MakerGeeks have been really awesome to work with. They have a great customer service team with real people that respond quickly. They also have the best Quality Control! They test every batch of new filament and make sure that it has a proper hold.
We actually love MakerGeeks so much that I just signed up for their monthly service. My husband’s birthday is coming up and I’m thrilled to surprise him with his first monthly box! Shhh, don’t tell! I will be sure to write a review and let you know how it goes. Want your own 3D filament box? They ship out the 25th of each month so sign up if you’d like!
February already has a tendency to ‘zoom’ by so to speak; it does have only 28 days after all. Our winter camp meeting also takes place every February for a full week and immediately following this, the music festival at our local college happens. This camp meeting was especially wonderful for me as one of my dearest friends came with her family to stay with us during the meeting. It was a great time of fellowship!
Music Festival was February 10th and they added the strings to the performances this year. This meant violinists could showcase their talent as well! In past years, piano and voice were the main events along with a theory written test. All of our children received the highest scores possible on their pieces. Our youngest son (who performed on piano even though guitar is his primary instrument) was given a 3/4 size cello by his former teacher at the event! He has prayed for one since last June so needless to say, he is very excited!
February 13, 2018 a sweet elderly lady from our church passed away, days after her 84th birthday. She will be greatly missed! We had a wonderful graveside service for her. The Lord made a great day for it the following Monday. Clouds kept the sun off of us, there was a gentle breeze, and the ambient air was a great temperature. Mrs. Hoffman was a genuine lady with a heart full of compassion. One year, my husband was between jobs and she made sure that each of our children had a nice Christmas gift on Christmas morning. We hadn’t said anything to anyone about our Christmas plans and teach our kids that Christmas is about sharing Christ more than getting a gift. They had great attitudes even knowing Christmas would be a small affair. God used Mrs. Hoffman that year, 2011, those gifts are all still found in their rooms today.
All of these events have really kept me on my toes and out of my computer chair. I’ve been keeping up music practice both at home and at church and started learning the key of “F” to my practice last week. So far, I’ve only done “C” and “G” on piano. I have dabbled a little bit on violin as well in the key of “A” but this needs a lot of work. Oddly enough, bowing a violin or cello “feels” much more natural for me than strumming a guitar. It kind of drives me crazy actually! I’ve invested a lot of time in guitar heretofore and it still feels a tad alien to me.
I want to thank all my readers for their patience with me. I do apologize for the lack of posting! What do we do when we fail to meet February goals? We take inventory, dust off, and try again in March. Here’s to improving in March! I’ve got a feeling we have the luck of the Irish for this upcoming month! 😉 Hahaha
“Did you hear that? She was born with such talent!“
Have you heard something similar? I know I have, in fact, most of my life I heard that musical people come from musical families and it is a genetic thing. “Either you’re born with it, or you’re not!” That is another thing I heard all the time. This comment always puzzled me since babies are not born speaking English or German, or any other language, they are taught how to speak the language by their parents. Growing up on a ranch I also saw my fair share of calves being born. They do walk pretty quickly but, they don’t just start off amazing at it. In fact, I bet if they didn’t need to learn so quickly so they could reach for food, they may take a few more days getting better at it because they fall a lot on that first day.
My Inner Struggle
In 2010 I began a real struggle on the inside. I desperately wanted to learn more about music and how to play at least some of it. However, I was paralyzed by fear and of the lie I had been conditioned to believe. I was taught, whether on purpose or not, that music was to be reserved for only certain people, those who were born with a natural God-given gift that I was most certainly not given. More over, I believed that adults could never learn music, learning music was only for children, special children, of which I was not. These lies I believed choked my desire to learn, I would find myself wandering through a book on music in an emotional tirade thinking I was not good enough or smart enough to understand any of the concepts outlined.
I’m pretty thankful for YouTube as silly as that may seem; I found TED talks on YouTube when looking into the possibility of an adult learning to play music. Adults have fully formed brains and if we didn’t learn music as a child, our Corpus Callosum is smaller; therefore we can not learn music because it requires a LARGE Corpus Callosum! Well, thankfully, this may not exactly be the case, you see as much as human knowledge has improved (we think anyway) there is still much to be learned about the brain, thyroid, and well just the human body in general. Watching TED talks gave me hope that 1) learning never has to stop 2) an adult brain can adapt and learn new pathways at least some and 3) proper nutrition has more to do with brain function than ever known before. Jonathan Harnum wrote a book, The Practice ofPractice and it really changed my view on my ability to learn this new skill, music. I highly recommend that you read it. Obviously, I may never be as good as my children since they started music at a very early age but that doesn’t mean I can’t be good enough to play quite a few songs my friends and family enjoy!
Every week I try to set aside time to practice, that is really the biggest detractor from adult learning, you know, all those responsibilities. We all run around chasing kids, pets, trying to keep order in the home and still maintain some me time. Now that I know I can learn music, I actually find it truly relaxing to play the portions I do know well. Now, while I’m learning a new concept and creating a new neural pathway in that gray matter, it is work! Sometimes I even think I feel a heated “tar” being laid over asphalt in my brain, so don’t be fooled into thinking adults can learn music means it is easy. However, it’s work that I love! I know that I’m fulfilling a life long dream of finally learning piano and violin! I’m helping to keep my mind sharp and giving my brain power up for later on in life in the event I do suffer from a stroke. Exercising my brain with music is building alternate routes for the future if I ever need them. Moreover, I know that I am currently making a joyful noise for my Lord and Savior and one day, one day, it may even be played skillfully for all of you to hear!
Psalm 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.
Psalm 33:3 Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise.
My DD made me this cover sheet for my music binder. I can tell you she knows I struggle on guitar! She just thought this cover would be so funny. HaHa For some reason both piano and violin just click in my brain better. I’m pretty sure that brain signals crossfire when I pick up a guitar. I know what I’m supposed to do with a guitar but for the life of me I haven’t been able to make it click into place. Sneetch number 2 on the other hand is a natural guitarist. He loves it, is largely self taught, and can also play piano! He doesn’t enjoy piano as much but he plays it well and if he loved it like he does guitar, I’m pretty sure he’d be just as good on one as the other. It’s already difficult for those who don’t listen to him daily to tell which was his first choice instrument. Now he wants to start flute as well. You can be assured this house is rarely quiet unless we are all sleeping.
I hope that this inspires you to at least consider picking up an instrument and fiddle with it. I’ve got a couple of videos, albeit very amateur ones of what I learned in the first 3 or 4 months of practice. I need to make some more since I’ve learned a tad on the violin since then. My Music Progress 1My Music Progress 2 I’m almost too embarrassed to even show these videos but, everyone has to start somewhere! I’m even more embarrassed that I’ve only made 2! My hope is, by documenting the change over time, someone can click through and see improvement and be inspired to at least give it a good college try! Let me know in the comments below if you play or think you may now!
I am truly grateful for this award given to me by whatifweallcared and to the Lord. Please take a few minutes to look over her blog, she has some great stuff over there as well. On to my answers, here we go!
1) What is your first memory of writing?
Well, my very first memory of writing is probably not the best but I will share it and yes, you can laugh, at my expense even! I was just nearly 3 years old and my mother came into the room and I was writing on the walls. Suffice it to say, she was not happy! My next most memorable memory is when I got a perfect score on a creative writing assessment test in the 5th grade. I’ve always enjoyed writing, for me it’s like orchestrating a beautiful waltz or classical piece of music; it takes time but when done correctly it is beautiful.
2) What is your favorite writing style?
This is really tough for me, I suppose if I had to only pick one I would go with descriptive. I absolutely love to dig into something, dissect it and reconstruct it in a more poetic term than the dry textbook style of expository but I think a spicy expository is fun too.
3) Do you write in only one color or use many colors?
Well I enjoy writing with many different colors especially in my journals. I find it helps to break apart the days so they are easier to read later.
4) Who has inspired you to write? How?
I’ve always enjoyed writing and I think my mother saw a little bit of a “natural” talent so to speak and she encouraged me to make words dance on a page. I went through a time as a young adult where I realized something was wrong in my life and knew I needed something else and put the pen down for awhile. After I met Jesus, my life changed through salvation first and then by daily reading of the King James Bible; the slumbering strings of authorship began to vibrate down in my soul. All my motivation for writing comes from God now although as I will share more later, my great grandmother (Agnes) and my great great grandmother (Emilie) each wrote the story of their lives for future generations. I’m sure that their bravery has given me a little nudge as well.
5) What is your favorite medium for your writing? When did you realize this?
I most enjoy to write the old fashioned way with a pen and paper although, I have never used an ink well. I’d love to do that one day. I mostly find myself writing on a laptop because it is faster. I loathe dictation because I need to see my dance and arrange the players correctly, I don’t visualize this well therefore dictation is not my friend.
6) What book have you read more than twice? What keeps bringing you back for more?
Starting in fourth grade until the time I was saved at age 19, I often read Judy Blume’s Are You There God? It’s Me Margret. I read this book because I felt I had a lot in common with the young 6th grade girl. My mother went to church and played piano and always took us children, but my father never went. I don’t have a single memory of him inside a church. Once I found the answer through faith in Jesus alone, there was no need to read that book and I swapped it out for the King James Bible. I LOVE this book (the King James) as it speaks to my soul, refines my thoughts, and teaches me daily. Psalm 118:23 This is the Lord‘s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. This book quenches my soul!
7) Where do you do the most writing? Is there a certain feel to that place?
I do the most writing in my office at home. It’s more of an office nook. There is either a feel of clutter and chaos if I don’t control the ever increasing influx of paper or there is a solace that comes from the Lord. I much prefer the latter and hate it when I do things that lead to the former (and looking at my desk, I’m well on the way there! Ah! I need to fix that asap! lol)
8) If you could have unlimitedtraffic yet write about anything at all, what would you concentrate on?
If I could have unlimited traffic I would probably continue with the way I write. I do want to produce good content that is helpful for people, women in particular but I also want to share my heart, specifically as the Holy Spirit leads. I don’t want to get caught up in “what do they want to hear” and leave out things that are needful.
Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
James 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
9) What would be the toughest topic for you to write about?
The toughest topic to write about is always Christianity. Any time you open this box there will be, well, shall we leave it there? If you try to live right, not accomplish it mind you, someone will get upset and it may be your best friend or it may be a stranger but, someone will voice some sort of concern.
10) Have you ever thought of walking away and taking a lifelong journey around the globe while you write about your adventures?
Oh yes, I absolutely would love to spend a year or more in travel. If the Lord will choose to provide, I’ll go anywhere He will take me. Well, maybe not the moon. I don’t think I want to break orbit.
Jeremiah 27:5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.
I’m going to emphasize I have made the earth…. and have given it unto whom…. and ask him to let me stay on earth until it’s time for heaven. 😉
Alright, there ya have it folks, those are my answers. Hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little better. Now it’s my turn to nominate. Here we go!
Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you, link their blog. Include award graphic.
Answer the questions provided.
Make a new set of 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
Nominate 5-10 recently followed bloggers and share your post with them so they see it.
Describe your morning routine.
Who was the last person you gave a compliment to?
What is your favorite way to save money?
Who is your favorite fictional character?
What is your favorite resource for new bloggers?
If you had an all expense paid vacation, where would you go?
What is your blogging niche and how did you choose it?
What do wish to achieve with your blog?
What quote inspires you?
If you could travel back in time to a Historical event, what event would you choose?
Ok, I think I’ve learned a lot about linking posts and doing the picture. Ya’ll check out some of the new bloggers I’ve listed here. I can’t wait to read everyone’s responses! Here’s to killin’ it in 2018!
Until next time-
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