Sharing Saturday: Thieves Vitality Update

Yay! Thieves Vitality is awesome!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know how awesome I find the Thieves products from Young Living, especially Thieves Vitality essential oil! It has proved itself again in the past couple of weeks!

First, I had a sore mouth. I thought about all the antibacterial and great things about Thieves Vitality, and decided to add some to my water. It completely surprised me that the mouth sore cleared up and my sore throat also went away. Yay! I really should get some of the cough drops and throat lozenges that are Thieves as well!

Second, one of my neighbors at the shelter had some sort of sore/puss-filled icky on her little boy’s head. She didn’t know where it came from or what to do about it. I thought of the Thieves Vitality right away. I put some on a napkin and applied it to the wound. The next morning the sore was completely gone!

Look at all of these wonderful Thieves products!

Amazing stuff, that Thieves Vitality essential oil! It has yet to fail for me! Now, please realize that I am not a doctor, or medical professional by any stretch of the imagination, but I am a mom. I have seen this work, and it’s not something I would want to live without!

If you’re interested in Thieves Vitality essential oil, or any of the amazing Young Living products, please use my link below! God bless!


I Walked Along a Winding Road

I walk along the winding road

I cannot see the end

This road is like my life, I think,

I can’t see ’round the bend.

Life is like that winding road,

All valleys, rocks, and hills.

Who are we to know the path

That leads ’round the wondering rills?

Some day our roads will come to end

And what will we have seen?

A million views, a passing cruise,

Of what really might have been.

It Sucks to be Sick


It sucks to be sick,

Here on the couch

Sniffling, sneezing

Like a tossed away pouch.

My head gets to aching

And I feel as I’m breaking

Spinning, spinning the room goes round

Who put me on this merry-go-round?

It could be much worse

I could be out in the cold

Suffering suffering

Surrounded by mold

I am warm in my bed

Though be it a couch

Softness surrounds me

A place for my head.

I don’t feel so good. Can I stay home? YES!

This is a tribute to all the people who keep their kids home from school when they are sick. Apparently, some parent didn’t feel the need for such precautions at my kid’s school and so she brought it home to us. Thank you for that.

Please be considerate of those around you and if you don’t feel well, stay home! Did COVID teach us nothing?!!! Thanks for listening to my rant!

A Future Sad Parting

Not my shelter, but you get the idea.

As many of you know, I was able to secure a job at my beloved homeless shelter through a state-funded program. I am loving it there. I organize, answer phones, organize, sort donations, organize, help people, organize, lighten the manager’s load, organize, etc.

Organize! Organize! Organize!

I love being able to dig my heels in and help out. I’m especially good at organizing (as you may have guessed!!!) and wheeling my lovely label maker! (Ok. It belongs to the shelter, but I have logged some serious time on that puppy!) I have organized the entire back room (my “office!”) as well as the donations, books, and clothes. My latest project is the movies. We have many, many great (and not so great, but who am I to judge?!!!) movies that I am organizing into adult and children sections as well as culling out the duplicates, triplicates, or quadruplicates, etc.

It’s a big job, since there are so many movies, but I’m up for the challenge! I was just showing one of our bosses around today so she could see all the progress I have made in the past month. She was impressed.

Unfortunately, I learned today that no matter how much I do or how fantastic my work is, they still don’t have the money to pay me to work there, even part time! I asked who I would have to contact, but they weren’t even sure. It seems hopeless, but that’s where all of you come in!

Please pray for me!

I need your prayers, everyone! I love this shelter and the work I do there means something, not just to me, but the manager, case manager, and residents. Please pray for me! I would love to be able to keep this job, but if not, I’m willing to let God work that out. He, after all, knows the big plan.

I will be extremely sad to let this go, but God knows best. Time to let Him take the wheel and if it’s over at the end of April, then I will never forget it and will come to visit!

So, start your prayer engines and GO!!!

Thank you!

Urgent Prayer Request

I know, I have never posted twice in the same day, but this is really important! While my family and I were guests at the homeless shelter this past Summer, we met a gentleman we’ll call D.

While we were fortunate to find a place, D did not have the same experience. He traveled to Madison, where he has been staying at a shelter. We are still in contact, by text. Today he shared with me that he is suicidal. Apparently, he was in the psych ward and the doctors took him off all of his meds. He’s extremely depressed and suicidal now, but they expect him to wait two weeks to see his primary care doctor!

I’m so very frustrated and angry about the mental health system in the US, that I want to scream. If D takes his life, that system greatly failed. They don’t seem to care. What’s another homeless person losing his life? Well, it makes a difference to me! He’s my friend! You can’t just throw him away!

So, tonight, I am asking for your prayers. Please pray for D. He has lost all of his faith. He was crying so hard today and just can’t imagine going on. It breaks my heart to see this sensitive soul suffer so! I know God loves him and has a plan for him, if only D could see it. I think life may have knocked him down one too many times. He’s tired of getting back up, only to be knocked down again. Please pray for him! If we can storm Heaven with our prayers, it can only help.

Thank you.

I love you, D!

I Just Lost My Mind…and Spring!

Not our shelter, but isn’t it pretty?

Ok, so it’s Friday. I know. I know. I can’t believe I forgot to post yesterday! Head thunk (or what they call these days face palm. I like head thunk better!) Sooooo…what do you want to talk about?

I, myself, have been struggling with a negative person in my life. He completely drains my energy (and good mood!) It’s sad and I’m praying for him. To be fair, he is in a good deal of pain. In fact, I wish he would visit the doctor, but honestly, it’s not really my business! He’s a grown-up and should do grown-up things. 😔.

On the up side, I am loving working at my beloved shelter!!! Yay! It’s awesome! Yesterday I did some office work and the organized all the diapers by size. It’s so nice and neat now. Since there was no more office work on which to catch up, I started weeding through and clearing out the bookshelves. I got two big boxes out to go away. We have lots of books from baby all the way up to adult. Some have been there for years and need to be culled occasionally.

So I culled. I still have about half of the bookshelves to go through, and then we’re expecting a book donation soon. Whew! Lots of work, but I love organizing and getting things nice for the residents. They’ve all been through rough times, and if I can find them a good book to escape their troubles for a while, then I have succeeded!

I love working with people at the shelter. The two people that are in charge are truly awesome individuals! They are both kind and smart, a rare combination these days! I love them both dearly! Great job, guys!


A Spring Note: I saw a few red-winged black birds yesterday and a few more today! Spring is definitely on its way!!!!

Sharing Saturday: Thieves Cleaner Pet Style

Thieves Cleaner Concentrate. Exciting news – YL just got the big bottle back in stock. Yay!

As you may know, we have three emotional support dogs. They are small (totalling 20 lbs.!) but their messes are mighty! I had been searching and searching for a pet cleaner that would work now that we have carpets in our home.

In the old house it was all either hardwoods or tile; no carpet! We did this for a variety of reasons, the first being our allergies. The second was that Child #4 decided to spread cocoa all over her carpet in her bedroom, which subsequently had to be removed, along with many ruined toys. If you have ever had to clean up cocoa, you know that it’s kind of oily, and thus is nearly impossible to clean off of soft surfaces.

Here is my mixture! We use it everyday!

So, now that we have carpeting in our apartment, we need something to clean it. We do have a small carpet cleaner that works well, but for everyday accidents (or spite “accidents”) I now have my pet thieves cleaner. Here is what it contains:

2 parts Thieves Cleaner Concentrate

8 parts cheap vodka (I’m talking the $8/750 ml kind!)

Mix together in a spray bottle. When you have a puddle, make sure to soak it up with paper towels or a rag first. Then spray heavily with the cleaner you mixed and soak that all up with another rag or bunch of paper towels. Wala! No more pet smell! Yay for thieves!

If you are interested in this product or any of the other amazing Young Living products, please follow my link! Thanks everyone and God bless!


What Do We Eat for Lent?

Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving…Lent

As a Roman Catholic, we have a close relationship with Jesus through Lent. Our sacrifices help to bring us closer to Our Lord. So, what do we eat?

Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, actually yesterday! So…lunch and dinner. On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday we, after the age of 18, are supposed to fast. I, as a diabetic, am not supposed to, but I still try. Fasting includes two small meals and one larger one, not to equal the two smaller meals. In other words, the larger meal has to be bigger than the two smaller meals combined.

Also, for Lent, after the age of 14, we practice abstinence, or the absence of meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays during Lent. This explains the fish fries that take place all over the country on Fridays! Actually, before Vatican II, Roman Catholics weren’t allowed to eat meat on any Friday during the year. Some Roman Catholics still practice this, adding to it prayers for life or country, etc.

Breakfast is not usually a problem, as I don’t normally eat meat for that meal. Instead, I eat yogurt or a piece of fruit. For lunch, since everyone was home because of the ice storm we had, I made grilled cheese. Yum!

Best Grilled Cheese Ever!!!

Dinner was my cheesey-veggie soup. I would love to link that in for you, but can’t figure out how! I used cauliflower as the vegetable, along with celery, onions, and carrots. It was delicious! I also had an alterior motive! Since we have leftovers, we can use it for my favorite tuna fish casserole. Yummy!!! That casserole is also in my recipes, but can’t link that either. I must get better at this!

Cheesey – Veggie Soup!

Hope you enjoyed your Lenten lesson. Let us rend our hearts open for God to enter in and remake our souls! Happy Lent!

The Huntress

You watch me through my window

I am not aware

I think I am free, escaped

I am not

You are always watching

Waiting, you stare down at me

Biding your time

You have learned to be patient

And will pounce when I least expect




Ah, but you do not know my secret

I have been hunted before

I have been huntress too

You think I don’t know your

Every move

One false one and it will look

Like an accident

Many have had them.