In the blink of an eye

In the blink of an eye your life can change.

Suddenly you look at life completely differently. The world is more clear, your purpose more intense, your family that much more important.

That is where I am right now. Everything is crystal clear and I suddenly realize that we were stagnant before. Matt and I were just going about our lives, and taking everything for granted. Yes, we were happy, but we were lacking something. A spark; that feeling of completeness. We had let our spiritual lives  grow stagnant. Than suddenly, things started happening that felt like God giving us nudges: our AC unit suddenly stopped cooling our house and when the AC guy came to take a look he told us that it would cost us $500 just to get it running smoothly again, we ignored it. Than our truck tire suddenly; overnight, decided to go completely flat. Matt put the spare on and we shrugged it off. Than while Matt was pulling some weeds, he got stung by a scorpion. Yet again we just ignored it and thought: Wow, life is really throwing us curve balls this month.

I knew that I was stagnant. I knew that Matt was stagnant. We had said it to each other, but neither of us really cared that we were stagnant. We went to church, told Elle about Jesus and just went about our lives.

Then that all changed.

Thursday night Matt and I went to bed like normal, and passed out, going into a really deep sleep we hadn’t gotten in a real long time. I remember; vaguely, Elle making some noise a few hours later, but I couldn’t quite seem to wake up fully enough to go get her. She quieted and I let myself fall into that deep, coma like sleep you encounter every once in awhile.

Than every parent’s worse nightmare  happened. I woke to the sound of the Fire alarm screeching and the Carbon monoxide alarm going off. Both were in the house. I remember feeling really confused and foggy minded, but Matt and I stumbled out of bed and looked around. Our room was full of smoke, our kitchen was full of smoke and the living room was saturated. In confusion, I tried to turn on the fan, I’m not quite sure why I did that other than some where in my mind I thought “We need to get the smoke out of the house” like it was just a burnt pan on the stove. When the fan wouldn’t turn on that snapped my mind into clarity.

We had to get out of the house. Matt yelled at me to get outside and I called to the dogs.

Standing outside all of a sudden things really  became clear. Our house was on fire and Elenore and my husband were still inside. Looking inside I saw Matt running around opening windows and I yelled to him to get Elenore. I could tell the smoke was getting to him because he looked really confused for half  a  second and than he went to get her. Thank God, the smoke had just reached her room and there wasn’t much inside of her room.

He brought her to me and we stood outside in the pouring rain as Matt called 911. That’s when I suddenly realized that Prince was still trapped inside. Matt went back in for him and finally we were all safe.

There really is something about standing in a thunderstorm, watching smoke pour from your house, and hearing sirens in the distance. It has a surreal quality and you really can’t imagine it till it happens to you.

The cops got Elenore and I into an ambulance and we sat there as Fire fighters went in and out of our house. That night will forever being set in my memory with the smell of smoke, the sound of sirens, the sound of rain, and the flashing of lights.

We sat in the ambulance for a good hour before a fire fighter came to us to tell us that they had gotten the fire out and wanted to know if we needed any help getting somewhere to sleep. When we said we were good, he told Matt he could enter the house in a few minutes to get us clothing and our keys so that we could leave to find somewhere to sleep that night.

At this point we were still in a  haze, Matt looked at me and suddenly it hit us. Our house was on fire, we could have died.

If we didn’t have those fire alarms, we would have never woken up. The smoke would have taken us and than Elenore way before our neighbors even realized that our house was on fire, or even before the flames were even visible outside the home. It would have been way to late.

Either Elenore would have been an orphan or our whole family would have gone to heaven that night.

We suddenly had clarity, tons of clarity.

So now here we sit, in a hotel room, going in and out of our house, looking at the damage and hearing person, after  person tell us how lucky we are to be alive. And we couldn’t agree more.

Our spiritual life is vibrant, our love for each other is vibrant, the world in which we live is beautiful. All because we suddenly realized that life can be taken from you in a blink of an eye.

I’m not going to say that God caught our house on fire to get our attention, but he sure used it to get us to wake up. (figuratively and literally)

Never again will we take life for granted. And we will never look back.

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The simple things in life

What a lovely, lazy Sunday. Matt is playing Call of Duty, I’m making Laundry Detergent, Liquid Hand soap and Magnesium Oil (And vegging on the computer ;)) and Elenore is playing outside with a bucket of water and her toys and there is a light breeze making my wind chimes play music in the backyard. I’m utterly content.

Everything is so peaceful and everyone is happy. Who could ask for more?

 

Sometimes just the simple things are enough to make your heart glad. The sound of your child giggling, your husband’s smile, a perfectly made Liquid hand soap that I made myself with no help from anyone, 2 snoring dogs; passed out on the floor, and the feeling of God hugging you while worshiping…

 

Life is beautiful. We really just need to stop and look about us sometimes and soak it all up.

What are the small things that make your heart and soul sing with happiness?

Coconut Oil Addict and many more….

Sorry about being gone for so long! I was on vacation and got really busy with, well: life! haha

While I’ve been away I’ve actually learned a lot of things that I’ll be (or already am) incorporating into my little family’s life.

First of all: Coconut Oil.

Oh , how I love Coconut oil. I’m addicted, I use it all over my home and couldn’t be happier. I’ve also gotten my family back home in Washington addicted as well. There are just SO many uses for it! I use it for diaper rash on Elenore, I use it in my cooking (you can use it to replace ANY oil!), I use it on myself (Lotion! The BEST lotion); face, and body, and recently discovered that you can use it in your hair as well! You can also use it to make coconut butter, coconut snacks and is extremely healthy for you. Not to mention its filling! It is amazing stuff, here is 101 ways to use coconut oil:

http://wellnessmama.com/5734/101-uses-for-coconut-oil/

and a recipe to make super yummy Coconut Butter:

http://heathereatsalmondbutter.com/recipes/coconut-butter/

I hope it makes you just as addicted as I am 😉

The next thing that I really just found the other day is Magnesium deficiency.

I had to idea that a major amount of people in the U.S are actually magnesium deficient and it has huge impacts on our health. One of those is sleep. If you are deficient you have a real hard time sleeping.

Here is an amazing article on it: http://www.deliciousobsessions.com/2013/03/miraculous-magnesium-and-diy-magnesium-oil/

So in response to this I promptly told my family in WA (whom have been having issues sleeping) and started taking Epsom salt baths. I can confidently told you that I have been sleeping REALLY well since I started. So I’m going to make the oil this coming week and start spraying it onto myself. Here’s to NOT being magnesium deficient!

And finally:

Cauliflower. 

Did you know that you can grind up Cauliflower and use it to replace things like rice? Or put it into your dough and make a healthy pizza dough? I had NO idea. Well last night I made my first Cauliflower “rice”. It was SO good! I made a Mexican feast last night and it was my Spanish “rice”. Just an FYI: it needs LOTS of spices. So be generous 🙂

Here is the recipe for the Spanish rice:

http://budgetpaleo.blogspot.com/2011/02/spanish-cauliflower-rice.html

And the Pizza crust:

http://www.recipegirl.com/2012/01/16/cauliflower-crust-hawaiian-pizza/

 

Hope you guys have just as much fun as I do with these recipes and tips!