Monthly Archives: July 2012

Confessions of A Stressed Out Navy Wife

This morning I awoke, dreading the sounds of the blessed day. Birds sang happily outside my window and I cringed, burrowing deeper into the blankets. Silently cursing the birds, I hugged my pillow tighter.

Come home, husband. I miss you.

I whisper words of love into the pillow, tears falling steadily down my cheeks. In another room, children wake from their slumber and amble into the adjacent play room. I cringe. Another day has begun. I wither. Another day? I sigh. How can I face one more. It’s already been months. I feel so weak this morning. Please, someone come along and take the kids for a fun-filled adventure today. Please. God? Are you listening?

Clutching my pillow even tighter, I whisper confessions to my plush, make-believe husband.

I don’t feel strong enough.

You’ve been gone a long time.

Things are easier when you’re here.

Are we done yet?

Please, come home.

I hate it when I don’t hear from you for a few days.

I’m scared that you won’t like me anymore when you finally do get home.

Tears come pouring out of my eyes now. My lips are parched and my throat feels dry and scratchy. I’m dehydrated again. Stress has crept up on me and I’ve allowed it. I’d like to say it outright blindsided me, but no. After six deployments in six years, I know the signs by now. I chose not to head them all off. I walked into the train wreck expecting to come out unscathed.

Soaking in self-pity, I pulled myself up out of bed and whispered the Lord’s prayer. I feel so alone, God. Please send a friend.

Walking into the living room, I discover my two beautiful children dressed as princesses, smiles from ear to ear on their pretty faces.

“Good morning, Mommy! Let’s play!”

Yes, girls. Let’s play.

As a princess crown is placed on my head and a colorful puppy book placed in my lap I remember exactly where my strength lies. Christ knew exactly what I needed – to serve those weaker and younger than me because in serving others, in becoming least, so much more is gained than a simple release from life’s troubles and pain.

Thank You, Father for never leaving me and for filling in the gaps when I just don’t feel strong enough to do it myself. You are good. Always. In Jesus’ Name I praise and worship You. Amen

Homemade Body Wash

Homemade body wash

Note: The original recipe came from: http://www.frugalliving.com/ and was altered by me.

This is a really great way to use those free bars of soap we couponers happen upon. (I actually got paid 0.47 to walk in Wal-Mart and “buy” two bars of Olay with Shea Butter soap this week!)

Here’s the super simple recipe. Prep time is about 5 minutes or less with a food processor and 20 minutes with a regular grater.

2 bars soap, finely grated

1 ½ cups water

2 teaspoons vitamin E oil

1 teaspoon olive oil

Combine the grated soap and the water in a saucepan and melt over medium heat, stirring often. This takes about 5 minutes.

Add in the oils and stir. Let cool in saucepan. Pour into clean containers. I used 2 empty Palmolive dish soap bottles.

To use:

Just pour a quarter size amount on washcloth or bath sponge. Lather up and rinse off. It feels amazing and leaves dry skin feeling hydrated and smooth. My 4 year old daughter has a severe case of eczema and this instantly made a difference in her condition. I rubbed about a dime size amount of vitamin E oil on her skin after her bath to seal the moisture in. The oil is not greasy and does not rub off on clothes. A little bit goes a very long way.

Homemade Oxi Clean

1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup water

Mix, soak your whites or like colors in this for at least an hour then toss in wash. This even got make-up and the smell of cat urine out of designer purse! (now if I could just get rid of the cat…)

Note: you can just put this in the wash with your clothes, allow it to soak for awhile, then close the lid (for top loaders) and let the wash cycle finish up.

There isn’t a weird smell (in my opinion) from this left on clothes, however, within two minutes, it had extracted a majority of the cat urine from my purse and the urine DID stink tremendously, obviously. 

Amazing Tub and Toilet Cleaner

Amazing Tub and Shower Cleaner!

½ cup white distilled vinegar, heated for 90 seconds in microwave

Pour into clean, empty squirt bottle then add

½ cup blue dawn dish soap (I used citrus scented Palmolive and it worked well)

Shake gently to mix around and then squirt all over your tub and shower and let sit for about an hour and a half, then wipe off with a damp cloth. Use your shower to rinse the rest off. Voila! Clean surfaces!

NOTE: I also made this mix in an empty Palmolive dish soap bottle and used on my toilet. I let it sit for n hour, then swished it around with my toilet brush and flushed. We have hard water and it worked well! Just make sure everyone goes potty before you put this in the bowl!

Scriptures that work for you – Confessions of Faith

Praying the Scriptures Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, I just have to share this website. It has been an absolute blessing from God in my life as I struggle with healing, pain, trauma, raising two small children alone and missing my military man. My husband (said military man) has deployed 6 times in 6 years and home about 28 months of that time and no, not in a row. Yet I know God and more importantly, He knows and LOVES me! When I don’t know the words to say to Him, I visit this webpage and while I speak with Him, I am reminded of His deep and lasting love for me. This site is an amazing resource for praying the scriptures, singing hymns of praise, reaffirming your faith and even to guide you to share your faith. Look around. I am certain that everyone will find something to encourage and edify themselves or someone they know. In grace and peace I leave you…till next time. In Christ’s love, Amanda

Summer

It’s summer time. Summer is a time for healing and growth and getting dirty. It’s a time for taking off your shoes and smelling your stinky feet, then squishing them in the mud. It’s a time for running through the sprinkler at 8 pm with your kids, then laying in the grass to look up at the clouds. It’s a time for picking grass out of your hair and shaking sand out of your shoes. Summer is a time for magic, for fairy gardens planted in flower pots and for popsicle stains on khaki shorts. Summer is a time for letting go and just acting like a kid for at least twenty minutes a day, more if you can spare.

Summer is a time for acting like a gigantic goofball and laughing at yourself. God is in those moments. Enjoy them. He’s loving it, too.

In grace and peace I leave you…till next time!

In Christ’s love,

Amanda