It finally happened! After five weeks we got a REAL date night. Woohoo! We wandered around Waco, ate at the beautiful Hippodrome, and then went to see Yo-Yo Ma shred the cello.
It reminded me how important it is to make time for date nights and just us evenings with little ones and while living in community. We both adore having other grownups around and having other farmies over for meals but I don’t think we’ve been intentional enough about catching up just the two of us. So last night was a delight.
The kids continue thriving on the farm. We took a little homeschooling break this week because Benjamin finished up the first half of his 1st grade math book and we’re waiting for the second book to arrive. So we just adventured, read books, went to the museum, and watched My Fair Lady.
Oh and we also made cookies. After 9 days on my gut healing liquid bone broth diet of misery, I called it a day. I do NOT have the willpower for that folks! But I do think it was a valuable exercise. I feel a teensy bit better physically and it helped me realize just how easy it is to overdo it on grains/sugars/inflammatory foods. I’m officially addicted to blueberry/almond butter smoothies and I’m trying to incorporate more bone broths into our meal plan.
I had a few meltdowns last week about my autoimmune disease and just feeling completely overwhelmed trying to figure out what helps me and what doesn’t. Blindly trying out this and that after hours of researching and getting contradictory information has exhausted me.
So I finally made an appointment with an acupuncturist that was highly recommended by some friends of mine that also suffer from chronic illness. I went yesterday and she was awesome and I’m excited to have someone far more knowledgeable than I am helping me on this healing path. So I’m sticking with the supplements and essential oils that seem to be helping me and adding acupuncture and Chinese herbs to the mix. Hopefully the healing will happen more quickly because I’m kinda getting sick of being sick?
The Quotable Gwen:
“I know how to do makeup!” Do ya, baby girl?
The Quotable Benjamin:
“We don’t get to come on the date night?! Ugh! Why are you so OBSESSED with Dad?!”
Megan Reusz is the winner of the giveaway for the Advent solid tapers from Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candles and Tammy is the winner of the hand rolled Advent candle set. Check your inbox, ladies, because I’ll be sending you info about your prize soon. This was such a fun giveaway and I wish I could send candles to everybody who entered because I’m pretty sure candles are my love language!
If you weren’t one of the lucky winners, you can still get 10% off during the month of October with the discount code ADVENT just for Carrots readers. So head over to their site and get set up early for Advent and all your candle-ish needs!
We have been particularly loving this adorable candle making set at our house! Lucy has been hard at work making candles for her birthday party next week. #seriousbusiness
And I’m also adoring this Christmas ornament:
Made of beeswax, folks. Smells like heaven. In fact, I’d just like to buy out their entire Christmas section.
We’re casual about sex and serious about consent. But is it working?: The Washington Post
Why Do We Love Henry David Thoreau?: The New Yorker
Best and Worst Eras of Makeup: Lisa Eldridge
40 Catholic Saints in Cross Stitch: Do Small Things With Love (I am seriously going to pick up embroidery thread and a hoop and do some cross stitching for the first time in two decades because……ADORABLE.)
Be sure to give some love to this month’s sponsor! They keep the lights on around here.
- Catholic Dad: (Mostly) Funny Stories of Faith, Family, and Fatherhood to Encourage and Inspire by Jake Frost
- Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candles
Wishing you a gorgeous weekend with lots of love,
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P.P.S.! My SIL and my friend Wendy are putting together a FREE online essential oils class next Thursday night on Facebook and I’m sharing videos during the class about a couple of the oils I’ve really been loving. So come hang out in your PJs with us and enjoy the giveaways, prizes, and learning a bit about essential oils. RSVP here.