Trivium Pursuit

Three Free Gifts with Young Living Essential Oils Starter Kit

April 24th, 2017

Hello friends! Some of you know about my not-so-secret love of essential oils. These gifts from God have been a huge blessing to me over the years, and especially now. Some of you have asked me how you can join me on my quest-for-health journey. Well, now is a good time!

This week (now until the end of April), if you order a Young Living Premium Starter Kit through me, you’ll receive the following three gifts:

1. This beautiful essential oil diffuser necklace, encasing a lava rock that holds drops of your favorite Young Living essential oil.


2. The beautifully bound and inspiring book The Lord Builds the House, illustrated with love by my daughter Johannah.


3. A copy of our book Teaching the Trivium: Christian Homeschooling in a Classical Style


Becoming a wholesale member is quick and easy and gives you an instant 24% wholesale discount on hundreds of products.

Some of you are wholesale members at Sam’s or Costco, so you understand the benefits associated with wholesale buying. However, with Young Living, unlike Costco or Sam’s Club, you don’t have to pay a registration fee to join.

And forget about a yearly renewal. As long as you spend at least 50 pv (approx. $50.00) during the year, you’ll maintain your wholesale status. It’s that easy. No selling. No monthly requirements. No headaches.

In other words, all you have to do to get wholesale prices is order a starter kit. It’s that simple.

CLICK MY LINK to get started.

What comes in a Young Living Starter Kit?

11 of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, PLUS a cold air diffuser valued at over a hundred dollars all by itself. The entire kit contains over $300 worth of products for a total price of only $160.00.

The starter kit contains the following 11 singles and blends:

Lavender 5-ml
Peppermint Vitality 5-ml
Lemon Vitality 5-ml
Copaiba Vitality 5-ml
Frankincense 5-ml
Thieves Vitality 5-ml
Purification 5-ml
R.C. 5-ml
DiGize Vitality 5-ml
PanAway 5-ml
Stress Away 5-ml

A Beautiful Cold Air Diffuser (talk about relaxing!!!)

As well as these goodies…

–AromaGlide Roller Fitment
–10 Sample Packets
–10 Love It? Share It! Sample Business Cards
–10 Love It? Share It! Sample Oil Bottles
–2 NingXia Red 2-oz. samples
–Product Guide and Product Price List
–Essential Oil Magazine
–Essential Edge
–Member Resources

No strings attached. I’ve been using my Young Living oils since June 2013.

So, click my link to get started, or call me and I can walk you through it (515-249-3611). And thank you for considering joining me on my journey!


My plan for strengthening the immune system until I decide about chemotherapy and more surgery

April 23rd, 2017
Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement.

My first appointment with the gynecological oncologist will be May 10 in Peoria, Illinois. Here is my plan for nutritional supplements to build up my immune system while I’m healing from the hysterectomy and deciding if I’ll proceed with chemotherapy and more surgery. Many of these I’ve been taking for years, but some are new.

1. Young Living Essential Oils — diffuse and apply liberally as aromatherapy

2. Young Living Ningxia Red (2oz, 3X per day) — to provide immune support


Natural Factors – Dr. Murray’s Women’s Plus Multistart Formula, 180 Tablets


Carlson Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, Lemon 500 ml


Thorne Research – Vitamin D/K2 Liquid – Dietary Supplement with D3 and K2
Here’s research on why Vitamin D3 is important.


Pure Synergy Pure Radiance C 100% Natural Wholefood Vitamin C Powder


Natural Factors – Rx Omega-3 EPA 400mg, DHA 200mg, 120 Count


Natural Factors – Hi Potency B Complex, 90 Capsules


Douglas Laboratories – Cal/Mag 2001 (Calcium Two to One) – 180 Tablets


Douglas Laboratories – Multi-Probiotic 40 Billion Powder 2.1 oz


Natural Factors – Acidophilus & Bifidus Double Strength, 10 Billion Active Cells, 180 Capsules


Natural Factors – Milk Thistle 250mg with Tumeric, 90 Capsules

12. NOW Foods – Liquid Chlorophyll Natural Mint Flavor – 16 oz.


Floradix Iron + Herbs Liquid Extract Formula 17floz (if anemia becomes a problem)


The Iodine Crisis: What You Don’t Know About Iodine Can Wreck Your Life by Lynn Farrow — I want to read this

15. Kefir and Kombucha

16. Green tea — 3 cups per day

17. Bone broth — “…The marrow inside the bones contains nutrients that feed your bone marrow. And when your bone marrow is nourished, you create healthier immune cells and can better fight off colds and other viruses!”

18. Eating flaxseeds may be useful.


NOW Ginger Root Extract 250 mg, 90 Veg Capsules
Here is an article about the usefulness of ginger root.

20. Medical cannabis oil — I would like to learn more about this

21. This is how I would like to eat, adding dairy, eggs, and meat. A high protein diet helps rebuild healthy cells. It’s a good diet and is not just for people who are sick.

22. Drink 8 cups of water per day.

23. I would like to eliminate sugar from my diet. That will be difficult.


Douglas Laboratories – Magnesium Oxide 500 mg. 250 Capsules — for constipation

My next goal is to study chemo therapy and the other standard ovarian cancer treatments.


The God of love changes not

April 23rd, 2017

Morning and Evening
C.H. Spurgeon

April 22, Evening
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night. –Psalm 91:5

What is this terror? It may be the cry of fire, or the noise of thieves, or fancied appearances, or the shriek of sudden sickness or death. We live in the world of death and sorrow, we may therefore look for ills as well in the night-watches as beneath the glare of the broiling sun. Nor should this alarm us, for be the terror what it may, the promise is that the believer shall not be afraid. Why should he? Let us put it more closely, why should we? God our Father is here, and will be here all through the lonely hours; he is an almighty Watcher, a sleepless Guardian, a faithful Friend. Nothing can happen without his direction, for even hell itself is under his control. Darkness is not dark to him. He has promised to be a wall of fire around his people — and who can break through such a barrier? Worldlings may well be afraid, for they have an angry God above them, a guilty conscience within them, and a yawning hell beneath them; but we who rest in Jesus are saved from all these through rich mercy. If we give way to foolish fear we shall dishonour our profession, and lead others to doubt the reality of godliness. We ought to be afraid of being afraid, lest we should vex the Holy Spirit by foolish distrust. Down, then, ye dismal forebodings and groundless apprehensions, God has not forgotten to be gracious, nor shut up his tender mercies; it may be night in the soul, but there need be no terror, for the God of love changes not. Children of light may walk in darkness, but they are not therefore cast away, nay, they are now enabled to prove their adoption by trusting in their heavenly Father as hypocrites cannot do.

“Though the night be dark and dreary,
Darkness cannot hide from thee;
Thou art he, who, never weary,
Watchest where thy people be.”


A crook in the path appears

April 19th, 2017

He that rides to be crowned, will not think much of a rainy day. –John Trapp

March 13

Foreign floating object found by ultrasound — 16 cm complex ovarian cyst

Endometrial biopsy (ouch) = negative (this means there is no uterine cancer)
CA 125 blood test = 49 (this result means pretty much nothing)

Surgery to remove all affected organs will happen soon.

April 11

Grimmy, be brave — Eric reminds me. Tomorrow they remove the bulbous bouffant and various sundry organs.


April 12

4 hours post-op complete hysterectomy. Why do I feel so cheerful and creative?


April 14

Grammy time recovery



April 17

I don’t want you to worry or be anxious, but the doctor called this morning and he said I have ovarian cancer. There was cancer in both ovaries, uterus, and in the abdominal wash.

Next step is an appointment May 10 with a gynecological oncologist in Peoria, Illinois. I’ll be compiling a list of nutritional supplements which will be helpful to my healing. We ask the Lord for wisdom and healing.


The lions were chained, but he saw not the chains

April 19th, 2017

Bunyan The lions were chained but he saw not the chains

The lions were chained, but he saw not the chains. –J. Bunyan


Grammy, play swords with me

April 19th, 2017


Hunter: Grammy, play swords with me.

Grammy: I don’t like violence.

Hunter: Do you like cellos?


Read-alouds — strengthening bonds and minds

April 10th, 2017

Hello Laurie,

These are adorable pictures! So sweet! The girl with fawn is a stunning photo with those colors and expression. Good job, photographer – and it was probably snapped in a moment! I am so glad we did all those read-a-louds. We still do them. Even the big kids love that. They are thinking, they are visualizing, they are sharing an experience which they can reference in their humor and conversations. The older ones can understand the odd references made by younger ones – even snatches of sentences. A vacation is a shared event, but usually once a year. Stories and meals and Bible-time can be daily times for family to grow together. That strengthens bonds, and also minds.



You sometimes may not understand your own experience

April 10th, 2017

Excerpt from “An All Round Ministry”
C.H. Spurgeon

One Sabbath morning, I preached from the text, “My God, My God, why has Thou forsaken Me?” and though I did not say so, yet I preached my own experience. I heard my own chains clank while I tried to preach to my fellow-prisoners in the dark; but I could not tell why I was brought into such an awful horror of darkness, for which I condemned myself. On the following Monday evening, a man came to see me who bore all the marks of despair upon his countenance. His hair seemed to stand up right, and his eyes were ready to start from their sockets. He said to me, after a little parleying, “I never before, in my life, heard any man speak who seemed to know my heart. Mine is a terrible case; but on Sunday morning you painted me to the life, and preached as if you had been inside my soul.” By God’s grace I saved that man from suicide, and led him into gospel light and liberty; but I know I could not have done it if I had not myself been confined in the dungeon in which he lay.

I tell you the story, brethren, because you sometimes may not understand your own experience, and the perfect people may condemn you for having it; but what know they of God’s servants? You and I have to suffer much for the sake of the people of our charge … You may be in Egyptian darkness, and you may wonder why such a horror chills your marrow; but you may be altogether in the pursuit of your calling, and be led of the Spirit to a position of sympathy with desponding minds.



I remember my friend, walking with her down a trail every day for 14 years

April 7th, 2017


I have heard that I cannot picture in my mind a number approaching one million. It’s too big a number to hold inside my brain and comprehend at once.

Just as well, I cannot hold in my mind the value of someone’s life. There are so many years, days, hours, minutes, and seconds–all moments making up a life.

And, I find each moment greatly valuable. They are the price of life, and I cannot picture the total worth of these moments in my mind.

The price of a dog, if I am lucky, is 14 years worth of moments.

These moments coincide with my life and travel along next to me, and then end.

I am left with … I do not know what. Memories, yes. Bits and pieces of unknowable value lodged inside me, hopefully forever.

I wish I could see the value of a life, all at once, all of life’s worth at the same time. But I can’t. My mind is too small. The weight of it too great for me to carry. I can only think about little pieces here and there.

I remember my friend, walking with her down a trail every day for 14 years. Then I remember that friend, she goes away and leaves me with bits and pieces inside me. I will miss her very much.

–Hans Bluedorn



We were lost in a labyrinth

April 5th, 2017

C.H. Spurgeon
Morning and Evening
March 11 Evening

Thou shalt be called, Sought Out. –Isaiah 62:12

The surpassing grace of God is seen very clearly in that we were not only sought, but sought out. Men seek for a thing which is lost upon the floor of the house, but in such a case there is only seeking, not seeking out. The loss is more perplexing and the search more persevering when a thing is sought out. We were mingled with the mire: we were as when some precious piece of gold falls into the sewer, and men gather out and carefully inspect a mass of abominable filth, and continue to stir and rake, and search among the heap until the treasure is found. Or, to use another figure, we were lost in a labyrinth; we wandered hither and thither, and when mercy came after us with the gospel, it did not find us at the first coming, it had to search for us and seek us out; for we as lost sheep were so desperately lost, and had wandered into such a strange country, that it did not seem possible that even the Good Shepherd should track our devious roamings. Glory be to unconquerable grace, we were sought out! No gloom could hide us, no filthiness could conceal us, we were found and brought home. Glory be to infinite love, God the Holy Spirit restored us!

The lives of some of God’s people, if they could be written would fill us with holy astonishment. Strange and marvellous are the ways which God used in their case to find his own. Blessed be his name, he never relinquishes the search until the chosen are sought out effectually. They are not a people sought today and cast away to-morrow. Almightiness and wisdom combined will make no failures, they shall be called, “Sought out!” That any should be sought out is matchless grace, but that we should be sought out is grace beyond degree! We can find no reason for it but God’s own sovereign love, and can only lift up our heart in wonder, and praise the Lord that this night we wear the name of “Sought out.”