Jan 23, 2018

I Am Capable!

When I was in college I took Spanish for 3 semesters.  I loved my teacher and it was so fun to celebrate each week with food or drinks while making small talk with the words we all learned that week.  Everyone would laugh and have a great time, I could tell only because of the laughter, not because I understood a darn thing coming out of their mouths.  Yes, I took Spanish for 3 semesters, but learned nothing other then how to count to 10 and a few odds and end words.  My teacher took me out off campus to eat and was like Sheila...dear, you just are not going to get it.  Save your money for something else....anything else.  It was totally funny we laughed together, because I knew he was right.  Even though this sweet teacher was not negative at all to me ever, I held on to these words and put them with all the other words that was ever said to me regarding my self worth or capability.  He meant no harm, but I allowed it to fester and become much more then he ever knew.  I might have been laughing on the outside, but on the inside there was so much more going on with me.

Fast-forward to homeschooling my kiddos and foreign language comes back into the picture.  This time it's German.  I have always been fascinated with the German culture and come to find out I have German speaking family living in Germany.  For years I felt like it wasn't possible to learn another language and I tried to not pass those beliefs onto my kiddos, but it was my true feelings at the time.  It wasn't until I really embraced the whole self care self love practice that I felt the urge to try and learn German....for me, not a grade or to be able to say I know another language.  I have a desire to learn and you know what, I am actually learning German.  If I woke up tomorrow in Germany I would be able to tell everyone who I am, that I'm hungry, need coffee, where I want to shop and several other things.  It's only been a few weeks, but I have confidence in myself and I know I am capable.  Did you read that?  I am capable!!!!

Jan 21, 2018

How to Start using Essential Oils

Well, it's very Simple... I will be updating this part of my Blog as often as possible.  I NEVER talked much about oils, even though we have been using them for 4 years now.  I didn't want to get into the "sales" part of it.  But, my Family and I have benefited so much I just feel now is the time.  I can't continue to enjoy the benefits without sharing with all of you so that you too can feel the difference in your lives without always reaching for a pill.

I have used a few different brands and right now I am committed and benefiting wildly from DoTerra's Essential Oils.  Feel free to hop over to my Wellness Advocate page and look at all the Plant Magic they have to offer your sweet Family!!
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Jan 19, 2018

Special Needs Parenting

It's hard to talk real sometimes...everything on social media is so perfect, planned out, organized and airbrushed.  My life just isn't like that, not at all.  I don't want it to be, but I do want to be happy and content.  I do want to live my best life the way that gives me joy.  So, even though my life looks messy on the outside, on the inside there are a ton of moments that bring me much joy and contentment.  But, as a special needs family I will say there are also those other moments when I wish I could live behind some of those well planned out airbrushed squares.  I look at those little pics or read those posts and think....if only my kids would do that, I wish our family could be like this.  Or wait for it.....I wish I was as happy as that Mom is!!! 

Jan 13, 2018

Getting stuff done!!

All the Christmas decorations are completely down, put away and ready for a long 10 month slumber.  Something inside me always feels a tiny bit sad when the last box is stored.  I love the smell of cinnamon and pine, the flickering of burning candles and twinkle lights.  But, I also like the feel of a fresh clean slate that always comes after the Holidays. 
This year we are doing a ton of downsizing and it all begins now.  What is our goal?  For 2018 to be lighter, less cluttered, allowing us more freedom to travel and do the things we truly value.  So, even though I reluctantly packed away my Christmas I hold onto the Spirit of it all in my heart as I start plowing through one room at a time.
First room!  You have no clue how many books I own, it is crazy town!!!  That alone makes me want to curl up and take a nap. :)  Instead of hibernating though I have decided to divide my books into reference, donate, read and pass on to a specific person.  I will update later how this goes.  I was amazed at the reference pile, you would think I lived before the internet....oh wait I did!  :) 

2018 Update!

Trying to separate my two blogs that actually went from 5 blogs to these two have been ridiculously difficult.  I'm still sorting it all out, but I see light, there is finally light at the end of this online tunnel.  That said I will be uploading new content a few times a week here along with Reviews on the other blog.  Still sorting out the social media between the two blogs, but that's fine....I just need to get posting.  What made it so difficult was having a separate blog for Autism, Homeschooling, Life, Health and so forth was just too much to keep up with along with Reviewing 150+ products a year.  And not to mention just living life...with Kaden and homeschooling....and did I mention Kaden?
So there you have it a tiny update...2018 is looking really good over here!

Nov 7, 2017

Working on Time Management

I long to be over here and connecting with you through posts, but my Four Violet Reviews Blog has me so busy.  I can hardly keep up with my personal journals and Bible journaling.... and that is a must for my sanity.  I do promise to get better, to manage my time so that I spend less time thinking about writing and more time actually doing the writing.
I have been painting a lot lately, like 3-5 hours a day.  I enjoy researching scripture and making these little cards to use in my Bible and planners.  I have made tons of say the very least. 
“Show me, Lord, my life’s end
    and the number of my days;
    let me know how fleeting my life is. You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
    the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Everyone is but a breath,
    even those who seem secure Psalm 39:4-5

Oct 16, 2017

Blessing Roll Call

We have had to do a lot of praying and research these last few weeks.  And honestly I am worn down....worn down to the point where my days are just what ever they become.  My expectations are low and my heart is opened wide to receive whatever it is that the Lord has planned for me.  Blessing Roll Call.....This month the Lord has saved my family from contracting something horrid from our filthy bathrooms that haven't been touched with so much as a Clorox wipe in like forever.  He's given me cooler weather and has kept the smoke from local fires to a minimum so I can still go outside and take a few minutes to myself while stuffing my mouth with a GF, vegan muffin.  The sweet Lord has opened my world up a little more and given me some new Friends and support through social media that I wouldn't have had if I waited till Kaden decided that going out of the home was safe and acceptable.  Literally as I lay awake in bed and my Hubby saws logs like a lumberjack I can feel Jesus beside me lulling me to sleep while magically erasing all of my mind clutter.  Thank You Lord....for giving me peace, hope and love.  
Another Day... Another Challenge... Another Prayer... Another Answer... Another Blessing

Sep 28, 2017

Raising Green Thumbs

I never was one to garden, I couldn't even keep cactus alive.  I loved the idea of planting and having a garden, but it wasn't really in me.  Or so I be honest the problem was that I didn't take the time to slow down and actually have a garden.  You can't just throw seeds in the ground and boom be done.  It takes care, tending, hoping, loving and protecting. 

I think having a garden changes a person, allows them to slow the whirling thoughts and focusing on the here and now.  Over the past few years I have tried to live more intentionally and not just devouring all the hours and minutes with mindless activities.  

This is what I want to pass down to my kids, especially Kaden who struggles with fits of rage every single day.  And I see the automatic change in him when he is out in the garden. I Love It!!  I Love watching him pluck off dead leaves, watering and even encouraging the little fellas lagging behind in growth.  

The number 1 thing I think all children should have in their lives is a garden.  Every single day Kaden is out there in the gardening tending to it, he simply must.  He knows that the health of the plants depend on him and in return he gets to have beautiful flowers and yummy fruits and veggies. Oh, and the occasional insect friend. :)

Sep 14, 2017

Spoon Theory....

This is kind of long, but if you truly want to know what my life is like with Lupus then read.

By Christine Miserandino

My best friend and I were in the diner, talking. As usual, it was very late and we were eating French fries with gravy. Like normal girls our age, we spent a lot of time in the diner while in college, and most of the time we spent talking about boys, music or trivial things, that seemed very important at the time. We never got serious about anything in particular and spent most of our time laughing.
As I went to take some of my medicine with a snack as I usually did, she watched me with an awkward kind of stare, instead of continuing the conversation. She then asked me out of the blue what it felt like to have Lupus and be sick. I was shocked not only because she asked the random question, but also because I assumed she knew all there was to know about Lupus. She came to doctors with me, she saw me walk with a cane, and throw up in the bathroom. She had seen me cry in pain, what else was there to know?

Aug 27, 2017

Coming Soon!!!

I am migrating my Blog over to this New will take some time, but I plan to have all my Recipes, Devotional studies, Herbs and oil education, a peek into our Homeschooling life... as well as Marriage and Family articles here soon.  And so much more....I can't wait to have everything up and running! :)