Sometimes Mommy Just Needs a Vacation!

Sometimes Mommy Just Needs a Vacation!

Fun fact about me: I am a total extrovert but I have a really hard time believing that I can influence and inspire other people. In fact a big insecurity I have is befriending new people, because what if they don’t like me? This year, I earned an all expenses paid trip to Spokane WA to visit Young Living’s farms in that area. They are putting a bunch of us in the Davenport Grand Hotel and giving #alltheswag and just spoiling us in general while we are here! But y’all, because of my stupid insecurities, I very nearly cancelled the trip at the last minute because of the anxiety I was feeling over having to be around new people! Of course, one think about punching your fears in the face is, once you do, you realize how silly and insignificant they truly are. I’ve been here all of 5 hours and already I’ve made some amazing new friends that have blessed me so much!! I came here convinced that I would just hide out in my room because no one would like me because I’m a nobody from Milton, FL and I’m not worth being friends with. But tonight I’m walking out the door to dinner, confident that I am worth making friends with, and I do have something to offer! Because guess what? My worth isn’t wrapped up in wether or not people like me! My worth is in Christ and He says I’m enough!!! I don’t often share stuff like this because #feelingsaregross but I just want to shout out all my friends who struggle with feeling like you don’t have anything to offer, that you don’t give value, YOU DO! So I want to encourage you to step out of that comfort zone, make new friends, and be a blessing to others, and don’t miss out on being blessed by adding new friendships to your life. I am so glad I didn’t! 

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Glamming it up for the Recognition Dinner!

Aaaanway, meeting new people, getting to hug the women I have watched in the business who push me and inspire me has been amazing and just what I needed. I am so glad I decided to come! Shout out to the hubby for holding down the fort (with my Mom’s help!) while I enjoy all this luxury!

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I miss my babies of course, but it sure has been peaceful. And not only peaceful, but it has been good to be myself, and to have an identity other than a tired, struggling, stay-at-home momma to 5 kids! Don’t get me wrong, my children are AMAZING and I love them so hard, but the joy, and the fulfillment and the inspiration I have received from the relationships I have found in Young Living has been phenomenal and just good for my soul! I am so thankful the Lord dropped this opportunity in my lap and I am so thankful for the blessings it has brought to me.

 

XOXO,

Tammy

 

So I did a thing…

So I did a thing…

So I did a thing. I started a youtube channel. I’ve actually had one for a while but never uploaded on it. I keep thinking I need to wait until I have the perfect graphics on it, the perfect filming set-up, and better camera… but last week I decided waiting for a plan of action if for the birds (sorry to all my organization-loving friends! 😂) and so filmed on my Iphone and put my first video up 3 days ago. I have went to share about it here and deleted the blog post before I could publish it like 10 times because sometimes fear of what people will think is paralyzing. So here’s to kicking that fear in the face! I already have one follower and I know it’s my sister because I told her to go follow me 😂😂😂 so….. link is here if you want to follow the craziness too! My first video is a Dollar Tree homeschooling haul. I want to start vlogging on the channel too so maybe the next one will be that. What would you guys like to see on my Youtube channel? I’m down for any input you might have! 

 

Hope y’all are having an amazing weekend!

 

xoxo,

Tammy

 

My Handsome Ninja Warriors

My Handsome Ninja Warriors

This past weekend, these two handsome studs smashed some big big goals, and I am so stinking proud of them! One of the things on their bucket list for 2017 was to compete in a Martial Arts Tournament and they totally KILLED IT! Dalton took 3rd place for sparring and 3rd place for form in the Preteen Intermediate Division and Isaiah took 3rd place for sparring in the Junior Beginner Division. On the morning of,  I was a bundle of nerves so by the time we got to the tournament location we were hyped on oils and prayed up to the max!!!! Some of the things we used:
-Lemon EO
-Lavender EO
-Peppermint EO
Combined for respiratory support for Dalton who’s pretty allergic to the lovely yellow powder that floats around this time of year. This combo helps his body combat that!  
-Ningxia Red because antioxidants ROCK and also for natural energy!
-Valor EO blend for focus and because it’s basically bottled courage! 😂
-Stress Away EO blend because I was having a nervous breakdown LOL!

Way to smash those big goals, boys!!! Mama and Daddy are so proud of you!!!

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Let’s Have A #realtalkwithTammy moment…

Let’s Have A #realtalkwithTammy moment…

I really wanted to sit down today and a candid homeschooling mama moment with you all. I don’t know about all you other homeschoolers out there, but for me there is a certain pressure to look, act, and just be a certain way. For my kids to be super intelligent over-achievers otherwise we will be judged for not being “good enough” homeschoolers. Crazy right??? (Don’t roll your eyes at me! You know you fee the pressure too!)

There are some children that are easy to teach. Dalton, my oldest, is one of those. He soaks up literally everything and I only have to point him in the right direction and he takes off. He has an innate love for learning and will ditch a video game to read a good book any day. He was reading and writing by age 4 and has been practically self taught since K5.

 

Isaiah, my second born, is his polar opposite. There is nothing he’d rather do than sleep in late, play outside in the dirt all morning, come inside, eat, play legos all afternoon, eat some more, play some more, go to bed, repeat. Many days I questioned if I was enough for him or if we needed to find him a tutor that could work with his needs. It’s not something I like to discuss much because I’m ashamed to say, I don’t like to admit when I feel lacking. But this is what I woke up to the other morning morning…

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Isaiah curled up in the recliner, at 7:30am, reading a book. This makes me so happy I could cry. Homeschooling this kid has been a hard journey, and there have been times I’ve wanted to pull my hair out at the snails pace he loves to take. There have been many days I’ve gotten so frustrated, I’ve had to call off school for him for the day so I could read my Bible, regroup, and try again tomorrow. But I am so thankful that I decided not to push and to instead try to develop a desire to learn, and moments like this remind me why it’s so worth it!!!! I am not organized. Most days I start off not sure what we’ll even learn about because I’m a terrible planner and I like to fly by the seat of my pants. I’m thankful that the Lord blesses my efforts and produces something amazing from the chaos that is our homeschooling day! Special thanks goes to my hubby who has to constantly remind me that Isaiah learns best through inspiration and not pressure. 😜😜😜

BELATED HAPPY EASTER!

BELATED HAPPY EASTER!

Resurrection Sunday.

A day that Christians all over the world come together to celebrate the fact that our Saviour is no longer in the grave, but that He is risen and now sits at the right hand of God Almighty on high, interceding for you and me, so that we lowly, worthless, sinful, good for nothing sinners can boldly come before the Throne of Grace. What a beautiful thing, the love of the Father for us, that He gave His Son so we could have a relationship with Him! 😭😭😭 Easter bunnies are cute. We like them. Egg hunts are fun. We do them. But for our family, all that takes a back seat to the real meaning of this day.

HE IS RISEN.

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The day I became a mom…

The day I became a mom…

I will never forget the moment I realized I was going to be a Mom. I wish I could say it was a day full of joy, wonder and rejoicing. But it wasn’t. A child conceived in violence. It was a day full of anguish, fear, even anger. I spent the whole 8 months of my pregnancy feeling like there was a dark cloud hanging over me, just going through the motions of living. I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to breathe again, ever be able to enjoy the sunshine again.

I woke up on November 25th, 2005, the day after Thanksgiving, and headed to the doctor for a routine doctors appointment, my 35-36 week visit. It was just a few short hours and an emergency C-section later, that they laid a tiny, wide wake and alert, 4 pound 15 ounce bundle into my arms. I remember looking down into this tiny face, gazing down into those solemn eyes, trusting me, loving me, and suddenly, I could feel the air hit my lungs. The dark cloud broke and sunshine came streaming through, the birds were singing, and air was crisp, and I was back among the living. This tiny miracle bundle of humanity had given me a reason to move forward again, a reason to live again.

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I hear so many people say, if they could go back and change the past, they would. I have to say, that if I had a chance to go back into my past and change anything about it, I would leave it just like it is. It formed me into the woman, mom, Christian and wife I am today. And it gave me one of the most perfects gifts I’ve ever been blessed with, a bouncing baby boy. He was the beginning of so many good things that has happened in my life. I probably never would have married my husband if not for him, and so would not have been blessed 4 additional miracle babies (because let’s face it, all babies are miracles!)

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So all that to say, happy 11th birthday to you Dalton. My oldest babe, my miracle, my blessing from heaven. I am so thankful that God allowed me to be your mother, and gave Daddy and I the privilege of raising you. I am so proud of the brilliant, talented, capable and caring young man you are becoming. May you ever put the Lord first in your life, because with Him guiding your path, you can and will move mountains!

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XOXO,

Mom

 

 

My love letter to Cedarwood

My love letter to Cedarwood

Dear Cedarwood,

I like you. I REALLY REALLY like you. Like, you might even say that I think I am in love with you. Your subtle woodsy smell. Your ability to lift the stresses from the day away so that I can sleep well is like no other. In fact, I simply can’t, and won’t, sleep without you. I love what you do to my hair & skin. Like a true bestie, you make everything better.  I’m so glad you are being included this month, for free, when people start their oily journeys with me.

Thank you for being you.

Xoxo,

Tammy