"I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live." - Psalm 116:1-2 ESV
Our hearts are full with awe at God's goodness to our family over this past year. We have seen long-prayed for requests answered in wonderful ways. Thank you to so many of you who have prayed faithfully for us.
Joshua, now 10 years old and in the 5th grade, is growing tall and is a hard worker. He is now on his third instrument - the piano - and is enjoying taking piano lessons as well as voice lessons. He loves to sing in chorus at school also. He is loving being in the second year at his new school and is thriving in such a supportive environment. We have seen him make huge strides this year in dealing with his Autism, Bi-polar, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and ADHD. We started using essential oils this past Spring in an attempt to get his bi-polar under control. It worked wonders, and as a result, we have spent most of the year weaning him down on his mood stabilizer drug which has been causing terrible side effects. There is a chance that by this coming Spring, he will be completely off of the drug. We are praising God for these oils and allowing us to find something natural and so effective in helping him to maintain stability and function better. This is a HUGE answer to prayer. Josh is growing socially and learning to understand his emotions, using his words to describe his feelings and starting to ask for help with using coping skills. We are very proud of the huge progress he has made this year. Josh loves animals and nature. We are hoping to find an animal shelter where he can work with cats (his favorite animal) this summer.
I continue to work part time as a special needs pediatric nurse for Bayada Pediatrics. I received an award in Bayada's Hero program this summer. My migraines and headaches have become a thing of the past since using an essential oil blend in the Spring. By using the oil blend, I have stopped 3 migraines before they fully began and have been able to instantly relieve the occasional headache. I have never felt better and am enjoying so much more energy and increased health since using essential oils daily. Because essential oils have so greatly impacted our family, I have begun teaching classes about using essential oils for various purposes to enhance health and have started my own business selling essential oils and making and selling various, all-natural, health and beauty products with essential oils. For more information about the business, visit Naturally Essential Health & Beauty facebook page or the Essential oils page on this blog.
Tim continues to excel as a Financial Adviser for The Life Financial Group. He is growing into a leadership role at his office and enjoys working with his colleagues and clients. He has continued to thrive in his professional coaching program that he has been a part of the past 2 years that requires multiple trips to CA. Tim's business and influence has grown substantially as a result of this coaching program. We are enjoying having him home more as a result. He is excited about the continued growth God has in store for him in 2015. I must say that it's also been nice to see his allergies under better control than they ever have been thanks to an essential oil blend he is using.
God truly has been so good to us! We are definitely excited to be using His creation to enhance and support our health and wellness and look forward to another year of good health. We are currently praying about taking the boys with us on our next mission's trip. We are hoping to take one this year, if God opens the door and works out the details. We were disappointed that the two trips we were thinking we would do this year didn't work out. We know that God is in control, and He works all things together for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28).
It is our prayer that each of you know and see God's goodness and faithfulness to you in a big way this coming year!