The space between the posts

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life bannerIt’s been agonizingly long since I’ve posted.  Our lives have been in “crazy mode”.  Between trying to take the equity out of our completely paid for home (a more difficult task than even I imagined) and the health crisis we completed only to jump right into another…frankly, it’s time for Jesus to take the wheel on this bus ride…cause I just can’t adult anymore this month…or even this year!  But, let’s catch y’all up!  Hankies are recommended, ladies.

So, some of you who are connected with me via Spark Naturals and my Facebook happenings already know this but I’m gonna go through it all for everyone else.  I’ve been going through a massive amount of testing and doctor visits.  I was pretty sure , for a while, that my doctor was actually working for vampires in secret and just taking my blood for their nutritional benefit (har har).  No really, I’m actually shocked there’s any left!  But, he really WAS using it for labs and testing purposes.

I’ve been suffering from strange skin rashes, memory lapse, tingling in my arm (which I totally thought was a pinched nerve), headaches, fatigue, and a myriad of other odd symptoms that, to me, just didn’t add up.  From digestion to inflammation, there was too much going on for it to just be something small. Booooo! So, I went to see a doctor…who’s also a D.O. and a holistic health practitioner (I wanted someone who’d not just slap some meds on me and call it a day).

A little more than 2 weeks ago, we sat down to hot dogdiscuss my symptoms, tests, medical history, etc for a diagnosis.  I was ready for a diagnosis with a plan, and a fix…you know…a “this is what ya got…this is how ya treat it” diagnosis.  What I got was NOT what I was prepared for.  Like a train blasting through a rickety old barn and turning it to matchsticks…the diagnosis came: Multiple Autoimmune Syndrome (MAS).  All I could mutter is “What the HELL is that?”.

As I sat, pretty much in absolute shock, I listened to him spew the elephant sized diagnosis.  Multiple  Autoimmune Syndrome is when a person has 3 (or more) autoimmune diseases present.  He began with Celiac Sprue.  “Piece of cake” I thought as I sat in my chair.  I already dabble at 80% Paleo…we’ll just max it out and Celiac won’t be an issue.  Then he said Lupus Erythematosus.  He explained about diet and lifestyle changes and inflammation.  Again, I thought, “Hey, I can do it”.  And then he uttered the words that nailed the coffin shut: Multiple Sclerosis. I was flabbergasted and blown away (and not in a good way).  How in holy heck was I going to deal with this?

I get one, maybe two…but ALL THREE?!?!? No way!  And how could I go so long without knowing this…didn’t my doctors before pay attention?  We went over enzymes, antibodies, fluid tests, blood work, medical history….and at every turn, the same diagnosis and conclusion was reached.  As far as other physicians not coming to this conclusion, they didn’t have the entire history, symptoms, tests, etc to paint the whole picture.  And that wasn’t all the news he heaped upon me.

headacheMy immune system was SHOT.  He told me he was shocked that I hadn’t ended up in the ER or died with my profession (preschool teacher = germs).  He asked me how I fought germs.  He was happy when I told him diet, sleep, hand-washing and essential oils.  He told me to keep up my routine and to keep using the EOs and to increase my use of them in an attempt to bolster my system.  He also told me to add a few supplements, foods and vitamins (which I’ll list below).  He told me I needed to decrease my exposure to germs immediately (he suggested quitting my job…I laughed).  He told me we’d have to rip ALL the carpet out of our home, rip out anything in our kitchen and main living spaces that wasn’t easily cleanable (he demanded we oust the old, scary laminate for nonporous, solid surface counters like quartz…I laughed because WHO’S PAYING FOR THAT?!), and he said we need to rip all the duct work out of our home and upgrade it to solid runs with a unit that has some form of germ elimination over and above a simple filter. Again, Where’s that cash coming from?  You see our dilemma and source of stress.

So, now that we’ve closed on the loan to pull the equity out, once the money arrives, what we’d planned to do originally to fix our home and make it functional will have to sit on the back burner.  That’s devastating having lived here 5 years and scrimped and saved and planned.  Now it’s 1600+ sqft of flooring, kitchen reno, and air quality that take precedent.  Sadly, the budget still isn’t large enough to correct all those items.  My poor firefighter husband is at a loss.  He wants so badly to fix things, but we simply cannot stretch the cash that far at this time.

LoveLife_0-1024x633So, you see, our life between the posts has been fraught with valleys and potholes…and doodoo on the shoe.  But we’re still hanging on and hacking it out of the wilderness one miry day at a time.  We’ve given it up to God because, at this moment, there’s NO way to do all the things we NEED to do in order to keep me healthy.  But God is the miraculous provider…emotionally, physically, monetarily…Somehow, He’ll cover us in His grace and merciful giving and wash this away with a blessing.  We don’t know how, but we stand waiting on the Lord in faith…which, I have to tell you is the single greatest test of my faith.  I don’t wait well.  I don’t like to have to count on anyone but myself for solutions, money, help, strength.  This one is a stretch for both of us!  Prayers welcome!

To Him be all the glory and honor and praise…and may it be a pain free, energy filled week!  All my love!

As Always, I Tell you: Go at YOUR pace, comfort level, and EDUCATE yourself!  Don’t take my word for it…do your OWN research and decide what’s best for you and yours!

Love Wholly, Speak Softly, Eat Yummily, Laugh Heartily, Hug STRONGLY, and be comfortable with being YOU!



Recommended by my D.O.:

9 servings of Fruits AND Veggies a DAY (when I fall short, a greens supplement of choice to help).
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides – protein/short chain amino acids for my skin, bones, joints, cartilage, etc
Garden of Life Mykind Organics B-12
Smarty Pants Prenatal (because it has Folate instead of Folic Acid) Vitamins
Raw Camu Powder (Navitas is what I purchased)
No Less Than 100 Ounces Water DAILY (I’m gonna float away) and NO Soda or Caffeine or Fake sugars or White Sugar

Spark Naturals, Camp Wander, and ME…OH MY

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There are few things in life I am Passionate about after the Lord and my Family (which includes my baby Malinois, Boone).  Spark Naturals and Camp Wander are 2 HUGE Passions!  WHY??  Um, Because they are Amazing and Wonderful…and…and…I’m pretty sure (and let’s embellish and be lofty here) I’D DIE WITHOUT THEM (See, Dramatic)!!!  But I digress…there’s stroy-tellin’ to be done!

I’ve been an Essential Oil user for a while now but have only just begun my EO Journey with Spark Naturals.  I began using Essential Oils casually as I changed my life style post non-melanoma skin cancer (It was a frightening experience)!  I was looking for natural alternatives and I stumbled upon Essential Oils and began using them to “scent” my home (cause doggies and Fireman’s cloths STINK).   Post Chemo, I had no hair, horrible skin, bloated body and I was a less than ‘hot’MESS!   Even with diet and lifestyle change, I still had Neuropathy issues daily.
headacheBut after a motorcycle accident in 2006 (one MONTH before my wedding), I began to have daily pain in my back, shoulders, chest and migraines.    I suffered quietly and just accepted that this would be my fate for the rest of my existence…Grin and Get over it…never let ’em see you cry  (tough girl…it’s how I was raised).  And then through some education, reading, friends…I started to change the way I viewed Essential Oils.  I was introduced to Wintergreen, Frankincense, Deep Blue (similar to SN Amend)…and I SLATHERED them on.  They only took the edge off the pain and even PastTense only took the edge off my migraines.  But, even though they didn’t eliminate my pain and migraines, they helped tremendously…and made my life more enjoyable.  THEN, along came some Kindred Spirits (with great blogs…Camp Wander and One Good Thing to name two)…I got on board a train that changed my family’s LIFE! 


As a NEW lover of ALL THINGS Camp Wander  (My husband actually turned me onto One Good Thing and that’s how I found Rebecca and Camp Wander…in an Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse post, of all things), I began to read.  Suddenly, I saw she changed the Essential Oils she used (GASP).   But her info, insight, and recipes for LIFE were like minded and education based…so I kept on reading (and hungering for her next post…not gonna lie, it was like cyber stalking…it’s okay, I’m better now…the Oils made me do it…and so on…LOL).  One day, I think WAY back in June or July of 2013, I read about this Oil called Birch.  I’d never heard of it (because my eo supplier didn’t carry it) and Then I began reading about migraines and pain and what this amazing little oil could do.  So, OF COURSE, I got to order some…SOLD OUT.  Sigh.  Oh well.  And then, by some small miracle, I read on Rebecca’s Facebook page that they got a few more bottles in from their supplier.  HOT DANG!  I swooped in like a vulcher  and snagged one of 7 remaining bottles on the Spark Naturals website (SCORE)!  I waited with HOT anticipation for this EO!  Would it be as good as everyone said?  Would it even help me at all?  Read my Private Message to Rebecca on August 4, 2013:

Conversation started August 4, 2013

I wanted you to know what your commitment to Wellness and sharing means to me and my family!

I would like to say thank you for recommending Birch to us for pain. I got some recently from Spark Naturals (Shhhh, don’t tell my doTERRA upline…lmao). 7 years ago (a month before my wedding, no less) I was in a motorcycle accident (a large Florida bobcat ran out of the woods and right into our path). I was thrown over 300ft at 60 MPH (THANK GOD I had gear and a helmet on or I would have been DEAD). I injured my right hand, elbow, and upper back (shoulder area). I had road rash but that healed quickly and left no scar. But DAILY since the accident, my right forearm, elbow, and my upper back just ACHE…like I’ve been out in a wet cold too long or like I have the flu. It’s a horrible, deep pain. My muscles also twitch a little uncontrollably as I try to sit and rest.  Frustrating…embarrassing…I just HATE it! I turned to Doctors and found no relief. Then to massage and chiro…still nothing.  Then I found Essential oils (Wintergreen, Frankincense, Deep Blue) . Those helped take the edge off and made the pain tolerable but there was still a deep pain nothing seemed to touch…like a smoldering bog fire that just won’t let the firemen put it out (Can you tell we are a firefighter family…lol). I saw your posts on your Facebook about Birch.  I KNEW I needed to try it.  Spark Naturals had 7 left when I ordered…glad I acted quickly! I got this Oil Yesterday and I want to say, through tears of joy, THANK YOU! For the FIRST TIME in 7 years…I am PAIN FREE! I used just one drop with one drop Frankincense and a dab of Raw Shea and FCO (lotion I make for my ashy,dry, fair, sensitive legs). Literally within about 3 minutes, My pain was gone. And, That lasted HOURS. I reapplied before bed and was not even a little sore when I woke this morning (a FIRST)! I don’t know why it works or how it works…but I know it’s natural, it’s SAFE, it works, and I will continue to use it! From the bottoms of my feet to the tippy top of my head…THANK YOU for doing what you do! Your stories and suggestions change LIVES! And I’m glad that even as a doTERRA user, I can come here and know I’m welcome, safe, and getting great, solid advice! Love you, love your blog, love your HEART! XOXO!

Even as I read it now, I have tears.  Just by sharing Birch and a STORY about what it did…she changed a life!  And when I thanked her, she responded and we had a fun chat!  NOBODY with the following Rebecca and Camp Wander has takes the time to do that…NOBODY!  She’s about PEOPLE and education and being REAL…LOVE HER!  I feel like I made an instant, TRUE, HONEST friend!!

I began researching Spark Naturals and testing their oils.  When I had the same (or better) results, I KNEW it was time for my family and I to make a tough decision!  I LOVE my doTERRA family and all my girls…but this change was what was best for us!  Today, I have a family of kindred hearts and like minds in Spark Naturals; a Plethora of AWESOME, safe oils for myself and my family; a ‘to die for’ price point and bottle size variety; and a want to share and SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOF TOPS…that Spark Naturals is just ‘da bomb’!  So WHY Spark Naturals and WHY now??  Price, Quality, Family, Kindred Hearts, 5ml AND 15ml, Friends, NO QUOTA or MLM, and…It just ‘jives’ with our lives…babe!
kick dirt 2All that Health and wellness talk…lol…DISCLAIMER:
Now, while I’d LOVE to say that today I’m a walking immunity complex, alkaline body of swirling Fruits and Veggies and completely organic, natural nutrients, DARE TO DREAM!  I’m the normal American, Country girl with the same food struggles, nutrition “issues”, and stressful life battles as YOU!  I am not better or stronger than anyone else…just aware.  I will say that life application, for me, MUST become a HABIT…without my patterns and habits for optimum predictability, there’s NO WAY I’m doing things like getting up at 4:30am for a workout, planning all our meals Sunday and doing all my “prep work”, Taking my vitamins and juicing 3 times daily, avoiding ALL sugar content, giving up coffee (HA HA HA HA HA HA…wait…no, HA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA), you get lessons from dogthe idea.  I kicked Cancers BUTT at 21/22 years old…I stared death in the face, (and in my bold, strong woman dreams) kicked dirt on him with my cowgirl boot and scoffed … so, I made a command decision:  I’m gonna live with Jesus by my side, a burp in my throat and my Love holdin my hand…know what I’m sayin’? At 32 years old…I love my life and dang it, if I wanna eat a medium rare steak smothered in Bleu Cheese Crumbles, baby, I’m gon’ DO IT (yee-haw).  


Check out the oils our family uses {HERE}

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As Always, I Tell you: Go at YOUR pace, comfort level, and EDUCATE yourself!  Don’t take my word for it…do your OWN research and decide what’s best for you and yours!

Love Wholly, Speak Softly, Eat Yummily, Laugh Heartily, Hug STRONGLY, and be comfortable with being YOU!

 Hack it Out of the Wilderness