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Have you heard? The Oak Tree FORUM is LIVE!
Come take a look!
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.
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…
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)
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*
Oh my goodness….
I’m 34 weeks pregnant with our 8th baby today!
Wow y’all, it’s getting so exciting! You know, it doesn’t matter how many times my husband and I have done this, each new time we get just as excited as the time before. Bringing a new little person home and welcoming them into our family is unbelievably exciting! And now I’ve just entered major nesting mode! We’ve got almost everything baby boy needs now and I just got in the gown I ordered that I will be taking to the hospital with me to labor and deliver in. I packed my toiletries bag yesterday and have both my Labor and Delivery bag and my Hospital bag partially packed now.
We just had my 34 week OB appt. yesterday and it went great.
(For those wondering, because of my past experiences I see an OB and midwives)
Baby Boy- 34 weeks
(My last two had an “unstable lie” and were breech and transverse off and on)
Mama’s Symptoms- 34 weeks
Other than that there’s not much to report. We’re getting more and more excited to meet this little guy every day!
Till next time…
It’s been a love thing the moment essential oils entered my life years ago.
This will be my 3rd essential oil pregnancy but only my 2nd L&D/post partum one. When I first started with oils years ago I didn’t know that some were possibly beneficial during labor and delivery until a nurse I had just so happened to also be a doula who was educated on the use of essential oils.
I was blessed immensely last time by my oils and I used almost all of them!
Today I’m going to share with you what essential oils I bring with me to the hospital for labor, delivery and post partum.
Here’s a list of what oils I am bringing this time and what they can be used for.
And last but definitely not least, I’m going to share with you the Oil Blend spray that has amazed me since I first tried it.
Claraderm Spray – Can be sprayed on cuts and scrapes to aid in healing as well as a mama’s nether region after having a baby. So soothing! I love using this spray at the end of my pregnancies and after I have my babies!
So there you have it!
There’s the list of oils I’ll be taking with me to the hospital in a few weeks when I have my little guy.
If you would like to receive your Therapeutic Essential Oils 24% cheaper than retail like I do, scroll up and click on the picture of the three oils. If you need any help deciding what oils to buy, let me know and I’ll help you.
Want to learn more about Essential Oils?
I highly recommend the book, “Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils,” by the Higley’s. I always take my travel companion with me to the hospital.
Are you pregnant or a Mama and looking for some good Essential Oil info for you or your baby?
I recommend the book, “Gentle Babies,” by I can’t remember her name at the moment. lol *pregnant brain*
Holy Moly y’all!
I’m 29 weeks pregnant!
This has been a bizarre pregnancy and that’s putting it mildly. No fault of the baby’s. I mean, finding out we were pregnant 5 days before our cross country (crazy ridiculously long) move was insane all on its own. Then having our family of 9 living out of suitcases for 6 1/2 weeks and not knowing exactly where (what state) we were going to live only added to the bizarreness. (Is that a word? lol) And then there was the multiple sicknesses and the subchorionic bleed in my placenta and my trips to the ER.
Well yesterday marked us being in the beautiful state of Tennessee for 4 months! Can you even believe it’s been 4 months since we moved here? I know I can’t. Crazy! But so awesome! Today we have 2 teething, sick little boys who caught a cold after their big sisters started recovering.
Nap time came and everyone but our sweet 2 year old was asleep. Hubby made me a delicious Trim Healthy Mama “Volcanic Mudslide” with low carb ice cream. Yum!!! Talk about making a pregnant mama happy!
We sat together on the couch with our sweet two year old lying next to us. Hubby and I marveled in the impromptu thunderstorm that had moved in (the 2 year old not so much.. hence him being on the couch with us. The chair just wasn’t close enough. Oh how I love that boy.) What a beautiful time it was. And wow, what a difference since last year. This time last year my husband was on the other side of the world. He sure wasn’t home making me healthy treats. And I wasn’t pregnant. It’s AMAZING what can happen in 1 year! So now, here’s what’s been going on in our neck of the woods.
The belly is growing!! But somehow I can still hold my boys!! I’m literally hlding all 3 of my sons right here. This is me everyday, multiple times a day. After having 6 girls in a row I still can’t believe I have sons!
Even after birthing 8 babies it still amazes me that I am growing a tiny human in my body. I can’t wait to have a 4D ultrasound to see the little guy again! That update should be coming soon! I’m hoping to Vlog about it. We shall see. My adrenal fatigue has made itself known even more than normal lately so even the simplest of tasks has ben a challenge. That includes Vlogging. I’d like to do a pregnant with adrenal fatigue video. Maybe next week! High hopes, y’all! lol
So, if you know us personally you know that we love to learn how to do knew things. With that being said, my husband and I decided to try our hand at cutting our sons hair ourselves.
That was interesting.
After two different people hacked our boys hair two different times my husband and I thought that we could do better than them. And honestly, although their hair isn’t what I’d call professional quality I can tell you that we were right. We did do a better job that the two that cut their hair before us.
(P.S. Giving your 1 yr old chocolate chip cookies while cutting his hair is DUMB. Just imagine… chocolate everywhere…. Chocolate and little tiny hairs everywhere. Yeah, we were so stupid. Lesson learned!)
Something else we have been doing the last couple of weeks is focusing more on art with the kids. Well, not us exactly, but them really. They’ve all been embracing their artistic side since we’ve been a little more settled and they’ve had a chance to relax and adjust to their new home. The artistic side is strong in my family, y’all! We have multiple books being written by our kids and oh the beautiful art work I have seen recently! And I love how our oldest loves her little siblings. Caleb was having a particularly uncomfortable day due to teething and his little cold. When I walked in the room I saw him snuggling with his biggest sister while she did some art work.
Ah, I love times like that. Does this mama’s heart good.
Teething and having a cold is tough for a little one.
Baby Caleb needed some cuddling and his big sister was glad to provide it.
Other than that we have started getting ready for the new baby but that’s a post for another time.
We decided years ago to do our best to rid our homes of toxins.
One of the ways was learning how to make my own Non Toxic, All-Natural Cleaners. This bad boy of a recipe is not only simple but it can happily (no “Joy pun intended. lol) not only clean your kitchen sinks and counter tops but also work on your bathroom sink and tub. AND if that’s not enough it can also be used as an uplifting Carpet Deodorizer!
Joy is one of our favorite Young Living scents!
It’s terrific for supporting the adrenals and for encouraging a happy mood!
We also love “Joy” so much that we mix it with a carrier oil in a roller bottle and use it as Perfume!
Want to know more, leave a comment. I’d be glad to answer your questions.
Now that we’re back to using cloth I ventured out to get us a couple of wet bags.
I bought these from Amazon.
They look like they’re made really well and they weren’t expensive!
The large bag is larger than I expected. I got it to bring with us in the diaper bag. It’s kind of big for that so if you’re going to get one for your diaper bag I suggest you getting the medium sized one. This one should be for home use in my opinion.
And the little one, that’s for my purse. 😉 I think it’s awesome.
Now that I see how well they’re made I’m going to buy one for my teenager as well!
Here are the links for y’all!
This was me a few days ago.
Inside that womb of mine is a baby boy. My third son…
AFTER HAVING 6 GIRLS!
Now, my story is pretty unusual. After having so many girls we never in a million years thought we’d have one son, much less 3 and yet here we are… in shock… in awe… amazed… and sometimes confused. lol
Our sons are 1 and 2 years old so I haven’t even begun to tap into what raising boys is really like. And yet still even with them being this little the differences are incredible!
I’m sure most of you know that. It’s common sense after all.
But WOW… after dealing with long hair, bows and all things girly this mama is in new territory.
So let me tell you briefly about my experience yesterday that made me cry.
Shoot… I’ll show you too.
Here’s my little Caleb. He’s my baby. Not that his big brother Josh isn’t but Caleb is our youngest. And just look at him. This little boy has the softest eyes ever. This picture doesn’t quite capture them. He’s my cuddler. And at 15 months old he’s still all baby to me.
And then yesterday happened.
His hair was getting out of control. We hadn’t cut it because he loves to play with it while he sleeps. But y’all it was time. When your baby boy starts looking like an Oompa Loompa from the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory something must be done.
So we took the boys to get their hair cut.
And here you go…
I left with Caleb the baby and came home with Caleb the little boy.
I don’t know who cried more about it. Him or me.
Today he’s all better and he still has some hair to grab on. Although he’s trying to hold mine even more. And although she won’t openly admit it, his 15 year old sister (who cried too when she saw him) has beautiful, long hair, sneakily lets him hold onto hers too. Caleb just has that way with us.
So there you have it.
Stupid as it may sound, I had never had to deal with the first boy hair cut. Josh’s hair never grew out all long like Caleb’s. Plus Josh has also always seemed a little older than he is. He is always on the go, moving and learning about the world around him. He is way too busy discovering things to cuddle for very long. It’s common place that throughout the day I feel someone come hug my leg tight and then run off like lightening.
That’s my Joshy.
He may not be as cuddly all the time like Caleb but this little boy has my heart just like his baby brother.
They have me wrapped.
And now, I can’t even imagine what it will be once the next little man is here.
Until next time…
It’s May 2017!
What an awesome month.
And today just so happens to me Mother’s Day!
So while my little are finishing a nap I thought I’d jump on and write a quick post.
(It’s all about time management, I tell you!)
So first… Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mama’s reading this! What you do is special and if you’re anything like me you feel extremely humbled to be a mom. It’s a gift for sure.
May has already been an awesome month for our family. Here I am with ALL 8 of our babies.
(#8 is in my belly. He’s already a big guy, measuring almost a week ahead O.O lol)
This month we’ve been busy getting our house in order while healing from the second sickness we caught this year. As you can see, we’re all starting to feel better, thank God!
*We got some chicks
*We started a garden
*We made some new friends
*We have enjoyed the Tennessee sun immensely and have loved being outside in it.
(We do not miss Idaho’s cold Springs)
Now I’ll show you in pictures! 🙂
Now that we’re in our own home again I’ve been able to read to the kiddos before bed like we used to. They love it!
And so do I. <3
I’ve been able to cook some yummy healthy foods like this Spinach and Artichoke Chicken. You should have heard my children while they ate it. They were adorable, ooing and ahhing. lol
My Instant Pot is back in use!
And we welcomed some new furry family members!
So is Josh.
We’ve been spending a lot of time enjoying the outdoors!
We also got to see our baby boy again and right after that we took a tour of the hospital where I’ll be having him!
I loved seeing Mary and baby Jesus when we walked in. What better mother to emulate.
Did you know that May is the month dedicated to Mary? She was all about sacrificing her life for God’s will. I think that describes true motherhood perfectly.
So as you can see this month has already been awesome!
My kiddos have been loving caring for the baby chicks! While this little one was removing pine shavings from their food two of her sisters were cleaning out the pine shavings in the chickens little home and replacing it with fresh shavings. I had started doing it and they jumped up and asked if they could do it.
Well, yeah, of course!
On a side note, if you’re not friends with me on FB you didn’t get to see this picture. My sons seem to think it’s HYSTERICAL when I whistle. Who would have known? lol
Now back to today, Mother’s Day.
There’s a lot of pain attached to today for me but I won’t talk about that. Instead I will just show y’all a few pictures from earlier. In a little bit I’ll be off of here so we can go have more fun outside and grill some steaks! Yummy!
My hubby bought me beautiful flowers, chocolate covered strawberries and a cookie cake from Great American Cookie Company. Idaho doesn’t have a Great American Cookie Company so I’ve been sad about that for years. Those cookie cakes are my favorite! Happy Mother’s Day to me!
The kids and my hubby bought me a few gifts and wrapped them in super hero paper. Honestly it’s all we had available but they were quick to say that it was fitting because they think I’m a super hero. Which I’m not.
But it was sweet anyway!
And the day before Mother’s Day Tyler and I bought this…
A few things for our new little guy. We gave away almost everything we had.
(Not the cloth diapers though… phew!)
And now, some pictures from today and then I’m out of here for real. 😉
The baby bump. I’m almost 4 months pregnant already!
And as for this guy…
Keeping up with this little one and his brother is a family endeavor fir sure!
Me and my beautiful 15 year old. It had been awhile since we took some pictures together.
She is literally one of my most favorite people in the world. Can you tell?
Queen of Instagram faces can’t keep a straight one when mom starts making faces. lol
15 years old and I’m still getting kisses. I love it!
I adore her…
Last one… just a quick shot of me in mom mode. I’m a busy woman but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Till next time…