Monday, June 30, 2014

Join me in the dreaded/loved social media arena

Why hello there, blog readers. If you're actually reading this, you must (A.) really love me or (B.) be really bored. I know I've been the worst blogger for a while now. It's just that keeping three kids alive is no joke. I haven't had the time or energy to do any writing. And honestly, I probably won't for a while. I'm just checking in here on the ole blog to invite you over to Instagram or Facebook. I just love Instagram. It's a beautiful, online photo journal and it's definitely where I am most active. Facebook isn't my most favorite place, but it is a whole lot easier for me to share a couple little things over there rather than feeling guilty/worry about posting here. 

Find me on Instagram- myheadtomytoes

Facebook- Kate Thomas


I finally went for it and started an Oily Facebook Page. It's called The Oily Place. I love sharing about oils and this is the place to learn more if you're interested. Go find it here and like the page to stay updated. Technically I don't even think you have to have a FB profile to view this page, so no excuses, find me.

Let me just show you the very beautiful (if I do say so myself) graphic I created for the page... 

So please, join me in the dreaded/loved social media arena. 

PS- Mom, please just go ahead and create a FB profile, or an Instagram account at the very least. It won't be the end of the world and I think you might actually like seeing the updates of your grandchildren. Leah can help you. :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Me + Neil + Lilah

Me- 5ish months // Neil- 3ish months

I know I know, I can still see parts of Chris in Neil... but he sure does look a lot like me too. You just can't deny that white skin, blue eyes, and light hair.

Lilah- 3ish months // Lilah- 3ish months

Similarities, but holy moly their skin color is so different. 

I don't have any pictures of Chris at this age, so no true comparison with him. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Neil {3 months}

Saturday, March 29, 2014

YLEOs {Samples!}

Don't be annoyed (get some Peace & Calming! Oily joke!), but I'm talking about Young Living Essential Oils again. It's just that they work! and I love them! I have a tab along the top of the blog- ESSENTIALS- where you can see everything from the beginning. There are a few more things I want to write about, but for now I thought I would stop and do a little giveaway. 

The picture above is made up of YLEO samples. I have Lavender, Peace & Calming, Lemon, Thieves, and Peppermint. This is not an official or formal giveaway, I just have some samples and want to share them! I will mail a couple oil packets to the first 3 or 4 people that email me with their contact information. If you have a preference on which oils you want to try, let me know, and I'll try to take that into account too.

I'm a little nervous that no one wants oil samples. I've never done anything like this before. 

Email me if you're the least bit interested. I promise I won't sell or share your information (duh). And of course I would never pressure or guilt you into buying anything (never!). If you want to start a conversation and learn more, I'm happy to help. If you want the samples and don't want to hear from me again, I can do that too. See? Easy and fun.

Ok, go.

myheadtomytoes (at) gmail (dot) com

The obligatory disclaimer: I am not an expert, I am a learner. Everything I am posting is opinion based on MY experiences and resources. Take it as that. When deciding about using essential oils for your family, please use common sense and the advice of your qualified health professional. My statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Also, I only recommend using Young Living Essential Oils. They are the only company they controls their seed to seal process, therefore ensuring the quality of the oil.

Friday, March 21, 2014

A thought on fostering

Our whole family has been called to set aside our own needs so we can love and serve C. It's a hard hard thing; a daily act of dying to self that doesn't come naturally. It reminds me to be thankful for the one who gave up more than a clean house or a roomful of toys. We are praying for grace and forgiveness every minute of the day. We are praying that Jesus would work in this little boy's heart despite our shortcomings.

// Lilah putting her princess shoes on C's feet //

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Guess who

So, you'll never guess who is in our home again..... C. Yep, that same little boy we were fostering just before I had the baby. Crazy, I know. We got a call yesterday saying he needed emergency placement, said yes, and a couple hours later were driving to pick him up. 

Sometimes it takes me a while to really gain perspective and see how God is working in my life, but not so much with this. The Lord has already been preparing all of our hearts for this change before we even knew it was coming. Lilah, about a month ago, started regularly asking about C- saying she missed him and loved him and was sad he was gone. After a week of her persistent reminders, I sent a message asking if we could meet up for a play date just to visit him again. This never worked out, but this was when we got a heads up that he wasn't doing as well as we hoped he would. It was then that the Lord really started working in our hearts. We started praying and talking about C- all those what ifs? and what do you thinks? and maybes? The call yesterday was an unexpected emergency, but we knew the answer was yes. 

All along, my biggest desire with C was to have a second chance at a first-start with him. When we accepted the placement the first time I was very newly pregnant, we were moving, and also dealing with some other big things. It was hard. Really really hard, and I never felt like I got a chance to emotionally bond with him. We are so grateful to have that  first-start with C we never thought we could have. God is so good!

If you have questions we probably don't have answers. There are still a lot of unknowns with his parents and/or his relatives. Right now we are prepared to keep C as long as necessary (and are even preparing and praying about forever). 

Big news, I know. 

We need prayers for protection and wisdom and patience. 

Also, I'm the one staying home full time with these kiddos (3-year-old, 2-year-old, and a 2 month old) so I'll probably be swallowed up by mothering. At this moment though, I am doing it like a boss- all three kids asleep at the same time. Say what?!
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