Feb 23, 2018

A Wise Woman | Part 1

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
Proverbs 14:1

This verse weighs heavy on my heart as I never want to be the foolish woman. I want to be found building my house up. Does this always happen? No. I am far from the type of wife I want to be but I work daily to be better. I am only human and even on my best days, I fail. But, this is not about slipping up here or there. Mistakes happen and we can correct it. Building a home takes a lot of time and effort. Here are a few ways we can be the wise woman.

The wise woman builds her houseWe are not just talking about the physical homes we live in. The Greek definition of house is defined as a household, family, lineage, and nation.
So how do we build?
I am going to touch on this questions in 3 different ways I build my house. Later, I will expand on each topic in a severe blog post. Basically, I am going to make this into a series.
*Disclaimer* I am NOT perfect. I am just a woman who loves the Lord and wants to be a wise woman building her house. I have many areas in my life that I am working on and other areas that I really need improvement on. I make lots of mistakes and give thanks to God for his forgiveness.

To build my home I do my best to keep it clean. Yes, my dirty laundry piles up, you can find toys on my living room floor, and please don't look in my sink. But, I make sure my husband has clean socks to wear every morning, that my kids have cleaned their rooms, spills are cleaned up, and bathrooms are disinfected. It's important to me that my house is clean and I take it seriously. (most days)

I also build my house by building up my husband. It's one of my top priorities that my husband knows how much I appreciate him. I do not talk bad about him on social media and you won't find me disrespected him publically. I also try very hard to respect him as the leader of our household and submit to his God-given authority. Some of these things are easier than the others, and I am definitely not perfect in them. I am very much a work in progress and will always continue to be.

My children are the things that I will leave behind in this world when I am called to heaven. I want my kids to be God-loving people who will one day also raise God-loving kids. I teach my children about God and study the Bible with them. I show my kids grace, love, forgiveness, and discipline. I protect them from bad outside influences and try to keep them away from things that can damage them. I want to raise my kids intentionally for the Lord!

I could go on and on, on this topic. I decided to keep it short and expand on each later. There are many other ways a woman can build her house and I'm sure you can find more information on this topic. I would love to hear from you in ways that you build your home. Leave a comment below!

Feb 12, 2018

Baltic Amber Necklaces | Do they really work?

When people see that my 6-month-old daughter has a necklace on I get asked questions. What is that? Do they work? Are they safe? All of these questions I have asked myself before deciding to purchase one. I thought this would a great topic to write on and help to answer these questions for you.

First of all, I am in no way an expert on this. I'm just simply a mom who uses Baltic Amber necklaces. In fact, this is my second time using one. Before Raegan, I had one for Haddy. I love them and have noticed a difference in using them with both of my girls. I wish I would have known about these with my other three kids!

What is a Baltic Amber necklace?
A Baltic Amber necklace is often worn by babies to help naturally cut the pain of teething.It is thought that when the necklace is worn by a baby the warmth of their skin releases tiny amounts of oil onto their skin that is then absorbed into their bloodstream. That is my not so scientific explanation on how it works. Of course, you can do a fast Google search and find all kinds of articles better explaining how Baltic Amber necklaces work and what they are.

Do they work?
For us, yes they work. When Haddy wore hers we didn't even realize she was teething till her teeth had already poked up through her gums. She didn't show any signs of teething. She was not crabby, didn't drool, and didn't have a fever. I was completely sold after that.
With Raegan, her amount of drool has cut down significantly since wearing it. Raegan doesn't have any teeth coming in, but when she does we will see how it works for her. I will even come back and update this post. (Typically our children don't start to get teeth until closer to 12 months)

Are they safe?
Yes and no, it all depends on the parent. If you do decide to purchase a Baltic Amber necklace for your baby, you should follow these guidelines.

1. Never leave your baby unattended while wearing it, especially if you notice them reaching for it and trying to chew on it. With my girls, they didn't even pay attention to the necklace. I doubt they even realized it was there.

2. Remove the necklace during naps and bedtime. I usually just wrap the necklace around their ankle and zip up their pajamas so they can't get to the necklace. If your baby won't leave it alone, I would just take it off.

As with anything, use common sense. These necklaces can be used safely and you should follow the directions that the company/business you purchase from recommends.

How do I know if I am buying a real Baltic Amber necklace?
You can do a few things with this. If you know someone who has used a Baltic Amber necklace with their child, ask them where they purchased it from.
I like to buy from Etsy, but there are all kinds of other places to buy from. I did find a great website with a lot of information on Baltic Amber. This website also sells a number of Baltic Amber jewelry. You can find their website here.

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