Friday, February 5, 2016

Round here

Slow, easy days are a rare treat for us these days.
As the kids get older, our days become more full,
with so many good things.
It makes us treasure mornings like this even more:

A few weeks ago I got to meet with some of my local business people
for coffee and business work - what a treat!

Since she has been able to walk,
this girl has been a climber!


I had Lana take the 5 Love Languages test.
I was not surprised a bit by her results:
words of affirmation and quality time are definitely her love languages!

I thought it was interesting to compare hers to mine.
Words of affirmation are very important to both of us;
but we are opposites when it comes to quality time and acts of service!

So many times when I am DOING things for her, to serve her,
I am trying to show her love, but that's not how she receives it.
She would rather me quit doing the things,
and just spend time with her.
She & her daddy are very similar in that way.
This was a good reminder for me,
to love them the way they receive love,
not the way I do.

Look at Tucker
riding his bike without training wheels!

Oh, this was a sad moment for me last week.
We had to buy her adult hangers for her clothes;
they keep coming off the kid ones!

Sometimes you have cupcakes for breakfast,
especially when big sister makes an A on her huge states & capitals test!

waiting in the car for sister at piano lessons can get crazy:

Lana joined the Girls Chorus at school,

my snuggle bug:

she also helps me with laundry:

and loves on the kiddos:


Dan and I had lunch at Nom on our date day last week,
and enjoyed the freshest sushi we've had in Pensacola!
It was delicious.
We also thought their Ramen was spectacular.
They noodles are handmade, fresh in house every day.

Never been seen in Team Davis:
Tucker wearing a band-aid!!
He got a scrape on his knee at school,
and Mrs. Kathi managed to talk him in to this bandage!

Speaking of Tucker injuries,
he was bouncing in the trampoline with a Nerf gun,
and poked a hole in his head.

I could not get it to stop bleeding,
until I remembered to use my oils.
A drop of Helichrysum, and the bleeding stopped.
I seriously don't know how I was a mom before oils.

Oh, look at my bit of happiness.
I've finally taken the time to create myself a little workspace.
My friend Liz blessed me with a desk that's perfect for my needs,
and I covered it with things that make me happy:
black and white pictures of m littles,
my favorite pens and mechanical pencils,
fresh flowers from Miranda,
my BSF name tag,
oily information,
and my favorite scent in the diffuser (bergamot + ylang ylang + rosemary).
So much grace in my life!

I love having this space to pay bills, 
keep our family scheduled,
plan meals,
do my oil work, etc.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Kindergarten, continued

Tucker loves Science Day!

Learning about the sides and vertices of polygons
is always more fun with marshmallows and toothpicks!


 Show & Tell

 The 100th Day of School was fun!
100 stickers on your hat:

100 legos to build with:

I love that's he's getting such a true kindergarten experience!
Precious!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Saturday golf

I care little to nothing about golf.

I do, however, adore Dan Davis
and the outdoors
and having my little family all together
on a beautiful Saturday,
with nothing do except be together.

And that makes me love golf.


Tucker likes to run on ahead while we are waiting for Dan,
and throw things in to the pond.

He's got quite the little arm on him.

Unlike me, this guy LOVES golf.
I suspect, however, that it has everything to do with adoring his Daddy,
quite a lot like me.

 My people make my heart so full it feels like it will explode.

This Lana girl is going to be the best mama one day.
She had packed a little cross body bag full of things
to keep her brother entertained:
snacks, a pad and pen, little toys, and more.
All on her own!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

How do essential oils work?

849 days.
That's how long we've been using and loving our essential oils.
Every single day, we use them in some way.

To boost our immune system.
To help us sleep.
To brush our teeth.
To soothe anxiety.
To focus during homework.
To ease muscle soreness, bruises.
To stop allergy attacks.
To stop itchy skin, or nightmares, or burns.
To clear our bodies of toxins.
To clean our fruits and vegetables.
and so much more.

As I've used Young Living's essential oils on my family, I've made it my business to learn about them.  What they do, how they work, how to use them.  And as I've learned, I've shared, and somehow, the Lord has blessed me with a small business, and I love it, because I'm an educator at heart.  I would share these oils even if Young Living never paid me a dime.  (I'm glad they do.)

One of my favorite things that I've learned about over the past few years is the science behind essential oils.  I knew almost immediately that they worked, but the how behind it?  Well....science.

Now that I know, I want to share the science behind it with you.
(As you read, please remember that I am only talking about pure, therapeutic-grade, Young Living essential oils.)



Essential oils are highly complex little molecular structures.
One drop of essential oil contains 40 million trillion molecules.
That's the number 4 with 19 zeroes behind it.

40,000,000,000,000,000,000

THIS concentration and complexity is why they work so well.

Consider:
On average, we have 100 trillion cells in our body.
Because essential oils are so complex molecularly, 
they can reach every cell in our body, usually within 20 minutes of application.

Then, the molecules of essential oils can unlock the DNA, clean the cells, and restore optimal health to the actual structure of the DNA inside the cells.

I told you....science. 
It blows my mind.

Let me take it a bit farther:
because the molecules in a drop of essential oil are so very small,
they can cross the 
blood-brain barrier.

Everyone has this blood-brain barrier.
It's a very intelligent barrier that separates our circulating blood from the cerebral spinal fluid in the central nervous system.
This barrier is discerning, in that it picks and chooses what gets across it.  
Potential neurotoxins: they're rejected.
The barrier does let water, some gases, and lipid-soluble molecules across the barrier.  
Essential oils are lipid-soluble.
Every single species of essential oils can cross the blood-brain barrier.

THIS is why they work.
Because they can cross that blood brain barrier,
they can work on the molecular level of every body system.
Digestion, liver function, bones and jones, ligaments, muscular system....
on and on.  
Essentially, they can work on those systems specifically because
they cross that blood-brain barrier, and travel through the blood to each system.

This even works when you simply INHALE the oils.

The fact that these essential oils are traveling through your blood stream to heal your body at the molecular level is also why I emphasize to use oils often.  Daily.  You want them in your system, doing their work, all the time.  

But you don't have to overload!  They are very powerful.

Knowing this will help you stretch your oils and make them last longer.
It's WHY you buy therapeutic grade Young Living oils, 
as opposed to less inexpensive, inferior ones.

Low and slow.

If you overload your system with too many drops of essential oils,
the receptor sites will freeze.
And then they're not doing any good.
It's why, if you buy oils from me,
I tell you to start "low and slow."  
Let your body adjust to this new communication and health.

They really are smart.
Not me...not Young Living...the oils.
And it's because they come from plants, living organisms.
No two bottles of essential oils will ever be the same,
so our bodies don't develop a "resistance" to them, 
the way we can to antibiotics.

There are 3 basic compounds in a drop of essential oil:
Phenols, Monoterpenes, and Sesquiterpenes.

PHENOLS
Phenols are the cleaners.  The heavy lifters.
They create environments and conditions where unfriendly viruses and bacteria simply cannot live, because they are too clean!  
Here's how it works: 
When our cell receptor sites get dirty, they can't communicate.
They malfunction.
Then we get sick.
Phenols search out those dirty receptor sites and clean them,
enabling our body to communicate clearly with itself.
And we stay healthy!

These are the essential oils that have the highest phenol content.
Clove is the very highest, and is one of the main ingredients in the Thieves blend!

Clove 90%
Cassia 80%
Basil 75%
Cinnamon 73%
Oregano 60%
Anise 50%
Peppermint 50%

MONOTERPENES
Monoterpenes are geniuses.
They literally rewrite miswritten information in cellular memory.
They CORRECT what's wrong.
Improper coding in our DNA 
(caused by stress, toxins, etc.)
is the primary cause of cellular dysfunction and illness.
Most essentil oils have monoterpenes; here are some common ones:

Angelica 73%
Hyssop 70%
Peppermint 45%
Juniper 42%
Frankincense 40%
Spruce 38%
Pine 30%
Cypress 28%
Myrtle 25%

SESQUITERPENES
Sesquiterpenes are also able to rewrite dysfunctional DNA code,
and they also work like hemoglobin does in the blood,
in that they bring oxygen to the cells.
Oxygen is good, good, good.

This increased level of oxygen has remarkable results in our body.
Pain is addressed, the immune system is boosted, emotions and hormones are brought back in to balance, endorphins are released, and antibodies are increased.
Just inhaling oils high in sesquiterpenes increases activity in the pineal, pituitary, and hypothalamus glands.
These are the oils that have a high level of sesquiterpenes:

Cedarwood 98%
Vetiver 97%
Spikenard 93%
Black Pepper 74%
Patchouli 71%
Myrhh 62%
Ginger 59%


It's a miracle!
That's how I felt, for the first 6 months.
We used them every day, and could see such remarkable changes,
and it did feel like a miracle.
Maybe in a way, it is.
A miracle that God would create plants for our good, 
in this incredibly intelligent and beautiful way.
I'm so glad for them.


Sources:
Essential Oils Pocket Reference 5th Edition Life Science Publishing
Essential Oils Desk Reference 5th Edition Life Science Publishing
Healing Oils of the Bible by David Stewart, PhD
Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple by David Stewart, PhD

Monday, January 25, 2016

A peek inside Tucker's classroom:

Tucker is thriving in his new kindergarten class!  Here's a little peek from his teacher inside his classroom.

Last week, they read and learned about Jan Brett's book The Mitten.
They loved re-enacting the story!  Tucker was a bear.

Spirit Day - everyone wore red to show their ACA spirit!

Music

Senior Buddies

Each kindergarten has a buddy who is a senior.  I love this!

Science experiments with a real scientist!



Their very first chapel!

 Snow day!
After reading books about snow, they got to make some of their own!

And what's snow without a snowball fight??