Monday, March 23, 2015

New Website Launched.

About two years ago, Duane and I decided we needed to get ourselves together. We had been in survival mode for so many years that it felt normal.  our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, well, has not been healthy.
We have grown for sure over the last several years but we know we are no where we need to be. We have been on that journey to reinvent ourselves and yes it is a hard journey. Last night we launched a health website and  I seriously doubt the world needs another one of those but we did it anyway. We hope our website will be different. We want to share our stories, helpful information about natural solutions to your health, helpful articles, spiritual encouragement,  and recipes. Duane even has a column on there called ASK Dr. C. He will be answering questions about children's health etc..  We would love for you to give us a visit.

Click on the Website  now to visit us.

Promises Remembered

Someone else took this photo of the rainbow that appeared last night and I'm glad they did because I just enjoyed this rainbow, afraid to run and get my phone as it would be gone before I got back. But It stayed clear and vivid for at least 15 minutes. I'm glad I chose to enjoy it though, because God met me where I was.  After a chaotic afternoon, I had stepped outside to enjoy this beauty, it had just stopped raining and I needed a deep breath.  In the cool after the rain, it was so refreshing and beautiful. It felt like a doorway to heaven, giving me refreshment. I was reminded to keep holding on to the many promises of God that we had been given. Sometimes, it gets wearisome, looking, hoping and staying engaged. But in those moments, after the rain, I felt His Presence. And I felt remembered.  A pair of white turtle doves flew to the top of the rainbow and danced around adding to my wonder. And then in that moment, a group of humming birds swarmed the feeders and one hovered in front of my face as if to say, "It's true you know. God is faithful."  Then an Oriole, which is rare to see around here, lighted on the feeder, and I felt God saying, " I'm about keeping my promises to you. Even the ones you've forgotten or have given up on. Don't give up.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Life Has Been Quite Busy! A little more info catching you up on our lives.

So believe it or not, we are still alive and well! Life seems to have been consumed in a whirlwind and with the coming of FB and instagram, it seems I have abandoned blogging altogether.  I do blog in my head all the time but unfortunately, it never makes it to the computer and to this page. This is my attempt to get more put down for you. 
I found this image that sorta looks like my brain!! Ha! 

So a little catchup to begin..... We now ONLY have seven kids at home! Last year there were ten kids as a missionary friend's daughter was livingwith us to finish up highschool.  Two then graduated high school and this past June, three moved out on their own! Did you get all that??? 
Well, I didn't enjoy the downsizing for long, as this summer we took in two more children from a disruption until an adoptive family could be found taking it up to nine kids being at home. Then, because we didn't think we were full enough,(wink-wink), another young woman moved in for a few months to get on her feet, making our total household right back up to twelve! 
So in September, it seemed a little quiet with just seven at home.

Then that changed a few weeks ago as my son and his friends moved in for a few weeks til their new apartment opened up..... "Wonderfully" They have now gotten into their apt. and we are back down to seven. It seems a little quiet around here with just seven. That will all soon change again I am sure! LOL! We've got another one graduating from high school and moving off to college and hoping another older son will find his wings soon. :) 
I won't know what to do with just 5 kids at home. EASY AS PIE!  

Other things going on in life include me starting my own business last year.Well, Two businesses. i never do anything in singles... I wonder if it is because I am a twin? 
 You may have seen some post about me teaching classes or talking about Essential Oils. Well, yes, I have become that woman who puts an essential oil on everything!  They work and I couldn't be happier! I love Essential Oils! and the company doTERRA that I work with. If you want to learn more, read this BLOG

The other business? Well, It fits right in with the oils. JUICE PLUS.  I had been giving it to several of my kids occasionally for years and one day a friend said to me, why aren't you sharing this with other people? It was a legit question. I  really had no reason not to except that I didn't realize the value of the product I was using. 
So I opted in on their franchise and started sharing this amazing product that helps get an incredible amount of nutrition into my kids and actually saves me tons of money by not having to buy soooooooo many fruits and veggies to juice and force them into my kids! 
Juice Plus offers Whole Food nutrition through shakes, gummies, capsules and the TOWER GARDEN

I mean really ... I tried juicing one day..... You should have seen the enormous amount of fruits and veggies it took to get a gallon of juice. Not only that, I wanted to shake the juicer to hurry up
and fill that little glass sitting under it. By the time the juice was out, I already had a riot breaking out as to who was getting the first glass!  (I'm sure our juicer was not top of the line)- hence the slow, painful process.

REALLY? People do this every day? Oh wait, they don't have THAT many kids to provide juice for! Then there was the dilemma of deciding what to do with all that pulp that I knew was healthy for us and I did not want to throw it away. I decided to make muffins with all that. Genius I am.  They actually turned out pretty good and my kids had no idea there was spinach in there. So we quit the Juicing after one whole day of being on it and took the Juice Plus! 
Do you know what happened? My kids started craving Fruit and Spinach! I can't keep bananas, apples, oranges and strawberries in stock!  I still had to buy all that fruit anyway, but I wasn't having to Juice it!  
I was wondering who had replaced my kids with these previous sugar addicts and so I did an experiment one day, 
Are you ready? I bought a dozen beautifully glazed doughnuts with chocolate and sprinkles all over them and told the kids they could have them. 
Of course they dove right into them,  OK. Epic Experiment Fail. But then guess what? A little later,  I found half eaten doughnuts in the garbage and the others left in the box sat there for 3 days! Experiment Success! I attributed it to them taking Juice Plus. My kids' bodies wanted to make healthier choices. 

If you want to check out more information on JUICE PLUS, Click Here. There are lots of videos and information on the site and I can tell you also how to get if FREE for your kids as well! 
I'll send you some samples too. My kids love the gummies.


Which leads me to another thing we have been doing as a family.... Getting healthier! This has been a tough journey. We have committed ourselves over the last few years to healing - physically, spiritually and emotionally. It has not been the easiest thing we have set our minds to but we are making progress individually and as a family. 
On the physical healing, At first I got a bunch of flack from kiddos who griped and complained that their sugary snacks were disappearing and that soft drinks were no longer available. But..... It has been changing. As you can see from what I wrote above.  
Duane and I are on a TerraFit program that incorporates doTERRA Oils into your workout. He is doing much better than me on the workout part as I haven't been participating due to some stress fractures in my feet. 
We just got ourselves a TOWER GARDEN by Juice Plus and already have some plants going pretty good. Since buying organic veggies is not an option for our large family because of cost, We are looking forward to having a nutrient dense vegetable garden using this awesome Tower Garden. l
 Spiritually, we are forever growing and being stretched. We are so thankful for the incredible teaching and activation we have access to here at Bethel. 
Emotionally, the healing is a continual work in progress for all of us. I have been so thankful to discover doTERRA essential oils and their benefits for emotional wellbeing.  I wrote another blog recently on more stuff going on in our lives so you can read about it here. 
So my kids lives, and my two businesses keep me on the run. solutions. That's what I have been upto in a nutshell. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


I want to Give you Some FREE Oils AND 3 books + Some SIMPLE ESSENTIAL OIL USES

Hey friends! It is SPRING! and we are in the middle of cleaning out and organizing and getting ready to live outdoors! I know some of you are still stuck in snow but no worries! SPRING IS COMING soon for you too! In celebration, of this awesome new season, where flowers are going to start blooming and we began to focus more on or health, I have to share an exclusive doTERRA deal for my friends (THAT'S YOU)!
Most of you who  have visited my blog or Facebook know that I LOVE doTERRA Essential Oils. and if you don't know then well, let me tell you! I LOVE doTERRA ESSENTIAL OILS!  but for those of you who don't know, you can read a little about how we started using them here.
Before I tell you how to get the FREE OILS and Books, you should know that the best deal you’ll get on doTERRA oils is through a wholesale account. You are free to buy oils at retail, but you’ll get them for way cheaper through their wholesale pricing.
You can sign up for a wholesale account here, continue with “Wholesale Prices” selected, enter your info, and after that the best value is to either buy the family physician kit ($150) or the home essentials kit ($275). Either of these will include your $35 wholesale enrollment fee for FREE. I started with the family physician kit and that was perfect for us. 
Anyone who signs up for a wholesale account here with the purchase of a family physician kit OR Home Essentials Kit during the month of March will get these FREE LET LOVE LOOSE exclusives offers: 
GET 1 FREE 15ml Bottle of Slim and Sassy, 2 FREE essential oil Booklets, 1 Free Essential Oil E-book, 1 Serenity Bath Bar and 4 FREE 10ml Roller bottles. The Books and Bath Bar will ship separately than the Physician Kit and Slim and Sassy, but I assure you you’ll get them after you sign up for a wholesale account here with the purchase of a family kit! You will NEED MY ENROLLER NUMBER of 293973.
This kit comes with the following 5ml bottles of oils
lavender (sleeping, calming, soothing, soothes minor skin irritations, anti-inflammatory)
lemon ( Excellent source of antioxidants,cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces, energy, wellness, heartburn)
peppermint (headaches, IBS, cold/flu, memory)
melaleuca (same thing as tea tree – use for zits, flakey scalp, healing skin issues, allergies)
oregano (antibacterial, antiviral, Powerful cleansing and purifying agent, Supports healthy digestion)
frankincense (anti-inflammatory response use, calming, soothing to skin, considered the king of oils)
deep blue (Soothes sore muscles and joints, Supports healthy circulation, calming for tension)
breathe (Maintains clear airways and breathing, Supports respiratory health)
digest zen (Aids in the digestion of foods, Soothes occasional stomach upsets)
on guard (* Supports healthy immune function, Protects against environmental threats)
slim & sassy (Promotes healthy metabolism, Calms your stomach and lifts your mode) *only in family physician kit
 The HOME ESSENTIALS KIT includes 15ml bottles (everything listed above except slim & sassy) and comes with a free diffuser  and that is a good deal. The Petal diffuser covers about 300 sq. ft. HERE IS WHERE YOU GET A LOT OF FREE OILS!  GET 1 FREE 15ml Bottle of Balance Blend, 1 FREE 5ml Bottle of Wild Orange, 1 FREE tube of Citrus Bliss Hand and Body Lotion, 1, FREE Wild Orange and Peppermint Lip Balm, 2 FREE essential oil Booklets, 1 Free Essential Oil E-book, 6 FREE 10ml Roller bottles and 1 FREE Tube of Deep Blue Rub, and an extra FREE 5ml bottle of Deep Blue.( THESE TWO ARE A $90 Value) The Books and FREE oils will ship separately than the Home Essentials Kit and Deep Blue Rub and Extra Deep Blue Oil, but I assure you you’ll get them after you sign up for a wholesale account here with the purchase of a HOME ESSENTIALS KIT! You will NEED MY ENROLLER NUMBER of 293973

You’re under ZERO obligation to ever order again, but if you want to you can set up monthly orders to build up points you can use toward purchasing oils (kind of like a frequent flyer program) and you can qualify for free products through doTERRA.  It is a genius idea for you to have oils in your home all the time to promote a healthy lifestyle and earn FREE points towards oils every time you purchase! Let me tell you! They add up fast too! 
Here is a great short clip about LRP ( LOYALTY REWARDS PROGRAM) Click now to watch. 
Now for some BASIC, simple uses of the essential oils! I put together a Roller bottle Remedy class on You tube so head on over there when you have a moment to see how you can put those oils to use and have them handy for everyone in your family to stay healthy and well.  

I'm really excited about the response we are getting from people who want to make changes in their lives and who will be getting all this FREE STUFF!  So many people have had amazing experiences with trying the oils in their homes with their family including myself, that I am really happy to offer this during the month of March.
If you have any questions at ALL please don’t hesitate to email me at 
Click HERE now to get those oils on the UPS truck!  
P.S. Don't forget  MY ENROLLER NUMBER of 293973.

Monday, March 2, 2015


PRE BLOG UPDATE: I'm out of sync at blogging as I haven't done it for a very long time. FB has made it so easy to pop photos on there, say a line or two and move on. I want to get back to this form of documenting our family ups and downs and well, as you will read below, life has been full. There has been utter chaos and disorder as well as triumphs and joys in our family these last few years since moving to CA. We have loved living here  and have no regrets but it has come with a price of  loss and hard times. Since moving here, we took in 4 kids from disruptions, two of which we claimed as our own and two of which we were their healing home for several months til a permanent family was found. Those 4 kids really grew us and tested us in our transition here. :)                                        
In addition to our own family we have had several people live with us on and off these past 4 years. One of our joys is hosting visitors to our church who come from all over the world, but even in the last six months we have not felt to host anyone as we have been tending to our family.  We have moved twice- which is hard after owning your own home for many years. We lost our dream home in Alabama that we were renting out for a vacation rental, lost a significant part of our monthly income moving out here, and cost of living was higher , went through a  harsh bankruptcy and lost connection with two of our daughters as they decided to figure out life on their own without us as their family. Missing family has been hard as well.  The list could go on, but in the end we have no regrets. We still have our head raised and are finally finding community here in Redding.  I have started two businesses and teach a course for an organization named Idignify which advocates for trafficked victims. Duane is on the board of directors at his Medical Group, is STILL a fabulous and much sought after Pediatrician, works in the healing rooms at our church and works with me on my businesses.  In a nutshell, this has been our life! LOL! Forever interesting and moving!
My little man Isaiah "Suffered" through the  concert. but later told me, Thanks mom, for taking me! 

This beauty, Allenni is my gardener and all around pretty cool person

My man, Duane is rockin that cool shirt! 

I "made" them all dress up! Violetti, Andrew, Graham, and Nathaniel- who missed the memo- Ended up enjoying it afterall! Eli is missing in the pic. 

The musicians - Swan Lake

Well, a full life with 7 kids still at home does not leave you with much time to pursue gardening, doing extra things etc. That is if you let it consume you. Which is what has been happening for a long time now. We have been consumed with living day to day sorta in survival mode.  Duane and I finally realized, We want better for all of us. So we have started making CHANGES.

Sometimes, living with kids with trauma/abandonment/ backgrounds and sometimes mental instability calls for you to be on the alert just about all hours of the day. It can literally drain the positive energy out of you. Duane and I have been on journey lately to move out of that mode and start living again. We've been taking steps towards our health in all areas of our lives- spiritual, mental, physical and emotional.

Using Essential Oils daily in all our lives has brought great healing both emotionally and physically for all of us. I am so glad we discovered them a couple years ago. I have no clue how we managed before then!

Another thing we have been focusing on is eating healthier. I typically cook from scratch or so I thought , then after an evaluation of our pantry, I realized we were eating way too many preservatives.  So I have been thoughtfully planning our meals to be healthier.

Now, I didn't go all crazy and go cold Turkey. I would have had a mutiny on my hands! This has been a gradual change. We started everyone on Juice Plus and wow! What a difference it has made. We went from consuming 50 lbs of sugar a month to now buying only 10 lbs in 3 months. Our kids now crave smoothies and fresh fruits for snacks. We no longer buy koolaid.  LOL! I hear the angels singing! Miracle sighting!

This may not seem like a big deal, but in our house we had sugar addicts. Myself included. It was a stress thing. Sugar makes you feel better. It does. Or used to. Not any more. My kids are making smart choices on their own now and I know we did the right thing. :) Even though I had to endure the  moaning and groaning and sneaking of 32 oz Mountain dews from the convenience store down the street. We are a work still in progress.

In my ideal world, I would love to bake all our own bread and make EVERYTHING from scratch down to the last bit. BUT IT IS NOT POSSIBLE. As much as I love to cook, preparing food for 20 servings 3 x a day, just is not what I want to do. I have kids to tend to and art to paint and businesses to attend to! Oh if there were more of me to do several things at once!

So anyway, Back to our busy life that does not leave time for me to be Martha Stewart. :)
Because our group is 10 people whenever we go somewhere, it can be costly to do stuff.  We decided to try to fit things in our budget where we could.
We started trying to put a little money aside for special spontaneous trips to the Yogurt shop or Starbucks- Making little joy moments and memories.  We have taken short trips to see things like Disney on Ice for the younger ones and weekend trips to the beach or expose them to the Symphony Orchestra or local plays.  
At home, we have been trying to have more family movie nights and go on more picnics.
 Yes, last year, we did have a small garden. I said I wasn't going to have anything to do with it but a few kids convinced me to fork out the money for the shovels, seeds, extra dirt, planters etc.

AND  guess what? I did get involved and it actually became a bonding project for my daughter and I. She did do most of the work and found her green thumb. I was proud of her harvest.

This year though we may forgo that dirt gardening.  They NOW want to go bigger and better.
My energy level is low and the thought of a larger garden does not enthuse me.
 So I compromised and bought a JUICE PLUS TOWER GARDEN and now we already have harvested some lettuce from it! We started it indoors but after it began to warm up we moved it outside. I am looking forward to the nutritious dense veggies it is going to produce. I think we are going to order 3 more of them.  The great thing about it is that it is EASY! Once a week, I have to add the all natural nutrients in the basin , add water if it needs it and my plants grow aeorponically!
The kids love it and so I am thinking I can talk them completely out of the dirt gardening. We will see!
BTW, I love my Tower Garden so well that I just can't shut up about it. I am having a FB party on March 6 to tell you about it.  Here is the link to JOIN THE PARTY. 
Everyone is happy that our Tower Garden has plants in it! 

Goofing off! we are so excited! 

Allenni and Eli helping to put together the dolly for our Tower Garden

Our first pickings from our Tower Garden! 

We are getting our Backyard ready for outdoor living! 

Fresh Spring Rolls we made using our fresh basil and Lettuce from our Tower Garden

Our Tower garden arrived and we are excited! 

Friday, November 28, 2014


 Get in on some great giveaways of doTERRA and Juice Plus Products for Black Friday! Here is what to do!
2. If you haven't already-  LIKE US
3. Leave a comment on why you would like the product or leave a question about it to QUALIFY for the drawing. DO NOT LEAVE just your name or the WORD "Following" 
4. SHARE with your friends- 3 people need to comment to make the drawing viable.

5. Have fun!!!

Thursday, November 27, 2014


                        Have you NOT GOTTEN AROUND TO Ordering Your JUICE PLUS?
                                          TODAY is a GREAT DAY TO DO THAT!  
                                 Don't Forget! Kids "Eat FREE" when an adult orders. 


If you have been wanting to order doTERRA products 
Friday is the day!!! 
These are deals!! 


As most of you know, We have started on a whole wellness journey these last couple of years and that has lead me to teach classes to share about doTERRA Essential Oils and Juice Plus Whole Nutrition Products. They have truly made a difference in our health.  not only are we doing better physically but better mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 
I will be having some Black Friday Specials so come back and check! 

My parents are in town after not having seen the kids for almost 3 years! My mom and I are cooking up a storm! We hope you have a Great Thanksgiving!!!! 
Love, Melissa

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I DO NOT LIKE IT When My Kids Get Sick!

I DO NOT Like it when my kids get sick!
I DO NOT like it when their breathing is heavy 
And their nose is thick! 
I DO NOT like it when they whine and cry! 
I DO NOT like it when they sigh! 
So I grab my oils, doTERRA by name,
I grab my Juice Plus, to play the germ game!
I win over all and the kids are all smiles,
Goodbye sickness I DO NOT care to see you for a while! 
                                                                                   ~Mommy Melissa

WINTER GERM SEASON is making its appearance! Don't forget how using JUICE PLUS and doTERRA Essential Oils can support your immune system! Two of my kids came home Sunday with sore throats and stuffy noses, Then two more by Monday Morning!
Yes, you know what I was thinking, (excuse my grammer) " Who Got Time for That?" Not US Carters!
I go into PREVENT and STOP those GERMS in their tracks mode! My kids all got *An EXTRA dose of JUICE PLUS,
*A doTERRA On Guard soft gel ( or beadlets if the child can't swallow a pill)
*a dose of mom's Bomb n Bottle with 14 germ fighting and soothing Pure Grade Essential Oils.
*Oregano and On Guard on their feet
* Breathe on their chest
*A doTERRA Breathe Drop
*And Breathe Blend in the diffuser
Yes, you could say I anointed them with Oil and Fed them great germ fighting nutrients. If I can do 4 kids in less than 10 minutes, Then you can do it too!
Oh, how did they sleep? As good as babies. How did they feel, the next morning!
Why, They were just their bubbly little selves!
Elizabeth was making sure daddy got his Juice Plus

 In the morning, I oiled them up again, giving them the odor of Christmas and Candy canes to wear to school and boosted their immunity with all the phytonutrients of Juice Plus and did it again after school and before bed. We are almost out of the woods! hooray!!! A Tiring, sickly , ugly week avoided! To celebrate, I am giving you $20 off your first order of Juice Plus if you order in October and November and A free bottle of Wild Orange or Lemon if you want to buy a Physician's Kit ( 11 oils to get you started) or a Natural Solutions Kit-( Includes a Diffuser and box to keep your oils in) In October or November. HORRAY FOR HEALTH AND GOOD TIMES INSTEAD OF SICKNESS!


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