My heart is full today … as it always seems to be. Life is sooo good even when it doesn’t appear to be so much from those looking in.
Today, today I get a text from my youngest son who is doing an amazing job adulting.
Bunny trail warning … no one ever told me what a challenge being a mom of adulting children and how stretched you will be. You hear all the ins and outs of all the terrific 2’s, thrilling 3’s, precious teenage years and so on … but adulting children … mums the word. I am beginning to wonder if that’s not because your children never leave the adulting world, so it is a continual stretching phase that just isn’t talked much about. End of bunny trail.
My heart was so full that he would involve me with a text in his life. I instantly gave thanks for that as I know friends who don’t have that in their lives. Then, the enemy tries to knock my knees out from under me. I have this thought pass through my mind … did I include my mom and ask her for advice to show how much I loved and appreciated her? Did I make her heart feel so full?
And here’s where my faith and professional certifications kick in. In that moment I had the decision to make regarding my perspective.
I could take a negative perspective and beat myself up in thoughts and possibly words that I didn’t do enough for my mom. I mean, we can always do better even if we scored a perfect 10 as things are always evolving and improving. Just look at the Olympics. A specific feat is done that is world and record shattering … then the next time everyone’s doing it and striving to go beyond that perfect 10. So yes, except for salvation, everything on this earth can and probably will be improved in some way or shape. Not to mention the fact that my mom has already graduated to her eternal retirement and is no longer here on this Earth for me to be able to do anything different. So, hmm, choose to be stuck in a negative that has no means to be able to change the past …
I could take a positive perspective and remember the times that I wrote my mom letters on toilet paper when I was in college and mailed home … just because I could, and it was different. Or the many nights and hours in her final years that she got to live with my family when I would hear her awake in the night and I’d go up and we would play Phase 10 or Uno or Hand and Foot through the wee hours of the night. The times she would take a tumble and, once I determined she was not seriously injured, we would lay on the floor and laugh so hard neither one of us could get up and we’d get the giggles when we thought we were done laughing which would keep me from being strong enough to lift her up. And may other fun memories. And I know that, Yes, my mom’s heart was full despite the heart stretching challenges of her legacy. I realize that I am REAPING harvest on the SEEDS that I unknowingly was led to sow when I was growing up and walking out adulthood.
Everyday we sow seeds. Whether they are seeds of doom and despair OR love and life, we get to choose. And then … some day in the future … sometimes sooner rather than later … we get to reap harvest on the seeds we sow.
Today I am choosing to sow seeds of Hope, Laughter and Love.
What seeds are you choosing to sow today?
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When you love essential oils, you want to share them with your whole family – including the newest members! Essential oils can be fantastic for young children and babies, but it’s important to use oils in a way that is safe for their sensitive systems. Being extra careful around your little ones can help ease some stress. Here’s what you need to know about using essential oils in the nursery.
+ If you are concerned or have questions about an oil, consult a health professional or advocate before administering oils, especially if your baby or child is sick. (Remember not all oils are created the same.)
+ To avoid sensitive little noses, dilute a small amount of oil in an ultrasonic diffuser like our Dolphin Reef Diffuser
or the Feather The Owl Diffuser next to cribs and play areas.
+ Babies love to splash during bath time; avoid adding oils in their tub, so they don’t ingest or get any of it in their eyes.
+ Wear essential oils on your skin to help your kids acclimate to the fragrance.
+ Heavily dilute a new essential oil following the guide above and perform a spot test on your child’s arm or leg. If no reaction occurs after several minutes, the oil is probably okay to use.
+ Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern is one of my favorite reference books specifically written for little ones and pregnancy.
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