This week we want to share our favorite bedtime diffuser recipe. Not long after we received our starter kit from Young Living, we discovered what has become our favorite bedtime recipe; Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint.
Every night before going to bed, we fill our Young Living, Dewdrop Diffuser with water, a couple drops of Lavender, a couple drops of peppermint and a couple drops Lemon. We discovered that these three scents together create an aroma that is clean, fresh and relaxing. For Jay, the combined oils help combat his seasonal discomforts, while giving him a more restful night's sleep. For Amy, it helps to keep her season discomforts and allows for a more peaceful rest.
If you're looking for a restful, fresh, clean night's sleep, we would recommend a mix of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint. Become a Young Living member, and begin sleeping better as you enjoy your essential oils.
The Bedtime Recipe
Fill your diffuser to it suggest level.
Add 3 to 5 drops of Lavender.
Add 2 to 4 drops of Peppermint.
Add 2 to 3 drops of Lemon.
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We're about a week out. It was last Wednesday morning that I (Jay) went to have my vasectomy. It wasn't something I was looking forward to. And now, 7 days later, I'm still working to overcome some mild discomfort, I've had some time to reflect about my experience.
Amy and I have had many conversations about birth control and what we thought and felt about taking steps to towards permanent birth control. Until now, our position was determined by our faith. We tried to keep it simply, trust God to provide. We trusted God to give us children, keep them healthy and provide what was needed to take care for them.
From the very beginning of our relationship we have been okay with the idea of having a larger family. Honestly, I think it was something that drew us together; the idea of a big family. I wanted to be a pastor working with students and their families. Amy wanted to be a stay at home mom, caring for our family. And for 18 years, that's how it was.
Today we have 5 amazing, healthy, wonderful kids. But we have also had 5 painful miscarriages.
But after an ultrasound and a heartbeat check, Amy went into early labor and at 17 weeks we lost another one. We were crushed and we again took time to grief.
Now it was time to have a serious discussion.
After much prayer we decided that we would go with permanent birth control. Unwilling to risk Amy's health, and not wanting to have to go through the pain of another miscarriage, we decided that I would have a vasectomy. We felt that it was the best option for us for where we are in our relationship, for our family, and for what God was doing with our ministry.
I have to say, while I wasn't nervous about the procedure, I was sad. A vasectomy means that our baby-making days are truly over.
The procedure itself went perfectly, at least so I was told. I choose to have my procedure done at the local surgery center instead of in the office. Personally, I'd rather be under general anesthesia instead of local. And for me, that was great. I was asleep shortly after being rolled into the OR and didn't wake up till I was in recovering.
Amy drove me home and I slept off the anesthesia. Pain was moderate, easily managed with Ibuprofen and a per scripted medication that I only took twice. Amy made sure I iced as required; 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off for over 48 hours post-op. By Thursday I was feeling pretty good. I experienced some pain, but it wasn't too bad.
Friday, like Thursday, was spent in bed. The pain was now a dull ache, and as long as I was careful, I was able to move around the house. Saturday morning rolled around and I made the mistake of trying to do a few chores around the house. By mid-afternoon I was feeling a lot of discomfort. And by Sunday morning I was feeling pretty sore. The lesson...TAKE IT EASY!!
For the rest of Sunday, I did my best to lie low and just rest. I took a personal day, skipped church and canceled youth group, all with the hopes of mending. However, knowing I had to go to work on Monday, I knew I needed to stretch my legs a bit, so Amy and I went for a walk.
All in all, I'm feeling pretty good. There is still a considerable ache that hasn't gone away, but I am hoping that it will pass soon. I am walking, slowly, but at least I'm upright. (I was hunched over till Sunday.) Monday, I will return to the office. Our student ministry has a retreat at the end of the week so I have to get back and get ready for that.
Personally, I am good with our decision. Sure, no vasectomy would have been great, but I know that this was the right decision for us. Our marriage is strong and healthy, and it's only going to become stronger and healthier. And for that, I am very glad.
Can we just say, Pinterest is AWESOME! We have been Pinterest people for a number of years. We love scrolling through the various pins, finding all sorts of wonderful ideas, life-hacks, DIY projects, recipes, and on goes the list. We especially love we come across an idea that really grabs our attention. But when it works...well, that's just the best!
A couple of weeks ago, I (Jay) was scrolling through Pinterest when I came across a pin that talked about regrowing green onions. I clicked on the pin and read the article. It suggested that one could regrow green onions by placing the roots in water.
Since I love growing things in the garden, I thought this was something I need to try.
So I did, and here is what I learned.
Select the green onions that you plan to use in your recipe.
Cut off the ends of the green onions as seen in the picture below.
Take the root ends that have been cut and set them aside.
Use the green onions as your recipe calls.
Get a shallow glass bowl and fill it with just enough water so that the ends of the roots are submerged.
You do not want to cover the entire cutting with water, only the roots.
Place the dish in a sun lit area such as a window sill.
You will need to monitor the water lever, adding or replacing as necessary.
But remember, you do not want to submerge the entire cutting, only the roots should be in the water.
Give the roots a couple of days to begin to grow.
In the picture below, I started with just one cut. When I saw that it was growing, I added 4 more to my bowl. They grew incredibly fast.
After the roots have had time to get some fresh growth, transfer them into some dirt.
I went to Walmart and found a few small candle votives. They were inexpensive and the perfect size
for the young green onions. I added a few small stones and them some fresh potting soil and placed them back on the window sill where I started them in the water.
Keep an eye on the moisture in each plant. I don't them to dry out or have too much water
Just a couple drops is about all the water they need.
When they get large enough you can transfer them to a larger pot or to your outside garden.
In the meantime, have fun as you watch them grow.
This is a great activity to do with your children. It's an easy project that comes with quick results. The green onions grow pretty quickly, so the kids can see the progression of growth.
Click on the link below to see the original pin that I read for regrowing green onions
For a few other ideas, check out my Pinterest board of Great Ideas!
One of the new features that we want to share on the family blog is our journey with essential oils. Every Wednesday, we hope to offer something helpful to our friends who are already using essential oils, while encouraging anyone who is exploring essential oils to consider giving them a try. So today we want to share the following blog post from our friends at Young Living!
This being the first of our new Essentially Wednesdays, AND the first of the month, we wanted to pass along a cool downloadable calendar for February. It posted as yesterdays blog on the Young Living blog and offers 28 suggestions for sharing a little love. Along with oil usage, there are some fun and easy ideas for each day of the month. The calendar is made available as a free download for Young Living members, so if you're a member feel free to print out a copy and begin sharing the love.
If you're not a member yet, no worries! Simply click on the link at the bottom of the page and learn how you can begin your journey with Young Living and essential oils!
Thanks for taking the time to read The Higham Family Blog. Each week we try to share new content about something we are learning, something we love, or something to offer encouragement to the family. We love to hear from our readers, so please share your thought in the comment section of each post.