a word for the year… in February.

Oh HIiiiii blog…. it’s been a month since I was last here… or more.

Ha. Well, let’s just say January is always rough on me. I had a hard time getting my act together to write anything. I have had this post in my mind since, oh, January 4th or 5th? Anyway, I just wanted to share, more for personal accountability then anything else, my word for the year. I’ve posted about this a few times in the past… like here, and here.

Last year my word was HOPE. Mainly because I dealt with a lot of panic and post partum at the beginning of the year last year. But it was the perfect word to carry me through another hard year.

This year, it seems cliche to say, my word is GRACE.

There was a point in the last year, I’m not exactly sure when, sometime in the fall when I remember crying before bed and talking to Husbuddy about all the things that were stressing me out. And I remember him saying to me, it has stuck with me clear as day, “Kim, it’s like you think that no one else has to be perfect, that they are all covered in the grace of Christ, but YOU expect yourself to be perfect. You put such impossible expectations on yourself and you hold yourself to such a high standard that there is no way you can meet that! You need Jesus’s Grace to meet you in all of this!”

wisdom right there, am I right?

So, the word :: Grace.

I need the grace of Jesus to permeate EVERY.SINGLE.INCH of my heart, my soul, my brain.

like I said, cliche. But I can’t get over it because this verse keeps popping in my head:

“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace” John 1:16

I mean, wow. Grace UPON Grace.

Like a cup overflowing with grace. That is what I’m picturing in my head. It’s hard to imagine when I’m such a cup half empty kind of person sometimes!

Grace for TODAY.

Grace for my heart.

I was hoping to make a pretty picture like I have before to hang and remind myself of my word… but hey. That didn’t happen the entire month so I’m just going for this blog post. I mean, that’s kinda my word right?

Grace for myself when I can’t get everything done.

Grace TO myself. Speak grace TO myself! Not condemnation!

Grace for those around me when they don’t fulfill my expectations…

Grace for my husband, for my girls.

Grace for my parenting. I’m not perfect, how can I be? I’m still new to this and I’m learning!

Grace to be a more Grace-FULL person.

Grace to be able to serve others better.

Grace to fail. -this one feels huge to me. Sometimes I’m so scared of failing I don’t start. Or I fail and I beat myself up so hard.

I know all about Grace in my head. Or so sometimes I tell myself I think I do. But this year I want to focus on grace so it penetrates into my heart.

“There is a remnant, chosen by grace. but if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace would no longer be grace.” Romans 11:6

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” 2 Corinthians 9:8

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

These are just some of my thoughts today. Hopefully I will continue to grow and think about Grace this year. That is the goal anyway. Ha!

I guess my word kind of works for the fact that I didn’t get this post out until February, right?

at least I’ll keep telling myself that!

So, what about you? Do you have a word for the year? Anyone else just putting their thoughts together now that it is February? #tellmei’mnottheonlyone! #canwejuststartthenewyearinFeb?

xoxo-kimberly renee

 

 

 

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Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called[
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

God bless you this Christmas!

We are blessed by the love of our Father, in heaven, sending His Son for us! May you know that love!

Love, The Holdermans.

xoxo-kimberly renee
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oils for sickness

Here is where I eat my words. Here I was sharing how excited I was about these oils just a couple posts ago because they keep us SO well! da da dun…

Well, we’ve been sick for about two weeks now. Taking turns, some getting better some getting worse. Now the dreaded “man cold” has arrived so we’re all feeling over it. {tee hee. Love ya husbuddy… 😉 }

YES, we still get sick when using oils because hello, we have a toddler in the house. A toddler who, I caught last week LICKING THE WINDOW GLASS AT A COFFEE SHOP. what?! yes. really. {gross! blech!} we still get sick because of said toddler(and guess what, she’s almost 4 years old…)

So, I thought I’d come on here and share some of my “go-to” oil recipes for colds. This is the third post in this oil OR “Unicorn Tears” Series {haha} and I just need to state, these are not in replacement for medicines. Think of it like another tool for your toolbelt. Another way to help you feel better. I am not making any sort of statement saying these heal us! The FDA would not allow me to say such things! I’m just saying these help give some relief, a tool I can pull out first, before pulling out the big guns, or second, after I’ve already given them medicine.

Anyway, so first up:

What I rub on the kiddos:

Thieves diluted with a roller top so I can just roll it right under their toes. Sometimes I do it on their spine too. The Sniffle-ease is an ALREADY diluted mix of oils that helps children to be able to breathe! It’s awesome. Sometimes Sophia asks me not to put it on because it actually makes her have to blow her nose…um… dear, that means it’s working and we want that…but try explaining that to a little threenager. haha.

What I diffuse for the coughs (this is best for kids, for adults I sometimes make it stronger!) I love this though, because even for me when I am sitting in this room with the diffuser going with Lemon and purification I feel the cough stop. Sometimes when Sophia can’t stop coughing to go to sleep I put this in her bedroom and her little lungs relax. She stops coughing almost immediately.  Other ideas to diffuse for coughs is RC or Melrose. Both have worked but the one above is the best!

And now this little magic bullet:

This is the magic “cold bomb” that helps me (and hubs!!)get better faster: 

I admit I don’t always make it the same way. If I’m not sick yet, I don’t use oregano(that’s good for fighting off sinus infections!) And if I’m fighting it I might add extra vitamin C through lemon and grapefruit and orange.

This is what I use when I have a coughing fit or before trying to get to sleep with a cough:

Guys, to warn you that is one INTENSE spoonful. But it numbs the throat a bit and it seriously takes away the cough!

Now, I’m going to need to order me some more thieves because we are running on low in this household at the moment.

Do you have any “go-to” essential oil recipes for when you’re sick? Please share!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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let’s talk about lavender

This is post #2 in my new Essential oil series. I’m trying to think of a clever name for the series, but mombrain is not helping. So in the mean time, let’s talk about lavender oil.

Y’all. This is the swiss army knife of essential oils! I use it all.the.time. And I recommend it all.the.time!

Because it gets used so much it’s probably my next favorite oil. I love that it is so versatile and it’s naturally mild, beautiful smelling and SO effective for so many different things.

You know how sometimes when a baby or someone you love isn’t feeling the best and you just want to help but you don’t know how? This. This has turned into my “little jar of help” for both my babies. Well, maybe all three. haha.

One of my favorite ways of using it is to put a couple drops in a little jar with some coconut oil and use it as a baby oil. I rub it on Cora’s chest and feet and even as a diaper cream with my cloth diapers! When she is stuffy it clears her sinuses and helps her to breath. When she has a fever it helps to bring it down!! That is huge! I’d much rather be able to help her with something natural, that works really fast, rather then more tylonel. Yes, I use the tylonel when needed, but it’s so nice to be able to help right away.

If you know me at all, you know that I love my lavender plants in my front yard. I’ve harvested those two or three plants a couple of times and it takes a while, you guys, it takes 175 pounds of dried lavender to produce our medicinal grade oil (!WHAT!)

 

So, what gets me is that it is so lovely, the oils is so useful and we all think we know what it should smell like. Lavender has been around forever and it’s in all sorts of perfumes…but I had no idea how wonderful it would smell until I got the oil. See, a lot of the perfumes are a synthetic, manufactured version of the plant. Ummmm… they are nothing like the oil. If you want to know more info on that, let me know.* Let me just say, the real thing is REAL.

Here’s a little bit of the science behind it:

“Essential oils have a unique ability to penetrate cell membranes and diffuse throughout the blood and tissues. The unique, lipid-soluble structure of essential oils is very similar to the makeup of our cell membranes. The molecules of essential oils are also relatively small which enhances their ability to penetrate into the cells. When topically applied to the feet or elsewhere, essential oils can travel throughout the body in a matter of minutes.

“Because EOs are composites of hundreds of different chemicals, they can exert many different effects on the body. For example, clove oil can be simultaneously antiseptic and anesthetic when applied topically. It can also be antitumoral. Lavender oil has been used for burns, insect bites, headaches, PMS, insomnia, stress and hair growth.

Importantly, because of their complexity, EOs do not disturb the body’s natural balance or homeostasis; if one constituent exerts too strong an effect, another constituent may block or counteract it. Synthetic chemicals, in contrast, usually have only one action and often disrupt the body’s hormones.”

[From the Essential Oils Pocket Reference]

So what does Lavender do? IT does this and so much more:

  • Lowers stress which allows the body to fight off illness
  • Improves sleep which stimulates the immune system
  • Promotes feelings of calm and fights occasional nervous tension
  • Has balancing properties that calm the mind and body
  • Cleanses and soothes minor skin irritations
  • Can be soothing to the skin after a day in the sun
  • Reduces the appearance of blemishes
  • Supports aging skin
  • Includes the naturally occurring constituents linalyl acetate, linalool, and ocimene
  • It is perfect for little ones because it is so mild, calming and helps their immune system!
  • It clears sinuses and provides respiratory support
  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Supports healthy emotions and lymphatic sustem

So, Another way I love to use this is in a little mix called the Allergy Trio. I mix together Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint and voila, my sinuses are happy. haha. It sounds silly I know, but seriously, it clears them up SO WELL! Husbuddy is constantly asking me during the spring and fall, “what’s in the allergy mix again?” ha. Because it works! And he wants to use it! So,  I either take them in a little capsule or I diffuse it or I rub the mix on my neck and chest.

There are so many ways to use this! It’s such a beautiful little purple bottle.  But I think what gets me the most is that God is SO creative. HE made a little purple plant beautiful AND soooooo useful. So cool!

If you’re interested in starting with oils:

  1. click here to begin the enrollment process
  2. select wholesale member to get the wholesale discount
  3. my member number is: 2293240 Thank you for using my number! 
  4. choose your starter kit! (Premium Starter Kit – $160 – this comes with the 11 oils, sample packets, and the diffuser!-you basically get the diffuser for free!)

If you have ANY questions, please feel free to contact me! 🙂 I’ll keep posting info in the coming weeks(hopefully) to tell you some of my other oily love!

xoxo-kimberly renee

ps- I mean, look at all that lavender:

*pss- if you find “cheaper” oils on the market, let me just warn you. A lot of them include synthetics and things that are actually horrible for your body. You can do your own research but I just ask you to be careful. The whole point of using essential oils is to have all natural ways to help your health, if you use the fake stuff, you may get hurt. If you want more info on that, let me know.

 

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falling in love with thieves

You know how sometimes you find something that you just love and just have to share? That is how i feel about Young Living Oils. I’ve been using these little unicorn tears in a bottle(tee hee) for three years now and a lot of people have been asking me about them recently so I thought I’d start a post series on my blog to share. take it or leave it, but these little oils have been life changing and so how can I not share?

I wanted to start with the oil that really rocked our world, Because let’s be honest, when I first heard about these little bottles of magic, i was intrigued…and my husband was SUPER skeptical of these “witch oils” as he called them at first. I can laugh about that now, but at first it was a major stumbling block, because with a limited income as a pastors family, I had to get him on board if i was going to try these all out.

Any waaaayyy, back to the story.

If you know my family, and you know our journey with health that started in Princeton NJ, then it isn’t a surprise to you that I am always on the lookout for things to help!  Here’s the brief back story: Back in seminary, my sweet husbuddy lost 30 pounds IN A MONTH. Y’all. It was scary. He was so sick. He couldn’t keep things in, he proceeded to have multiple rounds of colds that immediately turned to sinus infections etc…on top of it all his body was attacking itself with anxiety attacks. You know, just cause he needed to be hit while he was down.  it took months of doctor appointments, all sorts of tests, all sorts of different directions and we finally figured out it all came back to his diet. …mostly.

I say mostly because once we fixed his diet, he felt so much better(!!praise hands!!) and he was able to actually function. BUT… he still got sick. ALL.THE.TIME. He has an immune deficiency. The doctors basically said this is just who he is and he needs to live with it.

Well… when I heard about this magic little bottle called Thieves, I knew we HAD to try it.

This is what I had heard:

  • ” Thieves is a proprietary blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary essential oils.  Young Living’s Thieves essential oil blend was inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic blend composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals to use while robbing dead and dying victims of the plague.”
  • “99.96% kill rate against airborne bacteria”
  • “It boosts the immune system”
  • “It fights colds and sickness!”
  • “Supports digestive health”
  • “really, strengthens all the systems of the body!”
  • “Cleanses and detoxes household objects”

you guys, the list goes on. Anyway, I finally saved up some of my own money to buy this little bottle of gold. I bought it in the fall, knowing that as soon as the weather gets cold, BAM, Husband gets sick. He was super skeptical. But one day he felt a cold coming on. I told him to let me try it, let me put some drops of oil on the bottom of his feet. And let’s just see what happens…

WELL, it worked. He fought off a cold for the FIRST TIME IN OUR MARRIAGE. it was crazy. So, then he was intrigued too!

Now we use it all.the.time! We dilute it and put it on our girls before going to the church nursery(cause, germs!), we put it in tea when our throats hurt, we put it in capsules with other oils to boost our immune system, we use it multiple times a day when we are sick.

Yes, we still get sick. Because, hello, nothing is going to keep us perfect. BUT, the difference is drastic. We used to to have multiple weeks each winter where Husband was home sick in bed. But now? It maybe happens once or twice. And he rarely gets a sinus infection any more. WHAT?! IT was a given before.

MY husband is a believer.

haha. I am a believer. And so began my journey into oils… {more to come!}

My plan is to keep sharing my journey, in hopes that anyone else who deals with some of these issues, can have hope too.

But really, once I started, I found that essential oils help all the time, with everything. I am constantly learning new things and finding new ways to use them! That’s what’s kind of fun! You don’t have to have it figured out to jump in!

So, who else has tried Thieves and loves it as much as I do? Who would like to try it? I’ve included some directions for how to start if you’re interested. And of course, please contact me with all.the.questions.

xoxo-kimberly renee

#wearelivingwell #whyiloveoils

If you’re interested in starting with oils:

  1. click here to begin the enrollment process
  2. select wholesale member to get the wholesale discount
  3. my member number is: 2293240 Thank you for using my number! 
  4. choose your starter kit! (Premium Starter Kit – $160 – this comes with the 11 oils, sample packets, and the diffuser!-you basically get the diffuser for free!)

If you have ANY questions, please feel free to contact me! 🙂 I’ll keep posting info in the coming weeks(hopefully) to tell you some of my other oily love!

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Corinne Hope is 1 year old!

coraand well, that went quickly. 1 year flew by sweet little thing. we love you so much Cora!  we love peekabo!  and we are still making that “piggy” face! bawhaha

Cora at 12 months:

  • 29 1/2″ tall (64%)
  • 21 lbs (70%)
  • has 6 teeth +2 popping through this moment
  • sings and dances in her own special way (haha)
  • gives hugs and blows kisses
  • says “Hi”, dada, doggy, moo, mmm(for when she wants food), dogdog(for a lovey)
  • can give a high 5
  • wears 12-18 month/18 month clothes!
  • is just SO BUSY
  • climbs like a crazy girl. she climbed on top of a side table the other night while I was doing the dishes and gave me a heart attack! loves to climb the stairs. loves to just climb!
  • takes her shoes off ALL.THE.TIME.
  • loves her sister so much and follows her around with all the smiles
  • grunts and tries to “use the force” for things. haha. at least that’s what we call it.
  • tries to ride her little bike but just goes backwards.
  • is just about the sweetest little firecracker ever.

touching her toes!   she’s been sick this week, so a lot of snot and coughing and grossness…but this photo is just so sweet.  dancing!   hey, what’s this on my shirt? ok mama, i am ALL DONE! with photos! hahah. i still think her crying face is just the cutest. and this photo was taken by my three year old! good job Sophia! I just love my girls and I’m so thankful for this year with sweet adorable, Cora!

xoxo-kimberly renee
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11 months already(!?)

she is SUCH a delight! 

Cora at 11 months:

  • runs. I’m not even joking
  • has 6 teeth
  • wears 12-18 month size
  • brings me books to read. it’s so cute because she brings it and then scoots her little booty back into my lap to prepare for reading time! haha
  • wrinkles up her nose and sniffs to make a pig noise. yes, I realize that pigs say “oink” but in a couple of our baby books, we read that they sniff and snort looking for food or along the ground, so when we read the book, Sophia and I used to sniff all over her and made her laugh. well, now she wants to find all the pigs in all the books. tee hee hee. it cracks me up!
  • is sleeping through the night! FINALLY!! we’ve done some serious sleep training the last week with Sophia in a different room. (which is why there is another bed in these pictures! sophia’s bed is in the guest room at the moment!)
  • loves to eat finger food or whatever we are eating. baby food? why do we insult her by even trying to feed her this?
  • shakes her head no. I can’t figure out if she is really saying no or just thinks it’s funny.
  • calls all the animals doggies.
  • constantly is taking off her shoes when we are out. le sigh.
  • still puts EVERYTHING in her mouth. oh when will this end?
  • lays her head down on my shoulder to snuggle and when i’m putting her down for night, will put her little arm around my neck as i’m rocking her to give me her version of a hug. it’s just about the sweetest thing ever.
  • is shy with her smiles but when she smiles for you it really lights up her face

she is a very sweet, happy baby.   “piggy face” haha.     i love her so much. i can’t believe it’s already been almost a year! time needs to slow down now! 

mama and daddy love you sweet baby girl. slow down! you don’t have to catch up with big sister!

xoxo-kimberly renee
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