Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mothers' Sayings

"The wise woman builds her house, but with 
her own hands the foolish one
tears hers down." Proverbs 14:1

Every day, I hear my Mothers' voice. My biological Momma, Nana, and Mamaw have through my upbringing, shared little tidbits of information. For my Momma, she would repeat these things to me daily. Nana, would sit me down and have "a talking" with me that always ended with, "Now, you know your Nana loves you and I'm usually not wrong about these things." Mamaw would mostly say things under her breath- I would have to listen carefully. But, I learned most life lessons from watching these women work and love throughout their lives.

"Don't ever go hungry without coming here first." 

I am so thankful that my Mamaw is still alive. Her memory is not anything like it used to be- she still believes that I am the young mother to Dallas and that he is crawling around calling her "Maw". She will be 90 years old this June, and I can only imagine what her life has seen. I had the utmost admiration for her growing up- I loved going to the church to help her cook for the homeless. The sign from the road read, "Free Meal to Anyone in Need". It was my job to tally the people that came in and to stir the pots. At seven years old, I was saved. From that point on, Mamaw would have me go into the the dining room with the needy and pray. Every 30 minutes, I would go in there and ask a prayer over their food. "Don't do that rote prayer you said when you were little. And make sure you say Amen," she would remind me. Mamaw also headed up a food pantry and clothes closet for "any and everyone in need". After filling a cardboard box with cereal, flour, canned milk, and canned goods, she would tell them, "Don't ever go hungry without coming here first." As she locked up the steel door I heard the firm command, "You have to treat everyone equal- you never know when you will end up without anything." I could never imagine Mamaw and Papaw being poor. Papaw worked hard up until his very last days. But, she would remind me that growing up, she was embarrassed that she only had "peanut butter crackers" instead of a ham biscuit in her lunch pail. She ate oatmeal for breakfast, used an outhouse, washed her clothes by hand, and got an orange in her stocking every year at Christmas. She knew what it was like to not have as much, and she knew how to work hard. Mamaw was the first person I told that I was pregnant. Her response, "Well, that's alright. It's going to be okay. Babies are a blessing, and you're going to have one for a reason." In her older years (I wasn't around for the younger ones), Mamaw did not tell many people what she was going to do for the day, "If you don't tell anyone your plans, they can't tell you 'No'". She was always going. And as hard as it is to remember her saying, "If you quit moving, you'll just die," I know that she has lived and led a beautiful life! 

"You shouldn't go should'n"

I am fortunate to also still have my Nana around. According to her, she "still isn't old" at 85 years young. She is the most caring, level-headed woman that I know. I have came to her with my doubts and fears since a very young age. She has seen me through childhood friendships lost, bad school grades, teen pregnancy, too many of the "not good enough boys" I dated, and motherhood. Through her, I have seen her be a devoted wife and mother. Her advice may have seemed outdated, but I would always find myself following her recommendations. Many a time she has been upset with me worrying over the past, "You shouldn't go 'should'n over something you can't change." My favorite thing about my Nana is her sense of humor. She gets "tickled" quite often. It's hard to say what will set her off, but if she's not laughing then something isn't right. Many a time I have walked through "sticky situations" with her, and her final comment would usually be, "Well, if we didn't get arrested, then we must have done something right!" If I am ever in need of love and a lipstick kiss, I can count on my Nana. "Just a little Coca Cola won't hurt" and "A little sugar will settle your stomach"- her ways of enjoying the little things in life. 

"Be happy, and they will be happy." 

My Momma... I think I fought against her up until the point that I became a mother myself. It's hard to understand the sacrifices they make and the things a mother does out of love until you find yourself looking back in your memory vault to see how she handled a situation. Then, turn and do the same with my own children. My Momma is a worker- she loves to be outside and do for others. I used to sit in the truck on the steepest of hills watching her dig a ditch in the Georgia summer heat. I watched from the window as she mowed, pulled weeds, planted flowers and then went next door to my Mamaw's and did the same in her yard (if Mamaw let her). "Always plant pansies for color in winter," was her advice. On sunny, cold, winter days, Momma would throw open the front door, pull up all the blinds and lay outside on the patio in a bikini- soaking up every bit of Vitamin D that she could. She knows how to live!  
I have probably went to my Momma for parenting advice 1000x's of times. I don't remember her raising me as a baby, but I think that I turned out alright. Therefore, I trust her wisdom. When frustrated with Lillie-Mae not falling asleep when rocking her, "Lay your baby down to sleep and she will sleep." And she was right! Lillie-Mae would talk, toss and turn, spit out her paci, and then just fall asleep. "I always just fed y'all when you seemed hungry." No 'by the clock' feedings according to her. My favorite advice, "Be happy and they will be happy." Dallas' first days were started with a smiling, singing Mommy even though I didn't always feel up to the task. 
Unfortunately, I have had my fair share of sickness starting when I was a child. After moving out, I would lay on the couch, delirious from high fevers, and my Momma would say "Go.To.The.Doctor." I would, and I would get better for a little bit. Then, I just "took my health into my own hands" and started trying every natural remedy to rid and ward off sickness. Now, with a built up immunity and Silver Shield at hand, I have my own ways. However, my Momma will stop by at will with a flashlight at hand, ready to look down my throat or in my ears to give her judgement of my condition. 
I don't have many "deep" conversations with my Momma, but I can always count on her to find humor in the situation. "Some people, you have to imagine they are 14. Then, you can just accept their ways." And she always likes to remind me, "Your middle name is Louise for a reason." Somedays it's to compliment and most days it comes with a head shake and stern smile. 

I am so blessed to have had these women as my "Mothers" growing up! I love them all, and I believe that I have a piece of each of them in my personality. I hope I stay witty like my Nana, strong like my Mamaw, and beautiful like my Momma. 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Throat Tea

I loved all the positive feedback from my last post, Home Remedies. Many have asked for more input for my household go to remedies. Last week, was a battle between me vs. sinuses. Living in North Georgia where the weather is sleeting and freezing temperatures then sunny and 60 degrees from day to day, your health can be taken for a whirlwind! Unfortunately, all those "sinus problems" have left me with what we will call Laryngitis. No, I have not had a doctor tell me that I have laryngitis. But since this blog is all about "A Mom's Best Guess",  I will call it how I see it.

So... What do you do when you find yourself with too much mucus to handle, a very swollen larynx, no voice/hoarseness, and three babies to take care of for the day? You make... 

"Throat Tea"
4-6 oz. HOT water
2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
1 Tbsp. Honey

Imagine you're drinking Apple Juice that has just a little bit of a kick. Yes, it's going to burn a little. After just a few sips you will feel mucus draining that was- for lack of a better word- clogged in your sinuses. Swallowing will become easier. And, much to your pre-schooler's dismay you will be able to talk again! I think Dallas was enjoying the "sign language" I had to do this morning, and then looked at me strangely when I said, "I can talk again!"

Give this a try! I promise you, it's worth having a healthy throat.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Home Remedies

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew
their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; 
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall
walk, and not faint" Isaiah 40:31

I have struggled posting about Home Remedies, because I do not want people to take what I am suggesting as judgement on the decision for their families. There are some health things that I believe strongly are wrong for everyone: smoking, alcohol, and some forms of contraception. In the middle of one's health, there are methods/medicines that I believe are wrong most of the time: the overuse of antibiotics, tylenol, OTC cough medicines, invasive surgeries, inducing labor, and vaccinations. All I can convey is what has worked for my family- and all the glory for that goes to God! I believe that God gave us herbal supplements found in their natural form to use.

Everyone needs to take a multi-vitamin and fish oil daily- I suggest Formula IV and Salmon Oil. I feel like the newest craze in healthy living is to take salmon oil. Make sure that you are buying from a reputable company- there are many toxins that can be contained in the oils and 100% salmon oil is the best.

Kids and runny noses are as expected as rain the day after you wash your car. It does not have to be the norm, though! At the first signs of a runny nose, watery eyes, or slight cough, I will start to give a child 1 teaspoon of elderberry cough syrup every hour until the symptoms are gone. What led me to this treatment was a cold that Dallas had when he was 9 months old (his first sickness). After taking him to the doctor, he told me it was only a virus and gave me a cough medicine and told me to give him Tylenol every hour for his fever. One dose of Tylenol left my baby boy limp, wide-eyed, and unable to eat or sleep for several hours. I don't think that I have ever prayed as hard as I did that day after giving him Tylenol- pleading with God to show me a better way to heal him. My dad, "Chief", is very protective of Dallas, and got him some OTC cough medicine. I could not give this to him, it just didn't feel right. So, I loaded up my sick baby in the car and drove to a nutrition shop that specialized in herbal supplements and had helped me with a few issues in high school. Jim at Nature's Finest said to give the elderberry every hour and I would see a significant difference in Dallas within 24 hours. But it didn't take that long- after 4 doses, he was able to rest without coughing and breathe normally.

So, what do you do when you have a bacterial infection that "needs" an antibiotic? You forgo the antibiotic and use Silver Shield. Through strep throat, flu, colds, etc. Silver Shield has been able to fight off sickness in myself and children. Colloidal silver is a natural way to support the immune system.

Another common health problem often found with children are ear infections. Why do ear infections occur in more kids that others? I do not know. But what I see is antibiotics quickly being perscribed for ear infections, tubes being put it, invasive procedures- draining the ear drum, prescription ear drops, that do not heal the child. Dallas has had two ear infections- the first occurrence when he was 2 years old. No, a doctor did not tell me that he had an ear infection, but he was suffering from a cold and a high fever. Then, he crawled into my lap and just started screaming for over an hour- he was completely inconsolable. I had recently read another mom's post of how she administered her son's urine to his ears with a dropper to cure the infection/ear ache. How bizarre! Of course I wouldn't tell you to put urine in your child's ear... I would HIGHLY suggest it. Call me crazy, but if your child is screaming and you are praying then suddenly feel like you should ask your child to urinate into a cup and put that into a dropper to go into the ear, listen to that instinct! Within 1 minute, Dallas was sound asleep and woke up smiling. At this point, you might be thinking "Well, his symptoms weren't as bad as my child's" or "How do you know what's safe?" And to that I will say, there are tried practices with herbal supplements that are proven effective. Take it or leave it, it's better than a trip to the emergency room and failed attempts at solving what could be cured naturally.

If you want to talk more about healthy living/natural remedies, I am more than willing! Most importantly, what I would love for you to take from this post is to trust God more than you do a doctor.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

405 Peachtree Circle

We have decided to sell our house! 
Where we will be moving is still up in the air. However, we are sure that God has the perfect place for us. 

I am an overly sentimental person... I cried when my mom was dividing tupperware to go to my sister at college- there is a certain bowl that you eat Ramen out of, and it could not leave the house! Going through the home that I have spent the last three and a half years, taking pictures for others to look at to see if they are interested in making it their home was... very hard. I remember cooking my first meal in the kitchen; the many suppers that I have served to family members and friends at the kitchen table; dancing, laughing, and running around in the living room; putting a slip n slide in the back yard during the summer; blowing bubbles and watching Dallas ride his bicycle for the first times; rocking Dallas and then Lillie-Mae to sleep every night in their red rocking chair; and escaping to my bedroom at the end of the day. It's been a good house with some wonderful memories. 

If you are looking for a new home in Ringgold, then this just might be the one for you! 
Gated Community-Homestead Subdivision
Convenient to shopping and interstate 75
3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
1,450 Square Feet
Large Kitchen
Custom Wood Trim and Closets
Real Wood Blinds 
Large, Fenced Backyard
Covered Patio with Gated Enclosure 
Two Car Garage
Attic Storage
Maintenance Free Landscaping 
Brick, Rock, and Vinyl Siding 
Catoosa County- Ringgold Schools

Eat-In Dining Area
 Stainless Steel Appliances

 Large Kitchen Pantry
 Gas Log Fireplace 
 Open Floor Plan

 Separate Entry-Way with Coat Closet 
Large Laundry Room off Garage
 Alarm System 
 Hallway to Bedrooms
 Linen Closet and Bathroom #1
 Master Bedroom with Cathedral Ceiling (also, large walk-in closet)

Master Bathroom 

 Linen Closet in Master Bath

 Large Two-Car Garage with Plenty of Storage Room

 405 Peachtree Circle 

E-Mail: danielle2227@gmail
Call: 423-883-1085 
For more information or to view the house.