What's the big deal about Young Living


Do you ever have those days or weeks when nothing seems to be going right? Or everything seems to end up being more difficult than it had to be?

Saturday evening, after baths, I heard those words every mother dreads. "Mama! The baby got my fart putty stuck in her hair!"

In case you are wondering, fart putty can be removed from hair by soaking in apple cider vinegar, then applying conditioner and rinsing.

Then we got a call that the birthday alpaca my daughter bought for our neighbor was found dead.

I had to milk in the rain.

We found another dead chick.

The kids knocked the gate down and the goats threatened to escape.

In the rain.

All while Mr. Smockity is out of town.

Why do things have to be so hard?

And then I found out that a friend, a father of 7 girls, friends we have had in our home, friends who have encouraged and mentored us, friends who helped us when my husband was out of work...

had a heart attack and died while mowing his yard.

On Father's Day.

His wife and my sweet friend is a stay at home, homeschool mom, just like me. Their youngest is 10.

I am heartbroken for this family.

And I am ashamed of myself for whining over simple, daily tasks.


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  1. Oh, how awful. Will be praying for your friend’s family and for you all! Hugs from Countrified Hicks

  2. I truly understand… we live in military housing, in very close proximity to one another. One of my son’s friends mom died of colon cancer a couple weeks ago…. it sure has a way of putting life into perspective.

  3. Wow. =( So sad. I’m very sorry for your loss and for this poor family. These things really do bring things to perspective. I woke up to bad news this a.m. and I am trying to remember “In everything give thanks…” and I’m having a very hard time of it. Thank you for sharing today.

  4. I had one of those moments when I read the article about the baby born with a genetic disorder who may not live to see his 2nd birthday. My heart broke for the mom and dad and I was completely ashamed of my own grumbling and complaining.

  5. Prayers for his family.

  6. Perspective is one of God’s most useful tools in my life. Praying for their family and yours.

    • Connie, thank you for sharing this and helping me to get the right perspective. We all need a dose of that from time to time, don’t we?

      My heart breaks for your friend, and I will be praying for his family.

  7. SO sad! :-( So often, it is the hard things that we need, to put things in perspective. If only it didn’t take that for us to see things in the right light. Praying for this family.

  8. Praying for the family! May God keep His mighty hands on them.

  9. I heard this sad news from another blogger. Praying for this family!

    Perspective is such a gift, even through difficulty. An old friend of mine just lost her husband, father of two. And my neighbor just suffered major complications after double knee surgery. So when we woke up to the sound of flooding in our school room on Father’s Day, it just didn’t seem like that much of a crisis. Merely an inconvenience.

    Thanks for sharing your heart!

  10. Courtney says:

    I am so sorry and I will be praying for that family.

    It’s so true that sometimes we get overwhelmed with things that are going on in our little world. It definitely makes you cherish even the bad times when you hear a story like that.

  11. Wow, how incredibly awful. You’re right — that does bring some perspective. Things could always be worse. Praying for that family as they mourn and figure out what their new normal is. I can’t even fathom how difficult that would be to do.

  12. It definitely helps to put things in perspective. I remember a few months ago I was having a miserable day..the kids were just grumpy and whiny all day long..and then I remembered a friend whose daughter was fighting for her life in a coma..that mom would have given anything to hear her baby whine that day (the baby ended up recovering.) Perspective indeed. Thanks for this post.

    You can find out about that baby, who has an incredibly rare lung disease, at this link. She and her family can use all the prayers they can get.

  13. Jeri @ Texas Piglets says:

    Oh where are the words? How can you say I’m so sorry when that isn’t enough? Perspective is real. Please pass along condolences to their family.

  14. Thanks Connie. I am sending prayers to this family. Putting into perspectyve is very helpful I have been deathly sick the last few days. I am thankful that I have great sons that have helped me the last few days. Sending prayers and sending a heart felt prayers to this family.


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