When the Mundane Becomes Majestic

Today’s post is from my dear friend Kristin Hill Taylor. We connected online a long while ago, and I consider her a kindred spirit. If you like this blog, you’ll like hers too – she’s real, she’s honest, and she’s so wonderful. I’m encouraged by how she diligently puts her family first, and how she is careful & intentional about the things she commits to. She teaches me a lot about motherhood without even knowing it. Today, I’m excited that she’s sharing her words with us! I think you’ll love her just as much as I do. :)
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November is National Adoption Awareness Month. Adoption is how I became a mom after a hard season of infertility, but it didn’t mean motherhood would be easy. I’m going to share one snapshot of motherhood. It’s all been a journey – one I tell about in “Peace in the Process: How Adoption Built My Faith & My Family,” which is available on Amazon.

The early days of mothering two kids were hard for me.

Having two kids younger than 3 can be draining. Someone always needs something. A cup of juice. A bottle. A diaper change. A trip to the bathroom. A snack. A nap. Thank God one of the two was potty trained.

People told me having two was much, much different than one. But I thought I had prepared. I organized my grocery list better. I planned when I would run errands around baby feeding times and clustered stops together so I could be more efficient. I clung to the advice of a friend: Remember you can lay Ben down and he won’t go anywhere in those early months.

But I wasn’t prepared for the emotional drain. Even on the hardest days, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else with anyone else. Even so, I cried often those early months of mothering two. Here I was with two precious miracles – my heart’s desires – and I couldn’t stop crying. Everyone needed something and I felt like I wasn’t meeting anyone’s needs. Ben spit up often and we spent time trying different formulas. I didn’t want Cate to feel left out. Greg only got what leftovers I had. I felt helpless. And guilty.

Thankfully, the tears stopped. Plenty of days I still feel ill-equipped to be a mom, but that drives me to the Maker.

For me, parenting is making a long-term investment in two people. These little people are going to become teenagers and then adults. Greg and I are responsible for shaping their childhood. We’re responsible for making decisions that will affect their futures, both where they are and who they are.

No wonder it’s not easy. Sometimes I would lose sight of the big picture, overwhelmed by minor frustrations, but knowing God chose these two for us helps me appreciate reality.

In Ben’s first months of life, I filled sippy cups and bottles and I got to hear Cate’s sweet 2½-year-old voice imitate “I love you” and hand out unsolicited kisses. She even thanked me for washing her clothes and her favorite blanket.

We’ve taught Cate to say “please” and “thank you,” to hold my hand when we’re walking through a parking lot, and to be gentle with her brother. I’ve also noticed all the things I didn’t realize I was teaching her: She likes cabinet doors to be closed. She puts things back where they belong. And she likes to be covered with a blanket while she sits on the couch to watch a movie. She gets every one of those things from me.

It all sounds mundane, but when my eyes are fixed on God it becomes more – just like Max Lucado writes in The Applause of Heaven:

Once again, the mundane became majestic. Once again the dull became the divine, the humdrum holy. Once again God’s power was seen not through the ability of the instrument, but through its availability. ‘Blessed are the meek,’ Jesus explained. Blessed are the available. Blessed are the conduits, the tunnels, the tools. Deliriously joyful are the ones who believe that if God has used sticks, rocks and spit to do his will, then he can use us.”

One evening when Ben was 8 weeks old, Cate sat close to me feeding her baby doll. I asked Greg to take a picture because I wanted to remember the mundane yet majestic moment. I wanted to remember because I knew they weren’t going to be this little very long. I wanted to remember because I realized the importance of parenting when my daughter wants to be like me.

And I knew then – and in so many times since – I’m meant to be their mom.

I wanted to remember those days – even the hard ones. This is my story – and my favorite chapters were just unfolding.

 

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Kristin Hill Taylor lives in Murray, Kentucky, with her college sweetheart husband and their two kids – Cate, 7, and Ben, almost 5. She believes in taking road trips, living in community, and seeking God as the author of every story – many of which she shares at www.kristinhilltaylor.com.

 

Moms Don’t Get Sick Days

Last weekend, I ended up fighting the beginnings of a cold.

I waged an all-out war, you guys. This mom just does NOT have time to get sick. Jon is out of days off work, and we’ve got two kids who require 24/7 maintenance. Plus food and clothing and the like.

Moms don’t get sick days.

You’ve been there, I know. And this year seems to be even colder than last, making us even more likely to get sick.

So, as cold & flu season are in full swing, I wanted to share with you our secret weapon for supporting family wellness.

Moms Don't Get Sick Days

OnGuard Essential Oil!

As a momma, I swear by this stuff. We use it daily, and we use it situationally. I’ll share all the how-to’s with you! But first, here’s what dōTERRA has to say about my favorite oil blend:

On Guard is dōTERRA’s unique, proprietary blend formulated to support healthy immune function.* Wild orange essential oil, combined with clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary offer a fragrant, natural and effective alternative to synthetic options for immune support. On Guard, with its unique aroma, is one of our most versatile blends. It is also safe to use on counter tops, as a non-toxic way to cleanse surfaces, or to clear the atmosphere by diffusing. On Guard is superb for eliminating and controlling pathogens due to the potency of its constituents.*

Like I said, I love this stuff. Here’s how we use it:

  • Daily, to support healthy immune function – applied to the bottoms of feet.
  • As needed, to eliminate and control pathogens, when we feel like we’ve got a bug coming on – applied to the bottoms of feet or the back of the neck.
  • Daily, as a non toxic way to cleanse surfaces.
  • Daily, to clear the air – diffused throughout the house.

And that’s just how we use the OnGuard Essential Oil. One of the BEST things about this oil is that it actually comes in a whole LINE of products!!

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We use…

  • OnGuard Toothpaste as the first line of defense in our mouths. This all-natural toothpaste is fluoride free, and safe for the kids!
  • OnGuard Throat Drops & Beadlets to soothe sore throats & support immune function.
  • OnGuard Foaming HandWash to keep our hands clean and our bodies healthy.
  • OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate to cleanse countertops & eliminate pathogens from surfaces.
  • OnGuard Essential Oil diffused in the home daily.

With OnGuard at home, I really feel confident as we enter cold & flu season. It’s the basis of family wellness for us, along with a collection of other key Essential Oils.

  • Lavender for sleep support
  • Lemon as an internal cleanser
  • White Fir & Lavender for teething relief
  • Breathe to consistently ease breathing
  • DigestZen to help restore normal balance in the digestive system
  • Elevation (my mommy-oil!) to elevate my mood

This time of year, more than any other, I am thankful to have essential oils in my home. I love being able to feel confident as I send Emmy off to preschool (just a little OnGuard on her neck as she walks out the door!), or when she starts to have tummy troubles (one drop of DigestZen on her belly!), or when congestion comes on (Breathe diffused in our home!).

As I see the Facebook updates of sick kids & Instagram photos of those over-the-counter med collections, I’d love to offer you an alternative to support family wellness in your home. Essential oils have been that alternative for us, and I have absolutely zero regrets.

This month, Jon and I are extending some very special freebies to anyone who decides to get started with an essential oil kit. We are giving away ONGUARD PRODUCTS FOR FREE WITH EVERY ENROLLMENT!

Exclusive November Specials for KaysePratt.com Readers ONLY!

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Enroll during November with any of these kits and receive freebies from the OnGuard product line, perfect for supporting family wellness during this time of year!! (Offer ends November 30, 2014!)

(Enrollment means that you’re getting a wholesale membership, which gives you 25% off everything you purchase, earns you credits back on your purchases, and can get you free shipping and qualify you for the free product of the month program!)

We love our oils, and I’d love to help you get set up with a starter set of oils for your family - plus get some freebies thrown in! If you’re ready to get started, you can either email me, and I can get you all set up, OR you can get started on your own by following the instructions here. (If you do it yourself, be SURE to follow steps 3 & 8 carefully to make sure you get all the freebies, including the free reference guide below!!! If you’re worried, email me and I can help you!)

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That cold from last weekend? It was gone within a day.

For family wellness, these oils really are our secret weapon. And they have worked better than any other weapon I’ve ever used!

And that’s been a huge relief. Cause moms really DON’T get sick days. And it’s nice when my kids don’t have them either. :)

Do you use essential oils? If not, what’s holding you back?

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

Why Preschool Is Making Me A Better Mom

Why Preschool Is Making Me A Better Mom

Emmy has been in preschool for about three weeks now. Two days a week, we load Nathan up in the stroller, put on our jacket and our backpack, and make the quarter mile trek to school. She loves it. Every morning she asks if it’s a school day. On our way there she literally bounces the entire way. She has new friends that she talks about, and she is learning new things (mainly about the planets and the “monkeys jumping on {Read More}

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The Mommy List (An Exciting Announcement!)

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I’m a list maker. I’ve got to-do lists and shopping lists, book lists for me and the kids, project lists, and more! I make lists for ev.er.y.thing. On top of that, I’m always looking for lists online. The best toddler apps, the best read-aloud books, the best snack ideas. And I have been feeling like life would just be a whole lot easier if all of those lists were in one place. And if I could get the input of {Read More}

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Only 16 hours left to get the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle!!

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And that’s if you’re reading this at 5am PST. If it’s later than that, there’s even less time left!! This will be short and sweet because I know you’ve heard about the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle from me a few times this week, but I don’t want you to miss out, sooooooo, here’s your last reminder. What’s included when you purchase the bundle through KaysePratt.com: 75+ eBooks & eCourses worth over $1100!! Over $160 in Bonuses, including my absolute favorite {Read More}

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The Day My Baby Turns ONE

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To my sweet baby boy, Nathaniel Scott, you are one year old today. I can hardly believe it. I know it’s cliche, but it seems like yesterday that we brought you home from the hospital. Your birth was healing for me, son. I didn’t get to hold your sister for days after she was born, didn’t get to sleep with her, or nurse her. But you were with me from the first second. You didn’t leave my side. You slept {Read More}

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Beautiful Christmas Gift Ideas (on the cheap!)

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I’m already thinking about Christmas presents this year, because somehow, the Christmas fund is pretty low, and our Christmas list is pretty long. It’s important to me that gifts be meaningful – something that carries significance, or meets a need, or encourages a heart. It’s also important to me that Christmas doesn’t send us into debt. Amen? So this year, I’m getting a little creative, and thought I’d share my cheap but meaningful present idea with you all! I don’t {Read More}

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When The Ground Opens Up

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We got home last night from my Grandpa’s funeral. It was a quick trip – we drove down on Saturday and back yesterday. A six hour drive is really more like a nine hour drive when you’ve got two kids and a wife who is now extremely conscious about blood clots, so my husband is a trooper. Over 200 people showed up at grandpa’s funeral. He was 96 years old, many of his friends have passed on before him, and {Read More}

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For the mom who is as weary as I am…

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I’m just going to be totally honest here. You might be bundled out. It seems like last year there were maybe two bundle sales all year long. And this year? There are maybe two hundred. Or ten. But still, it feels like way more. And I know you’re not going to be interested in all of them, so I don’t share them all with you. I always participate in the homemaking bundle – I LOVE it, the resources are always {Read More}

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At Bedtime…

I’m sitting on a bed in a dark hotel room with my daughter “sleeping” (a.k.a. raising her head ever so slightly to see what I’m doing before slamming it back down onto the pillow and squeezing her eyes shut to show she is ASLEEP!) next to me. Jon’s in the living room portion of our hotel room, right next to the pack n play, since we found out the first night that both kids sleeping in the same room actually {Read More}

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