Archive | March 2014

5 Amazing Things I Have Seen

Here are 5 amazing things I’ve seen in my lifetime:
1. My first gaze at my daughter when she was born. It was the first, and only, time that I’ve ever been speechless.
2. The Atlantic Ocean
3. The Grand Canyon
4. A praying mantis eating a fly, when suddenly, a bee flew down and took the fly away from the praying mantis. Absolutely unbelievable thing to watch!
5. The Sedona Desert – absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Words can’t even begin to describe it.
Here are a couple of more that are noteworthy:
6. The sunset behind the White Tank mountains near Phoenix, Arizona.
7. One of the most vivid rainbows I’ve ever seen. On top of that, I learned an amazing lesson from that rainbow because the Lord spoke to my heart that while we may face many trials in our lives, just as their will never be another flood like in the days of Noah, neither will my trials overflow me.

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Homemade Facial Cleanser

Homemade Facial Cleanser
½ t. borax
¼ c. water
½ c. mineral oil
2 T. beeswax, grated

Dissolve the borax in the ¼ c. water, then set aside. Place oil and grated beeswax in a glass cup. Place the cup in a pan of water that has 1-2 inches of water in it. Heat it until the beeswax is melted. Stir occasionally. It will take around 8-10 minutes for it to melt.

Once the wax is melted, bring the borax/water mixture to almost-boiling. You can put it in the microwave for about 45 seconds, or use the pan of water and heat it like oil/honey mixture. Once it is done, slowly add it to the oil/beeswax mixture, stirring briskly. (This is a neat chemical reaction, so make a science lesson out of it!)

I have been using this for well over five years.  At 50 years old, I can’t believe the number of people who comment on how beautiful my complexion is and how young I look.  And I do it for just pennies!!!

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Retail Therapy

It’s been a long, hard 12 days since my brother died.  The day after he passed, we took my parents to the airport to fly to Arizona to be with my sis-in-law.  Today is the first of my allowed bereavement days from work.  So all this time, I’ve been going to work, and trying to hold in my emotions all day.  It’s been exhausting.  In fact, on Monday, I went to bed at 6:30 PM.

Today my daughter and I went shopping.  She needed to find a dress and I needed to pick up a few things for my mom, along with getting some groceries.  We spent quite a bit of time in three different resale shops.  It was a wonderful distraction from the grieving.  My daughter said it was one of those days when all we had to worry about was which dress to buy.  Yes, it was a very nice, and much-needed, distraction from all of the grieving.

Very tough time

Yesterday I had to go to visit my parents and deliver the news that my brother had passed.  There is just something wrong with watching parents mourn the death of a child, no matter the age of that child.  Children are supposed to bury their parents, not the other way around.  It was so hard to watch their initial grieving.

My brother would have been 53 years old today.  For him  — what a way to go.  He died in his sleep.  For those of left to feel the enormity of the loss, it is heart-wrenching.