It was so amazing to me! My Mom became so smart the older I became. When I was a teenager I had no idea the wisdom that my Mother carried within. She was always offering her healthy tips, and when I became a Mother myself, I really began to listen ...finally! Can you relate?
My Mom's Kitchen Table Wisdom is a series of blog posts where I will share the wisdom on how to handle the boo-boos of life that my Mother shared with me at our Kitchen Table. They have quite literally been lifesavers for my family, and I offer them to you with the joy that my Mother offered them to me.
First Up ~ The power of the Salt of our earth home.
Whenever our family had a cold or a sore throat, my Mom would have us gargle with warm saltwater. The warm salt water would soothe our sore-throats and offer relief. Salt, in ancient times, was used as a disinfectant.
Viruses are believed to hang out in your throat for four days before they go into your...
It Fall Ya' All!
Every year around this time I am deeply reminded of how life is about change. Growing up in the heartland of America, fall always was the signal for showing gratitude for the harvest from our abundant farmlands. They called our part of the world the "Wheat Capital of the World" for all the wheat that was grown in our part of the world. The sea of golden waving wheat crops was a testament to a good summer with enough rain and sunny days and our home gardens would be overflowing with mouth-watering and nutritious homegrown goodness. Homegrown tomatoes and cucumber can get this girl's mouth-watering anytime.
As I have grown older, I have begun to include in our fall celebration the honoring of my ancestors and all other ancestors for all they have done in their lifetimes, so that we may live the life that we are fortunate enough to live today. Each child that is born is standing on the shoulders of a...
A dream of mine as a child is that I wanted to walk on water. You know if Jesus could do it then why couldn't I. He even said these things I do you can do and greater. That was all I needed to hear to start me on the adventure of trying to accomplish walking on water, just like Jesus.
Eureka, I knew I had found the answer to my self-imposed challenge to walk on water. It arrived in my mailbox and was right there waiting for me inside a spring catalog that was full of all kinds of goodies promising loads of summer fun. I was amazed to discover that they had just the tool I needed to accomplish my water-walking desire. They had big inflatable feet that you were supposed to put on your own feet, and you would be able to walk on water. We are talking they are some big shoes!
Look out, I'm coming for you, Jesus! My birthday was in the summer, so you know exactly what the first item on my birthday list was...Water...
Remember hearing the slogan, "Just follow Your Nose, It always knows!" I do and it has been one that I have repeated throughout my life many times. Little did I realized when I was growing up that that popular slogan would be a important part of the foundation of my life and how I have guided my children to navigate our world.
I have always encouraged my kids to listen to their inner guidance system or intuition. We lovingly call it listening to the phone call from God in our home. My children know that they have a direct communication line with God or what some call the all knowing source of our creation.
I was raised in a environment where listening to your intuition or inner guidance was not supported by the structured systems where I was educated. We were encouraged to look outside of ourselves for answers. Thankfully, God was persistent in an effort to get helpful guidance and messages to me in other ways. ...
Moms, have you ever felt like you were alone on your journey in life?
Have you ever had feelings that you could not really be put into words?
Or maybe, you could put into words what you were feeling, but feared deep down inside of you that when you mustered the nerve to share what was challenging you that no one would get you, understand you,or they would think you were just being "emotional" or would that you would be left out of the in-group?
Well, I certainly can relate to those feelings and I have worked with many women who feel the same way. It is so good that you are acknowledging those feelings if you are experiencing something similar! That is one of the ways that our creator tries to get our attention in the busy modern world that we find ourselves living in today.
Have you ever found yourself longing to stop the go, go, go routine? Would you love to sit and chat with someone who really gets you? Open your heart and expose...
Who knew that spending time in prayer and meditation is like sending flowers to heaven?
I certainly had not considered this joyful viewpoint of prayer and meditation growing up. I always thought of prayer as asking for things I or others needed help with. Then making sure I said thank you.
Never did I consider that the time that I spent in communion with God/Creator as such a beautiful way to send flowers to heaven. It has been said that praying is talking to God/Source and meditation is listening to God/Source.
Most people I know like to be listened to and heard when they speak. In my experience, God loves when we take the time to pray and listen in quiet meditation for the answers. I like to imagine that I am delivering a beautiful bouquet of flowers to God each time I sit in prayer and meditation. It brings me joy and helps me feel more connected.
What about you? Have you sent any special delivery flowers to heaven...
Moms In Joy ~ In All Kinds of Weather.
Baby, It's Cold Outside! I HAVE DISCOVERED THE MOST IMPORTANT ALL-WEATHER GEAR FOR MY FAMILY. As a mother, the moment I feel the cold chill in the air outside, I know the time near to bundle my kiddos up. I begin running my mental list to make sure everyone is outfitted with coats that are warm enough for the incoming weather front, along with scarfs, hats, gloves and warm socks.
Mothers are designed by our creator to protect our children.
We all want to make sure our kids have the proper protection, not just from the cold but from all of the dissonant elements that they may encounter in their lives.
One day while I was in prayer, I asked for the best way to protect my children in today's world. You see as a child I was not fearful of the world, however, as I grew older become increasingly more...
Throughout time the age old questions that new parents have had to decide is how are we going to raise and guide our children when it comes to discipline. Some parents chose to follow the well- worn path of continuing to raise their children the way their parents chose to raised them. While other couples decide they want to change some things up from the way they were disciplined by their parents. Still others may decide they are going to raise their children completely opposite of how their parents raised them.
Let's look at the definition of the word discipline as defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
1. Discipline -
a. control gained by enforcing obedience or order.
b. orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior
My husband Jeff and I were newly married we had not given much thought or conversation to how we were going to discipline our first child Tori. One day we found...
“You’re doing what?”
I could only imagine the shocked reaction my family would have to my announcement that I was going to walk across Spain. It was October 2014, and I had finally decided to fulfill my long-held dream to walk the legendary Camino de Santiago. Also known as the Way of St. James, The Walk of Forgiveness. The Camino is an ancient pilgrimage along the field of stars that follows the Milky Way, a journey of 850 kilometers over the French Pyrenees across Northern Spain.
As a child, I dreamed of being an astronomer. Now, I was actually going to follow the Milky Way. The Camino attracts not only Catholic pilgrims, but also many spiritually minded people who wish to test their resilience by hiking through several mountain ranges and the Meseta of Spain. It is a journey that crosses both harsh terrain and the landscape of the soul.
My heart was telling me it was time, so I prayed and asked for clear guidance on what would be the best decision for our...
My daughter, Allie, exclaimed, “No way Mom!” But I did it anyway! It was a sunny crisp day in January, and Allie and I were going to take our dog Annie on a walk together. It was a chilly day and I needed to wrap up so I could enjoy our walk together. Allie warned me that if I was going to do what she thought I was going to do, she would walk ahead of me. We had no idea the surprises that were in store for us that day on our walk.
When its cold outside I like to walk with a hat that will keep my head warm. I had a feeling that the perfect hat for our walk on this cold day would be my Cool Elf Hat. This was my favorite hat from the holidays and it always made me smile. It was red and white striped short stocking hat that had big elf ears on it, and one of the ears even had small gold hoop earrings. Across the front of the hat, written in white letters was Cool Elf. (Check out my look in the picture to...
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