About familyplushomestead

a homeschooling family from the midwest, trying to share the ways we do it.

What is a moment? 5 quick tips for young mamas!

you look back at time.  It is the conglomeration of moments made together.

When you are a busy mom – (trust me!) I know!  I’ve  got 15 kiddos living at home!

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In every single  moment -every overwhelming,crazy, chaotic moment of this mom of 22 kiddos, I am blessed.  How does a momma of a big family keep her eyes on being blessed instead of overwhelmed?

#findthesmallthings  ~ the hugs, the dandelions, the hand-drawn pictures, sloppy kisses.

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why yes, that is a panda visiting my teepee..  art work original by Gavin

#remember  ~ post scriptures around your house, make it a part of your day to find scripture and share them, bathroom mirrors, cupboard doors and at entries are all great places!

#journal ~ thanksgiving journal will be a great way to look back at memories but posting what you are thankful for is a huge reminder that we are blessed so much  more!

#printyoursocialmedia ~ we are all so guilty of putting pictures up but how about printing them off and having them in books your kids can touch!  My little guys all have their own brag books 🙂  It’s a blessing.

#takethepictures ~ toothpaste on the face? mud pie mess? trust me, very soon time will pass and they won’t be messy any longer and they sure won’t tolerate you taking the pics!

Be careful young mamas,  when you are so overwhelmed in the minutia, that you forget that what you are doing is building the memories! Then one day you will look around and your kiddos will be grown!  the number of children shorter than me shrinks almost daily…  and each stage is a blessing but remember to enjoy each one.

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1 Thess 5:16-18 Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.




Time …

Such a neat thing to update my about me page.  Made me think about time.

Weird how so much is the same, weird how much is different.  Add that in to an extra special weekend where I got to see a friend from before I had children.  The last time I saw her was the fall of 2002!  The great thing about friendships grounded in the love of Jesus is that nothing had changed.  ALL things pointed to how God was at work in our lives. the good, the bad, the ugly, the moves, the kids, the DIETS (and when I say that, I’m not talking weight loss, I’m talking about specific food allergens! bless her heart!)

anyway, time has passed..  we LOOK the same!! (I’m sure!)   can’t believe I left her house without a photo!

anyway, the thing is while no time has passed at all..  our babies have grown up.  WE facetimed between the homes, (hubby had to be included).. and the children are sooo old, some of the ones that were littles back in 02 aren’t even at home anymore.

Time. how does it both pass in quantum leaps and yet stand still?

More updates to come..



October 2015 Young Living Promotions! SAVE more!

OCT 2015 promo

Hey are you not a member of our Oily Fam yet?  Guess what! There is no better time to join!  Check out this page for more info!


Here are our October Promotions!! Like every month in 2015, we’re including a 15-ml essential oil with qualifying orders, and this month is one of our members’ all-time favorites: Thieves! Reach any of the following PV minimums with your October order and earn these great free products:

5-ml Clove: Clove essential oil supports a healthy immune system and has been used traditionally as a spice for thousands of years, adding a rich and spicy flavor to your favorite recipes.*

15-ml Thieves: Young Living’s unique Thieves blend is crafted in the spirit of the legendary formulation by four 15th-century French thieves, which featured a special aromatic combination of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals. When taken as a supplement, Thieves supports healthy immune function.* Only available in qualifying Essential Rewards orders of 190 PV or more.

20 Essential Rewards points: Earn 20 additional Essential Rewards points with your qualifying order. Your Essential Rewards points can be used like cash toward many of your favorite products!

Home Diffuser: Young Living’s Home Diffuser features a rose-inspired design and combines a humidifier, atomizer, and aromatherapy diffuser into one simple-to-use product.

What a great time to save even more with OIL Infused Lifestyle!

Someone smarter than I did some math 🙂

Just a thought about the October promo…
Combine it with the YL OIL infused promotion…

For instance:
If you are at the 20% ER level and place a 300pv – that’s 60pv in ER points to use later..
Plus your $157 in freebies for the 300pv level..
PLUS the 15pv for the lowest OIL infused program..
So- spend 300pv and get equivelant to 232 pV worth of FREE products & credit..

Crazy! What other company does that?

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LOVE saving money!

Ask me how 🙂


Change Lives (including Yours!)

Got a passion for people, for helping people change their lives?

Reflecting back this year on helping the single moms, the moms of big adoptive families, the moms in the process of adopting, the family whose husband lost his job, ALL create the income they need!

Watch this video I made to find out more on how YOU can start creating an income from Home with that Passion.

Ready to get started? Click here! 



Fall is coming! Young Living Essential Oils

The best part of fall is here!  The pumpkin flavored everything, the leaves are turning, the fields are finishing!

Now is the time to purchase oils and products that help prepare you for fall also!  Some of my favorite products are in stock and available.

Golden Touch kit

This is the Golden Touch Kit! This is a prepacked kit perfect to have on hand to enhance your winter months.  The Golden Touch kit  includes RC, Thieves, Raven, Melrose, Juva Flex, EndoFlex and Di-gize. The Young Living website says: Golden Touch 1™ provides immune protection all throughout the year. The oil blend formulas in this collection have been specifically created to take advantage of essential oil constituents that support many functions of the body.  This is a great value as you get all 7 oils in 5ml bottles at a great price!

Some supplements that I love for supporting the immune system include

Inner Defense:  Young Living’s Inner Defense liquid softgels reinforce systemic defenses, promote healthy respiratory function, and are rich in immune-supporting ingredients.

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Immupro: ImmuPro provides the benefits of natural immune-supporting Ningxia wolfberry polysaccharides, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium, and copper, all in the convenience of a delicious fruit-flavored chewable supplement.


NingXia Red:  and of course NingXia Red.. This is one of my favorite supplements and as soon we need to boost immune systems, the kiddos in my house get their NingXia Red cups out!

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If you aren’t already a member with Young Living, now is the time! Please check out the information at http://www.familyhomesteadoils.com and enroll at bit.ly/FamilyScentsTeam  – we would love to help you get started!  We have a special this month with purchase, so be sure to contact us!



By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on this site is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, nor replace current medical treatment or drugs prescribed by your healthcare professional. The statements made have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.

The Golden Touch is one of those kits .




When I think of us at out bottom, I think of vultures, yes the bird, but the human form too.  The lowest of the low, waiting until the screw up happens and then they just attack.  

haha Brats made from a sloth..  Sorry, couldn’t help myself!

anyway, when we have those moments in our life when we are weak, when we are caught in our sin, our circumstances, our human-ness, it seems to be when we are attacked the most.  This comes even as a mom (to MANY)…  seems like they (the little ones)  of all people can sense our weakest points!  They know when we’re tired, they know when we’re stressed, hormonal – (they know more than Santa Claus!)

Anyway, my new goal is to work on my peeps children, not attacking each other when they are down but uplifting them and encouraging them!

Here are some verses we’re going to be working on memorizing!

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.               1 Thess. 5:11

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.   Eph.4:29

Hmmm.. wonder if this Word would be very good for anyone else?

With great grace ~


Why I quit blogging..

I was never a good blogger. It sort of goes along with my list of things I’ve started and never finished.  Scrapbooks, baby albums, a knitted shawl, a baby quilt for a friend (she’s now 2.)

Blogging though for me is different than crafts and I didn’t quit because I didn’t know how to go on.  The honest and somewhat painful truth for me is that I quit blogging because the only way I knew to go on was to become more vulnerable.  As I share more and more about our lives, it becomes evident that the little homestead isn’t perfect.

And folks, vulnerable is scary.  Blogging, is scary. It’s putting your  entire heart out there. It’s making your life open for scrutiny.  It’s letting everyone see the moments that don’t work. Sure – people celebrate the successes BUT like it or not, people love to glorify the MOMENTS where you fail.  They gloat on them, they reminded you “that they told you, this wouldn’t work.”

People want to know why we don’t write a book about our stories, I default to ” I don’t have time to write about it.”  The reality is that writing about it, is too painful.  The reminder to me that God isn’t done with our story yet is the comfort that gets me to the next day.  The reminder that His mercies are new each morning, helps me wake up. The reminder that He will provide each and every grace as I need it.

And that, is why I’m sharing today.