About Joys and Trials

"Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me." ~Micah 7:8 (KJV)

Wednesday, February 29, 2012


As I promised, I'm going to starting blogging about the different benefits and uses for different things. First will be lemon.
(HOWEVER!!!! I have not tried all the intriguing things I have found, so I don't know for a fact that all of these are true, and some things I will hopefully never be given a reason. If you think you may give try something for a health reason, I recommend talking to your doctor first. Links will be posted at the bottom of each blog post, so that you may go to the same sources and read for yourself. I am currently exploring the information on four websites. Thanks!)

So now, on to lemon. I decided to do lemon due to the fact that I've been flavoring a pitcher of water with lemon slices and drinking that, as for some reason straight from the tap (even through the filter) tastes a bit funny in my opinion. Now it doesn't. I've always liked learning the uses and benefits of foods and herbs before, and decided to look up lemons.
One of the first things I came across in my search results was that drinking lemon juice with olive oil can help get rid of gallstones. I wish I'd known that 2+ years ago, before I started having real trouble with mine. Oh well.
There's some speculation about lemon flavored water aiding in weight loss. I will state, that since I've begun drinking it myself, I have lost weight, and don't really exercise, however, that would be one for you to try and decide for yourself. I just like not drinking plain water.
Put lemon juice on a cotton swab and press to the inside of the nostrils to help with nosebleed, I don't get nosebleeds (thankfully) so I wouldn't know about this one. Though lemon is thought to be a blood purifier and has been used in curing influenza, colds, malaria and cholera.
Lemon is good for helping with sore throats, prevent vomiting and relieving fevers.
Now I've used lemon juice on my hair before to help lighten the color, but just read that it's good for treating dandruff and hair loss as well as giving your hair a natural shine.
One I'm definitely not too sure about, but two of the sites agree that using a drop of lemon juice with your toothpaste is great for your teeth, as well as rubbing lemon juice on toothaches to alleviate pain, and rubbing it on your gums to stop bleeding.
Also can aid in curing UTI's, kidney and other bladder disorders.

Have I spiked your interest? Well, I think post is long enough. Now for the four links.
As always, Green colored text have links hidden in them. (like below)

Organic Facts



Earth In Common

Monday, February 27, 2012

A little bit of my world :))

Im not quite sure what to write about so Ill just do a little of everything that comes to mind. lol I go to the doctor again next Wednesday, I guess for a basic checkup, they didnt give me much information.  But Im sure Ill have to end up doing more blood tests, which I hate. :/ We are slowling getting the room all fixed up for the baby. Oh by the way, Im having a boy! <3 Nana and Pop are giving Jeffery and I a new bed, the one from Nana's bedroom. I was surprised but I am excited, it will be nice to have a real bed instead of a futon. lol And we are trying to figure out what color to paint the bedroom. Needs to be something bright for the baby and also since there are no windows, it cant be a dark color. Jeffery wants Green and Purple and I want Green and Yellow, but ulitmately its up to Nana. :/ lol And she always picks something odd...lol But I will be happy with anything, as long as its not BLUE! lol I have been feeling the little wiggle around more and more. Flutters as most call them. Jeffery is so jealous he can not feel him moving yet. lol We still havent decided if we want to name him Sanatra or Dimitri. I love them both and its so hard. lol Also trying to get Medicaid, so I wont have to pay 1500 out of pocket. Which is 300 a month until I give birth and it has to be paid in full before I give birth...and I just dont have that money...Jeffery makes about 400 a month if we get lucky but they cut his hours this week so it always varies...so Im worried about that but hope I will get it in time for my next appointment. And we still have to send out Bridal Shower invites and Wedding invites, and neither seem to be happening very fast. :/ And I have a feeling Im going to end up short one bridesmaid....but hoping that wont happen. I found my wedding dress, just hope I dont get bigger than my dress! lol So much to do and so little time!!!!! But Im excited about the wedding and Im excited about our little boy. <3 Everything will work out Im sure, just stressful in the moment. And Grandpa Joe passed away this past week and the funeral was Saturday... Was the long and most emotionally/physically exhausting day I have had in a long long time. I held back my tears almost all day, but when I came home I was just so tired and so worn out I cried and cried and cried... We did have a good lunch with the family after the funeral, but was still a long tiring day. But Im glad that Grandpa is not in the hospital anymore, he just did not want to be there..and Im glad he is with Grandma now...that makes me happy. Ill always miss them both,  but theyll always be in my heart with love. Im just hoping that from here things will go smoothly and i will get everything figured out before the wedding and before the little one is born. So much on my plate and I admit Im not quite ready for it, could have been more prepared. But Im doing my best and I know itll be ohkay in the end. Just everything comes down to money, and we are short on that. lol But Jeffery keeps me cheered up and does his very best to support  me and take care of us and love me. And thats all I can ask for. I love him more than anything. <3

Random Post

This past week was a long one, and a sad one for our family. My dad's dad passed away and we had the funeral Saturday. That was perhaps the longest day of the week, and although we gathered for a sobering reason, it was good to spend time with that side of the family that we don't see often. I really don't have much to blog about. I'm still so tired from last week.
I have been getting to read more lately, which is nice, as I've always loved reading. I finished reading the Ranger's Apprentice series, as it's only 10 books. Sad, as it's a great series, and I can see it being so much longer. I mean, look at the Wheel of Time series. I'm waiting for that last book to be published too. So I am waiting for the local library to get the books I requested in. It's taking longer this time. I'll be starting John Flanagan's second series, which is a companion series to the Ranger's Apprentice. Still reading Donita K. Paul's Dragonkeeper Series. I'm waiting for the fourth book in that one. Hurry up already, library!
I love that I can read books for free, especially nice when you don't have the pocket money to constantly buy books. Which at the same time is good, because Ayla's already tore the back cover off one of my paperback books by Beverly Lewis. *Heartbreak*
Random side note, "tore" is such a funny looking word, I had to look it up to make sure I had it right.
Back on course. I'm really wanting an E-reader more and more. I'll be honest, I know it won't be the same as holding a book of paper and board, but not having to worry bout them being destroyed will be so nice as well....and it'll be easier to take along to wherever, like my sister's OB/GYN appointments.
Do you like to read? Do you prefer actual printed books, or do you have/want a reader? I think printed books are becoming underrated with the new e-books. E-books will never completely be the same as a good old fashioned book. I wouldn't be surprised if they completely quit printing them in a few years, which is a sad thought for me.

I suppose it's a good thing I titled this post "Random", cause I wasn't entirely planning to go on about books, but that's what happened. Oh well. Hope everyone has a good week, as today's only Monday (joy).

Monday, February 20, 2012

Interesting morning

Have you ever read something in a book that sounded like it would actually work? I did today.
Coffee was a bit burnt this morning when I got up, since it was made at 3:30am. I've been reading the Ranger's Apprentice by John Flanagan and in it, the rangers like to drink their coffee with honey. I'm out of creamer, don't feel like getting down the sugar and the honey's sitting right next to the coffee maker. Why not?
It was actually pretty good. I didn't use much, but it was enough. It took away the burnt taste and made it just a little sweet, getting rid of that bitter bite. I think I'm going to have to do that a bit more often, since I now won't have to waste a pot of "burnt" coffee.
Let us know what you've read in a book, be it fictional or non, and let us know what you thought of it. Whether you liked it, or wish you hadn't bothered with it. We'd love your input.
And maybe some morning when your coffee's just a bit burnt, try a dollop of honey in there and see what you think. Let us know if you like it, or just dumped the pot afterward.

Monday, February 13, 2012


Our cousin Sarah is doing a giveaway on her new Deals blog. You can enter to win $25 in a gift card of your choice. (Paypal, Walmart, Target or Amazon). So go check it out! Either click the orange text above, or find it through "Sarah's Blog" button on the right side of our blog! Good luck to everyone!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

My First Blog

This is my first official blog post, ever. lol I'm not sure what to blog about but I figured since I'm on my way to being a mommy it couldnt hurt. Epsecially since my blog is joined with my Sister's and she has been a mother for 2 years now. Im about 20 weeks along the doctor thinks, but we wont know for sure until we do the UltraSound of Wednesday. Kind of hoping I'll  have a boy, but I wouldnt mind  a little girl either. I'd love my child either way. Hard thinking of names and odd getting used to my body as it changes and moves for my baby. I heard the heart beat last week and it made me happy, helped me realize this is really happening inside of me. I wasnt planning on having a baby for a few more years lol but we all know nothing goes according to plan. I just hope that I'll be a good mommy and make my child and husband to be happy. I'm getting married May 26 to the love of my life Jeffery Barthel. :)) Never thought I would get married so soon either, but I'm glad we are, glad it is with him and glad I didnt make the mistake of doing it with anyone earlier in my life. Im glad I'm not technically a child and I am of age to start taking care of this child and my husband to be. But I know I have a long hard road in front me and I am just doing my best to take it in stride. <3

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Joys and Trials Expands

In a way. :)
As of today (2.11.12) Brandy and Jessica have become joint bloggers. Hopefully, this way the blog will be more active. We hope you'll continue to follow us as we continue to grow and learn.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Books, I love books

Books have always been my favorite past time. I could go hours reading books. Now that I'm a stay at home mom, that doesn't happen as often. But in the past few weeks I have managed to read quite a few books. I guess it helps that I'm a fast reader.
I grew up reading books that my parents read as kids, such as Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien; Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis; and the Xanth novels by Piers Anthony.
Working my way through the Ranger's Apprentice series by John Flanagan and a new (to me) series by Donita K. Paul, whom I found through Pinterest of all things. I really enjoyed that first book, DragonSpell.
Growing up, we've grown up with Disney's renditions of the classic fairy tales. I've found a book series that gives those classic tales a new spin. "Once Upon A Time" series is by several authors, and are very well done. There are about 12 books in the series so far, written by Suzanne Weyn, Cameron Dokey, Debbie Viguie, Nancy Holder and Tracy Lynn.

But what do you do when all your two year old wants to do with books is eat them? She eats anything paper, be it cardboard, coloring paper, paper towels, kleenex, toilet paper. She thinks it's the greatest thing to grab a kleenex out of a box and shove it in her mouth. EWW!
Next few days are going to be fun. Doc appointment for my sis today, and shopping tomorrow. Off to get coffee and food.