Thursday, April 24, 2014

Small Success Thursday Episode #2


What can I say - this week has been like most others.  Full of business and nothingness, sometimes at the very same time!  But despite to random whirlwind that is my life, I did manage to get a few things done:

I made real, organic, all natural sunscreen!  And it was easy, too - you have to try this stuff!  I used it on Fulton's scars today since he is having a Track and Field Day this afternoon.  We shall see how well it works...

We made it to Mass on time and fully dressed.  TBTG.

I managed to get my raspberry plants out to the garden instead of sitting on my pantry floor (my apologies to Thomas - they are almost there, though - I promise!)  Mind you, they are not IN the ground yet, but at least they are outside...

I finally found my manuscript I had been wanting to finish editing.  I am a paper girl at heart and do my best editing with a pen, so losing the printed version with weeks worth of edits scribbled on it was a big deal.

I received 4 of the 5 nightgowns I ordered in an effort to look more feminine, even when I sleep.

"What?!" you say, "Snoring with your mouth wide open and hair all over the place, wearing an old painter's T-shirt and ripped sweat pants is not feminine and pleasant to look at?"

I was shocked - SHOCKED I tell you, to find out that this is not the sort of look a husband appreciates.  I mean, really!  It was his T-shirt and sweatpants - you'd think he'd be kind of like, "Hey, girl, you make this homesteading homeboy's work clothes look pretty appealing!"

After a few chats with Colleen Hammond, she set me straight and we decided to dump the frump and to use a little tax refund money for this splurge.  Mind you, there is nothing "eye popping" about these nightgowns - they are full length and 2 of them even came with beautiful matching robes for proper, modest cover-up.  In order to make this change, though, I first had to get rid of such things as my ratty old Tweety Bird nightgown (much to my husband's delight)  I liked Tweety Bird.... but even the children complimented me on my matching nightgown and robe this morning and I actually felt pretty, even before I brushed my hair (which, I might add, I still haven't done yet...)

I bought a rustic looking 3 drawer nightstand to go beside my bed.  The pile of 'stuff' was getting so bad, Marialina was able to use it to launch herself onto our raised bed with no problem.  Now it is much more organized in our room, and I have to completely wake up and sit up to help my toddler onto the bed to snuggle instead of just drowsily giving her a little help.  I guess this one is kind of a trade off....

#7  Since my new doctor prescribed diet and accidentally losing about 8 pounds, Shannon and I have decided to start a daily walk each morning to continue this positive trend.  Today was the first day.  We walked 2 houses down and jogged back home because of the lightening and the neighbor's loose German Shepherd.  Not very impressive, I know, but it is a start anyway!

And that, my dear readers, is my week.  What have you been up to?  Curious what others have been up to this week?  Go to this link and take a peek!


  1. What a great week! Congratulations on all your not so small successes!

  2. I'm going to share that sunscreen recipe with my neighbor. Her daughter is very, very fair and sensitive to all the "stuff" they put in sunscreen. Thank you for sharing it here.

    1. Thank you for sharing, Barb! Your neighbor does not have to use the tamanu or sea buckthorn, btw. In fact, if she has sensitive skin, the tamanu might just be another irritant to her (it bothers some people) It will work fine without those little 'extras'. :) Just reapply every few hours and she should be fine!

  3. Sounds like a great week! New jammies are a splurge, but so worth it. Now that I'm expecting again, it's time to find a nice maternity/nursing gown that is functional and feminine. The problem is finding one that doesn't break the bank! --Esther

  4. Cassandra, forgive me if this is the dumbest question on the face of the earth, but is Fulton YOUR son? I didn't realize that until you mentioned you had made a special sunscreen for him (btw, is it your recipe? I have some ingredients to make an organic sunscreen but haven't tried it yet). I just have a heart for other moms who have children with facial differences or any sort of special needs; our daughter, Sarah, has a rare genetic disorder called Apert Syndrome. I just didn't realize your family is facing a lot of similar issues as to what we are dealing with.

    1. No such thing as a dumb question! ;) but yes, Fulton is our son. We have had quite a journey the past year and a half (good grief has it been that long?!) and we have much still ahead of us, but he has brought us so much joy even through the suffering. I invite you to click on the label "Burn" for some of Fulton's backstory if you wish, and you may join the FB group called Pray for Fulton for more detailed updates. In a world that focuses so closely on looks, we mothers have a special calling to guide our children through this world and show them how to inspire the world with their INNER beauty - God's loving light that shines through them. I will pray for you and your little one!

  5. I can't wait to check out the all natural sunscreen. My family is sprinkled with allergies---gluten, dairy, strawberries, bananas, asparagus (who on earth is allergic to asparagus---that would be ME), pineapple, blueberries. Anyway, natural sunscreen sounds like something we should really try.

    This may not help you in any way, shape, or form, but my 6th child had a very severe decubitous ulcur from a cast being too tight when he broke his leg. The tumble down the stairs he took at 10 months was horrible. I have no doubt his guardian angel saved him from a devastating head injury or worse. Anyway, they treated the sore as a burn, and it took close to two years to finally grow back. He healed from the bone out, and it was so painful. We found tea tree oil and pure vitamin E oil massaged into the scar tissue to be very healing and helpful. Just throwing it out there. The ulcer was on his right heel, and now his heel on that foot is just a little smaller. He walks and moves just fine and has full range of motion, thank you Lord!

    You mentioned splurging on new nightgowns. I wistfully looked at the pretty, soft, stretchy nightgowns at Target the other day but didn't buy any. I think I should buy 3 or 4. I'm sure my hubby would appreciate it!

    I enjoyed reading about your week. :) God bless.