Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christms Eve!

On Christmas Eve, we eat pozole, which is a traditional Mexican eaten on holidays.We put on the tablecloth and use our fine china. Pozole is made of chicken broth, with chicken and hominy in it. For toppings you add lettuce, radishes, onion, oregano, chili and fresh lime juice. Yummy!After dinner, we had a small "Christmas Recital". Libby accompanied on the piano to the family singing Angels We Have Heard on High, and Jesse, Mary and I sang the First Noel. Jesse played What Child is This, arranged by Jim Brickman, and I played I Wonder as I Wander.

We then went to the Living Room and talked about the Savior's life, as we went around the room and each person talked about their favorite part of Christ's life. This is a really special thing to do with the beautiful lights of the Christmas tree lighting the room.

Then it was on to the Family Room, where we enacted the Nativity, complete with authentic clothing from our Semester Abroad in Israel 19 years ago. We even have our Joseph and Mary! (The Superman t-shirt underneath is not authentic - ha ha).
Josh was the innkeeper.
Peter was the shepherd,and Jesse was the angel.Libby was the wiseman following the star (that was swinging around on the fan, thanks to Josh).
Since we're in between the baby stage and the grandkid stage, we had to use a doll for the baby Jesus. Of course, I was delighted to have the real thing for Libby the Wiseman to give to baby Jesus - real Frankincense, real Myrhh and gold. (Have I mentioned that I love essential oils?)
And then comes the kids' favorite part - the opening of the first present from Santa, which is, surprise, surprise - a pair of pajamas bottoms.

Oh, no, the pajamas are not the kid's favorite part of the night. Their very favorite part of the night comes after family prayers, and then the kids are up to the Entertainment Room and making a "Fort". The Fort consists of every blanket, sheet and pillow in the house, except for Mom & Dad's bed. This year they even brought in matresses off their beds! They pile these all together and then all the kids sleep on it for the next week or so. They love this tradition! And they really went all out this year and organized every step of it.

Next post: Christmas Day!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Essential Oils

Wow, it's been a long time since I've blogged. I used to write every week, and now I've only blogged twice in about four months. Yikes.

The reason is because I've had a new passion take over my life: essential oils. I became a distributor of Young Living Essential Oils in April, and started using and sharing the products seriously in July. That coincides to when my blogging fell off.

Can I just tell you that I've absolutely fallen in love with essential oils? My family will laugh when they read this. Their going to say that's a huge understatement. Ha ha

The first thing is that most of them smell SO GOOD. I've never been big on scent. I haven't worn perfumes, burned candles, or used the Glad plug-in things, etc., mostly because they give me a headache. So when a friend of mine, that I trust a lot, began using oils and becoming very excited about them, it piqued my interest and I began using them and learning about them. They smelled wonderful! And when I learned of their therapeutic value, I was enthralled. To have something smell good and be good for you at the same time - wahoo!

Another thing that helped is that a family moved into our ward while we were in the Spanish branch that has used essential oils for about 13 years, and my friend Karen has taught me and tutored me on the how, why and practical application of the oils. She is amazing and I have learned so much from her.

I have been using herbs, homeopathics, and other alternative medicine modalities since I worked at Nature's Sunshine when Josh was born. What I've found is that essential oils are the "Cadillac" of natural supplements, and they really are powerful.

There are many uses for them, especially for infections. Microbes quickly become resistant to antibiotics and other pharmaceutical drugs, but they don't become resistant to essential oils because the compounds in oils are so complex that microbes cannot overcome them. And if they do, the plant changes it's essential oil (because it also protects the plant itself), and once again the microbes are not resistant to it.

I'm having so much fun learning about these oils and sharing them with people. A web site I can recommend is, if you are interested in hearing the stories people have about how well they work.

I'll post some of our own stories soon!