Natural Remedies for Pneumonia

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I have been away from the blog for a LONG time because I have been recovering from a-typical pneumonia.  It’s a long story, so I won’t go into all the details.  The short version is that I got bronchitis, which turned into a-typical pneumonia.  For the sickness, I was given an antibiotic, which my body had a bad reaction to- internal bleeding.  After the reaction, I had to stay away from antibiotics, build my intestinal flora (which was ravaged), and recover from my illness with only natural remedies.  It was a long, slow recovery, but I am feeling a lot better.

Not perfect.  Better.

I am on my way to a full recovery, though, and feeling positive about the month of April- so positive, in fact, that I have agreed to participate in VEDA (video every day in April) on YouTube.  One of my most requested videos was a discussion about which natural remedies worked for me, so I made that one today.  Here it is:

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3 Fast & Frugal Crockpot Meals for When Mom is Sick

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If you are following me on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube (and if you aren’t, you should totally click those links and take care of that), you may know that I have been taking a break from blogging because I have been very sick.  I had some kind of sickness that turned into a-typical (AKA walking) pneumonia.  The struggle has been real-er that real.  It has been R.E.A.L.

Now, in my house, I have two grown men with college degrees, one young man that is a full-time college student, and a girl who has been cooking since she was 4.  I have a meal plan with all the ingredients in the cupboards.  I have Pinterest boards that every member of my family can access to get recipes for the meals on the meal plan if they don’t remember how to make them.  I even keep the kitchen relatively clean, so they don’t have to work too hard to get something started.  Yet, in spite of all that, on the day that I was feeling the worst, everyone could not get it together with what I had in the house in order to make dinner.

They ran to the dollar store to grab some cans of pasta (the red ones made by a chef 😉 ) .  No problem with that part, exactly.  We have emergency funds to cover the cost.  The one issue was that my husband, who is cheap, did not buy himself anything for dinner.  He decided to do without until I could cook for him again.

Is my husband the only one who does this?

OK.  Actually, he decided he would make something from what we had at home, but couldn’t figure out anything when he got there.  So, I woke up from a fitful sleep at 7PM to discover that my kitchen was a mess and my husband was hangry.  Not a good combination if you know about his OCD issues.  I even offered to make him something, and he responded that he would figure it out.  He didn’t.  The next day, he didn’t figure out lunch for himself either.  I knew that if there was going to be peace for my recovery, I would need to ensure that everyone in my household had food while I was sick.

Out comes the Crockpot.

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When People Don’t Agree With How You Raise Your Children

 

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I posted a picture with Briana and me on Facebook.

Someone told me that I shouldn’t allow my children to use the peace sign.  I also has someone say that I shouldn’t encourage Briana to make a poochie face, and I definitely shouldn’t be doing it with her.  Then, they said that we could take the picture for our fun, but we shouldn’t post it to Facebook because my husband is in ministry, and it would reflect poorly on him and the Lord.

Le sigh.

I have been reading blog posts, and it seems that a lot of folks had issues with acquaintances, friends, and family (and sometimes, strangers) that didn’t agree with how they raise their children.

There’s the homeschool mom whose extended family felt that they were sheltering their children too much with their educational choices and were vocal about the dangers of this “extreme” option over the turkey dinner, even calling them names in front of their children.

There’s the parents who allow their children to listen to certain types of music or watch certain movies that another member of their church does not feel is acceptable.  The children overheard someone criticizing their family over their entertainment, and now, they don’t even want to go to church.

There’s the family who is vegetarian, and every person who meets them that finds out about their diet feels the need to tell them the dangers of not eating meat (or gives them “helpful” Bible verses).  That one’s for you, C.O.

Maybe you have seen some of the same posts I have.

Maybe you have even experienced critical attitudes from others.

It’s pretty hard to deal with when it is happening to you.

We’ve had our moments.  I have bitten my tongue.  I have also neglected to bite my tongue, and later, wished I had.  When people don’t agree with how I raise my children and feel the need to tell me, I struggle with extending them grace, but that’s exactly what I need to do.

Extending someone grace isn’t simply a matter of biting your tongue, though.  It is also a matter of the heart.  It means not thinking ill of them.  It means letting hard comments pass by without even inflicting pain.  It means compassion and understanding on your part.

I should have two goals when dealing with people who don’t agree with how I raise my children.  I want them to leave the conversation feeling as though they were able to effectively communicate with me, and I want to leave the conversation with feelings of love toward the other person.

So, here are a few ways we try to handle it when people don’t agree with how we raise our children.  Maybe it will help you to extend some grace when you need to do so.

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The One Thing I Know About Homesteading (and life in general)

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On the surface, I am not a homesteader.  In my heart, I was born one.

Outwardly, I was born in the Washington DC metro area.  We only visited anything resembling a homestead on field trips.  At least, I think we did.  I can’t remember a single one.  I did see farm animals at the National Zoo, though.

An early indication of the love in my heart for the country was my early love for boots.  As a small child, my mother tells me that I wouldn’t wear anything other than boots.  Things were so serious that “Boots” became my nickname.  My mother still calls me “Boots.”  My husband does, too, when he is trying to be funny 😉

I think it was in third grade that I started to hear the siren song of the homestead.  Mrs. Shannon read to us every day from The Little House on the Prairie books, and I imagined myself teaching cows to drink milk from a bucket and raising chicks to make a flock.  Years later, I even told her about the impact those books have had on me and my family and thanked her for reading them aloud to the class.  I have forced all of my children (even the boys) to read those books.

The teenage years led me away from my homestead dreams.  I think this happens to the best of us.  I started thinking that maybe city life was a better choice.  I even pursued it (and rather succeeded) until my mid-twenties.  One day, a friend of mine brought her sister-in-law, Teri, to my home for a visit.  She was very unusual for someone so young.  She had made some changes in her life to intentionally simplify it.  She made all of her family’s clothes, cooked from scratch, and eventually, raised livestock.  This she did while living on about an acre next to a very busy road in our not-so-rural area.  I had gotten very far from my young homestead dream, but Teri re-awakened it.  We became fast friends.  Though she was younger than me, she taught me to cook and sew.  When she got goats, I milked them and tasted my first fresh goat milk.  I also gave some to Rick (you can imagine his reaction).  At this point, I embraced the homestead dream as something I would pursue once I was able.

Alas, we spent many years stuck in our suburban townhome.  We could cut the grass in our yard with a weedwhacker.  Even that bit of greenery was not really accessible.  The neighborhood we lived in was known for its crime, and we did not feel comfortable with the children playing outside, even if Rick and I were there.  Occasionally, we went to a local park.  My heart wanted to “to laugh like a brook when it trips and falls over stones on its way.”  I wanted to run through hills that were alive, but the only chance I had was when we borrowed The Sound of Music from our local library.

So, I prayed.

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The Importance of a Mother

 

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It’s been a while since I have had a moment to write.  Life often takes a lot of twists and turns that are unexpected.  For instance, I am on YouTube now.  I never really thought of myself as an “on camera” person.  As you know, I am an introvert, and though I am very comfortable talking one-on-one or in small groups, I am not totally comfortable speaking in  front of large groups of people.  To me, a camera feels like the eyes of the world- especially when you are filming something to put on the internet.  I am far more comfortable with writing.  However, in order to write, I need a quiet moment.  Not a lot of moments.  Just a moment.  Needless to say, I haven’t had one for quite some time.  I’ve missed blogging and my blog friends.  I hope you all have missed me, too.

In the past couple of weeks, I have spent a lot of time talking to folks about homeschooling.  As you may know, I am teaching an a class on “How to Get Started Homeschooling” at The Great Appalachian Homesteading Conference in Crossville, TN in April.  In preparation for this event, I have been chatting with my experience homeschool friends to get advice for my presentation.  I have also met many new folks, mostly through my new YouTube community, who have asked me about homeschooling.  Some are considering homeschool as an option.  Others have only been homeschooling for a short time.  I have even had some conversations with homeschool veterans.

My friend, Trish (AKA Just Sew Trish from YouTube), is one of those veterans.  She and I were talking one day about homeschool, and the next thing I know, she was reading my blog post, “7 Things I Am Glad I Didn’t Do As A Homeschool Mom.”  The next day, I find a message from her on Facebook.  She had made a video about the post.  Well, her video was amazing.  She called it, “Why My Homeschool Approach is All Wrong.” Click the link to watch it.  She says some really profound things.  One of my FAVORITE things she says in the video comes after she tells the story of the time she put her daughter in school and she cried everyday (if you want to watch her words, this story starts at 16:34).  At the time, she said, her attitude toward her daughter was “Suck it up, Buttercup.”  Her children, at the end of that school year, told her how they never saw her.  Considering that situation in retrospect Trish’s response was (and this has stuck with me), “What I had forgotten, what I had missed, what I didn’t acknowledge, was that… I am important.  I am important to their daily life.  I am somebody important cause [sic]  I had kind of taken a mental capacity that I was just a caregiver, that being a mom was being a caregiver, and it had nothing to do with being a mother and how much you need your mother.”  I am telling you.  Watch her say this (starting at 17:04).  I can’t watch it without feeling this in my own heart.

I guess it hit me so hard because I have been there.

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Loving Others: Friends, Neighbors, and Enemies- Weekly Bible Study

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We are finishing up our month-long study on 1 Corinthians 13.  We look at those verses in different ways.  Click these links to check out all of the different studies:

The Love of Christ

Love Within Marriage 

Loving Your Children

Here is the 4th video, focused on Loving Others: Friends, Neighbors, and Enemies

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Using 1 Corinthians 13 to Love Your Children Well- Weekly Bible Study

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This Bible Study takes a look at 1 Corinthians 13 and applies it to loving your children. It’s a little long, but play it in the background and listen if you don’t have time to just sit and watch. We are sure this one will be a blessing, as are all things that require effort 🙂

Here are some highlights:

At 4:28, Rick talks about being patient with children who touch the walls (his biggest pet peeve)  🙂

At 8:00 (until 9:50), I talk about moms and their struggle with being overwhelmed and being envious of their family’s ability to relax- like when it’s 8:00 PM and you are still cleaning dishes while everyone else is sitting down and enjoying their evening.

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Frugal Family Food Collaboration

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Let me tell you a story about food and going from fans to friends.

This is a special story, because, at the end, you get the benefit of some great recipes that will help you SAVE!

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Encouragement for Imperfect Wives

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Occasionally, I am asked to write for the blogs of others.  Last year, I wrote for the lovely Jenn over at Busy Being Blessed in her series called “The Imperfect Mom Confessional.”  My post called, “The Ride of Our Lives” was about how I struggle with being the controlling mom.  Click the link to read that jewel 😉  It’s good to get your mom struggles off your chest every once in a while.

Well, I guess the Lord knew that I needed to share about my imperfections in the wife department  (I have plenty of those!), because Jenn asked me to share today in her “Encouragement for Imperfect Wives” Series.

Now, you know, I can’t share about my faults in this area without sharing with you how great the Lord is.  It was through my marriage to Rick that I began to see the richness and fullness of God’s love.  I tried very hard to open up and share how I feel deep down about my husband, my marriage, and the everything they have shown me about the love of God.  It’s not like me to allow emotions to surface, so you will notice a different tone.  I wrote it late one night when I just couldn’t stop writing.  If you have a moment, do me a favor and click over to read my post in the Encouragement for Imperfect Wives Series.  It is called Worthy of Love: A Perfect Groom & His Imperfect Bride. (<—  Click this link to read) Leave a comment if it is a blessing to you.  I know that Jenn will be glad to know that her series is an encouragement.

Thanks you all for your kindness to me, my family, and my friends!

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