Friday, April 28, 2017

New Product just came in...

I love getting Young Living shipments. Oh Happy Day! 
Last Saturday the company introduced several new products and announced the comeback of one of my favorite oils, Valor. 

Shortly after joining YL and learning how many chemicals were in my lotions, I ditched them. 
I will not lie, I miss my perfumes and lotions sometimes but I know my health is worth more then the toxins I was placing on my skin. 

The past two years I have made my own body butter and it has done the job well... however when this gem came out, I ordered it the first day. I love this scent. It is the scent I used to wear from the store at the mall. #beforeIknewbetter

It arrived at my home today and I can not wait to give it a try. Cheers to new yummy products that are good for my skin. Young Living does it again! 

Two hours ago...

 I had our SUV packed with four children all under the age of four years. I was excited that I was low on daycare numbers so we packed up and went to Barns and Noble to purchase birthday gifts. (We have 4 birthday parties to attend this weekend, YIKES) I thought the kids would like going and hanging out in the kids section and play at the train table. Quentin loves B&N.... normally. 

Today he was running away, talking back, and so not listening. Pair that with his night before behaviors at church pictures and my patience with him was shot. Every time I ask him to go potty he talks back. Every time I ask him to pick up toys he talks back. When I tell him to be nice to others HE TALKS BACK. 

Two hours ago I was fighting him to listen so we could leave Chick-fli-la and take lunch to Dustin.
Two hours ago I was telling my husband how much his back talk is wearing me out.
Two hours ago he was throwing a fit because I made him rest. 

Then he fell asleep.  

Two hours ago I was reminded that he is only three years old. 
Two hours ago I told myself he is learning new limits and new buttons to push. 
Two hours ago I thought to myself, this season of life will pass. 
And when it does it will be my last. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Be still, My heart...

This is my very first group of preschool kids.... Let me tell you how young that makes me feel.

We did their preschool graduation celebration in May 2010. 
This May Faith, Kadyn, Parker, and Josh will promote from the 6th grade to middle school. 
These girls still attend the same grade school. 
Josh moved away to Minnesota, but I still see his family when they visit KS. 

This group of kids holds a very special place in my heart.  

 We made tee shirts and they all signed them.

 They dressed up for their preschool graduation pictures. 

(My little Kk May 2010) 
My little Kk is now in 6th grade. She will be leaving the only school she has ever known to attend middle school in the fall.
 What a cutie pie. 
I miss her chunky cheeks. 

My little Kk (2017)

Be Still, My Heart! 

Today's oils

En-R-Gee: This is my morning go-to oil. This momma is not a morning person and needs a little help to start my day. It is a blend of rosemary, juniper, and lemongrass. It provides an uplifting and energizing aroma. This gem goes on my wrist and in my diffuser necklace pretty much everyday that isn't Saturday or Sunday. 

Abundance: This oil "combines oils such as orange and ginger, which where used by ancient cultures to attract prosperity and magnify joy and peace". -YL 
I have this blend in my diffuser. As I start blogging again and share it on social media soon, I thought it suited my mood the best. I hope my pray my blog will bring people joy, a laugh or smile. 

Cypress: This oil is a favorite for me. I actually use it topically behind my knee to support blood flow. I am getting old. Cypress has a fresh aroma. It is delightful in my diffuser as well. 

Qman goes to preschool

Quentin (Qman) has been going to SHES for preschool since January. Last December I took him to the preschool screening and he failed. Say What? My perfect baby boy failed? Yep. Turns out he couldn't see or hear. I was grateful we took him when we did to get screened. Within a month, he got glasses, had tubes put in, and started preschool for speech and language help.

He is growing up. He will be four in May. He is my last child, my only boy, and the last of my children to be at home.

Preschool has been a great experience for him. He loves his teachers, his classroom, and his new friends. He talks about them often. His vocabulary is increasing. He can hear and see now too. He loves getting on the big yellow bus.

By now, you would think I would be used to sending him to school. The truth is it was super hard for me to let him go. It still is. Some days I don't think about much then there are days like today I almost lose it. He looks so little getting on the big school bus.

He always comes home with a huge smile on his face which makes me smile. Letting go is hard, knowing he is growing up is even harder!

My day job(s): A look into my life!

I am a daycare provider. I have a preschool setting in my home complete with circle time, art, music, free play and more. I started Peanut Gallery Daycare 11.5 years ago. Gaby was 3 at the time and Kadyn was 11 months old. We had bought our first house, my mom just has her stroke and was living with us, and I was failing at my current job as home visiter with KCSL. I couldn't keep up with working and taking care of my mom and her appointments. I have always worked in a daycare setting while I was in collage, however my major was in social work. I loved my job as a home visiter. Like really really loved it. I would visit "at risk" moms that just had babies and help connect them to resources they needed. I loved helping people. I loved helping their babies. I still do. I love people.

While I worked outside the home, my mom used to watch Gaby and Kadyn. No one cared for my babies like Grammy did. She was 49 years old when she had a stroke. Within a week, Dustin and I had to try to find childcare for two children. First of all, Grammy was free, coming up 250.00 a week for daycare was tough. Second of all, I couldn't find anyone that I was happy with. We went through two providers in three months. With my mom living with us, I lined up one child to watch at our home. I left my job to stay at home with my babies, take care of my mom, and to try to earn an income. What a leap of faith.

After having two not so great experiences with providers, I knew I wanted to provide the type of care that Dustin and I were searching for. Once I started, I filled up pretty quickly. It was a God thing. He knew our needs and were I needed to be.  I never had to advertise. Within three months of leaving my job, I was full and once again doing what I loved. Daycare.

During the 11 years I have cared for a lot of kids. Not all have been perfect matches for me but overall I have worked with amazing families. My daycare kids are my family. I see their first milestones, I teach them songs, preschool concepts, how to be kind to others, and much more. It is a tough job at times. But the good days far out weigh the tough days.  I have all ages ranging from 7mo - 5 years at one time. I love being their first teacher.

I also work at our church part time. Another job I love to do. I work alongside our nursery staff. Our church provides nursery care for a wide range of ministries. It is a great combination of working with adults that provide nursery care, and the families that use our nursery. I meet young families that are nervous about dropping their child off for the first time. I offer them compassion and a listening ear, as I have been there... a lot. This job ties in the "helping people" that I love, it's my passion. The nursery is also planting seeds at such a young age. Toddlers are learning God's word. The staff does an amazing job of using our curriculum to teach toddlers and preschoolers. God has placed this job on my heart lately. How I can lead better, support my staff better, and help families more? I am grateful for my part time job and the opportunities that come with it.

My third job is Young Living Essential Oils. Well, it was a habit that turned into a job. YL oils have literally changed my life. Three years ago I was introduced to Norwex, a healthy alternative way to clean your home. I received a free kit if I joined. Free product, ok. I ordered a couple of times and did a couple of home parties. During a Norwex open house, I asked a friend that was a Young Living distributor to come set up at the event. She talked about the oils and how we could use them with dryer balls. It totally peeked my interest. I had already stopped using harsh chemicals for cleaning but I was slowly learning how much yucky stuff was in medications, make up, face creams, shampoos, dryer sheets, laundry soap and more. In February 2015, I stopped "selling" Norwex, and I ordered my first YL starter kit. It came with (11) Young Living therapeutic grade oils, a diffuser, a roll one topper, and some samples. I didn't know much about them. My diffuser replaced my wax candles and wax bar plug in's. I used the oils because they smelled good. Then I did my research... these oils are amazing.

A little history... November of 2015, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. He stopped coming by to see my mom once a week, had treatment/surgery without telling us, and he told my mom he wasn't in love with her anymore. He shut everyone out.  This was a stressful time for my mom which led to a stressful time for me. That is when I started to feel anxious, depressed, and emotionally drained. At this point, my mom lived in an apartment complex on her own. (She lived with us for 10 years before moving out) From January-May 2016 my mom became a hot mess. She stopped taking her meds, she would forget to eat, she would get her day and nights mixed up, and started falling because she was so weak. In May of last year she was taken to the hospital twice due to falling. After being admitted, we found out her kidney's were failing. To this day she doesn't remember the month that led up to her being in the hospital for two weeks. The day of Gaby's 8th grade promotion, she moved to Rossville rehab center for 3 months where we thought she was going to live. My mom ended up moving to Kansas City to be in assisted living. She is still there currently.

Last year I was trying to be a good wife, mother, and daughter. I stopped talking to my dad, which wasn't hard since he hadn't called in months and my mom was no longer able to stay at her apartment. I was angry, upset, and anxious all the time. I wasn't sleeping. When I would sleep,  I would have these crazy dreams about my parents.  It was an intense feeling to feel so out of control, have so much guilt, and be so unbalanced but not know what to do or how to fix it. I couldn't even talk about it. I prayed. A lot. I couldn't afford therapy, and I was too embarrassed to see a doctor for depression medication.  

At this point, I had been using oils for fevers, headaches, colds, PMS, and sour tummy stuff. I knew they worked for the "light" problems. I wasn't sure if I  could be "fix" or not. I started researching some of my "symptoms".  I started using YL oils to support sleeping. That was huge. I started to feel better because my brain was able to shut off and rest. I incorporated lemon, stress away, and Joy essential oils into my daily routine.  I also made a roller ball blend to keep with me for when negative thoughts where coming over me. I finally started to feel like myself again. Through prayer and YL, I was able to get through some yucky situations.

I had enrolled a couple of gals under me because I was talking about YL. I shared samples, gave oils to friends, and kept learning how to use them. It wasn't til this past fall/winter I decided to build my oily business. If these oils can help change my life and my families, it can help anyone. Why should I keep them to myself. I need to SHARE.  I also wanted to use my oil business to meet new people, build current relationships, and help people get yucky stuff out of their homes and daily routines.

YL is a true, pure essential oil. They are different because of their "seed to seal" promise. Learn more about it at It is the only oil I can diffuse, ingest, or rub on my skin. It's safe for me, Dustin and our children of all ages.

All of my "jobs" have one thing in common... people. People are my passion. My love. My investment.  From providing a safe place for my daycare kids to providing God's word to nursery kids to educating people about essential oils. People!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Guess who's Back? Introduction Please!

I used to blog everyday. I thought to myself, when did I have time for that? A lot has changed in the two years since I blogged last. I feel like I should introduce myself again. Start over. Clean slate.

Hello! My name is Laura. Welcome to my family blog. You will get to know my crazy, loud, not at all normal family. And you'll laugh a lot while doing so. We do ok at the marriage thing and we screw up a lot on the parenting thing. Good thing we have five children... maybe be last one will stand a fighting chance.

Here we all are... Dustin and I have been married for 17 years. That really seems like a long time. Well, I guess it is. I am proud of the fact we met in high school, dated for 3 or 4 years?? I dunno. A while. Then got married. We have grown up together.  We were married when I was 20 and he was 19.

We have kids... lots of them. Gaby is our oldest, she is 15 years old. She is my soccer player, drum line member, musical lover, art drawing kid. She is creative and smart. Gaby made it easy to be a parent to her- most days. I love watching her on the football field playing percussion with the band, I bite my nails when she is on the soccer field on game days, and I pray for her daily as she learns how to drive.

Kadyn is my middle oldest daughter. She is 12 years old. She loves all things dance and her friends. Kadyn is in the 6th grade and will be attending middle school in the fall. Really, wasn't it yesterday she was entering pre-school? Kadyn spends three nights a week dancing at Fuzion School of Dance. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old. Dance has done so much for Kadyn- she is a different child when she is on the dance floor. Her personality really comes out.  Things do not come easy for this kid. But I will say she is the hardest working child I know. I admire her. A lot.

Mia is my middle youngest child. Mia is 8 years old and is a firecracker. This kid keeps me on my toes. She talks so fast that sometimes I can't follow what she is saying. Her expressions are awesome and her personality is corky. Mia gets caught up in friend drama but tries hard to be a good friend... most days.  She loves gymnastics. Mia was on the bronze team for Evolution this year. I would say it was a good learning experience for her. She can be a little scattered brained some days... she is a lot like me. The good and the bad!

Kendal is 6 years old and the last of the Fluke girls. Mia was 8 months old when I found out I was expecting Kendal. I was a little... shocked to say the least. Kendal is very detail oriented. She loves her routine. Kendal loves school and her 1st grade teacher. School comes pretty easily for her. She is not like her mother. She has a crazy love for sloths and animals in general. Every time we go to Pet World, she asks to hold the snakes. EW! She also dances at Fuzion. She also has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She is a daddy's girl for sure.

Quentin. He is my son. My boy. My hot mess. He is a mommas boy. And he is mine. (and Dustin's) He makes me laugh and cry all in the same morning. He will be 4 years old next month. We are finally potty training. He does preschool activities with me (and my daycare) in the morning then attends afternoon preschool to work on speech. He has curly red hair and blue eyes that allow him to get away with a lot. When he is in trouble he will come sit in my lap and say, "I love you mommy".  Qman is his nickname. I thought it would be Q-bert but it never stuck. He loves to dance and sing. He never sits.

In case you lost track we have 5 children. Yes, FIVE. And we love it. I wouldn't change it for anything. I love our imperfect, hot mess tribe. They are my kind of people.

That about sums us up. Check back often. I have lots on my mind. You never know what I will blog about next. Family, church, coffee, essential oils, children or daycare... who knows?