By: Jennifer Murray

Thriving

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We are still unpacking from a fantastic long weekend in Nashville, TN.  I attended the Thrive Conference for Young Living Leaders and we decided to take the family along. Good weather, good friends, good family time. 

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It was a great balance for me of some quality family time and some professional growth time. {Thanks, Brad for all YOU did to make this part possible!}

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This was the 70 or so of us that represented our Oily Families Team at Thrive. When I signed up for Young Living, I had NO CLUE my feet were landing in such a SOLID group of individuals who have encouraged, educated, and empowered me this past year.  It’s been an absolutely invaluable component to my own family’s successes with essential oils as well as my professional growth of making YL a full-time income!  INCREDIBLE.

So don’t just sign up randomly for essential oils or get them off the grocery shelf. Getting plugged in to resources and education is vital! Thankful that I can pass this along and encourage others in this way as they have demonstrated to me! {I’d be happy to hold your hand through the essential oils learning curve too. Check out this post for more!}

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I certainly could not do it without these two. Myra pursued me for over a year, but it was all about timing and how God used them in my life during a time of grief and physical challenges to win me over. Emily I knew of through blogging, but since has become a daily mentor.  So glad we had the opportunity to finally meet in person. I’m so thankful for both of their friendships!

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While I attended sessions on Autism, Women’s Health, Personal Development, Team Development, etc. they enjoyed time at the hotel, visiting a Civil War battleground, touring the John C Tune airport {thanks to my cousin Connie who works there}, swimming, and exploring the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

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The cutest bunch of Cowboys I’ve ever seen. ;)  

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Sunday we enjoyed our last few hours in the south together with some Jack’s Barbecue, and racing around the Parthenon.

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I posted about this a little on Instagram on Sunday on our trek home, but every time we travel, we grow.  There’s something about getting away, being together, experiencing new things, and even toughing it out through challenges that come with being away from home that unifies us as a family. I came home so refreshed and filled with gratitude for this role that God has given me as a mother. I love the perspective that comes from re-evaluating, learning from others stories, and being more intentional.

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We are encouraged all the more to not just exist but to THRIVE in our faith, our relationships, and in our roles. 

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Thanks, Nashville, for your warm southern hospitality that we adore, the warmer temps, the food, and the take-aways. We can’t wait to come back, and maybe next time maybe Mama will take some boots home as a souvenir! 

How about YOU?  Have you been able to get away lately with your family? Did you come back feeling renewed? 

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By: Jennifer Murray

Eight

 

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EIGHT    

You are growing up before my eyes. You made me a mama on this day eight years ago

Happy Birthday, Henry, Brooks, Clark, and Isaac.

And I cannot put it into words how thankful I am for your lives I get to share with you. You are loved. You are so loved. 

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By: Jennifer Murray

Raising a Home Full of Boys Over a Frat House

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I wasn’t a regular at the Frat Houses during my days at Butler University, but the times I did step inside of them I was hit with the smell of urine and beer.  Not the most luring or pleasing smell to a 20 something girl, and somehow I haven’t acquired an appreciation for either smell in my 30′s.  Although my house is full of boys, I’m determined to not live in a Frat House.  We DO boy in this house.  There are games of soccer in my living/family room, there is plenty of boy humor, and rowdy, BUT I don’t want my boys to leave our home with no regard to order, cleanliness, and an appreciation of the work that is involved in maintaining a home.

Over Christmas break I chatted with some close friends and family members of how involved their kids are in the home upkeep, and I realized our boys could and should do more. I wasn’t sure how to implement it, and I dreaded the enforcement, but I can say now a month in that it was so worth it.

Prior to our new system there were things the boys were expected to do on their own (but with frequent reminders): pick up toys/messes, clean up breakfast, put away shoes/coats/backpacks, and help with home responsibilities when asked.  Sometimes they would volunteer to help out on their own or for a reward, but most things landed on my overwhelming to-do list.

Starting at the beginning of January we began a color week system that rotates weekly.

For instance a Yellow Week means:

  • Henry – Laundry Helper
  • Brooks – Dust/Trash Collection
  • Clark – Bathrooms
  • Isaac – Vacuum Downstairs Floors

The next week everyone gets a new job, so you don’t get stuck with your least favorite thing very often.

There’s a quarter reward system. So they begin with a certain number of quarters for the week which can be deducted for poor attitude, not completing their job, or not doing their “regular” responsibilities.

Now, do they need our tips and guidance still? Sure.

Is it perfect? Nope.

Is it taking some of the load off of me? Absolutely!

 Is it teaching them responsibility and to be better workers? I really think so.

One thing that has changed our home in having our boys more involved in the cleaning routines has been our discovery of Thieves Household Cleaner.  It cleans, disinfects, and it’s non-toxic made with 100% plant based material. Before I wouldn’t have let them touch our toilet cleaners, surface sprays, etc. This cleaner alone has replaced all of my previous cleaners (toilet cleaner, kitchen spray, glass cleaner, stainless steel cleaner, produce spray, and more)! A cleaner that you can use both as a toilet cleaner AND a fruit and veggie wash is about as versitile as it gets, people!  AND it’s saved us soooooo much money!  This 14 ounce concentrate can make 30 Dollar Store spray bottles of cleaner – so you are talking about an entire bottle of cleaner for under a $1!

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Thieves cleaner is one of my absolute FAVORITE Young Living Products, so for the rest of this month (January) if you sign up for a Premium Starter Kit, I’m gifting you with a 14 oz concentrate to get you started as well!  

The diffuser ALONE does miraculous things for Boy Odors. I’ll take relaxing spa smell over dirty laundry/toilet/sweaty head any day of the week.  Love you Boys. I really do.

So BUY THIS (11 oils, the diffuser, + samples/materials for $150)

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And GET THIS as a Bonus! (A $29 retail value!) 

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{Sign Up Here.}

Just consider it my “Say No to Frat House” Gift!  Your welcome. 

****Please let me know if you make the Premium Starter Kit plunge in the comments so I can get this out to you pronto!*****

How about YOUR house?  Do you do a chore chart?  Allowances?  How’s it working out for your family?

 

 

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