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In Remembrance of Little Ones Lost

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. Remembering can take us down a couple different roads, depending on the healing we’ve allowed to take place in our hearts and where our Hope is anchored. Remembering can take us to a dark place where our hearts, minds, and bodies re-process every detail of that dark day every year, like clock-work. It’s like a movie screen that keeps replaying the same film, one filled with trauma, grief, and details we’d rather forget. Remembering

Deep Needs Hide Behind Smiles

I look at the smiling faces of my little people as I post their pics on a FaceBook, and as their mom, only I know the depth of the joy, and also the struggles in each of them. I look in their eyes and I know…just like only you know your kids or those closest to you. Life is interesting. I think the Lord allows us to simultaneously experience at times the darkest of nights and the highest of heights. This

Hosea’s 11th Heaven Day

Today marks 11 years since my little man Hosea Nathan went to heaven. In many ways it feels like a lot of time has past because we have lived so much life in the last 11 years…so much change, so many hardships, and equally as many joys.   But in so many ways, it also feels just like yesterday that I was holding him, changing his diaper, and trying to keep his sisters from smothering him with their kisses.   At times, I still

Oates Big Business Announcement

Hi friends, Nathan and I are super excited to share our hearts with you today and about a new adventure in the Oates’ house.  As you know, we love wellness and helping people find the “pieces” of their healthy lifestyle puzzle. For the last 7 years, we have been intensely invested in a specific nutritional company as one of those pieces and have been using and sharing their products for the last 16 years.  During those years our desire has been to do everything

Dig Deep to Go Up

My son loves to dig in the dirt.   As a matter fact, so do my daughters.   What is the fascination with thinking a hole in the ground? Maybe it’s discovering buried treasures. Maybe it’s the anticipation and mystery of not knowing what you are going to find…so you continue to dig a little deeper and a little deeper to see what lies beneath the next shovel-full of dirt.   While digging a hole in the dirt may evoke childlike curiosity and all of us,

Mommy New Year Healthy RESET

  Happy New Year!   Well, sort of…   Every year, I think of September as the “Mommy New Year.”  This is the time of year us moms have just crammed in our last family vacation, BBQ, and trip to the pool.  Then we sped off to Walmart or Target to fight our way through the gauntlet of school supply isles, trying to get everything on the list before the first day of school.  Those of us brave enough to venture out on tax-free weekend

#ResetWithMe on Negativity

None of us are born more negative or positive than others, while some of us would say we are bent more towards the “glass is half empty” or the “glass is half full” perspective.  Rather, we have all been created in the image of God who is overflowing with Joy and not an ounce of negativity.  (I think I just needed to believe that in order to make me feel better about my negative attitude in the face of my

When You’re Stuck, #ResetWithMe

Anytime someone chooses honesty and authenticity it’s risky.  Each of us have different “lenses” due to life experiences and/or faith that we evaluate others through.   Although being authentic and real may feel risky, but it’s far more satisfying and freeing to be “you” and let go of what others think you should be or need to be.   Many of us live under layers of fear, shame, and insecurity, exhausted with trying to cover up the ugly, imperfect parts of ourselves – it’s

The Day the Bottom Fell Out

Have you ever had a day, week, month, or even year where it feels like the “bottom just fell out?”  That’s has been us for the past few weeks.  There have been so many negative things that happened back to back that one begins to scratch their head and wonder – and pray more.   One of our cars (new to us) went to the shop 5 (yes 5) times for the exact same issue. The owner was rather perplexed at why

5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Exercise

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3qBkrgqrW0[/youtube]   The habits we instill in our kids carry  with them throughout their life.  When they become adults, either they will have to fight to undue bad habits that have been instilled in them or they will look back and thank you for the foundation that has been laid in their life.  It’s never too late to start encouraging good health and fitness habits…no matter how old your kids are.      5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Exercise   1. Be Silly   Kids like