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How To: Winter Remedies with Essential Oils
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Lola’s Journey: The Chiroprator
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#FairTuesday for Men
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Advent Reading Plan
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Thanksgiving 2014
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Book Review and Giveaway: An Amish Second Christmas
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Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up
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The Adoption Campaign
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Be Kind
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David Landrith (1963-2014)

How To: Winter Remedies with Essential Oils

I’m looking forward to hosting a Winter Remedies class with my friend, Laura Gregory, tonight at Hendersonville Produce. We will be discussing what essential oils can do to make your cold and flu season easier this year. In addition we are making 3 full-sized products with the attendees. Here are the products, uses and recipes in case you are interested in adding these to your toolbox as well! Chest Rub Ingredients: 3 Tbsp coconut oil (melted), 1/2 tsp. grated beeswax (optional, but does create a firmer texture), 20 drops doTERRA Breathe essential oil, 10 drops lemon or wild orange essential[…]

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Lola’s Journey: The Chiroprator

Our Lola came home from China just over a year ago. She is legally blind due to sclerocornea which causes opaque corneas. Additionally, Lola struggles with ADHD and impulse/mood control. While Lola’s blindness doesn’t hold her back, her ADHD presents issues for her in daily life. We have used many natural items that help her significantly, like Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Natural Calm and most recently L-thiamine in the form of these cute little Dinosaur Chewables. Additionally we use sensory therapy items like trampolines, balancers, chewable jewelry, you name it. As a third support we turned to the essential[…]

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#FairTuesday for Men

Let’s be honest. For most of us, the last week has been focused on how much we can get and how little we can get it for. Now, let’s be fair. As some of you may know, today is Fair Tuesday as in shop Fair Trade today. There is tons of stuff for women, but this post is focused on the stuff for guys, who are always harder to shop for. These items focus on being fairly traded, ethically sourced, and life impacting. Here are 5 on Calvin’s list. 1. Just Porter – Piko Series Camo Backpack The Piko is[…]

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Advent Reading Plan

We have made an effort to simplify our Christmas over the past few years; three gifts, focus on Jesus, and more time at home. Advent readings are a great addition, keeping our focus steady as we move through a world that constantly pulls our attention elsewhere. I was excited to find a free Advent Reading plan that corresponds with a book that many of us already have, the Jesus Storybook Bible. (use code HOLIDAY30 to get 30% off) Oh how I love this book. If you don’t have it, do yourself a favor and put it in your child’s stocking. It’s[…]

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Thanksgiving 2014

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Thanksgiving holds little tradition in the Ho family. Each celebration has looked slightly different, from celebrating Elliott’s Red Egg as an infant and enjoying dinner with seminary friends, to waiting for our children to come home and even welcoming a niece into the world while munching a quickly purchased Cracker Barrel meal. While solid traditions have not yet graced this day we are so thankful as we look back and see the many faces and places that fill our memories. Today we made a quick trip to the movies and are relaxing, just the 6 of us, as we prepare to give thanks over a meal this evening. It’s going to be a great day. Happy Thanksgiving friends, enjoy these moments.

Book Review and Giveaway: An Amish Second Christmas

About Tricia: This is my second season reading and promoting with Tricia Goyer. I have grown to love not only her books, but her story. Tricia is mom to 6 children and has 2 grandchildren as well. Her heart for mentoring teen moms and families has led her to encouraging and supporting women via her books and speaking engagements. The love and support she felt from those around her gave her the fuel to eventually co-found Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Montana. An Amish Second Christmas: I am currently reading An Amish Second Christmas which is a series of 4 novellas folded neatly[…]

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Thanksgiving Recipe Round Up

With our beloved day of Thanks fast approaching many of us are diligently searching for healthier, whole food alternatives to the traditional fare. No cans of Campbells, no French’s crispy fries (I know, I’m ruining everything here), no jello salad. How many of you just stopped reading? I realize we have our traditions. But here are some recipes, tried and true, that might help you start some new ones. Green Bean Casserole from Eat the Love Sweet Potato (Butternut Squash) Casserole from Our Nourishing Roots Mashed Potato and Cauliflower Gratin from Epicurious Broccoli Salad from California Country Gal Pumpkin Pie[…]

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The Adoption Campaign

I wrote about kindness yesterday. Which is helpful because posts like this need to come from a heart FULL of kindness and a desire to educate rather than rant. The Holiday season ushers in many opportunities to help families and individuals in need. It’s a beautiful thing as many families are struggling rather than celebrating. However, organizations that aim to help these families, individuals and kids have chosen to use the word adoption in their campaigns. The word adoption has been made synonymous  with the word help, sponsor and support. While this seems harmless to the general population, we’ve somehow forgotten that the[…]

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Be Kind

I had a series of experiences yesterday that left me a little hurt and a lot annoyed. After learning the news about our Pastor, see previous post, and making it through school drop off I was in a really weird emotional place. So what do I do when faced with weird emotions? I go to Target to take advantage of the buy $50 in groceries and receive $10 off. I had coupons to stack so this was starting to seem like a really great distraction. My 3-year-old was with me so I decided to buy his silence with a snowman[…]

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David Landrith (1963-2014)

On November 18, 2014, Pastor David Landrith finished the race that God had called him to run on this earth. This video is a glimpse of the hope he lived in.

Today will forever leave a mark on our lives as we begin to stumble through the stages of grief. While our grief would never aim to make a monument of a man, those who knew David cannot help but grieve a world without him. Our pastor could be counted on to share Biblical Truth, something that seems rare with every passing day.

So church, as we fumble around today and in the coming days… crying, being together, making it to the grocery store… let us not forget the words our pastor led us with. Let us not forget the promises. Jesus has healed Pastor David, and us, of the greatest sickness- sin and death.

Yes. We prayed for healing, holding nothing back, and God answered with Eternal healing. Oh, can you imagine how David Landrith was received into Heaven this morning?

Our pastor did such an amazing job preparing us, and modeling a life of hope that it would be shameful to do anything but enter the next days with a passionate desire to share that hope. I pray that as this new chapter unfolds we would be found holding each other up, that we would celebrate David’s life and teaching by continuing the work.

I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34:1)

Please be in prayer for Pastor David’s family, their grief far exceeds what we can imagine. May the God of peace comfort them in this time. Let them be held when they cannot walk.

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