"Enjoy the little things in life ~ one day you'll wake up and realize they were the big things"

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Little Blessings . . .

Potato Soup! (which I've just re-discovered my ENTIRE family really loves!), En-R-Gee essential oil (what an awesome little miracle in a bottle, especially mid-afternoon), admiring the beautiful deer hanging out in my front yard munching on weeds, kids looking up scripture verses as quickly as they can (as they chase clues around the house for an impromptu scavenger hunt), fancy little homemade capsules that worked wonders on the sore throat I woke up with, my youngest daughter serving her siblings dinner at her "restaurant" (complete with a towel draped across her arm and a funny accent!), taking my teenager dinner in the middle of her work shift less than 5 minutes away (she's working at the light show on the south end of the campground property this month), kids who finished their Christmas shopping a month ago and are happily wrapping gifts tonight!
It's the little things :-)

Monday, December 1, 2014

In Celebration of "Cyber Monday" . . .

You probably already know that in the past few months, as I've researched, experimented and tried out various 'potions' on my family :-), that I've become completely SMITTEN with essential oils!  I am convinced that for countless issues (some that would surprise and amaze you) there TRULY IS "an oil for that"!!  ( . . . and if my kids had a $1 for every time they heard me say that, college would be taken care of!)

Is someone on your list dreaming of the gift of oily bliss and better health (naturally) for Christmas?

If so, you may want to consider ordering Young Living's Exclusive Premium Starter Kit for them! The kit includes 11 Therapeutic Grade YL oils (Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Joy, Panaway, Stress Away, Purification, Thieves & Citrus Fresh), an awesome home diffuser (that you'll soon be taking with you anytime you spend a night away from home!!), several sample packets and a 24% discount on all future purchases.

** It's a great introduction to the world of essential oils! **


if you order this week (on or before 12/6), you'll also get a FREE bottle of one of my favorite oils (orange!), along with some tools and recipes to make using the oils more easy and effective.


if you (or the gift recipient) are active duty military or in full time ministry, you will also get an additional 10% off

There's no better gift this holiday season (besides JESUS), than the Young Living Starter Kit!

BONUS ~ the first person who places an order for a Premium Starter Kit this week will also get an additional $20 off (because I have a handy dandy $20 off voucher that expires soon)!  :-)

Oh, AND I just heard about this today! . . .

Young Living is also offering a discount on two other awesome starter kits this week (details below). A purchase of either of these kits gives you a wholesale membership (which allows you a 24% discount on any product at any time, no monthly order required).

So many choices, so many awesome oils!!

Private message me on FB (or send me an email) with questions or for more information!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Silly poetry . . .

I was being a bit goofy and composed this silly poem last night.  You can decide if I was 'under the influence' of oils at the time or not!  All joking aside, I really, really LOVE essential oils! 

Stay Tuned . . .

I am in the process of updating some highlights from the past few months.  So, when you least expect it - when the mood strikes and I find myself awake at 3 in the morning . . . several unfinished posts will be completed ~ all at once.  And you will wonder what on earth just happened!!

One of my favorite parts about this past year was that we were able to get away a little bit.  We had some consistent days off throughout the summer and managed to plan some mini getaways.  Our life at the campground has put a big damper on our ability to take road trips like we used to (or "normal" family vacations when the kids are out of school) . . . but we found a creative way to still squeeze in some "road trip feeling, memory making times".  We also were able to finally be able to make the trip to see Kelsey and Taylor in Omaha (LONG overdue) . ..

pictures and updates to come - stay tuned!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Kenosha Pass Camping

We've missed our Kenosha Pass camping trip the past few years, so glad that we were able to pull it off this year! It was short and sweet (a "micro-camping trip", but fun no less). . . one of our favorite places in Colorado!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Our Birthday Girl!

Happy 8th Birthday to our littlest cutie pie! Poor kid - 2nd year in a row her birthday has landed on Memorial Day weekend (in a normal family, that might not be a big deal, but in our current life that equals insanity!) . . . she is a sweetie and has been very patient and understanding. We love our Anna girl!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Mother's Day . .. Snow!?

Not what I really wanted mid May, but it's still coming down! What a BLESSING as we head into the hot, dry, 'wildfire season' that CO is becoming notorious for. (I'm also glad that my vegetable plants are still safe in my window sill . . . maybe by Memorial Day they'll get in the ground!)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014


I LOVE this photo that Kevin took of Emily at her dance performance last week. Not sure which I find more impressive - his photo editing prowess or how darn beautiful that young lady is!! I can't help but think it looks like a 17th century painting!


We wrapped up another year of AWANA tonight. No more "Sparks" at our house after tonight . . . and only a few years away from a Citation Award! ~ how can that be???! Proud of our kids for working so hard and thankful for really great leaders!

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Our family is at a conference this weekend in Estes park and had the privilege of participating in a work project yesterday doing clean up in a flood ravaged community (just outside of town). It was heart breaking to see what devastation remains (even after 8 months of intense clean up). If you're looking for a meaningful outreach, with a group who isn't afraid of getting dirty, consider helping them. They only have until mid May to get debris pulled out into piles near the road (in order for FEMA trucks to take it away) after that they are on their own