Monday, December 14, 2015

EO Kit

Why do I keep a small pack of essential oils with me at all times? This conversation with my 3-year-old grandson, Jasper, is one of the reasons.
Yesterday Jasper found a dried kernel of something on the bathroom floor of a restaurant and picked it up, of course. I told him it was nasty so he threw it in the toilet . . . but then stood there gazing at it.

Jasper: I think I want to stick that in my nose

Me: No! That would be nasty. (Jasper just stared at me, obviously unconvinced that this would not be an exciting thing to do.) You should never stick things in your nose. They could get stuck in there and then someone else would have to get it out. That wouldn't be fun.

Jasper: If I stick a sharp knife up my nose I can just take it back out and throw it at the wall.

Me: No! No! No! You must never stick something sharp up your nose! That could hurt you. You might have to go to the hospital and you wouldn't like that.

Jasper: Well, the doctor can just take it out and then the doctor can throw it at the wall.

Yikes! I need to refill my Geranium bottle in that EO kit NOW!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

December 2015

I apologize for not keeping in touch quite as much as I used to do.  I really do mean to keep up with this blog but my days stay incredibly hectic.  I haven't seen the bottom of my email box in months and my desk is piled high with . . . stuff.  I'm not even sure why some of this stuff is here except that I have been having repairs done in my office so right now I can't even get to the cabinet where some of these things go.  Maybe some day I will manage to get things as organized as I picture them in my head, but it won't be this week.  

Still, some exciting things have happened with the mission work.  A few weeks ago we recorded the 1 millionth visit to our websites.  Those visitors have come from 233 different nations or separate dependencies around the world representing over 13,600 cities.  So this mission outreach truly is international and global.  In fact, of the top 30 cities to send visitors to our websites only one of them is located in the USA.

Two weeks ago I received 25 applications in the mail to become an IBTM online teacher, all from one congregation of the Lord's church.  What an amazing response to an appeal for teachers!

This past Monday I conducted my first ever telephone interview for an article I wanted to write for our newsletter.  That was fun.  The newsletter is posted online now although the printed version probably won't be available for another week.  You can read it by clicking here.

And my exciting news of  yesterday?  I assigned our 20,000th online student to a teacher! When you add in the postal students as well we have close to 22,000 people who have enrolled in our study. I am still amazed at how quickly we got to this number.  When I finally finished uploading all of the course materials and the first tracts and articles IBTM had available so that my husband, Jimmie, and I could start recruiting teachers it was well into January of 2011.  By the end of that month we had 10 teachers in place – and 7 students.  Now we have around 125 active teachers – and our students have grown just a bit.  It can certainly keep me busy.

I stay fairly busy on the home front as well.  I mentioned repairs in the office, but my office is in my home and repairs had to be done all over.  I guess older homes are like people - they can develop problems as they age.  My house was built in 1902 and I love its Victorian farmhouse charm, so I want to keep it in good condition.  I had quite a bit of work done inside the house before I moved in 2 years ago, so most of the repairs now were things that had to be taken care of underneath the house.  Really hard to get excited about that but it needed to be done.  Still, this summer I did get a bit of sprucing up done to the outside.

And my grandsons . . . they tend to keep me busy, too.  It is so much fun watching them grow and discover new things.  This past weekend I took the oldest two to see The Peanuts Movie because I've long been a Snoopy fan.   I loved hearing them laugh at all those endearing characters I have enjoyed for years.  It was nice to see a movie that was actually funny where the only violence was Lucy yanking that football away just as Charlie Brown was trying to kick it.  You know that scene had to be in there or it wouldn't be a Peanuts gang story.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


I love words.  I love reading them, writing them and putting them into poetry.  I'm not real keen on speaking them aloud before a crowd of people but barring an audience, I love playing with words. Yet after I wrote my last post in February I really thought perhaps I had written enough words on this blog.  That one happened to be #300 so it seemed a nice round number and a place to stop.  Then recently I happened upon the traffic stats for this site and realized that more people are continuing to come here than I expected.  I either need to close this site completely or start writing again.  I guess I'll go back to playing with words.

This year I have had two main missions.  First and foremost of course is my work with International Bible Teaching Ministries.  IBTM is now starting its 9th year as a mission effort and I am just barely into my 5th year with it.  When I started volunteering my time in 2010 to get tracts, articles and Bible correspondence courses uploaded to a new website I never anticipated how quickly that site would grow.  Today I am expecting to see the 250,000th visitor for this year alone, but we are close to having 1,000,000 since the IBTM and ICOTB websites opened in January of 2011.  Wow! We have also had more than 20,000 people enroll in our correspondence courses since then.  The work has grown rapidly and continues to grow so it is exciting being a part of it.  But reporting on what I do . . . not so much.  I assign students to teachers, manage the websites, handle email, upload new materials and do a variety of clerical tasks.  Those things don't exactly make for thrilling reading so I'm often at a loss when it comes to reporting on my work.  But they are necessary things to keep the work going and I love that I am dealing with souls.

You can read the newest newsletter and learn about some of the many things IBTM is doing by clicking here.

My second part-time mission is also exciting - Essential Oils.  I have been learning as much as I can about them and the more I learn the more I am amazed.  God placed these wonderful liquids in the plants when He created them and when they are removed carefully so that they retain the properties He put into them they are incredible.  Essential oils have made a huge impact on my wellness.  So now I want to share with others about these oils and how they can support the body. As Christians we can do so much more for the Lord's cause if we are strong and healthy.  If you want to know more about essential oils then ask me in a comment, include your email address and I will get in touch.  I also have a public Facebook page that has tips and info at this link:  Essentials for Life YL.  

My only regret with essential oils is not learning about them years earlier.

Friday, February 6, 2015

February Update

Where did January go?  I know it was busy, even busier than usual.  My two youngest grandsons both got RSV, one after the other, so that certainly kept the whole family hopping.  Fortunately, essential oils helped the boys with that mess and they came through it pretty quickly.  Baby Henry continues to grow waaaaay too fast but gets cuter as he does it.

He's  the cuddliest teddy bear.
I was also extra busy with the mission work, so January just whizzed by.  The month set a new record high of website visits, the BCC students now number more than 17,000, and the college work continues to grow.  You can read more of the latest news on IBTM/ICOTB in The Seeker by clicking here.