Hello October!

It’s that time again, one of my favorite times of the year, Autumn. And although East Tennessee temperatures seems to have not gotten that notice, oddly enough the leaves have. As if embedded inside them by the Creator, the knowledge of what time of year this is has them beginning their descent from the trees, giving the two acres we currently live on a magical, almost other worldy look, which of course as an author I love.

The super hot weather hasn’t stopped us in the Quinn household from enjoying the beginning days of Fall. Young Living Thieves blend has been in the diffuser making our house smell amazing, Fall decorations are out and we’ve already indulged in Pumpkin Spiced Lates, Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Spice doughnuts and we’ve even already watched, “The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown,” which we had never seen until this year. We all loved it!

I hope you’re enjoying your Fall wherever you are, in snow or extreme heat.

Until next time…

Kristina

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Summer is almost here! BBQ’s, sprinklers…& FUN!

I can’t believe it’s already June! Can you?! I feel like this year has been flying by. I’m totally okay with that but at the same time, when you’re a mom sometimes you can’t help but wish the clock would slow down just a little bit. I will say that as much as I love Fall, I do really love the long days of summer. BBQ, watermelon, sprinklers, and here in Tennessee the fire flies at night. Although I’m not a huge fan of bugs, I have come to appreciate how beautiful lightning bugs are at night. We live on 2 acres of land surrounded by trees and at night the lightning bugs put on the most magical looking shows. It’s really quite amazing!

My favorite of all though is watching my kids enjoy life. And food. Boy do they enjoy food! lol Here’s one of my girlies enjoying some grilled drumsticks.

With all the beautiful weather we’ve been outside a lot. This is a busy time of year where we do our best to soak up all of the sun. With that being said, I haven’t been super internet extroverted lately. I figured since it had been awhile I would jump on here and share a few recent pictures with you guys. 🙂

I can’t believe that this precious, silly girl will be turning 18 in a few short months. I am so blessed to be her mom. She is one of my most favorite people in this world! She’s smart like her father and super witty. She keeps me laughing! I just adore her.

It is so amazing to me that even as they age I can still see them when they were little people. #mamasgirl

Speaking of laughing, these two keep us all laughing… and on our toes! They are busy, busy little boys! They’re only 10 months apart and are just precious to watch together.

They’re seriously growing up so fast.

I waited 22 years and 6 daughters to have our first of three sons. I remember the time when I never thought I would have one son. And now we have three little boys. It’s so crazy how God works in our lives.

Time is moving so fast. Being a mom of toddlers is a full time job but I love it! Just recently we potty trained our second son. It’s crazy to me that at one point we had all 3 of our boys in diapers and now we only have one that’s not potty trained. I have now potty trained 8 little people in my lifetime so far!

My lap is almost always full but so is my heart.

And sometimes they sleep. #preciousness

The boys haven’t been the only ones growing like weeds in our family. God has been growing our faith this spring season as well! We recently have been learning about God’s Biblical feasts and have been doing our best to celebrate them. We love the idea of doing what Jesus did.

I also learned how to make Challah bread which is super delicious!

It’s been a good spring! I even got a couple of pictures of Tyler and I. I hope you’ve had a happy spring and may God bless you with an even better summer!

Till next time…

Kristy

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Perfectly Imperfect

Next month it will have been 2 years since we moved to East Tennessee. It didn’t take us long to realize that the vacation destination of many was not meant to be our forever home. However, we also realized that we didn’t know where that was. After 5 years of planning to move here, this was hard to come to grips with. This began a long search for where we wanted to move to raise our family.

There is so much I could write about our time here because God used it to help us learn and grow… to help me learn and grow. These past two years of my own personal life we re filled to the brim with self discovery and revelations. They were filled with me taking a long hard look at my life and my past and seeing that there were some things I had tried to push past and ignore. Things that had been eating me up inside and affecting my health physically. Figuring out where we wanted to move was also a huge part of us growing. After so much anticipation of moving here we all felt super depleted when we (our entire family) realized this wasn’t where we were supposed to be.

So we prayed. And prayed. And prayed some more. And all the while we researched more states and cities in the US than I even care to talk about.

While this was going on our family was also learning from a spiritual perspective. When we moved here we were a part of a specific denomination. After reading something in the Bible that contradicted that faiths core belief system it set us on a very rocky, and at times depressing, search for God’s ultimate truth. Like I said…. it was a time of intense growth in our family.

Growing pains hurt. Sometime severely. And these all did.

During this time of searching for God’s truth and where we wanted to live and raise our family, I too was in a major growth season. I had been introduced to a program that’s purpose it to help you dress to reflect who you are on the inside. It teaches that we are one of 4 types. Each type leads with a different energy. This may sound a wee bit cooky but once you see some of the success stories it starts looking pretty appealing. I have seen women in that program heal from past traumas because they started seeing themselves for who they were and not who they were expected to be. It was really quite inspiring to see.

The program is a whole story all in itself that I won’t be talking about. What I will say is that God used that program in a big way in my own personal life. I was even “typed,” by the creator. It was rare that she did this but I was blessed enough to have her tell me both my first and secondary energy types according to her system. That is when the healing really began in me.

Now you might be thinking, wow… was she right? Is that what changed your life? Did you start dressing the way she suggested for your type?

If you know the program I’m talking about then you would see me and say that I am not a success story according to the program because I do not wear only “my” colors. I don’t even like most of them on my body. And I do not wear my design lines. I don’t like them either. And I tried to! lol You won’t see a before and after picture of me on their website because I didn’t do one. I am not a success story about how knowing your type and dressing it will make you a happier and more balanced person. However, I am a different type of success story because of her program. Because if it, I took a step back and looked deeply at myself. The me before I was a professional singer. The me not changing myself in order to please others. The me that wasn’t afraid to speak my truth. To live it. The me that God created. But what was my truth? These were questions this program had me asking. And they were GOOD questions!

It’s been a long journey but I am happy to say that it worked. I did find my truth!

I am me.

I am perfectly imperfect.

You will not be seeing me dressing my type. I am the daughter of the Most High, the Creator of the world and all that is in it. That is my identity. That is my truth. That and my heart is what will be reflected in the clothing I choose to wear. And the colors I choose to put on my body.

I will be eternally grateful for what that program did in my life. God used it to grow me. He used it to show me who I really was and that is a priceless gift, one I can pass down to my children. Living true to who you are is important. The world is really quick to steal that…. to try to tell us what we should think and what we should wear. And a lot of us listen. I know I did. That program helped me see that it was me giving my power away. No one had taken it from me. That is eye opening.

As for our spiritual walk and where our family is to live… I am super excited to say that God has answered those questions too!! It felt like it took an eternity but He was listening and He has answered us.

Those updates will be for another time. Until then, may God bless you.

Kristy



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Why I’ve been taking a break from social media.

Sometimes it’s good for us to take a break. And recently I needed just that. If you’ve been following me for any length of time then you already know that the last few years have been really odd for me. We had a cross country move, or so we thought. That turned into traveling across more states to visit relatives and living out of suit cases for  6 1/2 weeks. We finally moved to Tennessee. Got a new job. (hubby, not me) I stopped working. And began focusing on some other things. Personal growth.

By nature I’m a pretty outgoing person but if you know me really well then I don’t have to tell you that I am also an introvert and when I  need to process life I like to take a step back and retreat while processing. This is kind of what I would say I look like mentally while I’m in that place. She’s in her sweater and rubber boots walking around in nature. Welcome to my mind and my life. I am a girl who loves nature and I love the crisp feeling of fall in the air. I am also a girl who sometime needs to shut the noise of social media off. It can get super loud even though there’s no sounds. So I did. And it was great.

When will I be back to blogging? Or vlogging? I honestly don’t know. I’m in a season of self growth and I’m constantly learning and thinking. I do know that I will blog (and possibly vlog) again. So if you like what you see on my website, feel free to subscribe. I won’t be one of those people bombarding your email. That annoys me so you won’t be getting any of that from me.

Till next time…

Kristy

 

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Look who’s growing up! Isn’t he cute!

Someone’s about to turn a year old! I can’t even believe it. #mamasboy #babyKaden

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Blue Calcite, my newest addition!

Just take a look at that beautiful stone. Isn’t it pretty. It reminds me of the sky which anyone who knows me knows that I love the sky, I always have. So much so, that I named my first daughter after it.

The picture doesn’t do this piece justice. The cloud like parts actually shimmer in the light. It’s really really breathtaking. I had been eyeing it for weeks and I’m so glad that it’s finally mine.

Blue Calcite

(The following information was taken from Madagascarminerals.com)

“Calming Blue Calcite soothes frayed nerves and lessens anxieties. A gentle stone to use when recuperating, Blue Calcite facilitates physical healing by clearing negative emotions and encouraging rest and relaxation. Blue Calcite can also work as a natural sedative after an emotional trauma, such as the death of a loved one.

Physically, Blue Calcite lowers blood pressure and may help to dissolve pain on all levels. Gently soothing the nerves and lifting anxieties, Blue Calcite releases negative emotions.

Physically, Calcite has been associated with the bones and joints, and balances the amount of calcium in the body. Calcite can also help to improve the body’s absorption of important vitamins and minerals.”

FUN SIDE NOTE: If you are new to stones, there are many different kinds of collectors, each drawn to stones and crystals for different reasons. Some use them for healing and believe they can physically and mentally aid in our body working to its full capacity. Others believe they have supernatural powers. I fall into the, I buy them because I like them category. However, I am a Christian and I believe that God uses whatever He wants to as conduits for his healing. I personally do not use them for healing purposes though.

When my husband bought me this stone he was excited to see that it was associated with nerves and the joints and spine. Recently he started using it to massage my back and shoulders and hips where I have the majority of my pain. He did this 3 nights in a row and those three nights I fell asleep with little to no pain. And I stayed asleep! Was it the energy and chemical make up of the stone? Who knows. 🙂 All I know is it’s a beautiful stone and I sure did sleep well.

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Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms (THM S Friendly)

I am a sucker for a healthy meal that not only looks beautiful but also tastes great. And this one right here hits the nail on the head on both counts. It’s beautiful and so yummy! I walk away from my table feeling totally satisfied and I love it!

Today I’m going to share the recipe with you!

 

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • Seasonings of choice (I use Himalayan Sea Salt, Organic Black Pepper, and Organic Garlic. You can use anything you’d like.)
  • 1 onion, chopped small
  • 4 large portabello mushrooms
  • 1-2 tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh green onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella (you can use any cheese you like)
  • Optional 2 Tbsp Refined Coconut Oil- (if frying ground turkey breast)
  • Extra coconut oil to saute the onions in
  • Olive oil
  1. Brown turkey in a frying pan on medium-high heat. When it’s starting to turn brown add the onion and continue to cook until the turkey meat is fully cooked. By the time the turkey is cooked the onions should be soft and clear. (Use an oil to cook the turkey if you are using turkey breast.)
  2. Clean the portabella mushrooms. Cut out the “meat” or “stock” from the center of the mushroom to create a bowl.
  3. Cut your tomatoes into slices. (The thickness is all up to you.)
  4. Lay the mushrooms on a baking sheet or baking dish. Drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Fill them with your meat mixture.
  6. Add 1-2 slices of tomato to the top of the mushroom. Sprinkle a light layer of salt on them.
  7. Top mushrooms with mozzarella.
  8. Add 1 Tbsp of green onion to each mushroom.
  9. Bake at 375 deg F for 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Oak Tree Forum is LIVE!

Have you heard? The Oak Tree FORUM is LIVE!

Come take a look!

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UPDATE: Where I’ve been & there’s Big News Coming SOON!

Wow, it has been so long since my last Blog post!

After sweet Kaden was born my body made it very clear that the stresses of the last year had taken their toll on me. My body was weak and my mind was filled with so much to process. So many things I didn’t even want to think about. Our move across the country wasn’t at all what we expected. It was filled with moments of fear, hell, healing and some joy sprinkled in. Not at all what we were hoping.

And yet so much more.

So much more.

Finally landing here in Tennessee was amazing at times and at others really hard. When the budget for the job that my husband had been offered was defunded it was a huge blow that we didn’t share with many people. Instead, we did what we needed to do. We held on to each other and prayed, trusting in God. As always, God did come through right before our money ran out. Literally. right. before.

My silence on my webpage eventually transferred to Facebook and Instagram for awhile. After walking through my past because of Carol Tuttle’s “Dressing Your Truth,” and our time in Texas and Louisiana, I had come to realize that I had a lot from my past I needed to deal with. I had questions about my future and what God wanted me to to with it. Did I have a future selling Plexus? In all honesty, I had was pretty burnt out from trying so hard to help the countless sweet people contacting me for help because of my videos. I just couldn’t do it all on my own anymore. And I wasn’t even at a place where I could work my own business. So many questions. Even spiritual ones.

I needed time.

So I rested and focused on my family while I prayed and waited on God to talk to me which seemed to never happen.

Honesty.

That’s one of my favorite words. And yet that one word can cut like a knife, tearing into the depths of your soul.

God was super quiet and it was driving me crazy. My daughter told me that she thinks God was purposely quiet to force me to rest. I’d assume she was right. I knew I needed rest. I knew I needed something. For me to do what I felt called to do (to help others) I had to first help myself and there was something I needed to do first.

1. Face my past

So much loss and so much pain. Even anger I had tried to ignore. I prayed hard and asked God to expose anything I needed to deal with. He did. And He had used our trip to Louisiana and Texas to start the ball rolling.

(You can watch our Vlog “Faith Home & Life” on YouTube documenting the trip. Link on the homepage)

Something excruciating happened to me. Pain from all of the trauma of my past began flooding back. Not one memory at a time but tons. Horrible memories. Ones I wished I would have never remembered. Some that had been swept under the rug by my family as to not tear my family apart. Childhood memories that, although I had never realized, had shaped my future and how I saw myself and those around me. Those times shaped and molded me into someone I wasn’t. My entire life I wanted to please those around me. So much so that I had lost my voice. I had in a sense lost me.

These realizations hurt.

And my heart broke into a million pieces.

I hurt so bad there were times that I almost couldn’t stand it. Losing my parents. Seeing my childhood home trashed. Losing my eldest child. Losing 5 of my babies. My past Divorce. Date Rape. Losing other family members. I’ve lost a lot.

But most of all I had lost me.

That realization thanks to “Dressing Your Truth,” was not only painful but really confusing.

Let the healing begin.

WARNING: Healing hurts.

 Bad. And sadly it didn’t go away fast. But the pain eventually did begin to lessen. Day by day I was getting stronger. And day by day I was emerging.

My voice was coming back!

Here I am today, stronger than I’ve been in years! And I’m excited because for the first time in longer than I can remember, I am me. Not who anyone wanted or expected me to be. But me.

100% Authentic me!

And even cooler than that, God finally spoke.

AND BOY WAS HE LOUD!

I’m so psyched! It seems I have more work to do and I can not wait to share all of it with you all! There are some pretty awesome things I’ve got in the works.

Thank you to those of you who contacted me on FB and told me you were praying for me. God heard you!

I’m still healing, but I’m back and I’m getting stronger every day! And I’ll be in touch on here soon.

Till next time…

K

 

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Introducing baby….

We’re proud to introduce y’all to baby Kaden Jeremiah Quinn!

Like 3 of his other siblings, baby Kaden entered the world prematurely at 36 weeks 0 days gestation.

(Thank you full moon)

Kaden– (Gaelic) Fighter

Jeremiah (Hebrew) May Jehovah Exalt

(He was named after the prophet Jeremiah)

7lbs 7.6oz

21 & 3/4 inches O.O

Born: Wednesday October 4, 2017 at 11:27 am

Unfortunately this little guy was struggling to breathe when he was born and was taken to NICU where he would spend the first week of his life as he would face one challenge after another. That was a very hard experience on Kaden and his father and I. While there he had got a tear in his lung which caused him to struggle even more. God kept watch over out little guy and took care of him even when I questioned. After being told that he would be in NICU at least 2-3 weeks, baby Kaden came home a couple of days ago after spending one week exactly in NICU.

So many people were praying for this little guy and it showed in his healing! Everything that was thrown at him he fought against and healed faster than expected.

We are so blessed and God is so good!

*I’ll include all the details in a future Blog, possibly VLOG of my birth story so stay tuned. To follow me click on the follow button that pops up on your page*

 

 

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