Sunday, April 10, 2016


Sweet little Eliana was born March 3rd and she couldn't be any more perfect.  I apologize for not posting sooner, but she has taken up most of my time.  And I wouldn't change that for the world!

This little gal is something special.  Not that my other children aren't special, but after losing so many, including two stillborns, the birth of Eliana almost seemed too good to be true.

There were some things I dreamed about before going into labor.  For one, I just wanted to go into the labor and delivery room happy.  Twice I have gone into labor with so much heartache, so much emptiness and longing, knowing I would deliver my child dead.  So this time, my husband and I were beyond happy.  We were ecstatic!  We were all smiles and at that moment it seemed like a dream, a wonderful dream.

I had three natural births and being induced with all of my others, I chose to get an epidural with the rest, including this one.  Some might think that because I do almost everything naturally here on the farm, that I should have a natural birth.  But, after going through a very painful birth with my fourth child who had a huge head, I decided that I was done with the natural route.  Been there, done that, and I'm good thank you very much.

But, this epidural had me thinking maybe I should've gone natural.

I had a little scare with my blood pressure dropping to 66/40, but after getting that under control, things went pretty smooth.  I went from being dilated to six centimeters to 10 in under 10 minutes.  That was a little scary and brought so many emotions.  The anesthesiologist did a botched job with my epidural and so I could still feel a good bit of pain and had some other issues along with it.  Little did I know that little Eliana was sunny side up.

This was the moment I'd been waiting for for so long.  The moment I would see this little gal for the first time.  I'd seen her so many times in ultrasounds, but to see her for real?  Oh my!

As I pushed, the first thing the doc and nurses said was that she was coming out forehead, eyes and nose first.  Her heartbeat dropped a bit with each push and I could tell the doctor wanted her out asap.  So, he had me look back at the cross on the wall behind me with each push.  Maybe the position was supposed to help me push her out.  All I know is it worked.  With four contractions, she was out.  And she was crying!  And she was beautiful!

I bawled.  My husband cried.  We were a mess, but it was a good mess.  I held her and just couldn't believe that she was real.  She was perfect.  She had bruising on her forehead and around her eyes from coming out sunny side up, but she was the most beautiful thing I ever saw.

And she was so soft!  Warm, alive.  It's amazing how we can take life for granted.  This little life in my arms brought me such an intense love.  A deep deep love.  A love that I wanted so much to pour out to my other little ones but couldn't.  Was this for real?  So much heartache before just made this delivery so surreal.  God did answer!  Oh my, did He answer!

She showed her dimples almost immediately.  She was perfect.  Did I already say that?

I found out later that pushing a sunny side up baby out with four contractions was not too common. It's usually a long and drawn out process.  I am so thankful I wasn't the norm!

She's the apple of my eye.

My little pumpkin.

There were some who didn't think I should ever get pregnant again.  Why chance having to go through another loss, they said?  But, I held on to God's promise.  I didn't want to take matters into my own hands, never knowing if He would've answered.  I had to trust Him completely with my body, my womb.  That was not easy!

Eliana means God has answered.  I am forever grateful.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Pregnancy Update!

I really can't believe I'm actually saying this but, I will be induced this Thursday!  After having two stillborns and three miscarriages, I am still in awe that I've come this far.  Although I am not holding this little gal in my arms yet and I certainly cannot take anything for granted, the excitement of it all is just about to drive me nuts!

One of the reasons I am posting about this update is for myself.  To write down all of my thoughts(there are so many!) that are going through my head.  Writing is a good release for me.  But many of you are wondering about this pregnancy too and I really appreciate your prayers from the very beginning!

I have to keep myself from obsessing over it.  I daydream about arriving at the hospital, walking into the labor and deliver room, happy.  I think about Eliana being born and I picture seeing her for the first time and tears come just from thinking about it.  I dream of holding her, feeling her soft, warm cheeks, watching her breathe softly, listening to her cry, nursing her to sleep and seeing pure joy on my husband's face.  I think about bringing her home to my children and how ecstatic they will be.  Far too many times, I've come home empty handed.

But sometimes those negative thoughts come and I worry.  If I don't feel her moving as much, or sometimes when I get the nonstress tests, my mind can play tricks on me.  My first stillborn died on the exam table at the doctor's office right before getting a nonstress test at 37 weeks.  So many little things have triggered memories of all of the heartache.  I see nurses rolling the little cribs on wheels with sweet little babies down the hall and I think of my Gabriel.  When they took him away, he was put in one of those cribs and rolled down the hall, but he was not alive.  The same radiology room I sit in now to wait for my ultrasound appointments is the same one I sat in twice, when they could not find a heartbeat with my last two miscarriages.  Waiting there, knowing the probable outcome, was torture.

Yet, so many things have triggered hope as well.  I go in twice a week for nonstress tests and one time they put me in the labor and delivery room.  And there it was, the baby warmer.  Oh my!  To foresee her in there flailing her chubby arms, crying while the nurse tends to her after she is born...oh my!  What a wonderful sight!  I've had more ultrasounds with her than any of my children and am very thankful they are keeping a close watch on her.  So I've seen her a lot, which has created such a special bond. I hear her heartbeat twice, sometimes three time a week,  I've never been so in tune with any of my babies in the womb as her.

They are inducing me at 37 weeks to reduce the risk of another stillbirth.  So if you think of it, on March 3rd, would you pray for us?  I know He is in control.  And I know He loves little Eliana more than I do.  But I sure hope He has plans to keep her with me, alive.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

How to Treat Early Stages of Goat Bloat with Essential Oils

Owning goats is quite the adventure.  It's a constant learning process and just when you think you've got something figured out, another issue arises.  Maybe this is all supposed to keep us young, I don't know, or give us premature grey hair?  Anyway, when I find something that works, I want to yell it from the mountain tops(if we had any).

Or just blog about it..

Since I live in a part of America where corn and beans grace this flat-as-a-pancake land, I'll have to shout my discovery from here.

If you own goats and never had bloat issues, then I envy you.  We've lost two does in the past to bloat and I vowed to never lose another one knowing it can be prevented and treated, especially if diagnosed early enough.

So, what is bloat?

Gas is a natural by-product of digestive fermentation in the rumen, and it is expelled continuously as the goat belches. Bloat occurs when gas is trapped in the rumen. It is a life-threatening condition

One way to help prevent this is to keep baking soda free choice with your goats.  But, sometimes if they are put in a different pasture or another area, baking soda is not available until they come back in for the night.  And, unfortunately, sometimes that's all it takes.

What are early signs of bloat?

1.  The abdomen is obviously distended, especially on the left side.
2.  Signs of discomfort such as kicking or grinding their teeth.  The goat might look depressed.
3.  Refuses to eat.

The key to using essential oils is early detection.  I have not had a goat in a more serious stage since I have been using essential oils, so I cannot testify to them working in a later stage.

Here is what I use:

Digestive Blend or an 2 to 1 combination of peppermint oil and one of the following;  Ginger, Peppermint, Tarragon, Fennel, Caraway, Coriander and Anise

For a younger goat, I start with putting three drops of the digestive blend in the capsule.  For an adult goat, I use four drops.   You will need help putting the capsule in the back of the goat's mouth.  I usually have one of my human kids straddle the goat and hold it's head up while I open the mouth and put the capsule as far back as I can.  

I then hold the mouth shut, keeping the head slightly up and hold it there for a minute or so.  This will ensure that they either swallow the capsule or dissolve it.  Even if the capsule is not fully dissolved and they spit it out, it will be empty as the essential oils should be ingested.

Now, believe it or not, it only took less than an hour for the goat to show obvious signs of improvement and for each time I have done this, I have never had to use a second dose.  But, if you do not see any signs of improvement, I would try it again in an hour along with a 1/4 to 1/3 cup vegetable oil drench.

Of course, if you feel your goat is getting worse, call a vet immediately!

I love being equipped for things like this on the farm!  It's an empowering feeling, really, to know that I have natural ways to help my animals.  Not only do I have a natural medicine cabinet for my family, I have one for my farm animals too.  

If you would like to be better equipped for a more natural approach for farm and family, I encourage you to take a look at what my favorite brand of essential oils is all about here!  

Friday, February 19, 2016

Calling All Entrepreneurs! Join my team!

Many of you know I am a wellness advocate with doTERRA.  It came naturally for me as I am all about using God's gifts of the earth for many if not all issues here on the farm.  In fact, you wouldn't believe how many homesteaders use doTERRA essential oils!

I have this spot on my team, not just any spot, but a well established spot that could immediately bring you some extra income.  This leg on my team is growing leaps and bounds, and you would be at the top.  Yes, you read that right.  The top.  In fact, I'm a little bit jealous of whoever the Lord sends my way to fill this spot.

You see, I had to start my team from scratch.  I had zero people under me.  But now my team is growing leaps and bounds and this special leg I'm talking about is really taking off.  The problem is the builder I had needed to back out for personal reasons.  I assure you it had nothing to do with doTERRA, but sometimes life grabs a hold of us and doesn't give us much time to do anything else.

This position does require work and to keep rolling in the money you will have to share these oils once you feel comfortable enough to do so, by holding classes, online classes or even just one on ones with people you meet or already know.  The oils speak for themselves, so instead of being that typical salesman, we encourage all of our builders to share, share, share!  I am no salesman and neither are most of us homesteaders who are on this team!

Need to see how this whole thing works?  Take a look at the Build Guide and see for yourself!

Build Guide

And guess what?  I have an amazing upline(people above me who are my mentors).  And have you heard of The Prairie Homestead?  Jill is at the top of all of us and is so helpful. You might be overwhelmed at first, but with all of the support this team provides, you will be off and running in no time!

This is an amazing opportunity! Really, if you are looking for supplemental income and are a go-getter than this would be crazy to pass up!  

I will help you get started and mentor you through as much or as little as you like by personal phone calls and emails.  This will be an ongoing process and you will have complete access to training tips and ask as many questions as you like for as long as you like.

If you are serious about joining this team(only serious inquiries) and know that you will commit to this and not back out, please email me HERE and I'll be more than happy to set up a time to chat with you.

You must not have a doTERRA account already as this is for brand new wellness advocates.  I'm excited for you and cannot wait to see who the 'lucky' one is that will fit this position.

If you are interested in becoming a builder for doTERRA but this special spot is already filled, we have other spots to fill, so please email me even if you think you are too late for this one special spot!

What are you waiting for???  Let's talk!  Email me HERE!

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