By: Jennifer Murray

The Bitter and the Sweet of December

It’s already the 9th of December? Really? No, REALLY? How is that even possible?
It’s been such a whirlwind since Thanksgiving and we’re not even to the hustle and bustle yet. Let me catch you up on a few things that have been keeping us off the blog lately.

Brad’s grandpa passed away last Sunday night. It was difficult to say goodbye, but we are so thankful for his example of leadership, faithfulness, and hard work. He was the only grandpa I’ve known, since both sides of my grandparents had passed before I was born, so I’m especially grateful to have had him in my own life and in our boys’ lives.


It was certainly a bittersweet time of cherishing time with family and grieving together. What a great family I married into!


The boys did so well with the entire process. They were a joy to our hearts when we needed it most.  There’s not much better in this world than seeing your children being a blessing to others, even in grief.


This week we’ve been settling back into routine and slowly getting our home ready for Christmas. The downstairs tree still needs a little work, but the boys’ tree is decked out. They did it entirely themselves this year – assembly, lights, and all!


Last night we found some cheap tickets on StubHub for to watch a blowout victory for our beloved Butler Bulldogs. It was the boys’ first game to take in at Hinkle Fieldhouse, and it was so fun to be back on campus and cheering on our Dawgs! I think we all needed something to cheer for and a fun night out together.


On top of all the happenings of this month, I recently achieved a huge milestone with Young Living that I never even dreamed of becoming reality. So thankful for the blessing it has been to our family this year both for our wellness and financially.  I can’t even imagine going back…just thankful to be part of it and the opportunity to impact others’ lives. I wouldn’t talk about them frequently if they hadn’t impacted our lives so greatly.


2014 has certainly had it’s share of trials and difficult days, but I’m so thankful for this journey that God continues to lead us through day by day. I recently started reading Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet by Sara Hagerty and I’ve appreciated her writing on the hard with the joy. Indeed there is beauty in the brokenness, my Friends.



With grief there is joy. With pain there is growth. With hurt there is healing. With difficulty there is blessing. 

Thanks to so many of you who have sifted through the bitter and the sweet with us this year.  Even though some of you may be strangers, it doesn’t describe our relationship well. You’ve allowed us to share our hearts with you in this space, and we are grateful that you continue to hold us up with your support, prayers, and encouragement. 

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By: Jennifer Murray

Snake Oils? A Dude’s Perspective on Essential Oils



A year ago, I made fun of Jen’s “Snake Oils“. Today, I use them literally daily. When I am wrong, I am wrong.  I’m man enough to admit it.

I was honestly the biggest skeptic around when we started this stuff.  Jen was trying it, and I was laughing at her.  Honestly, I owe her an apology for my pride and my tendency to think I know everything.  I was being “logical”, and just didn’t think it made any sense.  Well, once I saw some results, it made me curious.  Since then, I have educated myself on the body and it’s ability to absorb things from the skin.  We do ingest some of the oils, but most of the time it’s applied to the skin.  Turns out, many pharmaceuticals are applied through the skin as well, it’s a scientific fact that this is an effective way to get things into our blood stream.

What has convinced me more than anything is results.  I didn’t want to believe it and be wrong, but I am practical like most other guys.  It works, and that’s enough evidence for me.

>>>A word to suspicious husbands out there:  I know it seems crazy, but if you will just give it a fair shot, you’ll be convinced too.

What I have learned this past year:

Pounding Head:

Not 100% of the time, but I have had at least 10 occasions that I’ve found relief almost instantly when applying Peppermint oil to my head.

Kids with Hot Foreheads:

When I feel a kid with a warm forehead, it cools dramatically and quickly with Peppermint almost every time with the kids

Work Tension:

This one is weird, but when I get that knot in my stomach from all of my work pressures, I pray first and ask the Lord to take my anxious thoughts, but I use Stress Away oils to remove the physical knot in my stomach. Works most of the time and helps me stay focused on what is important.

Skin Imperfections:

One of the kids has a tiny wart on the inner rim of his nose. Poor kid. Theives Oil and Frankincense (yes, the biblical stuff) has been helping dry it up this week.

Crawling Noses + Seasonal Discomforts:

This was near the beginning when I was really skeptical. Brooks had a reaction to something in his pillow we later figured out. He would go to bed and come right out with a sniffle, terribly itchy nose and eyes, and sneezing. I was amazed that when Jen rubbed Lemon and Lavendar oil on his chest, it ceased and he settled down to sleep.

Fire Throat/Belly:

I don’t get it often, but it hits once in a while without mercy. A couple drops of peppermint oil in my water to drink. It literally feels like ice rolling into my stomach. Its awesome.

Stinky Feet and Clothes:

We have stinky kids with stinky shoes and stinky laundry. Purification is amazing at removing stink. One drop in my running shoes removes at least 70% of the smell. Perfect for adding to your laundry if your towels smell stale or you forget to transfer it to the dryer. It removes environmental smells like pets, smoke, etc. when diffused as well.


I’m Sold on Young Living Essential Oils!

I can’t believe I can say that honestly, but it’s the truth.  Ladies, do you have a husband who thinks you’re nuts for wanting to try them?  I would advise you to hang in there and give him time.  Guys typically think logically about things, and he will see them at work. Contact me if you want more details or convincing at {brad at 4tunate dot net}

So thankful to Jen for sticking with them, they have blessed my life greatly!

~ Brad (the oily guy)

*** Don’t forget Jen has FREEBIES for new sign-ups this month!  One of my personal favs Thieves soap – It even takes the fish smell off your hands after fishing! That’s soap good enough for a dude! Check out the All You Need to Know About Getting Started With Essential Oils Page.  



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By: Jennifer Murray

2 Turkeys + 2 Pilgrim Boys

We were able to kick off this Thanksgiving season with the boys’ Thanksgiving school play. They did such a great job being pilgrims and turkeys, reciting their poems and lines, quoting Psalm 100, reading their stories, and singing their songs. That is no small task to pull off for the teachers and their hard work was well displayed!


The turkeys had a better idea for Thanksgiving than being eaten. ;)


It was soooo nice having both of our parents there to enjoy their grandsons in action.


It’s definitely been an adjustment for all of us to switch our school plans {although much easier than anticipated}, but we are so thankful for how God opened the door for us to be part of this community. The boys are growing and doing so well in the classroom. They love their teacher, friends, and the staff. It’s normal to hear “Mom, I love our school” on a weekly basis. What a blessing who have boys who love getting up and going to school!


I’m also thankful that their school schedule gives them Wednesday,Thursday, and Friday off for Thanksgiving. I can hardly wait to pick those turkeys up for the week! We’re hosting my family here on Thursday and then headed to Brad’s family’s on the weekend. Pray that I don’t ruin my first turkey! =)

What are your family’s Thanksgiving plans?

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