Our sweet Tua…

Please say a prayer for my babies who are about to wake up and find out that our sweet puppy Tua passed away in the middle of the night. Sometimes being a parent stinks and telling your children things that you know are going to break their hearts is one of those times.

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Tua was still very much a puppy. He loved to run and jump and act like a loon. He rarely barked at a stranger but barked his head off when Bryan came home from work. 😉 He loved playing outside with Poe but then was ready to get back inside and curl up in any random laundry basket that was handy.

Sweet Tua will be so missed. We Love You boy.

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Disappointments…

When you are struggling with disappointment, you learn a lot about yourself. I’ve learned that I don’t really like who I am in those moments. 🙈 That’s a hard thing to land on.

Disappointment takes me back through all the things I could have and should have done differently along the way. I’ve learned that I sure can beat myself up worse than anyone else ever could.

I was that way as a child. A “B” on a report card made me way harder on myself that my parents could ever be. Why is that?

Why do some people think the worst of themselves when they have given their best effort? It reminds me that my best effort in my mind could always be better. There are things I could have done to change most situations and didn’t. Maybe it was purposeful and maybe I just didn’t see it.

 

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I’m learning to find joy even in disappointment. Today I am surrounded by a boat load 🤣 of little people who mean the world to me. I want to teach them that it’s ok to have a moment in your disappointment. Take a little time, cry a few tears but then keep going.

I’m learning that I have people that love me in the joys and in the disappointments. Friends that let me cry on their shoulder and listen. Friends that don’t even understand my “life” but are willing to take time out of theirs to be a friend.

I’m learning that I’m not a quitter though I sure have moments where that mentality creeps in. I just have to remind myself that I can’t LIVE there. I can take a suitcase and visit but I can’t hang up pictures and pick out a rug. I have to keep traveling and not stop.

I’m reminded that my hope is in the Lord alone. He is faithful and never disappoints. He has a plan for me. A plan to prosper me and not to harm me.

Can’t believe it’s been five years…

Do you know what happened on October 21, 2013? I sat down at my computer, purchased a Premium Starter Kit and became a Young Living. It’s been a fun five years! Wow…..

In honor of my anniversary month, I wanted to share a little with you. I don’t think I can type a “short” post when it comes to the things I love. 😉If you’ve been around here long enough you know that. HA!

You might be a YL member yourself or maybe you’ve been watching from the sidelines. Either way, thanks for letting me share not only our family life with you, but our oily life too.

When I first heard about Young Living from my friend Beth, I knew immediately that I wanted to get my hands on these oils. We had some things going on in our home and we desperately needed respiratory support….

I felt guilty about spending the money because we were in the process of adopting MinLan. Every extra dime we could tuck away was dedicated to bringing her home. After continuing to see my friend have success with her family’s needs, I knew we needed what YL could offer.

I jumped in and never looked back. I realized that not only could these oils help my family, but they could help bring MinLan home too.

And boy did my friends show up. Those that had even a slight interest in all things oils, jumped in and joined as members with me to help us bring MinLan home. I still hear stories today from my oily friends that the reason they joined with me in the beginning was to help with our adoption.

Tears……

Friends you will never know how much that means to me. We get the honor of raising the most AMAZING little girl….her laugh, her hugs and her spunky little attitude are just almost more than I can handle. You said YES to a kit and a membership and unknowingly helped bring us the greatest gift. You helped rescue her from a future with no hope in a country that saw no value in her life. We can never thank you enough.

Our business continued to grow and we were able to bring John Preston home. You walked with us through that hard season of stepping out in faith when we had no idea where the money was going to come from. You helped us fundraise, you shared our story, you joined our Young Living team….all to help us bring our boy home.

And you never left us. You stuck around when we came home and things got harder by the minute. You stuck around when we were trying to navigate what our new normal was supposed to look like. If you’ve watched here through Facebook, you’ve seen how much he’s changed. He’s not the same little boy he was. We still take things one day at a time but oh the difference two years has made. He’s learning what FAMILY means…something he had never known. You are a part of that.

These last five years have also brought so many friendships. I remember a time when meeting people “on the internet” was the weirdest thing I had ever heard of. HA! Now, I consider friends I’ve made online to be some of my most treasured friendships. Young Living has brought so many amazing people into my life….many I would have never met. Some of you, I only knew casually until Young Living intersected our lives. Now we do LIFE together…all because of oils. Amazing…

I’m so thankful for that Facebook post that introduced me to Young Living.

And now I’m thankful that I get to do life with a team of almost 400 families. They are working to make things better for themselves and their children. They’re not just some strange folks on the internet, they’re family.

I get to help people everyday…that’s my job. I mean if I get to TALK to people and HELP them, then I’m pretty much in hog heaven. HA! 🤣

So I say all that to say, Happy Anniversary to me. 😍 I’m so thankful for the positive changes we’ve made over the last five years. I’m so thankful for the members I get to help.

If you’ve been watching from afar, jump in friend. Start making some healthy changes. I am honored to help you. Take a look over at www.jeniferparris.com/membership for more details on how our family got started. There are so many of you that I want on this journey with me. ❤️

If you and I met because of Young Living or we’ve reconnected or grown our friendship over these little bottles of oils, would you remind me in the comments? I’m so thankful for you!

I don’t have all the answers…

Can I tell you a secret? There are people out there that know WAY more about how these little bottles work. Yep. I don’t have all the answers.

But I can tell you how they make me FEEL. And this one? It makes me feel like everything is going to be ok. It calms me and helps me push through, even on days I don’t want to.

How does it work? No clue. I mean I know about how oils work in general…..I’m just no super smarty pants. 😉

But I wanted to be able to tell you more….so I looked it up. Want to know what I found?

Here goes…it contains:

Spruce that creates balance and grounds the body. Helps you release emotional blocks.👊🏻

Ylang Ylang can help you focus your thoughts and filter out the ever-present garbage. It brings back feelings of self-love, confidence, joy, and peace.❤️✌🏼

Fir may help create a feeling of grounding, anchoring and empowerment. ⚓️🌲

Cedarwood was used traditionally by the North American Indians to enhance their spiritual communication. It creates the symbolic effect of the umbrella protecting the earth and bringing energy in from the universe. At night the animals in the wild lie down under the tree for the protection, recharging, and rejuvenation the trees bring them. 🧐

I don’t know if those Indians were talking to MY God….but I know mine
hears me….so thankful for that.

This on my wrists…Cedarwood and Lavender going in my nightstand diffuser for all the sleep goodness 🙌🏻….putting the kids to bed and going to knock out a bit of work for the next hour.

What’s in your diffuser at night?💧💨 🛏 💤